Tag: retellings

I am Heathcliff – Kate Mosse Review

I Am HeathcliffTitle: I am Heathcliff

Editor: Kate Mosse

Genre: Short Stories

Series: n/a

Goodreads Rating: 3.7/5

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Synopsis: 16 modern fiction superstars shine a startling light on the romance and pain of the infamous literary pair Heathcliff and Cathy.
Short stories to stir the heart and awaken vital conversation about love.

Sixteen stories inspired by Wuthering Heights.

In ‘Terminus’ a young woman hides in an empty Brighton hotel; in ‘Thicker Than Blood’ a man sits in a hot tub stalking his newly-married love on social media; and in ‘A bird half-eaten’ an amateur boxer prepares for a match.

A woman recalls the ‘Heathcliffs I Have Known’ and the physical danger she has borne at their hands; in ‘Anima’ a child and a fox are unified in one startling moment of violence; and in ‘One Letter Different’ two teenagers walk the moors and face up to their respective buried secrets.

Curated by Kate Mosse and commissioned for Emily Brontë’s bicentenary year in 2018, these fresh, modern stories pulse with the raw beauty and pain of love and are as timely as they are illuminating.

The full list of contributors is:
Leila Aboulela, Hanan Al-Shaykh, Joanna Cannon, Alison Case, Juno Dawson, Louise Doughty, Sophie Hannah, Anna James, Erin Kelly, Dorothy Koomson, Grace McCleen, Lisa McInerney, Laurie Penny, Nikesh Shukla, Michael Stewart and Louisa Young.

I Am Heathcliff edited by Kate Mosse Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

What I thought about the book:  

Fantastic collection of short stories inspired by Wuthering Heights. I enjoyed each one of the sixteen stories included which is rare for a short story collection. Some were inspired by themes in the novel and some were more like retellings but each one made a strong impression.

Some left me feeling uneasy, others made me angry and others left me feeling a bit disturbed. I highly recommend reading this whether you’re a fan of Wuthering Heights or not.

I listened to the audio version but I will be buying the print edition to reread and make notes.

My Rating: 5 star review

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“Nelly, I am Heathcliff…”

Synopsis from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

Beauty & the Beast Retellings

There are actually a lot of these out there and I’ve only read a tiny fraction of what’s available. A lot of the retellings are YA which I don’t really read and a lot of the adult ones are erotic. But there are some books inspired by the tale that reach a happy medium. Here are the ones I’ve read and the ones I’d like to read.

Currently Reading

I’m starting this book today. A lady in my book group just finished it and said it was great. Just look at that cover!

Beauty of the Beast – Rachel L. Demeter

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.


Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.


Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

Retellings I’ve Read

Depravity (Beastly Tales, #1) Depravity, Deceit, & Devastation – M.J. Haag

This is a trilogy following 16-year-old Benella. The books are short (approx. 170 pages each), they could easily be combined to make one. I can’t decide if this is YA or NA, there are some mature situations and attempted rape. It’s a pretty good retelling but a lot of it could have been cut out. Did we really need every detail of Benalla picking vegetables and cleaning the castle? This is probably the only retelling I’ve read that has a curse with transformed servants.

Beauty and the Beast: An Erotic Tale (Sensual Fairy Tales Series Book 1) Beauty and the Beast – Jax Lawrence

This is a freaky sex one. It’s really short and seems to end in the middle. I’m guessing there’s a sequel. It’s just dirty and makes no sense! The beast is cursed to endure beastliness and scorn from the villagers until he can be sexually dominated *eye roll*. I read this because I read a really good review that didn’t reveal anything of the plot. I also didn’t read the synopsis. Luckily it was short.

These books are considered a kind of retelling. They have a beauty and a “beast” (usually a scarred man that’s still super hot) but there’s no curses or castles.

The Vixen and the Vet (A Modern Fairytale) The Vixen and the Vet – Katy Regnery

This is a sweet romance. I don’t usually go for sweet romances but I enjoyed this one. Savannah Carmichael is trying to revive her journalism career by interviewing wounded veteran and town hermit, Asher Lee. During their interviews, they become friends then fall in love. You know how it goes…

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3) Lover Awakened – J.R. Ward

I love this book!!!!!!! This is the 3rd book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood (awesome series, you should totally read it). It follows the troubled and battle scarred Zsadist and the beautiful Bella. Since this is the 3rd book in a series I can’t really go into the plot without spoiling previous books but it’s amazing! My favourite book in the series (I’m only up to 7 though). The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a group of vampire warriors (with silly names) at war with soulless humans called lessers.

If You Deceive (MacCarrick Brothers, #3) If You Deceive – Kresley Cole

Ethan MacCarrick is a scarred and vengeful rake determined to punish Madeleine van Rowen for her parent’s crimes against him. Madeleine needs a husband or she’s out on the streets. Ethan decides to lead her on and ruin her. Nobody writes romance like Cole. I absolutely love her!

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides, #1) The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie – Jennifer Ashley

This book is something special among historical romances. Ian Mackenzie has Asperger’s syndrome but it being 1881 he was seen as being a bit mad. He spent his youth in an asylum, an experience that left a lasting mark on him. He meets Beth Ackerly and decides she’s a beauty he must have. Throw in a murder mystery and you got yourself a great book.

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) A Hunger Like No Other – Kresley Cole

Another one by Cole. This is the second book in her very popular Immortals After Dark series. Lachlain is a werewolf gone completely nuts after 150 years of torture by vampires. Emmaline is a vampire half-breed and his destined mate. Everyone in Immortals After Dark has a soul mate….guess it’s a handy way to deal with the instalove. This one wouldn’t be one of my favourites from the series. Lachlain is way too possessive and Emmaline really struggles to stand up for herself (she kicks butt in the end though). The best part of this series is the Valkyrie. They are awesome!!! I want to be Valkyrie!!

Retellings I want to Read

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast Beauty – Robin McKinley

Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3) Lord of Scoundrels – Loretta Chase

When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2) When Beauty Tamed the Beast – Eloisa James

To Beguile a Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers, #3) To Beguile a Beast – Robin McKinley

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1) Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

Firelight (Darkest London, #1) Firelight – Kristen Callihan

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1) Romancing the Duke – Tessa Dare

Master of Crows (Master of Crows, #1) Master of Crows – Grace Draven

Have you read any of these books? What retellings would you recommend?