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{Review} Winter by Marissa Meyer


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Winter by Marissa Meyer

Hardcover, 1st, 827 pages

Published November 10th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark 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.

~Review~

WooooW, this book is amazing, and this whole series is really something! World building and the character development throughout the series is unreal.
Marissa Meyer is one hell of an author! I will definitely be reading more from her! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S OVER! I was so happy with the way this book went and the way it ended.

Winter was an incredible end to an incredible series. 827 pages long, yet I savored each chapter and page. Every book was paced perfectly. Not one minute did this book get boring. Everything in the book was layered in a perfect way, but this is just my opinion.

really like how Meyer balances retelling with the traditional story. She gets the amount of each just right, changing up enough to keep it surprising and exciting, but slotting in many parallels to the original stories that often catch me by surprise and make me smile. I also love how far the relationships have come. Lots of funny and touching dynamics, lots of great friendships to remind us that romance isn’t everything. Each character is very different, but important in her own way, and together they make a funny, lovable team. I love this world, I loved the dynamics between all the characters. Each character in this book brings something to the table and have their own story and form of bad assess!

This was, the perfect wrap up for this series, delivering a dramatic and bloody climax. There was lots of action, close calls, and lots of crazy. I highly recommend it! I can’t wait to get my hands on Heartless and I can’t wait to read Renegades!!

Note: I had this scheduled for before the New Year, but it never actually posted, and I haven’t had the right time to post this until now.

 

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Marissa Meyer

~Author Bio~

Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend  to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on February 10, 2018 in Ana's Bookshelf, Review

 

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{Review} Cress by Marissa Meyer


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Cress by Marissa Meyer

Paperback, 566 pages

Published: January 27th 2015 by Square Fish (first published February 4th 2014)

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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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 higher 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.

~Review~

“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.” 

I love this series so much! The characters match the fairy tales in such a unique and creative way. Seriously I don’t even know where to begin this review for this undeniable master piece of a novel.  I felt the story really took off in this one: traveling to African deserts!

The characters were all so loveable and each one of them has a clear distinct personality. Thus when reading all the different point of views you could clearly distinguish a unique voice making each chapter a refreshing breath of new air. As for the new characters Cress was a brilliant actress in the making and captured the dreamer inside of us all perfectly. I loved Cress and her growth throughout the novel and her obsession with Thorne was completely understandable. She’s so not like a typical heroine. She’s extremely intelligent but is primarily a daydreamer and tends to be swept up in her imagination.  love how socially awkward and naive she is to the outside world.

“Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”

Thorne made me laugh so much and I ship him and Cress so hard! Cress. Thorne. Freaking cuteness overload!! They are easily one of my all time favorite ships. Of course Cinder was great and so kickass in this one too. I loved Wolf in Scarlet and in this one he was really lacking for me..I felt so bad for him and Scarlet. I really loved Iko and she grew so much and she’s hilarious and so badass at the end!

“She dreamed of deep soul connections and passionate kisses and daring escapades. She was certain that he simply had to meet her, just once, and he would feel the same way. It would be like those epic love affairs that exploded into existence and burned white hot for all eternity. The type of love that time and distance and even death couldn’t separate.”

The plot was fast paced with not a dull moment to be seen and the pacing was perfect. It was filled with adventure: treks through the dessert, hopeless situations,(not so) damsels in distress, battles and small dashes of romance that spontaneously made me have a stupid, goofy grin. AND OMG THE ENDING. THAT ENDING. SO SO GOOD!! Kai finally seeing the light and that whole thing with Cinder was perfection!  I highly recommend it!

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Marissa Meyer

~Author Bio~

Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend  to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on December 24, 2017 in Ana's Bookshelf, Review

 

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{Review} Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Paperback, 452 pages

Published February 4th 2014 by Square Fish (first published February 5th 2013)

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

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.

~Review~

“She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.”

After falling in love with Cinder, it was only a matter of time before I got my hands on the sequel, Scarlet, and Scarlet did not disappoint. I loved it! While the first book was all cyborgs and disease and political strife, Scarlet rounded out the entire world by bringing in family, felons, wolf people, and war. Oh! And space. This is the second novel in The Lunar Chronicles, which is a re-telling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood. Of course, this is not the classic we’ve all grown up with, this is a completely different and creative spin on the tale. I love, LOVE this series so far! I have always loved fairy tales and this is probably one of the best re-tellings I’ve ever read! Marissa Meyer’s writing is very good and she takes the classic fairy tales of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood and places them in a very unique world that makes sense to the actual story. Very, very unique~ I mean, EVERYTHING about this series is just pure genius. Marissa Meyer has an incredible way with words and an even more incredible way of weaving all these stories together. I mean… she literally manages to include both the smallest and largest of details from each fairy tale without it being obvious or forced. And that’s not an easy task.

