October 14, 2012

Turn Off the TV and Read: Once Upon a Time

Turn off the TV and Read was an idea we came up with to combine our love of television and reading. Each time we’ll take a different show and recommend a few books that are similar. This time around I decided to do the show Once Upon a Time, which airs on ABC.

There is a town in Maine. Where every story book character you’ve ever known is trapped between two worlds. Victims of a powerful curse. Only one knows the truth and only one can break her spell.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

In a world where people born with an extreme skill - called a Grace - are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Another series I've seen around is the Once Upon a Time series which has books by several different authors.

There are a ton of great fantasy retellings and originals as well out there, what are some of your favorites?


  1. Great idea! I've read Cinder and loved it! I'll have to check out the other books :)
    -Novel Reveries

  2. My favorite retelling doesn't have magical elements, but it's SCARLET a retelling of Robin Hood. LOVE this feature!!! Can I do my own Turn Off The TV and Read(crediting you of course!) or do you want it just on your blog? :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  3. @Alice in Readerland

    OMG there's a Robin Hood retelling I don't know about???? I need to look this up now! Haha Robin Hood is my favorite.

    You can absolutely do your own! We've been thinking about creating one of those linky things for it, but we weren't sure if we should haha. :)

    Thanks for the comment. :)

  4. @Deneé

    Andi did an awesome job with the books this week! I haven't read Cinder, but I hear good things. :)


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