If You Like #1 - Retellings

Friday, 15 August 2014
Hello. New thingy on my blog (yes I did just use the word thingy) with random recommendations based on if you like certain things. I'm sorry for that horrible explanation, but trust me, you'll understand eventually.



Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Why you'll love it:
Cinder is basically the cyborg version of Cinderella and the handsome Kai makes for an excellent Prince Charming. With excellent writing and a thrilling plot line, you are sure to love this book! (So long as you also like/don't mind sci-fi.)

Little Red Riding Hood:

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
(Warning for Cinder spoilers. Precede at your own risk, or skip to the next book.)
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Why you'll love it:
Like its predecessor Cinder, Scarlet is an awesome protagonist and combined with Wolf, you'll love this story the way you loved Cinder.


Cress Marissa Meyer:
(Warning for Cinder and Scarlet spoilers. Precede at your own risk, or skip to the next book.)
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.

Why you'll love it:
Cress is adorable and the sci-fi elements make this retelling even more enjoyable to read.

Alice in Wonderland:

Splintered by A.G. Howard:
My Spoiler-Free Review: Splintered Review
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Why you'll love it:
It's a darker take on Wonderland with two hot male characters and one awesome heroine.

Greek Mythology:

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Why you'll love it:
Firstly, if you have yet to pick up this series, I don't know what happened but you should go do so right now, or you can finish reading this blogpost. Anyway, Percy Jackson is such an entertaining character and so awesome. His friends Grover and Annabeth go on such cool adventures. Just go read this if you already haven't because you are seriously missing out.

If you have any retellings that you recommend but didn't see here, be sure to let me know!

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

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