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Book Review – A Whisper of Eternity

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Title: A Whisper of Eternity

Author: Amanda Ashley

Genre: Romance, Supernatural, Adult

Length: 352

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

He Will Not Lose Her Again

When artist Tracy Warner purchases the rambling seaside house built above Dominic St. John’s hidden lair, he recognizes in her spirit the woman he has loved countless times over the centuries. Drawing her into the fascinating, seductive world of the vampire, he aches to believe that this time she will not refuse his Dark Gift. But when Dominic’s ancient rival appears in Sea Cliff, hungry for territory and power, Tracy becomes a pawn in a deadly game. To save her—and the passion that burns between them—Dominic must offer…A Whisper of Eternity.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Once upon a time this book used to be one of my favourite not trashy but still not serious enough to be called not trashy romance book. I think this is why it stands at 3 stars right now. A few years ago it would have been a 4 or a 5, in a few years it might be a 2. But for now its a 3.

The writing in this book is not the best in all the word, I have most certainly read better. There are even a few grammatical things within the book and they drive me up the wall. It really does surprise me how my taste or just general experience of books has changed so much since starting this blog. I thought the writing was great a few years ago. If you don’t notice these kind of things though the plot is enough to keep you going.

The plot is not the most original thing in all the world, specially now a day. Very old and very strong vampire falls in love with a normal girl who thought he was dashing and handsome, serious and ever so slightly scary. Girl also meets a boy who is the completely opposite but still attractive. Someone who is fun and generally makes the girl feel good but for some reason just isn’t what she is looking for. How this book differs from this kind of standard plot is that he has known and loved her in past lives. I know there are a few of these kind of books out there, but this is a rather old one so I will let it feel slightly original. They meet in each life and fall in love, but before he can reveal what he is to her and have her not be frightened, she dies somehow. Upon each death bed he reveals that he is a vampire and offers to turn her so that she can live the rest of her life with him, but each time she refuses and dies leaving him to spend years waiting till they find each other again. Will this be his last time chasing her across the ages?

The characters themselves are interesting enough. Tracy I like in the sense she does a lot of things I like, such as being an artist, likes the beach and to read. It is also very nice that she isn’t what I would call stupid. Dominic is a very sexy man. Sometimes he is rather dense and stubborn as seems all strong powerful men in these kind of books. Also rather controlling. That weakness aside, I love him. I think the name Dominic is a very sexy one purely because of this book.

The rest of the characters in the book are a bit less to be desired. You meet them but you don’t really get much of them. But I have read some more from her vampire romance books and it seems that she does things a little like Kresley Cole, they seem to pop up in other books so perhaps I will feel like they matter and were not just there for content later on.

And there we have it. I like this book well enough, but some of this enjoyment might be stemming from past affections. If you enjoy a trash book that doesn’t have much sex in it this is one you might want to checkout, but if not you might be able to miss it.

 

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From Book To Movie – Mockingjay Part 1

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Title: Mockingjay Part 1

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Star

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

Book Series Reviews: 123

Description/Synopsis:

When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I absolutely loved everything about this movie. I am going to assume everyone reading this review has already seen the movie or read the book so this will be your one and only spoiler warning. Towards the end will contain spoilers, you have been warned.

I don’t know about you guys, but when they announced that this last movie was being split up into two parts I was so happy. Some people where annoyed by this because they think that every series ever is now splitting things up into sections because Harry Potter did it, but I don’t think this is just a way to milk the series longer. The last book was not the best one, it was by far the worst in the entire series. You kind of felt rushed the entire time and it did not flow correctly. Lots of new random capital kind of things happen and when I read the book after the first movie came out my first thought was that there was no way they were going to fit that books story into one movie when the book was barely long enough to tell it correctly.

And I was so happy with what I got. I went and saw the movie in its opening week, and after the first few days I had heard from people who had not read the books that it was the worst movie so far and a lot of them did not like it. How pleased I was to find that I think they are all wrong and I actually think its my favourite so far. The first part of the book was slow because it has a lot of build up to the second half, so to those expecting fighting non stop like in the first two be aware that that is not what you are going to get. This part of the movie deals with how the first two games have affected everyone and the lead up to bringing down the capital in the next part.

