Today's post uses Ice by Sarah Beth Durst as a jumping point.
Read my review of this book: Ice Review
Ice sticks out from other fairytale retellings immediately. It is some parts Contemporary, some parts Science Fiction, some parts Mythological Fantasy. It's hard to put any other books in the same style of this retelling. It's got a very adult feeling to it, more similar to books that have parts of Mythology involved such as O.R. Melling's The Book of Dreams and my recently read The Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey.
It is somewhat similar in style to Cinder by Marissa Meyer, yet that is a bit of a stretch.
The fairytale it is based on, "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" may be the second most popular fairytale to retell nowadays. It isn't too surprising, however, as it is such a strange tale to begin with, and then add a strong dose of strong girl power, rare with fairytales. Another version I enjoy is Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George.
This does win, hands down, the most original YA retelling that I have ever found.
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