At first I wanted to do a post on different retellings (which I still might do) but then I got the idea to instead pick books that remind me of certain characters or stories rather than being directly inspired by them.
This list is only based on books I have already read. All descriptions are from goodreads.
So here is what to read if you like:
Alice in Wonderland: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
You can read my review of Caraval HERE.
Scarlett is pulled into a crazy magical world where nothing makes the same kind of sense as in her world. She has to figure out how things work and how to get through this crazy game so that she can go home.
“Remember, it’s only a game…
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.”
Cinderella: The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal
This book is almost like Cinderella but in reverse, which very well may have been it’s intention. Nalia has grown up as a princess and then told she is nothing more than an placeholder, an orphan and is shipped off to live with her mean aunt. Rather than being having a fair godmother, Nalia finds out she has magic of her own and has a mentor training her to control her powers.
“Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia’s led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it’s revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she’s ever known.
Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins – long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control – she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.
Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor’s history, forever.”
Rapunzel (Tangled): Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
The kids in Maximum ride are shut away because of their powers just like Rapunzel and are betrayed by someone they care about. They are sheltered and don’t know who to trust or how the world works but they aren’t going to stop fighting to protect themselves and the people they love.
Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans… and if they’re meant to save mankind — or destroy it.
Pocahontas: Firstlife by Gena Showalter
Though the story is nothing like Disney’s Pocahontas, Tenley’s struggles remind me of Pocahontas’. She is conflicted on whether she wants to go where her family wants her to or whether she wants to choose another option. She wants to know what other options are out there for her but are only getting the information that everyone wants her to hear. She is also tempted by a guy on the opposite end side as her family, just like Pocahontas.
Step one…you die.
ONE CHOICE. TWO REALMS. NO SECOND CHANCE.
Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live — after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.
In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, long-time enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms that will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…
Snow White: Worldwalker by Josephine Angelini
The Worldwalker series was mentioned in my Top 5 series of 2017 post HERE
Much like snow white, Lily runs off into the wilderness to escape an evil queen where she joins with a group of outcasts. She has to fear for her life as the evil queen comes after her to stop her from being more powerful (beautiful) than her. That is about when the similarities end and World Walkers just continues to be an amazing story.
“Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted… which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.
Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of all the Crucibles is Lillian… Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.
Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.
But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?”
Mulan: The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Like Mulan, Rose is tough and resourceful and often has conflicts between her tough exterior and her more feminine interior. She has to overcome some stereotypes associated with being a headstrong woman. She is loyal to her friends and protective of the people she cares about like Mulan. I also see many similarities in how both Mulan and Rose are trying their best but always seem to get themselves in trouble. Also, they both have feelings for their mentors and can’t be with them because of their statuses.
Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .
Belle: The Library Jumpers series by Brenda Drake
This one is pretty simple. Belle loves books and libraries. This book is about warriors protecting the gateways between worlds that reside in libraries. Both the characters are also connected to a beast, though in different ways. They also both love their fathers and have a romance with a prince!
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.
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What do you think of my choices? Any books in particular catch your eye? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!