There were very few changes to the overall story in this movie compared to the book. I have always loved the changes where they show things that are happening in the capital and the other districts that you didn’t get to in the books because Katniss was not there a lot of the time. I enjoy seeing the effect. I also loved the talks between Coin and Plutarch and their reasons for while they let Katnis do all the things she does like go back and visit district 12. I was sad that Finnick was not in their as much as I wanted him to be, but the moments we did get were both sad and touching at the same time. I also loved the inclusion of Effie throughout the movie and little comical tidbits. The part where Plutarch is telling her her door is not locked and she can come and go as she pleases but still acts as though she is in prison is great. It has always bothered me that her father is never mentioned considering that he was such a big part of everything she does, but I get why he is not there. Another thing we got that I was not really expecting was that they humanised Coin a bit and made us see her in a more lighter and sadder way. She still has to die so I am interested in how they are going to make that come full circle.

The things that were the same were all exactly what I wanted from them. Katniss was so so broken is was amazing, and the fact that the wig made her look a little ‘wrong’ I think made the effect better. I couldn’t not see the wig though. I also loved every moment with the cat, when it gets shoved into the bag was amazing. I think the entire theatre laughed there. I loved our moments with Haymitch as well even though he is notmy most favourite person anymore. When he shows up at Katniss’s horrible propo, and then when she breaks down with him after she realises what they are doing to Peeta because she keeps fighting back.

I think the part where Katniss sings The Hanging Tree was the best part of the entire movie. Jen did an amazing job. She doesn’t have a voice that I would describe as one that the birds would stop singing so that they could listen to her, but it was powerful and really captured the moment. I don’t know if I like the lyric change of ‘necklace of rope’ to ‘necklace of hope,’ but I suppose it was a little bit too obviously about death for the younger people if they started sing about necklaces of rope in a hanging tree, and a necklace of hope can have the same meaning so I guess it still all works. When we cut from Katniss singing to… district 5? singing the words with her heading to blow up the damn despite the fact they all know they are going to die if they do it was so well done. I also liked how Katniss singing was spliced into that final communication with the capital and Peeta looks a mess then hears her singing and starts crying and then warns them about the attack. I think this was a nice touch because Peeta had always loved to listen to her sing.

We can all take a guess as to where the movie ends. I really thought it was all over when they bashed the back of his head and everything black. I suppose that would have been a really nasty cliff hanger for those who don’t know what is coming however so they gave us a tiny bit more with much struggling and being tied down.

And there we have it folks. I loved this moving, actually really want to go see it again and I have been listening to The Hanging Tree on repeat since I saw it. This movie seems like it is going to be a far better presented and developed ending to the series. I think waiting a year might just kill me even if I am not ready for that level of sadness is my life.

 

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Book Review – The Snow Child

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Title: The Snow Child

Author: Eowyn Ivey

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 386

Rating: 4.5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Normally I would round a rating up or down if it lands on a .5, however, I can’t do that this time. I loved this book so much I can’t give it a 4, but the ending prevents me from just giving it a 5.

But gosh this story was just so beautiful, I think it was by far the most beautiful one I have read this year.

No warm blood in me doth glow, water in my veins doth flow.

Yet I’ll laugh and sing and play, by frosty night and frosty day.

Little daughter of the snow.

But whenever I do know, that you love me little,

Then I shall melt away again, back into the sky I’ll go.

Little daughter of the snow.

We are presented with an old sad couple that seem to be in a never ending cycle of sadness and despair after giving birth to a still born baby, neither of them knowing how to get nor really trying to get out. In a rare moment of happiness they go outside in the snow in the new home in Alaska and decide to build themselves a little girl out of snow. The next morning their creation is destroyed and there are foot prints only leading away from where the snow child once stood, and a small figure appearing and disappearing at the edge of the trees wearing a blue coat and red scarf. Then the little wild, spirited girl Faina enters their lives.

