Top 5 YA Cinderella retellings recommendations

Top 5 YA Cinderella Retellings recommendation

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order.)


  1. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer


My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.


Of course Cinder has to be first on the list because of my undying love for this series, but Marissa Meyer has a really interesting take on the retelling of Cinderella that is set in this futuristic world where a power hungry Queen wants to rule. Expect lots of plot twists, action and romance.


  1. Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram


My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.


This book has a great story plot and was well written. The characters are relatable and compelling. This book puts a modern twist on the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.


  1. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell


My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.


This book shares various similarities to Cinder, but they are different and this book was actually published first. This book retells the well-known fairy tale of Cinderella in a more steampunk style. (And can I mention how beautiful this cover is?)


  1. The selection (The selection #1) by Kiera Cass


My rating: 3/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


Okay, I know this book is not really considered a Cinderella retelling, but doesn’t it sound and feel similar to it? A normal girl gets thrust into a world where everyone is vying for the attention of the Prince? It really is a fairy tale like romance and personally I did enjoy the series, if there weren’t so much drama involved.


  1. Geekerella by Ashley Poston


My rating: (To be read)

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction,Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.


I haven’t read this book yet, but its in my stack already, since I finally found a copy at my local library. But nonetheless, I have a feeling this book will be great and will recommend this book to those who love contemporary novels.



Have you read these books? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

25 Bookish facts about me

I’m not sure who created this book tag, but it seemed really interesting to try out!

25 bookish facts about me:

  1. I love anything thats YA that contains Romance
  2. I love Dystopian novels
  3. I enjoy reading a book with a cup of tea
  4. My favourite author is Marissa Meyer
  5. I’d choose Vampires over werewolves
  6. The YA novel that brought me back into the reading community was Cinder by Marissa Meyer (I even did a school project about Cinder)
  7. I usually can finish a book in 2 hours
  8. I started my bookstagram for fun, until I realised how fulfilling it was
  9. I have NEVER read any of the Harry Potter books, but I’ve watched all the movies
  10. I can only read 1 book at a time (If not I get confused with the storylines)
  11. The worst book accident I had was when I was trying to get a bookstagram shot and my book fell 9 storeys below
  12. I definitely prefer physical books over ebooks
  13. My TBR pile NEVER seems to dwindle even though I’ve read so many books
  14. I’ve never read The Mortal Instrument’s series but I have watched the movie and TV series (As of this moment I’m going to start reading City of Bones)
  15. I wasn’t really motivated to start a book blog since I didn’t want reading to be a chore, but the more reviews I did, the more I came to like them
  16. I don’t re- read books since I like new adventures
  17. My book shelf is on the small side since I don’t buy too many books
  18. I visit the library really often (and complain when I go over my borrowing limit)
  19. I’ve never been into candles until I started bookstagraming
  20. I’ve never read a classic book in my life and don’t intend to
  21. I dream of writing a YA novel one day
  22. If a book doesn’t make me love it in 5 chapters, I’ll just stop reading
  23. I don’t listen to music while I read, I feel that its distracting
  24. I’m the only bookworm in my family
  25. I love reading shoujo manga

Let me know some bookish facts about you too, in the comments below!

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

“Without their memories, they are lost.”

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Title: The forgetting (The forgetting #1)

Author: Sharon Cameron

The forgetting

Recommended to fans of: Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Defy the stars by Claudia Gray, The diabolic by S.J. Kincaid, Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Series: The forgetting series

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance, YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The concept of this story is really interesting
  • Its kind of sad that everyone will forget everything
  • The world building for this book was great
  • Lilia wants Nadia to ease her own books, she doesn’t think she belongs in the family
  • So Nadia is the only person who remembers and she breaks the rules by climbing over the wall to explore 
  • OMG, Gray was one of the lost (But Nadia remembered that the glassblower chose his own son and in the ending part it was revealed that someone intentionally wanted him to be lost)
  • This book is confusing but mysterious
  • The romance is cute and progressive (I thought there would be a plot twist like they were in love already but Gray forgot, but that wasn’t the case)
  • Nadia and Gray’s discover of the Cannan project and that Janis can remember everything since she was the one behind everything
  • OMG, so Gray was initially spying on Nadia on Janis’s behalf but he didn’t tell her the entire truth
  • When Gray was forced to forget Nadia, it brought tears to my eyes
  • This book was tear-jerking and beautiful
  • It is part of a series, but the books can be read as stand alone book

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Top 5 recommendations for stand alone books

Top 5 recommendations for stand alone books:

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order.)

  1. Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick


My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction


(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Inner beauty wants out.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky from a nothing special girl into the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness.

Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world.

A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past the cat walks, the red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace, Gorgeous does the impossible: It makes you see yourself clearly for the first time.


Gorgeous teaches us about believing about our own beauty, both inside and out. Definitely a recommendation for those who love a great makeover story that will steal your heart away.

  1. My heart and other black holes by Jasmine Warga


My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

My heart and other black holes

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.


This book is exactly what it means when they say ‘love conquers all’. This book addresses heavy themes such as depression and suicide, and how a fated meeting will change everything. Recommended to those who feel as though they are alone when times are tough, check out this book, and know that you are never alone.

  1. Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis


My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Beautiful Decay

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Ellie Miller has always needed her space. Literally. With a touch that rots whatever she encounters, Ellie must keep people at a distance for their own good. Not that her classmates are itching to be best friends with the “freak” of the high school.