Much like the first book I couldn’t put this down, it was captivating from the start.  Cinder, and Scarlet this one was just as addictive and drew me into the world from word one, and I couldn’t stop. I just loved the first book so much and was really looking forward to reading the sequel right away, which is why I bought the series so I could just read them all! haha

“I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.” 

The story starts with Scarlet who is worried sick because her Grandma’s been missing for a couple of days. She’s never done that before so Scarlet knows something was wrong. But of course, the authorities seem to think otherwise. They assume she ran off or killed herself. And of course, they wouldn’t listen. But Scarlet would do whatever it takes to find her Grandma, even if it meant teaming up with someone she doesn’t fully know or trust to get to her.

That’s when she meets Wolf, and learns from her father that her grandmother is held captive by tattooed torturers. I really liked Scarlet and Wolf. A lot more than I thought I would, actually.

Meanwhile, Cinder is escaping prison with the help of another criminal, Captain Thorne. And well… I don’t want to spoil what happens… soo you’ll have to read the book!

“I just think we shouldn’t judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first. That maybe we should get the full story before jumping to conclusions. Crazy notion, I know.” 

Scarlet is such a kick-ass female lead in this book. She’s tough when she needs to be but at the same time very vulnerable, making her character much more relatable. Wolf is a nice addition to this series. His bad-boy persona is one I could swoon over for once, not being tarnished by a controlling or creepy side that, unfortunately, often goes hand in hand with this type. He had charm, tact, and motive; his development bloomed to perfection throughout the novel. AND THE ROMANCE/RELATIONSHIP between WOLF AND SCARLET, soooo cute :3 This book definitely had more of a swoon-worthy romance going for it than the first one.

The book also features most of the characters from the fist book such as Cinder, Kai, Iko and Queen Levana. I thought Cinder became more interesting in this story as we get to start to see the price Cinder is having to pay for her new-found powers. I also LOVED the addition of the new character, Captain Thorne. He adds a touch of humor into the story.

“A captain always knows where his ship is. It’s like a psychic bond.”
“If only we had a captain here.”

When a book features an awesome gang, chaos, war, prison breaks, evil monarchs, bloodthirsty beasts, fights and psychic powers, it’s impossible not to love it ! I mean, there is LITERALLY everything you could ever possibly want in this book, no, in this series~ I highly recommend it!

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Marissa Meyer

~Author Bio~

Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend  to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on December 21, 2017 in Ana's Bookshelf, Review

 

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{Review} Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Hardcover, 400 pages

Published 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

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.

~Review~

Cinder is an ambitious retelling of one my favorite fairytales Cinderella. In this modern fairytale set in futuristic New Beijing, hundred years after World War IV, we are introduced to the main heroine: Cinder. A deadly and contagious disease is ravaging the Earth and killing its people, not to mention an imminent war against the people who live on the Moon (Luna), the Lunars. Cinder will soon discover that that the peace and safety of Earthens might possibly lie in her hands. I have to praise the book for its originality. I mean, a cyborg Cinderella in a dystopian world? You gotta give Marissa Meyer props for coming up with that. I personally loved the world she built. It is a very fun read. I enjoyed reading it and I was interested enough to continue flipping through its pages eagerly. The writing is clean and very descriptive. I love Prince Kai and Cinder’s cyborg slash bestfriend: Iko.

Cinder was an awesome protagonist and very like-able. She is in an awful living situation with her evil step-mother Adri and her equally evil step-sister Pearl. But at least she has her nice step-sister Peony and the family android, Iko, there to help her cope. Cinder is a Cyborg which is part human part robot. She is looked down upon for this reason and is treated like a slave in her home. Adri blames Cinder for all of their troubles insisting she is the cause for everything and anything bad that has happened to her family. She can’t cry or blush, and that helps. Like, she literally can’t do both of those things. She wasn’t programmed to. I also love that she’s so strong and determined. There was no fairy godmother here to help her go to the ball. She did shit herself and refused to back down.

Prince Kai. Even mentioning his name makes me swoon. Prince Kai was surprisingly down to Earth for being a prince. When I began this novel I expected him to be shallow and sheltered. Instead he was a prince of the people and I liked that he was willing to do anything to save New Beijing.

Overall, I think Meyer did a terrific job with this retelling of a beloved classic. Likable, believable characters paired with a compelling story that had the right amount of tension and suspense made for a winning combination. The ending has me itching for the next book in the series, and I’m eager to find out what happens to Cinder and Kai, and the fate of Earth and Luna.

I strongly recommend this book to you if you want an awesome dystopian fairy tale retelling with great characters. And you might even have as much fun reading it as I did. :] Now, on to the next book in this series!

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~Author Bio~

Marissa MeyerMarissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend  to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Ana's Bookshelf, Review

 

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