Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) – Marissa Meyer

 

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Title: Fairest 
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Series: Series
Year Published: 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, YA
Pages: 208
Rating: ♔♔♔♔♔

Goodreads’ Description

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

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My Thought

My first thought: I felt like I had just read a fantasy and young adult version of Gone Girl.

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Top Ten Tuesday #2 – Top Ten Fairy Retellings

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The Broke & The Bookish created this bookish meme (Top Ten Tuesday), in which they feature a different topic every week. 

I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED FOR THIS WEEK TOPIC! 😀

Just before, I was having a Mulan marathon. Being ¾ Chinese, I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before. I know, you must be thinking WHY THE HELL HAVEN’T YOU WATCHED IT ALREADY? Don’t yell at me, but I haven’t watched the Lion King either. *hides behind General Shang* However, I was greatly inspired by Mulan’s bravery and her whole “my duty is to my heart” shebang.

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This week TTT, the topic is about top ten fairytale retellings I’ve read or want to read. Or because they are so generous, it could also be fairy tales I want to be retold or fairy tales I love. As you can probably tell, I am creatively challenged hence I will be taking all of the above! ^-^

To begin with I shall introduce two fairytale retellings novels which I love greatly!

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinderella)

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I present you Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles! The first time I picked it up, I read two chapters and returned it to the library. Then after all the hyped and raving reviews I heard on Goodreads – I finally picked it up and fell in love with it. I have never been a big fan of Cinderella because my heart lies with Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel from Tangled. But this novel’s setting is amazingly researched since the author has never been to China before. But most importantly of all – do you see that cover?! It’s screaming: “SHOW ME SOME COVER LOVE!

 2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Red Riding Hood)

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I assure you that the rest of the list is not going to name the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series. But I think you get the message I am trying to convey right? RIGHT?! 😀 Yes, I am saying stop reading this list and go and pick up Cinder if you haven’t read it already! This is an EMERGENCY! You can’t simply ignore such an urgent call, especially from me. Because I am the monster that sleeps under your bed when you were a kid. 😛 Yep, I will come to you tonight if you haven’t bought the book!

3. Cress by Marissa Meyer (Rapunzel)

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 *hides behind Flynn Rider*

I pinky promise this is going to be the last one. I just had to do it! Forgive me, but I will  never skip Rapunzel unless an evil master takes over my consciousness. Even then, I will fight  till…I turn into ashes? @.@

Anyway, I haven’t finish reading Cress. I am very much a mood reader so I don’t want to ruin  the image of Rapunzel in my mind, hence I won’t be reading this until summer.

4. A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Beauty & the Beast)

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My second favourite disney princess is Belle from Beauty and the Beast and turns out this kickass novel has an element of her in it. I quote from Goodreads’ description that this novel is “blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore”. Amazing plot? Check. Awesome setting? Check. Astounding characters? Check.Yet, why haven’t I read this novel? Because I am waiting for the hype to die down and I don’t want to go in with such high expectations but only being disappointed. You see where I am coming from? 

5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (Wizard of Oz)

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Ohhh, does it sound like a spooky horror story to you? I haven’t watch the Wizard of Oz, but should I?

Writing this at night does not help at all! I am getting goosebumps everywhere, and becoming suspicious of the “dark” once more. I know I just proclaimed myself as the evil demon under your bed at night, but have you ever thought why I’m under your bed in the first place? 😛 That’s because I am afraid of darkness! (I so didn’t pull that off..shh…)

6. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Cinderella)

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I hope you saw that coming. 😛 An obedience Cinderella who is determined to not let her curse controlling her life. I haven’t read the novel, but I absolutely fell in love when I first saw the movie. Anne Hathaway just makes everything so much better doesn’t she? Need I say more?

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7. Beastly by Alex Flinn (Beauty & The Beast)

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 This has been out for many years now. I just haven’t had time to read it yet because I have seen many negative reviews. E.g. I know that Cait from Paperfury despise it.

But then there are some crazy five stars out there. I haven’t seen the movie either. Not planning on reading it soon, but definitely a must somewhere along the future.

8. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater  (Celtic & English fairy-tales)

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 I read this years ago, this was before Maggie Stiefvater becomes the new black. My impression on Lament was “meh”, but it was enough to allow me to rate it 3 stars. I think if I reread it I would’ve rated differently, perhaps a higher rating.

This book’s originality was absolutely on point. Although it’s a fantasy trilogy, however the notions this novel gave me was not a roller-coaster feelings. Instead, I would describe it as contemporary feels due.This novel is very poetic and consists of a beautiful language so best to read it during spring.

