5 Brilliant Genderbent Retellings of Classic Stories

Rediscover your favorite tales with these genderbent retellings of classic stories.

1. Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon, narrated by Pearl Hewitt

When Olivia Brownlow is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from stealing on the streets to lavish soirees. Jack MacCarron rose to become the adopted nephew of a society matron, but robs every chance he gets. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow, he wonders why she seems so familiar.
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2. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White, narrated by Fiona Hardingham

Bright We Burn.

Mehmed is building an empire, but he has a secret: despite his power, he is desperately lonely. Lada’s rule of justice has created a crime-free Wallachia, but won’t rest until everyone knows the country’s borders are inviolable. If she continues, only death will prosper. But Mehmed loves her. Only by destroying everything that came before, including her relationships, can Lada truly build the country she wants.
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3. A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas, narrated by Kate Reading

As “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte Holmes she has had great success, but she is not prepared for the new client who arrives at her office. Lady Ingram wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual meeting. The case becomes even more personal for Charlotte as the missing man is her half brother.
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4. Adara and the Beast by Emily Sharp, narrated by Lucy Rivers

Adara and the Beast.

Louise lives in a castle, but she doesn’t believe in fairy tales. However, she does believe in money and knows it can buy her anything, including the Beauty that walks by her every day. When Adara  is forced to live in the castle, she realizes that not all fairy tales are filled with love, but cursed with darkness and a cruel Beast. In order to have the happily ever after Adara has always desired, she must break a wicked curse.
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5. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, narrated by Julia Whelan and Graham Halstead

A Study in Charlotte.

Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes, but the Holmes family has always been odd.  Charlotte has inherited Sherlock’s volatility and vices — and then Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same boarding school. But when a student they have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, Jamie can’t keep his distance. Nowhere is safe — and the only people they can trust are each other.
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