I still don’t even know where to start with this review. The entire time we are reading we are just thinking and thinking about how Faina came to be. Is she a child born from snow as is told in Mabel’s storybook? Or is she a poor orphan child that has grown up in the wilderness as is suggest by the events we encounter with Jack? And if she isn’t a mystical being, how does that explain that ending?

To believe, perhaps you had to cease looking for explanations and instead hold the little thing in your hands as long as you were able before it slipped like water between your fingers.

One structural thing, that was at least in my ebook copy of the story, that I found really interesting was that when anyone was talking to Faina or ever really just about her, their words don’t have any quotation marks, but when they are having conversations about or to anyone else while Faina wasn’t involved, quotation marks were used.

The introduction of Faina in their lives, not only gives them something to love and be joyous about, but it also teaches them that even when she isn’t around there are still things to love and still people that care. I feel she taught them that you can’t run from your problems at that there is still things to be happy and hopeful about.

We are allowed to do that, are we not Mabel? To invent our own endings and choose joy over sorrow?

Through her they find their love for each other, and their love for this new land that they live in. I have to say that I felt that love too. I just wanted to dive into the pages and play in the snow and run with foxes and be as mysterious and fleeting as snowflakes on the wind. Faina was an entity that was just out of reach and something we never really completely felt part of. She was just too mystical.

I think the friends they make in Alaska are the sweetest people ever. When they help them with the farm despite the protests and basically just move into their house, my heart melted for our old couple. I really like the relationship that was developed between Jack and Mabel and Garret. It took me awhile to see where that section of the story was going but by the time it happened I had accepted and saw there was no other way for it to go. I was freaking out about it the whole time though. With the state of Faina ever being in question many of the events had me panicking.

Then the ending. Oh the ending. I will not go into detail about because I don’t want to wreck a book I want everyone to read, but the ending though was one we thought could of been coming, it didn’t leave me feeling complete. Something was wrong with it and it kind of shattered this beautiful sad and mystical feeling that I had been enjoying throughout the book.

So yes, read this book. I think many people should at least give it ago. If you are looking for something action packed and fast paced, I think you should stay away. Far away. But if you are looking for something more subtle and flowing, much like the flow of a creek or the fall of light snow, then you need to pick this up. Just beware the ending.

 

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Book Review – Cruel Beauty

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Title: Cruel Beauty

Author: Rosamund Hodge

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 342

Rating: 4.5 rounded down to 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I thought this was just a stunning book.

This book had me from the very first page. I loved the story of Beauty and the beast and I thought this was a really interesting beautiful way of going about retelling that story. I went it with very low expectations because I felt like it would mar one of my favourite fairytales, and I had heard such mixed things about the book. I am so glad I picked it up. It is just filled with quote worthy moments as well which is always a bonus.

Don’t look at the shadows too long or a demon might look back.

The plot of this book is just awesome. Nothing in this story is black or white, and this includes the characters. It had a plot that I thought I had an idea of where it was going but the more I read the more I second guessed myself and it really surprised me in a good way, even if it was a little bit confusing.

It stars Nyx, a twin whose father entered into a deal with The Gentle Lord or Ignifex, the demon king who lives up on the hill by their city, to have his wife conceive a child. Ignifex agreed, granting him twin girls but in exchange the father must choose one of those girls to be his wife. Thinking that he could outsmart Ignifex and his deal the father agreed, but sadly his wife died during childbirth. Choosing his first born daughter to be the one who must marry Ignifex, he trained her to be an assassin and a sacrifice, knowing full well that this mission would more than likely kill his daughter. The day finally comes and Nyx marries Ignifex and try not to die before she learns to understand the house that keeps on changing, and outsmart Ignifex so that she may end his life to avenge her mother. There is also some Greek mythology elements woven into the plot as well to add an extra element.

I thought all the characters were interesting, but Nyx was probably the best. She was brave and kind, but she was also angry and hateful. She accepts that she will die and she goes off to meet her fate without looking back. But then she has had to live with the knowledge that her father picked her for death, that he does not love her, and that her younger sister will get to continue living her life. She both loves and wants to protect her sister, but hates her at the same time for this knowledge.

