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Gretel: A Fairytale Retold

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  413 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Starving and lost, Hans, and his sister Gretel, are saved from a pack of bloodthirsty wolves by a woman, who seems to ask for nothing in return. Seduced by her kindness and beauty, Gretel grows closer to her, while Hans becomes ever more suspicious of her motives. Torn between her brother and a woman she has just met, Gretel soon learns she must make a choice between long ...more
Kindle Edition, 76 pages
Published July 5th 2013 by NIM Publishing
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May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was a really cute read.
I highly recommend for a reading slump or a quick read.
Hansel and Gretel has been re-worked wonderfully- it felt really natural when reading.
And for once, the lesbians got a happy ending!!!
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ha! Lovely, short story of Hansel and Gretel revisited. I think I much prefer this version.
A fair rendition of Hansel and Gretel...

Only, in this case, Hansel and Gretel are quite grown and Gretel ends up in an f/f romance with the stranger in the woods. I liked it well enough but the f/f romance aspect was on a super fast track into insta-love-ville and the short story still seemed too short.

It's a free read and a decent intro to Niamh Murphy. I'm curious enough to check out her other reads.
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
(Very) loosely based on Grimm’s Hänsel and Gretel. There are brother Hans and sister Gretel, adults not children, who set out to escape hunger and poverty by going south (rather than being abandoned in the woods). The witch is not so witchy for most of the time, but a *whispers* lesbian, so still banished from the village. She is also kick-ass and hot. Just how I like my witches. But I digress.
If you accept this as a fairy-short-tale of romance and emancipation, with some pretty expli
Apr 12, 2020 added it
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- f/f romance with a sex scene!
- I was only 90% paying attention to the audiobook but I didn't notice anything harmful.
- The brother/sister dynamic reminded me a bit of Of Fire and Stars.
- Cool ending!
Meredith is a hot mess
3.5 stars.

What a pleasant read! My favorite character was the witch. I enjoy retellings that humanize the lone witch. The writing portrayed a woodsy feeling with a dash of enchantment. I would have liked to have seen more depth and dimension with Hans. I understand he was suppose to be the antagonist, but he also came across as annoying.
Kathy - Books & Munches
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I wanted a short read and with 76 pages, Gretel is exactly that. Throw in how this is a retelling of Hans and Gretel but with a lesbian aspect and a bit of smut, and I was sold. Definitely a good option if you want about an hour / an hour and a half of reading pleasure.

Of course, the characters aren't fleshed out properly but that's hardly something you can expect with a short novel like this. It didn't even bother me either since their characteristics were made very clear from the start and tha
3.5 Stars!
AnnMaree Of Oz
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A short yet steamy retelling of Hansel and Gretel, who come across a mysterious woman in the woods. While Gretel is intrigued, Hans is guarded.
May 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
I didn't like it. While the idea sounded good, it felt like the connection between Gretel and Maeve was pretty forced. There were also pretty much no stakes. It was tiring to go through ...more
Justina Johnson
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f, paranormal
This is an exquisite rendering of ‘Hansel and Gretel’. It isn’t difficult to see the similarities, but the wondrous re-working of that classic fairy tale moves it into a class of its own. The harsh and unrelenting rigidities and small-mindedness as depicted by Hans and probably the ‘other villagers’ who banished Maeve from her home community, only heighten the extraordinary love and closeness that develops between Gretel and Maeve. This story is really not to be missed!

Within this telling, Hans
Naomi Ruth
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, adult-fiction
I have a slight weakness for queer/lgbtqia+ retellings of fairy tales, so of course I had to read this one. It was cute, but the characters didn't have a lot of depth, it was a little bit insta-love, which I'm not a huge fan of. I thought Hans was the most well-developed character, which is not what I wanted. The writing was also very weak and sounded very young, but not as in "this is a character who is young and naive" but as in "this author has not quite refined her craft but start publishing ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved it! Such a sweet, wonderful story! It was fast paced, exciting and had a lot of wonderful twist and turns. The ending was a pleasant surprise and I laughed at the last sentence. It was fantastic! If you enjoy reading short stories, fairy tales and a lesbian stories with a happy ending, you will love this book. I liked Niamh's style so much, I started reading "Mask of the Highwaywomen" last night!!!!! ...more
Gemma Collins
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, this was a super short but really enjoyable novella based on the story of Hansel and Gretel, a dark tale in its own right. Although there is a great deal of difference between this story and the original fairytale, there are enough elements and darkness in common to make it feel like a Grimm story.
CR Daylex
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Utterly wonderful. Y'all know what a sucker I am for gay retellings of any kind. I'd never heard of a Hansel and Gretel f/f, so when I saw this I one-clicked it.

