Review: Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

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Review: Archenemies by Marissa MeyerArchenemies by Marissa Meyer
Series: Renegades #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 6, 2018
Pages: 471
Format: ARC
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Time is running out. Together, they can save the world. But are they each other's worst nightmare?

Nova's double life is about to get a lot more complicated:

As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian's patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.

As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist—a group of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them the most.

But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew—Ruby, Oscar, and Danna—are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice but also the feelings they have for each other.

The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what's clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their City—and the world—as they know it.

I don’t think there are words adequate enough to describe my love for this series. After reading this book, I can say with 100% certainty that this is my favorite Marissa Meyer series – which, for those who know me and know how much I LOVE fairy tale retellings, you know that’s saying a LOT because I really loved The Lunar Chronicles. But the Renegades series is just absolute gold. The characters are some of my favorite characters ever. The plot is intriguing and exciting. And I’m BEYOND excited that there’s a third book because two definitely would NOT have been enough.

Nova is, without a doubt, my favorite book villain ever. She’s spunky and fierce and I love everything about her. Like I mentioned in my review of Renegades, when I picture Nova in my head, I picture Mal from the Descendants movie, purple hair and all. I love everything about Nightmare – her powers, her background – even just the name Nightmare and the feelings it evokes.

Adrian was awesome, once again. Adrian’s secret is on the cusp of unraveling and I’m getting anxious for certain people to find out. I love him and Nova so much, I’m terrified for when the truth – about both of them – is revealed because I NEED them to be endgame.

Now I have to be vague because spoilers BUT… Some absolutely incredible/terrifying/shocking/holy crap things happened in this book, and the majority of them kept me on the edge of my seat. And some of the things that DIDN’T happen frustrated me – but in a good way!! There were a couple things that I was positive would happen in this book, but I guess Marissa Meyer is saving them for the finale. I guess that just means book three is going to give me a freaking heart attack!!!!! AND THE WAIT FOR BOOK THREE IS WAYYYYY TOOOO LONGGGG!!!!!!

I don’t really know what else to say. This review doesn’t do this book justice AT ALL. But to be honest, I was enjoying it so much, I sorta forgot to take better review notes – I was just too captivated and enthralled by the story to stop to make note of things as I read them. So all I can say is READ THIS BOOK – THIS SERIES – ASAP BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING AND WILL MESS WITH YOU IN THE BEST WAY!

*Clears Throat.*

I mean, I don’t think I even need to say how much I recommend this book – i would hope it’s obvious. But, just in case it’s not, I seriously highly recommend this book. If you’ve read Marissa Meyer’s other books, you’ll love it! And if you haven’t read anything by her, I recommend picking this series up first! Also, if you’re a fan of superheroes and villains, this one is definitely for you!


Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Review: Renegades by Marissa MeyerRenegades by Marissa Meyer
Series: Renegades #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 7, 2017
Pages: 556
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From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

HOLY WOW WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS WONDERFUL EPIC AMAZING BOOK?!?!?!?!?! This book absolutely just blew my mind!! Like, I’m a HUGE fan of the Lunar Chronicles series, but I’m 98% sure I enjoyed Renegades more than any other Marissa Meyer book I’ve ever read. It was just complete and utter perfection. I loved the writing, the characters, the plot, everything about this book. I have few – if any – complaints, to be honest. So get ready for a gushing review because I’m gonna gush and ramble and I’ll attempt to keep it spoiler free, but no promises.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED Nova. Like, one of my favorite “villains” ever. She was spunky and fierce, and I loved everything about her Anarchist persona, Nightmare. Her powers, her background – even just the name Nightmare and the feelings it evokes. When I pictured her in my head, I pictured Mal from the Descendants movie, purple hair and all. I 1000% loved the idea of the amusement park being Nightmare’s stomping ground/hide-out, even if it actually wasn’t. It just felt very fitting for the character.

I also really loved Adrian. I loved the way he created The Sentinel as a way to prove himself. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved him as Sketch. Sketch’s powers are very cool and VERY useful. But I loved that the superhero had a secret identity, haha.

Right off the bat, I loved the idea of Nova and Adrian being potential love interests – very Romeo & Juliet. How much more star-crossed can you get than superhero versus supervillain? I seriously can’t wait to see what happens when their secrets are revealed to each other – it’s gonna be CRAZY!!!