If one of us had to die, it ought to be the one with poison in her heart.

I found her relationship with her sister probably one of the more interesting aspects of the character relations. Before Nyx goes off to Ignifex she views her sister as the innocent who has been spared all the ghastly things, that still has hope and doesn’t completely understand the situation that Nyx is in. But when she returns, she finds that this isn’t really the case, that her sister was hiding who she was just as much if not more than Nyx herself. Things probably would have been greatly different for Nyx if she had of just shown herself truly to her sister. I found that she actually had more poison in her heart just naturally than Nyx ever did knowing she was getting sent off to be killed.

If you’d ever asked, I would have crawled to help you. But you never wanted my help. You only wanted me to be your sweet and smiling sister. So I smiled and smiled, until I thought I would break.

I grew to love her relationship with Ignifex, I grew this love as they grew it for each other, the way a good love story should be told. The start of their relationship was very anger filled and hinted with a touch of fear when it came to Nyx. But one night when Nyx’s looking for a way to bring down the house leads her to a run in with demons that were second from ending her life, Ignifex comes to her rescue, facing the night time whispers and attacks that he hates so much. Then when they over come him, Nyx leaves him there to suffer. After leaving him for hours, she decides that she doesn’t want to be that person who lets someone suffer, someone who is not all he appears to be on the surface, and goes back to save him. From here starts their back and forth love hate relationship that slowly starts leaning more towards love.

“You deserve all that and more. It made me happy to see you suffer. I would do it all over again if I could. I would do it again and again. Every night I would torment you and laugh. Do you understand? You are never safe with me.”

“That’s what makes you my favourite. Every wicked part of you.”

Nothing is this book is as it seems when you first look at it. Both our villain and heroin are just as bad and as good as each other. Plus, Ignifex has a wonderful sense of humour that makes you want to forgive every bit of blood on his hands.

Since I don’t want to ruin the end of this book at all I think I should end this review here before I ramble on and start talking about it. All you really need to know that this was an awesome book and I will be suggesting it to anyone who appreciates people and stories that are not all black and white, and anyone who loved the story of beauty and the beast. The only reason why this book did not receive a 5 star rating from me was because parts of the ending where a bit iffy.

 

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Book Review – Splintered

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Title: Splintered [Splintered 1]

Author: A.G. Howard

Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy

Length: 287

Rating: 2.5 rounded down to 2 Star

Series Review: 1, 1.5, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

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.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Sigh. This book fell so far short from what I wanted from it that it left me sad.

I went into this book with such high expectations. I have heard wonderful things about it and I was really excited to the get a creepy retelling of Alice in Wonderland, not that Alice in Wonderland isn’t creepy to start with. But this book didn’t hold up to any of my expectations.

I tried really, really hard to like this book. I liked the idea that the family which the story is based around were the descendants of the original Alice is fell down the rabbit hole. I also really liked some of the imagery as well, specially when it came to describing the nature and the many many moths that popped up in the story, and I liked the idea of talking bugs. That is where the enjoyment ended however.

I founded the characters to be very flat. It was really jammed into us that Alyssa’s sanity is very thin, and that she was very alternative. The amounts of time her outfit was described in detail got really on my nerves. I get it. She is a punk chick with dreads and boots, I don’t need to be told again, specially when the clothes she is wearing haven’t changed since the last time we were told about it. The only character I was remotely interested in would be her mother because she is in the crazy bin but isn’t actually crazy. I would love to know more about her story and hear her side of things.

Then there was the dreaded love triangle. We start off with the childhood friend who is also tormented and is the only one that really understands her and can basically read her mind. Then we have the mysterious and deceitful moth guy who used to visit her in her dreams and understand her darker side. I really don’t understand the appeal with either of these two characters. Jeb is just boring and controlling and has borderline anger issues, and is so so so stupid. Morpheus, though the better of the two, is pretty much just a manipulative and filthy liar, when there was really no reason to be either of those things ever because Alyssa would agree to do pretty much anything if he just asked.

