Books I've Read

Double Review: Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer

Titles: Cress and Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3 & 4

Edition: e-book

CressBlurb (Cress): In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

WinterBlurb (Winter): Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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Finally trying to catch up on my book reviews! Yay!

What can I say about this series that hasn’t already been said? Whenever a series starts getting a lot of hype, it is rare that the follow ups live up to expectations. These two last books blew my expectations out of the water.

Cress is probably my favorite character out of the entire series. She is so adorable! Her discovery of Earth after spending her entire life in a satellite above it is so full of childlike wonder. It’s beautiful to read, and such an interesting take on the Rapunzel fairy tale.

I think that’s what I like best about this series. It takes familiar stories and spins them in a completely new and interesting sci-fi, dystopian direction. And Meyer does it brilliantly, bringing the story to a gripping conclusion that I could not put down. Each book adds new depth and life into this world and each one gets better and better.

Five stars. Both books. Actually, all four books. They are awesome.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for 1/12/16

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules of you want to play along:

• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I understand perfectly, but forgive me for being defensive.” Torin scrutinized their new guests. “Though I’m grateful Kai has been returned, it seems the ordeal is hardly over. I hope you know what you’re doing, Linh Cinder.”

~ Winter by Marissa Meyer

So a late teaser post for this week – it’s been a bit of a crazy day – but at least I have a good book to end the day with! I can’t wait to see how this series ends!

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for 1/5/16

Teaser Tuesday NewFirst Teaser Tuesday of the year!!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

A weight released from Scarlet’s chest as the scanner passed over her wrist and she stepped onto the train. Finally, finally, she was on her way. No more standing still. No more doing nothing.

~ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I am loving this series, y’all! It’s so good!

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Books I've Read

Book Review: Cinder

cinderTitle: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1

Edition Read: ebook

Seasonal Reading Challenge: Task 30.7, option 5 – Surprise – “My siblings and I are pretty good at guessing what we’ll find, but there’s always something different, that we didn’t expect to find. Read a book found on this list: Popular Classic Retellings Books.”

Blurb: 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.

This one has been on my radar for ages. I’ve seen lots of people talk about it, review it, love it, or hate it. As you know, I enjoy a good fairy tale retelling, but comparing this to Cinderella in any way is a bit odd. Odd in a good way though.

Sure, Cinderella in this story is a cyborg. She doesn’t leave a shoe at the ball, she leaves a foot instead. Sort of. It’s an interesting dystopian take on the story, but it also completely stands on its own as being a completely new story. Especially once the Lunars get involved. In this future, there are beings that live on the moon, that are very magical and very powerful, and want to take over Earth. And they are scary – especially the queen.

Cinder is a very interesting character. As I said, she’s a cyborg, but I loved that she was still very human. She’s trying to find her place in the world, trying to figure out who she is and what she wants and how to get it, which is something anyone can relate to. I loved the technology that this world has, a good mix of technical marvels and depravity that every good dystopian story needs.

I enjoyed this every much, even if reading it did add one more series to my list to obsess over. What can I say? I can’t help myself!