Another fun Disney comparison? The Detonator reminded me of a weird combination of Shego from Kim Possible and Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad movie. Also, I KNOW we weren’t supposed to like her, but I kind of did. Like, I hated her for some of the crap she pulled, but I was also intrigued by her and wanted to know more about her, her background, etc.

I absolutely loved Hugh (Captain Chromium) and Simon (The Dread Warden). I loved them individually as people AND I loved their superhero personas. I also LOVED them as a couple – they were so cute together! TBH, this book had a LOT of ships and I want ALL of them to sail or I’ll be SUPER upset!!!

I could talk about each character in this book individually because I have something to say about all of them, but I honestly just loved them all. I loved Adrian’s team the most, of course. I was intrigued by the fact that some of the Renegades weren’t actually the good guys – they SHOULD have been villains, but they somehow became “heroes.” It’s going to be very interesting, especially going forward – if there REALLY is a huge “Renegade versus Anarchist” battle brewing, which side will these wayward Renegades be on…?

The ending was effing INSANE for SO many reasons. I may have discussed minor spoilers throughout my review, but I’ll steer clear of major spoilers and just say OMFG WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?!??! But also I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I SERIOUSLY CANNOT wait for book two! I NEED it in my hands NOW!!! I can’t wait to see what happens next. I know I said (above) that I can’t wait to see what happens when Nova’s and Adrian’s secrets are revealed to each other, but I especially can’t wait to see Adrian’s reaction when Nova’s secret is revealed…!!!!!

So… I mean, yeah. This review didn’t do this book justice. I just loved it so much, it’s hard to put it into words. This review was probably a ramble-filled mess and completely unprofessional and maybe didn’t make a lot of sense. But, like, just read the book. That’s the bottom line. It’s SOOOO GOOD!! Seriously.


Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Review: Heartless by Marissa MeyerHeartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8, 2016
Pages: 416
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

This book was an intriguing and imaginative take on the classic that fans of retellings will love! The writing and world are gorgeous, but that’s a given since this is Marissa Meyer! The characters are wonderfully reimagined – I love Meyer’s take on how certain characters got their starts and how they came to be as they are in present-day Wonderland.

I really liked Catherine. It was so interesting to see the infamous, feared Queen of Hearts as a young girl, kind and carefree. It was great seeing the way she evolved and how she came to be a true Queen. I also loved the way Meyer explained the origin of those chilling words – “Off with their heads!” And I loved her friendship with Mary Ann, but the way things ended made me sad panda.

The Joker was hilarious, kind and wonderful – if not slightly deceitful for keeping so many things from Catherine. Their story could have ended so differently had he been honest from the beginning. Even still, I did NOT expect his fate to be what it was. And the things his fate set into motion? Unbelievable!

There were SO many other characters that I could discuss, but we’d be here all night. This book has a huge cast of characters and they’re all interesting in their own right. Some are new to the story, like Jack (who was an ass) and Margaret (who was horrible) and others were beloved characters from the classic, like the white rabbit, Mr. Caterpillar and and the King of Hearts. But in true Marissa Meyer fashion, whether they were secondary characters or tertiary characters, they were incredible, multi-dimensional characters who you wanted to know more about!

One of my favorite things in Alice in Wonderland retellings is the Mad Hatter and his tea parties. And in that respect, this book did not disappoint! I LOVED Hatta and the way Meyer portrayed him and his story. However, I never fully trusted him. He reminded me of scheming, self-serving, devious Morpheus. I also loved the Cheshire Cat – another favorite of mine when it comes to Alice in Wonderland Retellings. I actually would have liked to see MORE of Cheshire, though, and would have loved to learn more about his backstory.

I definitely think this is the kind of retelling where, if you haven’t read the original classic, you’re fine and can follow along without an issue. BUT.. If you HAVE read the original, you definitely catch more. Meyer brings in a lot of elements from the classic, including certain elements of Wonderland and certain quotes from the original text. There are mentions of the Tulgey Wood, the Jabberwock, the Vorpal Sword, the Looking Glass maze, the foods that make you shrink/grow, the Hatter and his mad tea parties, etc.