The whole plot of the story too wasn’t the best thing in the world. It did have some twists and turns in there that had me going, and by the time that I got to the very kind of predictable ending, part of me wanted to know what on earth would happen in the next book. This book really could just be read as a standalone so I don’t know what the next one will hold. That being said though, I don’t I will indulge that curiosity of what is to come because I don’t think it will be any better than this, and I don’t feel like its worth the time.

So yes, this was not my cup of tea at all. I do not recommend this book to anyone.

 

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Book Review – The Book of Lost Things

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Title: The Book of Lost Things

Author: John Connolly

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 502

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I really enjoyed this book. It was a dark retelling of stories children have been hearing all their lives and the end result was just magical. This will be a spoiler filled review.

In this book we are lead through the life of the young David whose mother sadly dies and his father finds a new girlfriend Rose and together they have another baby boy and they move into Rose’s big house. None of these things really what David wanted out of life and he struggles and is made angry with the changes and hatred starts to fill his heart.

But things in this house are not all what they seem. The books whisper to him and contain the name of a boy from Rose’s family that disappeared with his younger sister years before. There is also a crooked man with a crooked hat who sneaks into David’s room and stares at his baby brother, and from a section of the garden he can hear his dead mother beckoning to him, urging him to save her.

David follows his mothers voice, squeezing himself through the cracks in the stone fence and out the other side of a whole in a tree into another land. This land throws him many many challenges and trials as he makes his way through old stories that are not quite the way he remembers them. He looses friends, questions whether or not he is alive, all to find the king who holds The Book of Lost Things to find the answers on getting back home, and to see if his mother is actually alive.

At the end of his journey he finds the King is none other than the boy whose name is written inside David’s books, The Book of Lost Things nothing but his childhood book of how he came to be here. His heart was also filled with hate because of the change that a new sister brought into his life, and the Crooked Man came and offered him the chance to be king if he sacrificed the life of his little sister, an offer he agreed too. For years the Crooked Man has been living by the hatred of children and the spirit of the innocents that were sacrificed.

David gets offered the same deal, but upon reflection of his family and all that he has learned on his journey, he declines and The Crooked Man dies because of the lack of new sacrifice, but not before he could curse David. David travels back to the tree and climbs through desperate to be back with his family.

He wakes up in a hospital bed with Rose by his side. Was it all a dream, or was it all real?

As the years go by, the curse that bad things will happen to his loved ones that the Crooked Man placed upon him comes true. Rose and his father split up, his younger brother is killed at war, and his wife and child die in childbirth. When Rose dies David moves back into the home and seals up the cracks in the stone fence so that no other children can wonder on through, and writes a book of his journeys and entertains many children with his tales.

I loved this book because while the story isn’t very happy at all, you can almost feel peaceful with the outcome by the end. The dark underlay and the theme of not hating change and letting go of things you cannot change was really something wonderful. This will be a book that I read to my children when I have them. I highly recommend that people at least try this book, you may just find something within its pages.

 

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Book Review – Cress

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Title: Cress [The Lunar Chronicles 3]

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 550

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: Novelas, 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

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.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

And we are back to five stars! Such a great book. I am sorry people who haven’t read this book yet, this review will not be for you. It will be filled with scary spoilers throughout.

As you might have already guessed or read this book is about Cress or Crescent Moon, the girl with the crazy hair we met in the first book urging Cinder to go to the ball and warn Kai about the Lunar queen’s plan. I am a bit ashamed of how long it took me to work out that she was Dr. Erland’s daughter. I didn’t work it out until we had already spent quite a lot of time with Cress and then switched over to Erland and he started talking about his daughter that it clicked. I was panicking so hard that she would run off and never find out about him. Thank god that didn’t happen, but of course she finds out just as he is dying. Bit sad.

Her relationship with Thorne however was just adorable. Cinder and Kair have a more adult and serious relationship, but Thorne’s and Cress’ is more sweet and easy going. Even thought I was freaking out that Thorne went blind because nothing is ever allowed to happen to him, I think it really made their relationship what it was. She had to help him and he had to kind of help her with life despite the fact he cannot see. At one point Cress gets kidnapped and taken to Erland’s lab place before everyone works out they are all friends, and Thorne with the help of the escort-droid that he got for Iko so that she could have a pretty human body (which was just adorable), he charges in their blind to save her.

