Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Short description:

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.

(This is a Synopsis from Goodreads)

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What’s it about?

First off some main info:13206828

Author: Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress

Published: January 27th, 2015

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3

Version: Square Fish Paperback (592 pages)

Would I recommend it: YEEESS guys, YES!

Rating: 5+ Stars

5+ Stars Rating

As we continue following the adventures of Cinder and Co. we get to meet a new main character along the way – Cress! Cress is a Lunar shell who was locked in a satellite for the majority of her life, having to spy on the Eastern Commonwealth for thaumaturge Mira. A rescue mission, carried out by the Rampion crew, goes wrong leaving Cress and Thorne stranded in a dessert and separated from their friends/allies. This story loosely follows the plot of the classic fairytale “Rapunzel” and has you watching out for the next similarity!

My Opinion:

Once again Marissa Meyer did not disappoint with her third book in the The Lunar Chronicles series! Reading this book was just amazing, as was getting to know Cress, and it was one of those books that you want to finish reading, but at the same time you don’t because it’s just too good!! THE STRUGGLE!! What do I want more?

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My overall opinion about the story is completely positive and I absolutely loved it, which is not a surprise to me at all! Not only my beloved characters made this book amazing but the storyline did as well! Once again the author perfectly balanced the fairytale components with the futuristic setting of this book and I absolutely love that about her writing style! She has this great ability to draw her readers in by doing exactly what I just mentioned as well as creating amazing and deep characters and giving all of them a lot of “screen-time”. I am just absolutely in love with this author! 🙂 ❤

One thing that was a little different in this book, compared to the others, was the distribution of POV’s. In the first two books Meyer kept the main attention on the main character but in this third installment she changes up this pattern. If you didn’t know who the lead was you wouldn’t necessarily think that it was Cress – judging from the POV’s. At first this kind of bothered me, since I really enjoyed the way she handled this in her first two books, but as soon as I got a little further into the story I noticed that the change was necessary and it really matched the plotline! Now more characters got their own chapters and also more than one at a time. This also made it possible for the readers to find out more about what’s going on in the others’ minds.

One more thing I should really mention about her writing style is that you always notice who she is writing as at the beginning of every chapter! She doesn’t achieve this by mentioning the character at the very beginning of a chapter, but by having really uniquely written characters that you just have to recognize! Obviously she mentions the names at some point since she writes in 3rd person, but still…

About the story there’s really just to say that it is as well thought through as the others but it contains a little more action and suspense and at the same time more romance than the first two books and I really enjoyed this as well! As said before, the group gets ripped apart and therefore it is needed to let more characters  have their own chapters so the reader will still know what is going on. Because of this we were able to find out a little bit more about Captain Thorne which I absolutely loved because he is one of my favorite characters – well… they all kinda are – and I am completely in love with him!!

One of my favorite parts about the story itself are any scenes involving Lunar control! They often are really confusing, because you never really know what is free will and isn’t, but also they are as awesome as they are confusing! Now, while talking about Lunars, I should also mention that I enjoyed the insights into Lunar customs and such, that were gained through Lunar POVs and also through Scarlet’s sidestory. It was amazing to experience more of this complex, though cruel, society that Marissa Meyer has built for us to read about. Scarlet’s story and the way she was treated throughout the book has basically destroyed me!

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It was horrible to read but great at the same time and a major advantage of it was, that it brought the Lunar culture and also their cruelty closer to the readers!

Now let’s talk a little more about characters!

Cress is the major character that was newly introduced in this book and *I know I’m repeating myself* I absolutely love her! She is such a great and different character, compared to the others, and I admire  a lot of her character traits. Cress definitely is a dreamer and her whole character is just lovely! I feel like, in real life, she would be the kind of person that never has anything bad to say about anyone and always tries to see the best in people. I also find it very relatable how childlike her wonder is when she discovers new things after she was broke out of her satellite. The description of her wonder is just as amazing as her wonder itself and it’s brought to the reader’s attention  very well!

