Cinderella and Bluebeard is amazing. I've never read anything like it, and as an English Lit graduate, I've read a crudton of books. It's a well-researched look at the political drama and backroom scheming haunting France in the aftermath of Agincourt. And it's also wrapped up in a dark retelling of Cinderella, following the oldest daughter of Milet de Thouars as she looks for true love at the ball. And, although human nature provides most of the villainy, the worldview of the 14th century still allowed for gothic creatures, hiding in the shadows -- and it turns out that's, well, pretty much accurate. So, if you're looking for a very adult fairy tale with things to say about war, humanity, French history, religion, love, and more: Read This Book.