So happy I did! My last short f/f read was really disappointing, but this has rebuilt some of my faith in the short form romance. Filled with conflict, a carefully built world, lesbians making hard choices. The prose is great!
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
“Sometimes love isn’t enough. You need courage as well.”

A loose retelling of Hansel and Gretel. I enjoyed this a bunch; it's short and simple but did a good job of creating an atmosphere that was tense and mysterious but also romantic. It was just a bit too simple? I think this could have kept its short length, and but still gone somewhere a little different with the plot. At one point I was getting some sinister vibes, and I think I'd have enjoyed it if the author ran with that a bit.

Still pret
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Looking for some lesbians cottage core romance? Well, look no further and allow yourself the pleasure of the retelling of Hansel and Gretel with some gay twist. Mushroom picking and sex against a tree while spring begins to herald its return. It's soft and cute, and really short, so treat yourself, you deserve it. ...more
This is pretty bare bones, as is often the case with stories of this length, but I'm a sucker for lesbian fairy tale retellings so it was still pretty enjoyable. Ideally I would have liked a 'happier' ending but it was still a good short read. ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Gretel is an interesting take on the old fairy tale.
The brother and sister are older than in the original, though it's never disclosed how old they are, not abandoned in the forest but forced to leave their village in hope to find work. Attacked by wolves they get saved by a mysterious woman who offers them shelter.

The story has a good flow, it's an entertaining read filled with adventure, some romance, and sex, and with just the right dollop of drama towards the end. The tale is nicely wrapped
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't a huge fan of the writing, but this was just so cute and lovely to read. ...more
Hollow Well
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian, fairy-tale, f-f
3.75 stars means that I really (pretty much) liked it. It's a short, quick read for a nice bit of romance.

Hans and Gretel are just about to be eaten by wolves when Maeve shows up in the nick of time to save them. Maeve, in the role traditionally assigned to the evil witch, is, in this retelling, an outcast of the neighboring village. Apparently, she had fallen in love with someone she should not have. This is a lesbian retelling of a fairy tale, so it takes little imagination to understand the n
Lisa Marie Gabriel
An entertaining adult F/F retelling of Hansel and Gretel. I enjoy Niamh's writing and I thoroughly enjoyed this story but I have just the one regret - it was too short. Otherwise I would have given it five! I would have liked a little more character development, and a little more of Maeve and Gretel at the end as they embark on their new paranormal life together. I confess I would have liked the wolves to sort out that controlling brother of hers too. As a bonus you get a three chapter teaser of ...more
T.J. Dallas
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesfic
Wow, I loved this! I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was so well-written and a great, quick read. I'm not usually a fan of short stories but I quickly came to like the characters in this, and the thought of what Hans had done made a lump of lead land in my stomach. I was on his side for a while, knowing how the original fairy tale ended, but I was still quite surprised at his sudden turn. And the ending sent a shiver up my spine. Loved it! Fantastic story! ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Very short story. Freebie.

I liked the idea, but found the execution lacking. The characters needed to be fleshed out a little more. And the info dump at the beginning added nothing but could have added so much more flavour. This is so close to being something interesting too.
Very nice re-telling of the Hans and Gretel fairytale and it certainly is different from the tale we remember reading as a child. It's a short read but very entertaining. I give it 4.5 stars. ...more
Eva Reddy
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindles
Loved it!
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun read

Wish this was a little longer, but an interesting twist to an old fairytale. It's a fun, quick read and good intro to this author.
Aldrea Alien
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt-romance
This is a wonderful fairytale re-telling with a gorgeous feeling of world-building and history behind it. Gretel is an absolute angel. Hans though? With that name, I should've anticipated he'd be a backstabber. Really. And the twist and the end? Whoo!

The romance aspect felt a little rushed, and I'm still unsure my they got it on in the middle of the woods that has hungry wolves, but the part that stops me from giving it all five stars is how quickly Hans' leg heals. I would've liked for them to
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, 2018-read
Ever since I read Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins years ago I’ve had a special love for queer retellings of fairytales. This one did not disappoint. I definitely wish it was longer, but I still loved it. ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully imagined

I wish it wasn't a novella. It draws you in from the beginning and drags you to the end at a steady pace. I loved it. I recommend this quick read for those relaxing in a warm bath. It will heat you up.
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Niamh Murphy is a historian and novelist specialising in romantic lesbian fiction. She is passionate about experimenting with different genres and has a fondness for romantic action and adventure. She has written stories with vampires, werewolves, elves, magic, knights, sorceresses, and witches as well as contempo

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