Sadly, I have to admit that Cress probably has better social skills than I do – and that after spending her whole life trapped in a satellite! Kinda embarrassing…                                              While reading this series I also got the feeling that the three female main characters were leading up to one another. But that might be just me:

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Of course there was also Carswell Thorne as the male “lead” who is just as great as in the second book, but we do get to know him a lot more and, as I said earlier, I loved that part about the book. But there is a male character whose development I found even more interesting!

Kai! I have loved Kai from his first appearance in the first book, but reading about him in this third book has brought him even closer to me. In the first two books we got glimpses of his personality but in this one we got a more in-depth look at the young emperor. I think Kai has an astonishing character and he is an amazing emperor considering his age and experience! It was also great to see how deeply Kai really cares about Cinder even though he tried to ignore it, or at least not act on it.

~ I absolutely love THEIR ending!~ 

So this was my third review in the Lunar Chronicles and I hoped you liked hearing my opinion on this book! I really enjoy writing these “reviews” and I hope y’all enjoy reading them! Thank y’all for reading this one and have a wonderful night! 🙂

 

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Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Short description:

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.

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

As usual you can find the book here.

What’s it about?

First off some main info:18139931

Author: Marissa Meyer

Title: Scarlet

PublishedFebruary 4th, 2014

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2

Version: Square Fish Paperback (452 pages)

Would I recommend it: Absolutely!!!

Rating: 5+ Stars

5+ Stars Rating

This book is the second installment in The Lunar Chronicles and therefore takes place in the same world as Cinder did. (You can find my review for that one here) But in this book the main action takes place in France, more specifically in Rieux and Paris, and follows the adventure of Scarlet Benoit and the street fighter know as Wolf as they try to find out more about the disappearance of Scarlet’s grandmother. Well … some more than others, I’d say.

This review contains spoilers about the first book!

My Opinion:

OMG guys! This book was exactly everything I could’ve ever dreamt of for the second novel in this series. It was an amazing read and I am still so happy to have started this series in the first place! SO HAPPY!!

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Obviously, and luckily, the fairytale theme continues in this second book of The Lunar Chronicles and this time the retold fairytale is Little Red Riding Hood. Once again Marissa Meyer has left me speechless with her subtle, but beautiful, way of incorporating the main points of a fairytale into the futuristic world she has built for this book series. I am a huge fan of that! Another thing that was done just as well as in the first book, was how she combined the main and the “side” POVs and how she timed the meeting of Cinder, Scarlet and their companions. Well, the second part was exclusive to this book obviously, since in the first book the POVs are connected from the beginning. Another thing that I really enjoyed about the storytelling was, that the connection between Scarlet and Cinder became pretty clear, very soon. This gave the reader a little more knowledge than Scarlet and it drove me crazy to combine all the clues from the different storylines but I absolutely loved it!!!

Also the author once more incorporated the image of an opinionated society, that likes to pick on and exclude those who are different, which is a continuation from the first novel, but I was still astonished with her ability to build this realistic society in a future world. I found very good that, in Paris, she included real buildings (e.g. the Louvre) and mentioned what happened to them during the war. That helped a lot with the description of the surroundings that I also liked a lot.

Now let me tell you some of the main story elements that I really enjoyed. Firstly, compared to the first book there is a lot more romancy stuff going on. It’s still not a lot (which is pretty nice every once in a while) but, once again, it’s really subtle and fits into the storyline perfectly. I feel like the book just wouldn’t be the same with too much romance in it and I think it’s – I’m definitely overusing the word – perfect the way it is. I also found an element of the “sidestory” very well done and very interesting. Cinder learning more about herself and her powers. I loved Cinder almost as soon as I first met her, so I was really excited when I could continue reading about her and following her struggles with getting to know her abilities as well as finding out about her past. The things she finds out often are kind of traumatizing – at least for me it would be – but she deals with them really well.

