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.

five stars

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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The Boyfriend Thief (Stolen Kisses #1) – Sharna Norris

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Title: The Boyfriend Thief
Author: Shana Norris
Publisher: Paper Lantern Lit
Series: Series
Year Published: 2014
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Realistic, YA
Pages: 210
Rating: ♔♔♔♔

Goodreads’ Description

1 ill-fated hot dog costume. 2 former BFFs. 11 days to seduce a boy.

Avery James doesn’t believe in romance—she’s studied enough biology to know that love is nothing more than hormones and chemicals. Besides, she has more practical goals in mind, namely saving up for a summer humanitarian program in Costa Rica. But when her Diggity Dog House supervisor denies her a raise and Avery finds herself $500 dollars short for the trip of a lifetime, Avery has no choice but to accept an unexpected offer. The deal? She must steal her arch nemesis Hannah’s boyfriend before prom, giving Avery eleven days to seduce Zac Greeley.

Avery is sure the job will be easy. But a few midnight comedy shows and spontaneous dance parties (not to mention one particularly intimate carwash) later, Avery finds herself questioning everything she’s ever thought about love. Could Zac’s signature cherry-lime Slurpees be causing brain freeze, or is Avery actually starting to fall for him?

Will Avery be able to steal Zac away from Hannah before he steals Avery’s heart?

My Thought

four stars

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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.