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The First Blog Tour - Review + $30 Amazon GC/Swag Giveaway: First (Live Once Trilogy #1) by Chanda Stafford

Author: Chanda Stafford
Series: Live Once Trilogy
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub
Release Date: May 13, 2013
Pages: 254
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Mira works on a farm in the ruins of Texas, along with all of the other descendants of the defeated rebels. Though she’s given her heart to Tanner, their lives are not their own.

When Socrates, a powerful First, chooses Mira as his Second, she is thrust into the bewildering world of the rich and influential. Will, a servant assigned to assist her, whispers of rebellion, love, and of a darker fate than she’s ever imagined.

With time running out, Mira must decide whether to run to the boy she left behind, the boy who wants her to live, or the man who wants her dead.

      First follows the story of a young woman named Mira. She lives and works on a farm in Texas. Life isn't great since Texas is in ruins. People who are descendents on the rebels of the Immigration War, well kids, are little more than slaves. The only way they can be free is to become a Second to a First. A Second is someone who is chosen by a First to be their replacement, of sorts. Mira has been chosen by the most powerful First named Socrates. It is supposed to be a life full of luxury and riches. But Mira soon finds out that it isn't what it is cracked up to be and is far worse than she could have ever imagined.

      Talk about originality. Boy, what an amazing read this was. Stafford has got herself quite a gem here. She has done a wonderful job with this story and I will be the first on board for book 2. I really didn't know what to expect when I started this book. But I was hooked from the get go.

      Our main character Mira is quite the fighter. She has the whole world on her shoulders, as do a lot of people in this world. They are not free. They are working off the debt of their ancestors. Only the privileged, the rich get to be free. But when Mira is chosen by Socrates, she is now a part of the privileged. But she knows she is still a prisoner. She is not a part of their world and can't go back to her own or else she will be banished from her farm. She is in the fight for her life. Everyone is against her and treats her like a traitor or like trash. They treat her like she is nothing but some simple farm girl who is getting what she deserves. Socrates is a great character as well. The book alternates between his POV and Mira's. But this book is not as black and white as you would think. It was interesting and very unexpected. I liked that a lot.

      This story is very captivating. Even as a dystopian, this world is not that much different from how it was in the past. One society has taken a terrible part in history and has used it against everyone else. They are above everyone else and punish/execute those below them for the most insignificant things just because they can specifically Firsts. Firsts are a select group of people that want immortality. The only way to accomplish immortality is by scientifically moving into the Seconds. Seconds are usually children so the Firsts could use the body for as long as possible.

      My goodness, the places this book goes are very intense. This book is very thought-provoking to say the least. The government is controlling everything due to Texas' treason and there are rebels and secrets everywhere. Some know those secrets and are willing to do anything to stop them from getting to the forefront. And it isn't just the government and the rebels. This will take you on a rollercoaster ride and then some. The only complaint I had is figuring out some of the terminology in this book in the beginning. It takes a while to try and figure out what is what. But you will eventually. Other then that, this book is pretty amazing especially once you get to the end. Oh goodness, the end. It killed me. Highly recommended and definitely going on the Favorites lists of 2013!


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2013!
Chanda Stafford Bio:
Chanda Stafford teaches middle and high school English. She loves traveling and currently lives in Michigan with her husband and a menagerie of rescued dogs and cats.

When she’s not reading or writing, Chanda enjoys old zombie movies, authentic Italian food, and comic books.

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The First Tour

May 15, 2013 Through June 12, 2013 

May 15: Interview on Laurie’s Non-paranormal Thoughts & Reviews

May 16: Review on The Coffee Pot

May 16: Interview on The IndieView

May 18: Review on A Bit of Dash

May 20: Review on Reading Renee

May 20: Guest Post on To Read, or Not To Read

May 20: Interview on Young Adult Novel Reader

May 21: Guest Post on A Knife and Quill

May 22: Review on The Solitary Bookworm

May 22: Review on Big Al’s Books and Pals

May 23: Guest Post on Becky’s Blarmy Book Blog

May 24: Guest Post on My Book and My Coffee

May 25: Review on Lissette E. Manning

May 27: Review on Books and Needlepoint

May 28: Review on Random Musings of a Curious Mind

May 30: Guest Post on Comfort Books

June 1: Guest Post on Literary Musings

June 3: Review on Lovey Dovey Books

June 5: Review on The Kari AnnAlysis

June 5: Guest Post on Big Al’s Books and Pals

June 7: Review on I’m a Voracious Reader

June 8: Interview on I Am a Reader, Not a Writer

June 9: Review and Guest Post on Reader Girls

June 10: Review on Offbeat Vagabond

June 11: Interview on KBoards

June 12: Review on Workaday Reads




  1. This sounds awesome! Thanks for the review :)

  2. Thanks for reviewing my book! I really appreciate it!


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