Unfortunately – and it pains me to say this – I did have a few issues with this book. It’s a stand-alone, as far as I know, so it was a long book because it needed to tell a complete story. However, at times, it felt too long and dragged out. It also had a very slow start. Don’t get me wrong, the entire book was fascinating, but the beginning was just slow. I had to read nearly half the book to get to a point where things really started to pick up. But I also think this is because I put this book on a HIGH pedestal. I expected a LOT from this book and maybe I put too much pressure on it and maybe my expectations were unrealistic. It really was a great book, but I just wanted MORE – expected more.

Overall, though, this book was incredible. Marissa Meyer is an incredible story teller. She creates these amazing worlds and characters and you can’t help but fall head first down the rabbit hole (see what I did there?!?) and into the story. I HIGHLY recommend this book for fans of Marissa Meyer and fans of retellings!


Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Review: Fairest by Marissa MeyerFairest by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 27, 2015
Pages: 222
Format: Hardcover
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In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Fairest was an intriguing read. I didn’t really know what to expect from it when I started reading, though I hoped for Levana’s backstory and answers to some burning questions – and that’s exactly what I got. Fairest didn’t make me like Levana any more or less than I already did; however, it definitely made me feel bad for her after learning all that she went through.

Young Levana was hard to grasp. She was still evil, but she had these odd moments of kindness mixed in with the evilness of the present-day Levana that we all love to hate (and hate to love). It was easy to see why she was so cruel – cruelty is all she ever knew. Channary was cruel and her parents didn’t love her, Channary or each other. So how could she be expected to express love and kindness when she never experienced it? Aside from loving Hayle, that is. And even that was more of an obsession than love.

Speaking of Channary.. Wow, considering how wonderful, kind and brave Cinder is, Channary was just cruel beyond words! I never expected Cinder’s mother to be so heartless. I can’t remember if this was hinted at in any of the books previously (though I’m fairly certain it was), but it still really threw me off my guard. It was so bad, Channary actually made Levana look like the nice sister! You know it’s bad when Levana is the sane, kind one…

I mentioned this in my Winter review, but it’s worth repeating: The scary thing about Levana is, she actually thinks her actions are justified. Her mind is so twisted, her sense of right and wrong so warped, she doesn’t even realize she’s doing bad things. And that makes her even more insane and dangerous. It also makes her an epic villain. While Channary was cruel just because she could be, Levana was cruel without even realizing she was being cruel. She completely convinced herself that her actions would lead to the betterment of Luna.

A lot of things made more sense after reading Fairest. Pieces of the puzzle slowly fell into place and I found myself saying, “Ah, so that’s how that happened!” a lot. Things that were mentioned in Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter – whether they were hinted at or fully discussed – were finally put into context. That was probably my favorite part of this book – as was seeing Cinder as a young Princess Selene, playing with little Princess Winter. Those things made Fairest a worth-while read!

Overall, if you’re a Lunar Chronicles fan, this is definitely a must-read. You might not end up liking Levana any more or less than you did by the end of Winter, but you’ll understand her and her actions more. Fairest really fills in the blanks. And again, seeing young Princess Selene, young Princess Winter and young Jacin (!!!) is really fun!


Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Review: Winter by Marissa MeyerWinter by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 10, 2015
Pages: 827
Format: Hardcover
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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

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

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

This book, you guys… I don’t even know where to begin! There were parts that were beyond epic and there were parts that were meh. It pains me to say that, but sadly, it’s true. The characters were mostly their usual epic selves and Marissa Meyer is forever the most beautiful story-teller I have ever encountered. She pulls you into the story to such a degree, you almost forget you’re reading a fictional book. However, on the flip side, the pacing was off in a major way and it severely impacted my feels.

I still love Cinder. She’s still my favorite of the four heroines. She’s come such a long way since Cinder. She’s grown, matured and embraced her destiny – which she did in Cress, but really did in Winter. She’s fierce, brave, loyal and overall awesome. Sadly, though, my Cinder/Kai Ship crashed and sank. Hard. No, this isn’t a spoiler because I’m not telling you whether or not they ended up together. This is my personal opinion on their relationship. After everything that went down between them, and though I still like Kai as a character, I just don’t ship them anymore.

Scarlet was still my least favorite character, though she definitely grew on me. She played a bigger role in Winter and I liked seeing her separate from Wolf a little bit. I’m still also not completely a Wolf fan, either.