So when newcomer Nate MacPherson makes it his mission to get close to her, Ellie has her suspicions. But when he identifies her as a viviomancer who can work the forces of life and reveals himself to be a necromancer who can manipulate death, Ellie finds herself trusting Nate and the romance that is blossoming between them. Unfortunately for the two, family secrets can kill, and they will need more than their abilities to keep a zombie mom and a conglomerate of evil-doing supernaturals under control.

After spending her life pushing everyone away, Ellie’s realization of the full extent of her power and willingness to let people get close to her may be the only way to save the ones she loves.


A definite read for fans of shatter me, this story talks about a girl who literally destroys everything she touches, but a sudden romance changes everything. A beautiful story set in a decaying world with romance and everything in between.

  1. It ends with us by Colleen Hoover

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

It ends with us

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.


In this book, the author, Colleen Hoover tells this painful story based on her own experience with the topic. Is this the perfect romance or a heartbreaking nightmare? We hope domestic abuse ends and for any of those who are currently experiencing it or have experienced it, you are not alone, reach out, stay strong.

  1. The lovely reckless by Kami Garcia

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

The lovely reckless

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?


A reckless story about forgiveness and love, are risks really worth it? A definite recommendation to anyone who loves a romantic contemporary story, it is sure to tug at your heartstrings.


Have you read these books? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂


So I grew up as a middle child in my family, yet I’m expected to always act like the responsible adult.

So a little more information, I’m currently attempting to write my novel and just trying to work on bookish things, my older sister is staying at home and scrolling through fan-fiction without doing anything else while my younger brother is currently studying, but only knows how to criticise others without looking at himself in the mirror.

My sister quit her job about 6 months ago, but after she graduated after getting her diploma she’s been staying at home and rinsing and repeating the same things, EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Wake up- wash up- read fan fiction – play facebook games – eat lunch – read fan fiction – play facebook games – bathe – eat dinner – read fan fiction – play facebook games – sleep

Everything is done at the same time on each day and thats all she does. As the oldest child, she should be the one carrying the responsibility of working and getting a career first.

I’ve been home for like 5 months and my parents have been nagging for me to go and work and I’ve been working on reading and maintaining my book blog and bookstagram. Can you imagine how annoyed and angry I am when my parents keep on telling ME to find a job? Its not that I don’t want to. I’m afraid, I’m depressed, I’m having anxiety. I don’t know what I want to do, so what am I supposed to do?

The suicidal thoughts are getting more and more frequent, I think that its better off that I kill myself than live in this continuously decaying world. I accidentally cut myself with a penknife and you know what? I liked the blood that bled out.

With so much hate and war waging on, is the world really worth it anymore?

Yet, I keep thinking that I’m the worst kind of monster with the scariest types of demons.

My younger brother is currently studying his diploma and keeps criticising that we’re staying at home, but he hasn’t worked a day in his life.

Me on the other hand, I’ve done plenty of part time jobs when I was younger, but I’m trying to transition into adulthood while trying not to die, seems like a pretty unfair trade right?

He likes to go out there and do everything before time runs out, but in that sense, he burdens everyone else around him without even considering their feelings.

Was it my fault that I was born an INFJ that simply felt too much in this horrid world? An empath trapped in between heaven and hell, which clearly seems more like hell now than ever.

I never get the real support I needed, yet they deserved everything else?

If I could watch this world burn, I would, but some part of me knows that it can still be saved somehow, but 99% of the world doesn’t seem to be interested in saving the world. Even if the 1% were the president of every country, that wouldn’t be enough to save the world.

Comparing world hunger and sanitation issues with my own is like comparing cheap meat with premium meat (I don’t enjoy meat though, just an analogy), but it doesn’t make my own issues seem less significant.

Comparison is never good, believe me.

Okay, I think I strayed too far away with the topic, but I’m just trying to get the anger out of me. I don’t have many friends, I only have one. I have a lot of suppressed emotions, trust me. Its just been really difficult. Life, that is.

Today, someone who really helped me with the whole ‘new kid’ situation while doing bookstagram contacted me and we chatted for a little while, not even really deep, just talking about writing and insecurities of an aspiring author, and those little messages brought me REALLY close to tears.

Well, this post was really just for me to vent my anger out, I’m sorry if you read this and felt that I’ve wasted your time 😦

Well, I’ll end with a quote I read from somewhere, I really can’t remember where, but it goes something like this:

” The real good people in life are the ones who can see their demons and think they’re bad”


The name book tag

Well, I decided to do another book tag and why not the name book tag? Instead of just using my first name, I decided to use my full name to make things tougher

My heart and other black holes by Jasmine Warga

Ignite me by There Mafi

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Love fortunes and other disasters by Kimberly Karalius

Eerie by C. M. McCoy


Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

Never bite a boy on the first date by Tamara Summers

Gorgeous by Paul Rodnick

Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia

Long may she reign by Riannon Thomas

Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

Nymph by Tonya Alexandra

Empress of a thousand skies by Rhoda Belleza


You don’t know my name by Kristen Orlando

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Of poseidon by Anna Banks

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

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Title: Song of the current (book #1)

Author: Sarah Tolcser

Recommended to fans of: Daughter of the pirate king by Tricia Levenseller, The chaos of stars by Kiersten White

Series: Song of the current

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance, YA, Fantasy

Rating: Did not finish 

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I stopped reading at page 20
  • The story felt boring (probably because I haven’t read to the important part) but it didn’t capture my attention as I thought it would
  • It was one of those over-hyped books I didn’t like

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