One of my absolute favorite plot parts were The loyal soldiers to the order of the pack. I totally am a fan of secret societies and even though those guys turned out to be something else, they seemed like one in the beginning. Well, even though they weren’t a secret organisation they were one of my favorite part of the story, probably because the were the evil guys in this book…

So now I want to talk a little bit about the characters. Scarlet Benoit is a hardworking girl, that lives a very down-to-earth life and is happy with it as long as she has her grandmother. She is very loyal to this woman who has been a constant in her life for most of it and who has taught her to be open-minded towards others. This differentiates her from the rest of the provincial citizens who are very narrow-minded. As said earlier, Scarlet is very down to earth which makes her a really likable and, to me, relatable character. Scarlet also sticks to her opinions and tells people when they’re wrong – desperately needed in her hometown. The male main part is taken by the street fighter Wolf who appears to be a mysterious, but still lovable character with mad anger issues. As the book continues one learns about the reasons for both, his mysteriousness and his anger issues. In contrary to Wolf’s anger issues he is also very shy and he behaves in a way that made him pretty trust worthy until….I love how Wolf changes throughout the story even though we only learn about that after it has already happened. Now about the side characters. For one, there aren’t really as many as in Cinder but the ones that are there are awesome. Four words for you: I LOVE CARSWELL THORNE!! ❤ He has so many amazing character traits and I can’t wait to learn more about him in the third book, Cress, which I am currently reading. In this book there aren’t really many characters that I hate, except the Order of the Pack. Which is funny, since I like the part they play in the story.

Lastly I can just day that I would absolutely recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone, as I think that anyone can find something to enjoy in these books. They have already become some of my favorites, which I can’t say to often, even though I already said it PRETTY often!!

Thank you guys for reading!! Have you read this book? And if yes, what did you think of it? I’d love to hear y’all’s opinion and I hope y’all will have a great week and day (depending on your time zone) 😉

Cover Lust Friday!

Hi Guys! It’s finally Friday, so yay!! Today I want to try out the Cover Lust Friday meme that is hosted by Alice Reeds. For this meme you choose a cover that you like a lot and talk a little bit about why you chose this cover in particular. I’m really excited for this, so let’s get started! 🙂

I really want to do multiple covers for this one because they’re part of a series but I’m going to limit myself to one – The first one.

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Author: Melissa Meyer

Title: Cinder

Published: January 8th, 2013

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1

Version: Square Fish Paperback  (387 pages)

Rating: 5+ Stars

I absolutely adore this cover, as well as all the others in this series! I feel like they already give a lot of information about the main character of the book before you read it by representing one important part of the protagonist. I also really like about this cover, that it captures the essence of the fairytale which is being retold. In this case it is Cinderella, and I think the creator of this cover combined the fairytale and the Sci-Fi part beautifully.

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The combination of the cyborg foot inside of this normal leg is done so gracefully and classy! But it also is still obvious (obviously!) that there indeed is something inside the “normal” leg. This again kinda represents Cinder and the simple fact that she will never not be a Cyborg. Whatever she does, however she tries to hide it, it will always be there! It will always be a part of her!

So, this is one of my favorite covers, what do you think of it? What covers do you love? Thank you very much for reading and have a great day, evening or whatever! 🙂

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles#1) by Marissa Meyer

Short 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.

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

You can find a sample or order the book here

What’s it about?

First off some main info:11235712

Author: Melissa Meyer

Title: Cinder

Published: January 8th, 2013

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1

Version: Square Fish Paperback  (387 pages)

Would I recommend it: Yes!! Definitely!!

Rating: 5+ Stars

This amazing story named “Cinder” takes place in a futuristic Beijing, called New Beijing, which was destroyed and later rebuilt after World War IV. In this future time prejudice and fright still rule people, partly thanks to the very deadly letumosis plague, and they still judge people who are slightly different from them. One of the main targets for those prejudices are cyborgs (and also androids but since they aren’t actual people let’s stick to cyborgs). Cyborgs are seen as second-class citizens and they are owned by people even if those are their “family”.