9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (1001 Nights) 

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I need this book so desperately! The synopsis of this novel sounds so intriguing, what’s with the  Caliph killing his bride before each sunrise and whatnot. Though, I am sure there’s more depth to  this novel than that. But come on! Who isn’t excited for this novel?! 😀

What I want to read is how can a person falls in love with her best friend murderer? Okay, I  didn’t spoil anything for you because it’s in the Goodreads’ description. Though I think that’s not  what happened anyway. Just read it and tell me if you think it’s awesome! ^-^

10. MULAN! 

I know there are like 2 novels that were published last year consisting of Mulan’s retellings – Defy by Sara B. Larson and  Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart. However, I need more! Mulan’s story is absolutely brilliant! How fun is it to disguise yourself as a male and participate in risky adventures where any second you might be exposed?

There you go! My top ten fairy retellings list! 😀 Do you participate in TTT too? If so, please comment below so I can check out your TTT and erm…*ahem* perhaps add more books to my already sky-high TBR pile! 😛 Have you read any of the books I have mentioned? Because if not, then you should need to. (I MEAN GO AND READ CINDER IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!)

Happy readings,
Kristy.

Would You Rather? Tag

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I need to thank Islandgeekgirl from Overflowing Bookshelves for giving me this opportunity to partake in this amusing tag. You should all go and follow her! I promise once you see her header for blog – you would fall in love with it just like I did. Just like her, I would like to tag all of you to do this! ^-^

Here are the questions…

  • Would you rather read only trilogies or only read standalones?

Whoever created this “Would You Rather?” tag is so mean! :/ (I’m kidding, but still!) I love standalones, because when you finished –  it either gives you this tingling feelings or it’s just meh (majority of the time). But I’m going to have to go with only reading trilogies. The reason being is because I’ve started a lot of trilogies and I haven’t been able to finish them due to lack of money and the fact that my library just doesn’t have them. Hence, I finally would be able to finish the trilogies. Standalones can be read whenever! ^-^

  • Would you rather read only male or female authors?

Damn, these questions are slightly challenging. Majority of the YA & NA novels I read are written by female so I would have to go with female. But I swear this doesn’t mean I despise male authors at all! It’s just I think female gets our heartfelt wishes more so than males. For example, recently I have read a YA apocalyptic novel – We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach  and the way he writes blew my mind so please check it out!

  • Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

I desperately want Australia to have Barnes & Noble, but we don’t unfortunately. So Amazon it is!

  • Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Why you so hard to choose?!

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Books like Pretty Little Liars should definitely be turned into TV show, and the result has been flying high hasn’t it? Almost all of my good friends are addicted to it. Then there are those like the Games of Thrones, Gossip Girl, the 100  etc are all very popular. I’m also waiting for the Mortal Instruments TV show to come out! (The movie sucked big time!)

However, there are books that are just meant to be turned into movies like The Fault In Our Stars, Harry Potter, The Host, Narnia, Gone Girl, A Walk To Remember etc. They all turned out fantastic!

So my point being is that I can’t choose, because different novels just have different feels hence I can’t pick.

  • Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

Thank you! This one is finally an easy one! Definitely 5 books per week. I don’t call myself a bibliophile for no reasons. I’m just addicted to books, but if only I have that much time to read them, and not having to go to work and school…

  • Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Another easy one! 😀 I would rather be a professional reviewer. I heard you say why?

Well, let’s say writing a novel has been a dream of mine for many years – 4 years precisely – since I picked up that broken laptop with only Word Document on it. However, after joining Goodreads, I realised that being a reviewer is actually so much more fun than publishing a novel. Don’t ask me why or how, because people change.  I rather be a supporter of authors, a reviewer of many authors’ novels than anything else.

Who knows? Maybe I want to be a professional author 4 years later.  😛

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  • Would you rather be a librarian or bookseller?

That’s another easy one! I definitely would rather be a librarian. In fact, I would LOVE to become a librarian.

I remembered when I was twelve, I saw a librarian putting CDs and books back onto the shelves. I really wanted to helped her, but didn’t know where to begin. Like, how do I ask her if I could help her put the returned books & CDs back onto the shelves without sounding weird? I decided at the end of the day it didn’t matter, so ahead I went. Surprisingly, she let me. I was so giddy. But she only let me had the tiny trolley and that was it. Although slightly disappointed in the end, but at least I got to be librarian for 5 minutes. It was one of the best memories ever! ^-^

Though when I see her again next time, she talked to the librarian next to her about me. I knew it because they were staring at me. Being the insecure me, I felt like bursting into tears. Ever since then I just tried to avoid her every time I see her.

But that doesn’t stop me from chasing one of my dreams – to become a librarian. I think it’s worth it, though my Asian parents don’t support me, but I’m sure I can become one even in my 70s.

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  • Would you rather read only your favourite genre or every other genre but your favourite?

That is a really dumb question… If it’s your favourite genre, of course you would want to read it every day! My favourite genres are YA & NA, though I would much prefer YA as some of the novels are a bit too mature and dark for me.

  • Would you rather read only ebooks or physical books?

I’m big on physical books! I love collecting and buying physical books, particularly second-hand shops novels because their histories is truly what makes books valuable. With ebooks, you can’t smell anything, so physical books it’s!

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