2. Books I wish I could read again for the first time

You know those books that you read, where you have just finished it, you are about to have a book hangover and all of a sudden it hits you. You can’t read that again, without knowing what happens. You can’t have that same racing heart-beating feeling that you have when you read a book for the first time. Well this, is my Top 5 list of books which I wish I could read for the first time again, in no particular order. (Although I don’t know if they actually are the Top 5, since I had to narrow this list down so much)

Here is the link the the first post.

! SPOILERS ALERT !

(if you have not read the first 2 books in The Lunar Chronicles)

2. Cress by Marissa Meyer

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In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. (Goodreads description)


 

In my opinion, Cress is the best book in The Lunar Chronicles so far, as I have not read Winter yet. (Although it did just arrive in the mail!) As I read Cress, I realised that even though it is written in first person, Marissa Meyer has written this series so well that it feels like it is in first person. The descriptions almost ‘get inside’ the characters heads. I really connect with the characters because of the way that it is written. 

I wish that I could read this book again without knowing what happens because the suspense and anticipation in this novel (and whole series) made me read late through the night. You know it is a good book when you start reading at 9pm and reluctantly put the book down at 11pm!

I gave this book, without a doubt 5 Stars.

Currently reading:

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Series, Trilogies and Duologies

“Once upon a time, a girl was born. It was rather uneventful.” 

Furthermore, Tahereh Mafi (2016)

Top 5 Favourite Series, Trilogies and Duologies, (in no particular order).

Here we go:

  1. The Juliette ChroniclesTahereh Mafi

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The Juliette Chronicles centres around Juliette, who hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. Her touch is deadly, and she doesn’t know how to control it. The last time she touched someone, even though it was by accident, she was sent to The Reestablishment prison, accused of murder.

Juliette carries the trilogy along, through her struggles, her love, weapons and power and most importantly, her touch.

This is one trilogy you do not want to miss out on.

“I’m oxygen and he’s dying to breathe.”

Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

2.  The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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The Lunar Chronicles is a series that are basically retellings of fairytales. In the first book, Cinder, it is based around the retelling of Cinderella. The only difference is, that Cinder is not human. She is half cyborg. This is because of an accident from when she was younger, an accident that also killed her parents, forcing her to live with her ‘evil’ stepmother and stepsisters. Throughout the series, more fairytales come in to play. Scarlet is a Red Riding Hood retelling, Cress is a Rapunzel retelling and Winter is, of course, a Snow White retelling.

“Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon A Time.”

–  Marissa Meyer, Cinder

3. The Selection series by Kiera Cass

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The Selection series is one of my favourite series, although I am sure you know that from one of my last posts. The covers are gorgeous and I loved the way that the story line moved quickly and it was very exciting. It was one of those series where as soon as you finish one of the books, you have to read the next one straight away!

“True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

– Kiera Cass, The Selection

4. Starters by Lissa Price

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Starters is a 2 book dystopian series/duology about a girl called Callie, whose parents died in the Spore Wars. The Spore Wars wiped out everyone in between the age 25 and 60. She is a ‘squatter’, who takes care and lives with her brother and dear friend, Michael. She has been given the offer to rent her body for enders – people who want to be young again for a little while. She will be payed a fair amount of money, and this is exactly what she needs. The duology follows Callie, through her decisions, heartbreak and loss.

“It’s just the beginning.”

– Lissa Price, Starters

5. Slated by Teri Terry

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Firstly, these covers are beautiful. They really express the protagonist’s artiness and personality. They also give you a taste of the story line.

This trilogy is about a girl, Kyla, who has been slated. She has been wiped of her memory, her talents, her old life. She has been moved from her family, her school and her friends. Slating is a result of a teenager committing a crime or offence. But when people start disappearing and she starts to find out why she was slated and who she is, her whole world comes tumbling down.

If you enjoyed Mind Games (also by Teri Terry), you will love the Slated Trilogy.

“Simple is hard enough. Who needs complicated?”

– Teri TerrySlated

Currently reading:

Alive, by Scott Sigler

1. Books I wish I could read again for the first time

You know those books that you read, where you have just finished it, you are about to have a book hangover and all of a sudden it hits you. You can’t read that again, without knowing what happens. You can’t have that same racing heart-beating feeling that you have when you read a book for the first time. Well this, is my Top 5 list of books which I wish I could read for the first time again. (Although I don’t know if they actually are the Top 5, since I had to narrow this list down so much)

  1. Paperweight by Meg Haston

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Paperweight, by Meg Haston, had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. This is a great book for those of you readers who ever get into book slumps. It’s a quick and easy read that leaves you begging for more. I desperately want to read this book again for the first time, because although already knowing what happens doesn’t affect how well written this book is, it does eliminate the feeling of not knowing what is going to happen, and having to keep reading through the night.

Paperweight is a book about a girl named Stevie, who is suffering with a mental illness. She is sent to a health clinic to help her make a full recovery.

Little do the other patients, or her therapist know that Stevie is working up a plan. She plans to die on the day of her own brother’s death. The story starts 28 days before she wants to disappear from the world.

It’s quite a heavy and morbid book with quite a lot of swearing, that younger readers may not be able to cope with. I would put it at 14+, but it is your decision.

“We’re meant to be part of a we. Something bigger, something outside of ourselves.”

– Meg Haston, Paper Weight

I’ll be posting the rest of the Top 5’s in this mini series one every day, so keep checking back in for more instalments!

Currently reading:

Alive by Scott Sigler