Titles I've written about:
My Book of Life by Angel (2012):
Unlike a lot of verse novels, it reads like poetry: lots of rhythm, lots of passages that convey multiple meanings, even some wordplay. As the title suggests, Angel is writing her own story, and voice is believable, raw, determined, and surprisingly enough considering her circumstances, displays a decent amount of humor. I don't want to say that there are moments of loveliness in the story—because, for me, there weren't—but the writing itself is lovely.
Keturah and the Lord Death (2006):
Though it isn't technically a retelling of another story (as far as I know), I'll be recommending it to readers who are drawn to Donna Jo Napoli, Robin McKinley and older fans of Gail Carson Levine. I'm also going to try it on some of my Twilight girls. Stylistically, they're very different books, but the dark romance is similarly attractive.