Cress and Thorne were, by far, my favorite couple in this book and this series. I’d even go as far as to say they’re my Lunar Chronicles OTP. Cress was my second favorite of the four heroines and Thorne was my favorite of the guys, way above and beyond the others. I loved their stories, the progression of their relationship and their chemistry. Cress might not be able to hold her own in a fight the way the others can (though she certainly got better with this in Winter), but she’s able to contribute in so many other ways. And I love the way Thorne is her complete opposite. They just work so well together! I’d LOVE a spin-off with Thorne and Cress aboard the Rampion, with all their adventures and traveling.

I was really looking forward to meeting Princess Winter. Though I loved many things about her, I think my expectations were a bit high, so I was a little let down once we met her. But I still completely adored her and she’s my third favorite of the four heroines. Her mind is so warped and she views things so differently. Everyone tries to write her off for being “crazy,” but I think she thinks more clearly than any of the others at times. Aside from Cinder, Winter had the most to lose if they didn’t defeat Levana. Winter was brave and fierce in her ability to stand up to Levana, despite knowing what was at stake should they fail. I also loved Jacin. I had a lot of trouble trusting him, trying to determine who’s side he was actually on (especially after this one thing he did that made me rage… a lot…). But I never doubted his feelings for and loyalty towards Winter. I also loved the weird, crazy friendship that developed between Scarlet and Winter (probably the only times I actually liked Scarlet, period).

I completely and 100% ship Iko and Kinney. That is all. No, but really.. We saw a lot more of Iko in this book than we have in previous books and I just completely adore her. She’s an epic character and I’d so petition for a spin-off with her and Kinney. Or just her in general. I’m not picky!

The scary thing with Levana is, she actually thinks she’s being a kind, fair ruler, loved by her people. Her mind is so twisted, her sense of right and wrong so warped, she doesn’t even realize she’s doing bad things. And that makes her even more insane and dangerous. It also makes her an epic villain – my favorite kind of villain, honestly. I still wanted to smack her a LOT for how evil and twisted she was. But I also kind of felt bad for her. It was a REALLY strange juxtaposition of feelings.

My biggest issue with this book was how long it was. And I’m probably in the minority with this opinion. But.. Man, this book did NOT need to be 800+ pages. So many scenes were unnecessary. So many scenes were dragged out beyond necessity. So many scenes became repetitive. I just ended up getting really bored. I think, if Meyer REALLY felt she needed 827 pages to finish the story, then it should have been divided into two books. That, or they should have found a way to shave at least 300 pages off. Because they could have and the book would have been even better! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind long books – when it’s needed. But with Winter, I just don’t think it was needed. But again, most people LOVED the length and don’t agree with my above opinion, which is okay! I totally understand and respect that. But for me.. It just didn’t work.

I will say, though, the last 200-ish pages REALLY picked up! And once things picked up, they never slowed down! Well.. Not until the last chapter or so. Because at that point, the ending (like, the VERY ending) felt a bit anticlimactic and sort of.. Unfulfilling. Which, guys.. It hurts my heart to say this! I’ve LOVED this series. But… Sigh.

Overall – length, pacing and anti-climatic ending aside – this was still an epic read. I still love these characters. Worry and fear for them kept me on the edge of my seat. Meyer is still a gorgeous story-teller, as well. I was so pulled into this world, sometimes it felt weird when I put the book down and had to adjust back to “real life.” I wish it had been a bit shorter and more streamlined. And I wish the ending had felt more fulfilling. But I’m happy to have gone on this journey with these characters. I’m mostly satisfied with how their stories ended, though I’m eager for Stars Above and hoping it gives us a little bit more closure.

If you loved the first three books in the series, you’re almost guaranteed to love Winter. If you haven’t read Cinder, Scarlet or Cress yet, I highly suggest you do! (Also, WTH are you doing reading this spoilery-ish review?!?!?!)!!! And if you’re a fan of fairy tale retellings, then I, again, definitely recommend this series and this book!


Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Review: Cress by Marissa MeyerCress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4, 2014
Pages: 550
Format: Hardcover
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Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Cress was an incredible, action-packed read that had my heart pounding with anxiety every step of the way. Marissa Meyer is the most beautiful story-teller I have ever encountered. Having seen her in person at a Fierce Reads event and having heard her speak at length during a live-streamed launch for Cress, Meyer has become one of my favorite authors and I look forward to seeing more from her in the future!