Cinder comes along just a little bit later and runs into the droid which result in this:

He’s just gone inside to be heroic. I’m sure he’ll be glad to know you’re here.

I love the writing style. It always takes a moment to be funny. Another moment I loved was:

What happened? Why is the ship screaming?

Another new character we met was Jacin. I don’t know how I feel about him. We think he is on our side for awhile but it turns out that he is actually wanting to help the queen’s daughter Winter and NOT Cinder so we don’t know how much we can trust him. I did think it was pretty amusing though when he finally works out who Cinder is though and why she was so confused about who he was loyal too. He just gives a sly smile and lets it go. I look forward to finding out what happens with him.

I thought wolf was the biggest idiot in this book and I kept wanting him to leave. He was pretty much useless the entire time because Scarlet gets captured by Lunar again. Something that was really all his fault. Cinder told him to stay because it was more dangerous for him to come but what does he do? He follows her anyway and of course everything goes wrong just like Cinder knew they would. Then he goes and tries to kill Cinder, twice, because Scarlet is gone. Gah. He just annoyed me so so much. We didn’t get much of Scarlet in this book because of the kidnapping, but part of me was glad. The torture she was going through and having to chop off her own finger. I felt so bad for her. I did like the interactions with the crazy princess Winter though and I am so excited for her book. I love me some crazy characters.

“You shouldn’t call me crazy. They don’t like that.”

“But you are crazy.”

“I know. Do you know how I know? Because the palace walls have been bleeding for years, and no one else sees it.”

I was so excited about the Kai kidnapping. It had to happen and I so desperately was Kai and Cinder action. The kidnapping was really funny, I loved how Cinder just shot Kai with a tranq dart. Then when he is on the ship and Iko screams for Kai not to look at her because Wolf wrecked her new body and she isn’t pretty and is embarrassed. The awkward interaction between Kai and Cinder when she is telling him who she is, after all the yelling of course, then the wonderful Cinder breakdown and their kiss. YAAAAYYYYY! I am so excited to get more of their relationship in the next book.

Just encase you didn’t figure it out already, I really really enjoyed this book. Even though I didn’t think the Rapunzel theme showed through enough and Cress lost her long hair too quickly. This book is an easy solid 5 star winner and I think everyone should read this series.

 

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Book Review – Scarlet

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Title: Scarlet [The Lunar Chronicles 2]

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 452

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: Novelas, 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

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.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

After the last one, this one let me down a bit but I still thought it was an amazing story.

I think the only reason why this one fell a start from the first for me was that we were introduced to some new people, two of which are Scarlet and Wolf, and they are telling us the story of little red riding hood (but not really that much). While I liked these two new characters, compared to Cinder and Kai I didn’t really care about them at all. Pretty much the entire time I was reading about them I was thinking to myself how they were going to connect up with Cinder and the rest of her crew, I wasn’t really concerned much with their story.

Sadly, we don’t get any Cinder an Kai time because CInder starts off in jail and must break out and Kai is off doing Emperor like things elsewhere. This made me very very sad. This was kind of made up for however in the new non-romantic partner is crime (because they are off being criminal together) Thorne. Thorne is the accidental person Cinder picked up along the way while breaking out of prison who happens to have a ship. Their relationship is just amazing. It starts off with Cinder being really annoyed by him but by the end you know they love each other. Iko also ends up being the ship and this was just so funny. She made a pretty damn awesome ship. My favourite moments in this book involve Thorne and Cinder and sometimes Iko. There is a part where ‘captain’ Thorne was trying to fly ships, something he apparently doesn’t do well, and Cinder is just there saying “We are going to die.” Then Thorne comes up with lines like “We’re having another moment aren’t we?” when Cinder only kind of wants to hurt him. So funny.

If you don’t want spoilers, you should probably leave here for the rest of this review will be going into detail about events in the book.