Linh Cinder is a talented mechanic but also a cyborg and her adopted family let’s her feel that whenever possible, except for her little sister Peony, that is. Cinder has to give away all her income to her “mother” Adri and still has to work for her at home without getting anything in return. By now you should be able to guess which fairytale this book is loosely based on… Cinderella!! Btw, all the books in this series are based on a fairytale, sorry I didn’t mention this earlier. After a dramatic accident, Cinder’s life takes a drastic turn…

My Opinion:

Okay… let me breathe for a second. In. And out. I absolutely adore this book!! I think it’s absolutely perfect the way it is and I wouldn’t change a single thing… Well, you could’ve guessed that by the 5+ Star rating I guess… As I mentioned multiple times before, I love a good fairytale “remake” or one of any other old story for that matter and this one absolutely blew my mind. It was just incredible!! Also the scenario with the Lunars and intergalactic relationships in general was awesome! And I honestly have to say that I usually take a little while to read paperback books. And by that I mean any type of book that isn’t on my phone. So I usually take longer reading “real” books but this one held me captive and just wouldn’t let me go. I read it straight through within one day, which is the fastest I’ve ever read a paperback book. giphy4

 

Now let’s move on to the story, shall we? First thing that really had an impact on me and that I loved about the book was the way humans treat cyborgs in this time, which I hate… They treat them as if they owed their lives to humanity, just because at some point they had to have surgery, probably to keep them alive, and people thought they were worthy of being alive. So how can you treat them this way? Their survival, even if it is linked to some enhancements, should be reason enough to treat them as equals. I mean, if they can’t really live their lives without judgement, what use was helping them? Also, a lot of people have screws or other metal things within their body and how is that any different? An incredible example of this behaviour are the cyborg drafts, or rather the way people deal with those drafts, since they aren’t what they seem.

A thing that I really enjoyed about the writing style was the way the author had different story lines, from the point of view of different people, but still managed to keep the main focus on Cinder. But those chapters form a different point of view also helped immensely with understanding other people’s actions and opinions. One thing that I liked but at the same time didn’t was that from the moment a certain person was mentioned I knew that this person would turn out to be Cinder. I usually like these kinds of “hints” but here it was almost a little too obvious. One of the most important parts about this book is obviously how the fairytale is combined with the story. This was very well done here even though it was quite different from the original story which was really good because it just fit perfectly. It also added tragic to the whole story, with one of those situation being the part where I cried… *cough* Iko *cough*

Moving on to the characters! At first I didn’t really know what to think of Linh Cinder but that changed REAL quick. By now I absolutely adore this wonderful person that is the Cyborg Cinder. Two of the things I love most about Cinder are the pride she still has after being treated horrible her whole life. She doesn’t let anyone break her down, or at least gets up after being pushed down. The other fact is her ability to choose the battles she wants to fight. She knows when it is useless to pick a fight and has the ability to push down her pride to keep her strength for more important battles. I also just loved Cinder’s dry humor and her sarcasm, those just make any character awesome! 🙂 A side character that was really important to me was the Android Iko. I literally love every single thing about her but most of all her ability, not to accept her place in society, or at least the place humanity thought out for her. Iko doesn’t care that she is an Android at all and just behaves as if she is human and at the same time really has human qualities. Those are probably due to a “mistake” on her personality chip which amongst others makes her incredibly loyal to Cinder!

Now let’s address the royalty in the room: Kai. Prince Kai is mostly really good character, I think, proven by the way he treats Cinder even though she is just a commoner and another trait that makes him likable is the way he treats his status as a prince. He jokes about it and doesn’t take it all too serious. I kept on liking him, even though I didn’t like the decisions he made towards the end of the book. But no matter how unpleasant those decisions might be for all Cinder fans, they do show that kai is a worthy emperor and is able to make decisions that he doesn’t like himself but deems necessary to keep his country safe.

