Confession: I’ve never read Cyrano de Bergerac, but I’ve seen Roxanne, so that counts, right?   Sway is a retelling of Cyrano, from a modernized, YA point of view. For those who don’t know the basics: boy uses friend to woo girl for him. Friend falls for girl, and everything falls apart. Sway, aka Jesse Alderman, is the “friend” in this story. He’s a ...
The first line of the synopsis for Of Monsters and Madness says, “A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.” So…that pretty much sealed the deal for me right there. Gothic? Check. Romantic? Historical? Check-check. POE? JUST HAND IT OVER, PLEASE. I’ve been in ...
I usually detest modernizations and retellings of classic literature, but The Flight of Gemma Hardy received such high praise that I found myself, with trepidation, checking it out from the library. I am so glad I did. Gemma’s tale is beautifully written. It follows the story of Jane Eyre in its main arc, but the details belong firmly to Gemma–enough ...