I loved the scene were Cinder and Thorne find the very creepy basement at Scarlet’s house where her grandmother had helped Cinder’s adoptive father build her and piece her all back together after she was nearly burnt to death. A process that took eight years! Wow. Yes, that would explain why Cinder has no memory before the age of eleven. She was submerged in goo. I also thought it was really interesting that that was why she has the google thing inside her head, because she had no idea of the world and this would allow her to find things out without people really noticing that she had no idea what anything was or how things go.

I was so ashamed of myself when it came to the whole Scarlet and Wolf side of the story. So many hints were dropped that Wolf wasn’t from Earth but was in fact a Lunar but I didn’t make the connects at all until he ‘turned’ on Scarlet and lead her into his pack’s ‘den.’ Not that he could turn crazy and rip a person to bits with just his hands, not the fact he had wolf teeth, not when Scarlet’s father was saying that the people who had him captured forced him to hurt himself, and not when he didn’t know what a tomato or a carrot was. Nope. Not even a thought about it. So shameful.

At the same time though when Scarlet gets captured and Wolf is secretly trying to help her, I got really happy because I just knew that Cinder was going to fly in with Thorne and save the day. I tell you, that saving scene was so action packed. I thought it was pretty funny that Cinder shot Wolf with tranq dart because she thought he was going to eat Scarlet. Part of me was screaming at them to leave him there because it was such a hassle to save everyone with this giant guy all knocked out and useless.

Cinder was so much more kick confident in this book I feel. She went about everything with a determination that she didn’t completely have in the last book. I was actually really worried that this would make her go a bit evil with her Lunar powers, so I pray that doesn’t happen by the end of the series. I think maybe perhaps she will build new chips to make is to the Lunar’s don’t have to use their powers without side effects and so humans can be protected. I think the part the showed her toughness the best besides breaking out of jail and saving everyone, would be at the end Scarlet is yelling at her. Why hasn’t she done something sooner to save everyone/fix everything since she is the lost Lunar princess? Cinder just turns around and is basically like, well for your information Scarlet I only found out three days ago and since then I have broken out of prison, fixed a ship and come and saved you. Haven’t had the time to overthrow an evil queen just yet. Scarlet is just standing there going oh… ok then. Hahaha so good.

ANYWAY that is enough rambling from me. I liked this one but there were a few things I didn’t like as much as the first but I still loved it and I am picking up the next book in the series right this second. Tell me your thoughts on everything that happened in the book. Did you pick up on the Wolf thing quicker or am I the only that was blind?

 

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Book Review – Cinder

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Title: Cinder [The Lunar Chronicles 1]

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 390

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: Novelas, 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

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 centre 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 – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I love love loved this book. I am glad people didn’t shove this down my throat or I might never have picked it up!

The plot of this book is a retelling of Cinderella, in a new science fiction kind of light. There is even some Anastasia in there too, though I don’t know if that part was intentional. I avoided this book for ages because who on earth would want to read about cyborgs? Not me. I am not a big cyborg/science fiction person. I will have to let go of this kind of thinking because this book made me so happy! It doesn’t completely follow Cinderella, but the basic plot points are there. Evil stepmother, the handsome prince who doesn’t know her full story, a ball she can’t attend, and loosing a ‘shoe.’ The we have a plague ravaging the land, cyborgs, and people who live on the moon called Lunars. Its all very exciting.

I thought all the characters in the book were really well developed and had depth, even if they were only in there for a moment. For example we meet a woman briefly in the market were Cinder works and she catches the plague, and even though we know nothing of her I thought her telling everyone to run and telling her son to stay away was touching. Everyone acts like this when they get the plague, so concerned for each other. They scatter like ants.

I think Cinder is one of my favourite characters ever, she is just so cool in a way that she doesn’t even try. She is just herself and that’s good enough for her. The fact that she also pretty much has google inside her head was awesome. I thought her relationship with the very dreamy Kai was just so sweet. He is so kind to her despite her very flustered state pretty much everytime he is around and their love just grew throughout the story. The part were he was asking her why she had been ignoring all his coms was just so funny and so was their first meeting and she has grease all over her face. Iko was just so hysterical and really had the biggest personality out of everyone in the story. I hated her stepmother with a passion, and hated one sister and loved the other.

