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Winter (Lunar Chronicles, #4) – Review

13206900Winter by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars

823 pages

Published by Feiwel and Friends on November 10th 2015

Retelling, Young Adult, Science Fiction

No spoilers for any of the books in the series.

She would be brave. She would be heroic. She would make her own destiny.


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Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3): Review

Cress by Marissa Meyer – 4.5 stars13206828

560 pages

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Retelling, Young Adult, Science Fiction

(May contain spoilers for the books that came before)

“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.”


Synopsis

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.

Review

The books in this series aren’t only longer as it progresses, they’re also significantly better. Cinder and Scarlet didn’t particularly blow me away – and I’m not saying that this book did it either – but it was fun, and a major improvement from the others.

I haven’t bought a physical copy of this book yet, but I’m going to get one soon enough! After reading it, I’ve decided I want copies of all the books in the series.

Cress is named after the new character introduced in the book – Cinder was a retelling of Cinderella, Scarlet of Little Red Riding Hood and Cress is Rapunzel. If we take the Disney film version, Captain Thorne is Flynn Rider and one of the Queen’s thaumaturges (Sybil Mira) would be Mother Gothel.

The characters were interesting and had a certain depth I didn’t see in the other books. But Wolf (for example) was badly developed: in Cress he suffers, but all he does is growl and attack people throughout the entirety of the book instead of actually doing something interesting.

Anyway, even though this book is the longest yet, the 560 pages flew by! And not only because I read it in ebook form. The characters get separated, so there are multiple stories going on at once, and this made the book very fast-paced! This made me realize why I didn’t like Cinder that much: there was only her story, and it wasn’t interesting enough to carry a whole book. So this was much better!

Cress and Thorne’s story was funny, and I loved how Cress’s massive crush on him was slightly mocked and didn’t transform into a relationship in a week, like it usually happens in YA books.

There was not a lot of Wolf+Scarlet in this one, but I still ship them and hope to see them safe, sound and happy in Winter!

And even though Cress’s parts were funniest and most entertaining, Cinder and Kai’s were the most interesting. Cinder’s learning to control her Lunar powers and Kai is preparing his wedding, all while a war is about to occur. I didn’t like them OR ship them until now, but I have to admit, it’s pretty hard to finish this book without doing that. Cinder’s incredibly worried of becoming Levana – she’s powerful and can manipulate people just like her – and Kai fights an internal war because of his feelings for her (were they real? Was she manipulating him? What am I going to do about her being cyborg?).

I even cried a little near the end of this book. Maybe I’m still emotional from Crooked Kingdom, but I really did. That’s what pushed me to give it 4.5 stars instead of the 4 I had planned.

I look forward to reading Winter very much! The only thing worrying me is its massive size…


Have you read Cress? Have you already finished the series? Do you agree with me on anything? Let’s talk!

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Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)- Review

Scarlet by Marissa Meyerscarlet_cover

464 pages

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Retelling, Young Adult, Science Fiction

(SPOILERS FOR CINDER)

“Even in the future, beware of the big bad wolf…”


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

This was so much fun. I feel bad because I really can’t push myself to give it five stars, since according to my system it doesn’t deserve them.

Scarlet was such an improvement. It took about a year for me to convince myself to continue with the series (don’t ask, I don’t know why), but the wait was worth it. While Cinder was slightly boring for my taste, Scarlet was a delightful experience that left me craving for the next installment.

Let’s start with the multiple POVs, in 3rd person specific. It’s hard to pull these off, but Meyer gave each of her characters a voice and a personality I kind of liked. Also, I really like when there are interconnected stories happening at once, and in this particular book I loved all the switching between Thorne/Cinder and Scarlet/Wolf.

I had two favorite characters. One was Thorne. I feel like the author tried really (maybe too) hard to make him lovable, like a character put in there just for comic relief, but even if I noticed that, it was very hard not to like him. We don’t know much about him but I’d like to find out more!

My other favorite was Wolf. He’s got a certain mystery to him and I really enjoyed all the big reveals about him. To me, he seems like a well layered character, who will blossom in the next books. Again, there’s something about Meyer’s characters that makes me feel like they were created to cause a certain emotion and not necessarily to feel real, but I didn’t really care because I’ve grown to love them anyway.

From reading this, you might think I loved all the newcomers, but surprisingly my least favorite character was Scarlet. I think she had the worst voice out of all the characters, and I don’t think she was really defined. My mental image of her is blurred, and that happens when I don’t have enough information about a character’s personality and/or appearance. Red curls and an attitude. That doesn’t seem like the description of a real person to me. Anyway, some of the more “emotional” scenes with her were good, but a bit short and some even seemed pointless.

Seeing Cinder and Iko again was nice because in a more complex situation, they were actually really good characters that I liked.

The book as a whole was a fast read because it was very gripping, which scores some extra points.

Rating

4 stars

Conclusion

Honestly? I loved it. If you think about it, the elements alone don’t deserve the four stars, but actually reading it was lovely and I think that even if you didn’t like Cinder that much, you’ll get through this one fast and have fun doing it.

 

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Cinder – Review

Cinder by Marissa Meyer11235712

395 pages

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Retelling, Young Adult, Science Fiction

“Even in the future the story begins with once upon a time.”


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 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

The Lunar Chronicles had been on my to-read list for years now, and a few months ago I actually read this first book. I’m just starting the second book right now!

But let’s talk about Cinder.

For me, it was an enjoyable read, but not really worth highlighting. Let me just start by saying that I absolutely love the idea of a cyborg Cinderella! I also really like how this book is complex and the author included a lot of other secondary plotlines, instead of just talking about Cinder, which wouldn’t have been as interesting. You have Queen Levana, you have the plague, you have the cyborg draft…

But this book is missing pages, I’m sure of it. I would have loved to know more about the Lunars and/or the cyborg people. I mean, the Lunars are just so interesting. They’re one of the reasons why I’m going to keep reading this series. They can manipulate people’s minds, they have an awesome evil queen. I hope I’ll see more of them.

And the cyborgs? I don’t understand why they are treated as if they are less than normal humans. They are literally super-humans. They used to be normal, but now they have been enhanced (I don’t know how else to say it). Like, I don’t understand why they were saved, why the scientists put that much money and work into them just for them to end up serving a household.

Now on to the things I don’t like. Meyer’s oh-so-subtle foreshadowing almost made me put down the book. Did she mean to make it that obvious? I’ll admit that I don’t know how she could have made it less obvious, but her skills were lacking in that department. Apart from that, we’re good on the writing part.

Also, some of the secondary characters could have been less plain.  Prince Kai isn’t swoony. He’s boring. He’s a typical YA male lead, tall, mysterious and handsome. Peony is too adorable. I don’t think there’s a 14 year old girl in the world who’s that nice and especially not one raised to hate cyborgs like Cinder.

But Cinder was an interesting narrator, and I did like being inside her mind. I can’t wait to see more of her, even if I think the other books won’t be in her POV.

Rating

3 stars

Conclusion

An easy YA read most bookworms will enjoy. I think most readers will find themselves wanting to read more. For me it was because of the setting, surprisingly!

A bit predictable, but I think it wasn’t bad. I hope you’ll read my reviews as I move along the series, and share your thoughts on them with me.