Ah, finally I can move on to those people I just love to hate! Those literally have to be in a good book! Let me just start with the one I hate least, a person that is just a little unpleasant in my opinion, who is the royal advisor. I can’t really put my finger on it but I just don’t like him. The people I absolutely despise are all Lunars that are part of the Lunar-government?-as well as Linh Adri. All those are horrible creatures that aren’t worth the ground they walk on!! Their cruelty reaches a new high at times and I just can’t figure out how humans (or Lunars) could ever be that way! I don’t even want to keep talking about them.

The end this review I would like to say that I can absolutely recommend almost anyone in my age group to read this series since there’s something in there for everyone. Therefore it gets 5+ Stars! Thank you for reading this review and I hope you enjoyed it. I would love hearing y’all’s opinions on the review and also what you thought about the book! Have a great night, day or whatever 🙂

 

Remember Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Short description:

Remember Jamie Baker is the explosive and long-awaited conclusion to the Jamie Baker trilogy.

Plagued by memory loss, Jamie Baker searches high and low for the answers to who she is, where she comes from, and why she’s able to do things other humans can’t. A not-so-simple task when she’s hiding from the people responsible for her amnesia—an evil scientific research company that wants to capture her at any cost.

When Jamie’s quest for the truth reveals a devastating betrayal from the one person she thought she could trust, she’s forced to team up with a secret military organization in order to ensure her safety and stop Visticorp’s horrific human experimenting once and for all.

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

You can find a sample of the book here.

What’s it about?

First off some main info:

Author: Kelly Oram18590095

Title: Remember Jamie Baker

Published: June 10th 2016

Series: Jamie Baker Series #3

Version: Amazon Kindle Version (315 pages)

Would I recommend it: Yes, if you like supernatural stuff and                                               YA!

Rating: 5 Stars

Watch out, this review contains spoilers because it’s the third part in the series!!

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Book Shuffle | July

So the other day I saw the Book Shuffle hosted by Shannon from the blog Clockwork Bibliophile and I thought, since I just love music, I could try that out!

The first song that came up on my phone was Amnesia by 5 Seconds of Summer and I matched it to the book Remember Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram.

1.The Song

You know, I’m pretty sure that by now everyone in my age group knows this song and I have to admit I really, really love this song! But for anyone who doesn’t know it here’s the music video:

I honestly just love the tone of the song, as well as the lyrics and *sigh* everything about it. Also it was a pretty easy one to match… as you might realize from the title of the book I connected with this beautiful song!

2.The Book (Spoilers!)

As you read above my chosen book is Remember Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram and the reason for this is obvious – Jamie has Amnesia. I know, I know this is the opposite of creative and the song isn’t even about someone with Amnesia yadayadayada…But that really isn’t the (main) reason this book was my first choice.

The important one really is Ryan Miller!! Ryan is such an optimistic, lovable, kind person who, btw, always kind of reminded me of a puppy-a Husky, maybe, or a Labradoodle…But let’s get back on topic. When the mentioned song came up for my Book Shuffle I had to think of what could’ve been Ryan if he wasn’t the strong, kindhearted person he is. Think about it – his fiancee went missing for months and he didn’t have a clue where she could be. For all he knew she could’ve been dead or could’ve just decided she didn’t love him anymore. Most people with weaker characters would’ve cracked under these circumstances and as in the song would’ve wished they had amnesia themselves to keep from feeling the pain of the loss again and again, day for day. But lucky for us this didn’t happen and Jamie finally got ALL her memories back, so we were able to enjoy Jamie Baker and Ryan Miller once again! I just love those two so so much and I just wished it could go on forever!

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Thanks for reading and I hope this Book Shuffle was alright! Let me know what you thought of it! You should definitely check out the creator Shannon’s blog that I linked above!

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Short description:

Davy had everything – a terrific boyfriend, the homecoming crown, a bright future at Julliard – but when her genetic tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, she loses it all. Uninvited from her prestigious school, avoided by all her friends and family she is placed in a special class with other “carriers” who are treated like the murderers they someday might become.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life and tells her that she alone controls her actions – not the code embedded into her DNA. But even if she can learn to trust him, can she trust herself?

(Source: Amazon)

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