Now this is the end of the spoiler free section of this posts so move on if you haven’t read it. All you need to know that this was a great book and a great starting book for big things that are to come.

Now, into more spoiler related things.

One thing that annoyed me was that I picked up on the fact that Cinder was the missing princess just way too quickly. The very first time it was mentioned I got it. I think it was like page 41 or something. Thats just a bit too early to be working this stuff out I think. Another thing that really annoyed me was the fact that Cinder hated Lunars so much. Yes I get that they are in a war and they have scary powers and all that junk but I mean come on. If anyone understands what its like to be treated and looked at different because you are not quite the same as everyone else Cinder does, and I think that was just wrong of her.

I was so so so so sad when Iko was destroyed and Cinder was just cradling her little personality chip. If her stepmother doesn’t eventually die a painful death I will be so so so mad.

But the sadness doesn’t stop there for her, oh no. The sister dies and she was so damn close! I was so angry for her. Make that two sad chips of sadness. I thougt Cinder was finally going to get a happy moment after all the death and bitch mother scenes with Kai. I thought he knew who and what she was and was still treating her the same and I was so happy for her in that brief moment. It doesn’t last long though. When he picks up her foot and looks at her like she is dirt I just about died. NO KAI! LOVE HER DESPITE EVERYTHING!!!

I have to say I am very excited to see how she gets out of jail and what she can do with her new hand and foot.

I think thats everything that needs to be talked about just now. What did you guys think of the book? DId you love it as much as me? If you haven’t read it yet you really really really should. I highly recommend this even to those who don’t really like scifi!

 

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Book Review – Glitches, The Little Android, & The Queens Army

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Title: Glitches, The Little Android, The Queen’s Army [The Lunar Chronicles 0.5, 0.6, 1.5]

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 29 Av.

Rating: 5, 2, 4 Star

Series Review: Novela’s, 1, 23, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

glitchesCinders is no memory further back than a few days – since her operation . And then came the endless journey to her new family. But it is anything but welcoming, her new stepmother would most like to get rid of her as quickly as possible. Then Cinder’s stepfather, Garan catches the Blue Plague, and she loses her main advocate … good thing she has her friend Iko , an android who sometimes forgets that she is not human.

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The Little AndroidWhen android Mech6.0 saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t meant to develop impractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.

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the queens armyIt is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Glitches

I LOVED this. For anyone who is planning on reading this series I strongly suggest you read this first! I agree with the comments of others, I don’t see why this was not added to the start of Cinder. This little story is the perfect opening into the series. It captured my attention and left me wanting more and many answers by the time I came to the end of its 32 page story. It introduces you to all the people who are important in Cinder’s world in the beginning. You find out who to love and who to hate pretty quickly. You also get more information about Garan which is sparse in the rest of the series. I really felt for poor Cinder the entire time, things just don’t go her way and she is just too young to understand that most the people she is with are just vile and there is nothing she can do to change that. Iko is one of my favourite creatures ever.

I have a glitch, too. Sometimes I forget that I’m not human. I don’t think that happens to most androids.

The Little Android

This one did not fill me up with such love. We get like a two second glimpse of Cinder in this book and that is it. This story has nothing at all to do with the rest of the series. I have no idea why this book is in here. The more I read about Mech6.0, the less I liked her. What started off with me thinking another Iko ended is me getting something selfish and violent. Yes, in the end Mech6.0 let those things go for the man she rescued and loved, but I found this ending to be messily written and I did not enjoy it.

The Queen’s Army

I did not read this book in the order that is said to in the goodreads list encase it was another little android type thing that didn’t really have much relevance. Luckily for me though I liked this one! I went in already knowing the characters within and I found it really interesting to see how they started on their journey that landed them in the path of Cinder. I think you could read this one at any time. If you read it in the order on goodreads, its not going to spoil anything about the characters you meet in Scarlet until you are a fair bit in, but if you read it later like I did you will just get some great backstory about people you know and love.

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