Cress was an interesting character and the story was a fascinating take on the Rapunzel fairy tale. We actually met Cress early on in the series, back in Cinder. From things I had heard, I knew who she was and I was immediately intrigued and wanted to know more about her. While Cinder is, thus far, my favorite of the heroines, Cress comes in at a close second. I love that she’s a hacker and I love the way she daydreams and pretends everything is a great drama in order to keep herself occupied. She isn’t the strongest or the fighter of the group, but she definitely doesn’t go down without a fight. She pushes on and holds her own.

As always, the moments with Cinder were my favorite. Since we’ve known her the longest, I’ve seen the greatest story ARC with her and I feel like she’s grown and changed and matured in so many ways. She’s finally embracing what the future has in store for her and it shows a level of maturity that I don’t think she had in the beginning of Cinder (the book). Scarlet didn’t really stand out for me this time around. She’s never been my favorite and she didn’t really have a large part in Cress. Most of the time, unfortunately, I didn’t even think about her. We got to see more of Iko, though, and I can see why everyone loves her!

Thorne is my absolute favorite of the guys we are introduced to throughout this series. We first met him in Scarlet and he was front and center in Cress. From watching the live-stream of the Cress Release Launch, I had a feeling that a certain thing was going to happen to him. So, while it was still incredibly sad and upsetting, it was also expected and it added a certain depth to the story. Cress and Thorne are, by far, my favorite coupling of the series. I had so many feels! I just can’t even begin to describe all the feels. I’ll end up rambling on and on if I even try!

I’m really, really torn where Kai is concerned. He really annoyed me at the end of Cinder, but he sort of redeemed himself in Cress. He’s on the road to earning back my trust, but he has a long way to go. Although, one of my favorite scenes involved him, so… Yeah, I won’t spoil it!

There were some really shocking revelations in Cress. Though one was more obvious than the rest, it was still a shock to have it confirmed. Dr. Erland had some interesting revelations and some shocking moments and his fate.. Well, it was fitting, but still pretty upsetting. I feel like there was some… unfinished business with him. I don’t know now if we’ll ever see any resolution there.

Jacin… Wow, I loved Jacin. Supposedly, he was introduced in Cinder. But I don’t really remember that. All I know is I completely adored him and I’m hoping a few things happen with him in the next and final book, Winter (Out in 2015). But with how things ended for him in Cress…… We’ll see.

Some of my most anticipated moments happened near the end of Cress. Things I’ve been waiting for, things I’ve wanted to happen – most of it happened in Cress and it was awesome! Certain characters got what was coming to them, which is always awesome.

Overall, Cress was spectacular – if my gushing review wasn’t enough to convince you. I seriously CANNOT wait for Winter. First of all, I have a feeling the cover for Winter is going to be gorgeous. Second of all, for reasons, I have a feeling I’m going to love Winter (the character) – maybe even more than Cinder (the character). We’ve had some.. sneak-peaks.. that have me eager to learn more about her and have me wanting to get inside her head. Though Snow White has always been one of my least favorite fairy tales, I have a feeling Marissa Meyer will spin it in such a beautiful, lyrical way that I’ll be hooked!

Obviously, I highly recommend this book – This whole series, honestly! If you haven’t read it, I urge you to head to the book store RIGHT NOW to get it!


Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Review: Scarlet by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 5, 2013
Pages: 454
Format: Hardcover
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The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...

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.

While Scarlet was not as good as Cinder, I still enjoyed it. Marissa Meyer is a fabulous storyteller and she kept me engaged throughout the entire book.

I liked Scarlet right away. She was (for the most part) fair and logical and knew how to handle a gun. At the same time, she was a bit oblivious and so determined to find her grandmother, she sometimes let logic fall to the way-side. She never took the time to think through her actions, to think about what others were saying – Basically, she had a one-track mind and it often got her in trouble. Unfortunately, I loved Cinder so much that she overshadowed Scarlet a little bit.

Wolf was an intriguing character. I liked him right from the start but I never fully trusted him. There was always something off about him. I think I focused so much on the original fairy tale and the whole “the wolf is the bad guy” that it may have clouded my judgement where Wolf was concerned. It was obvious he cared about Scarlet but it was also obvious that he was hiding something. Although, the thing he was hiding? Whoa! I seriously did NOT expect it to be what it was!

I LOVED the sections with Cinder and Thorne. First of all, Cinder is my favorite so far. I haven’t read Cress yet so that could change, but I loved Cinder way more than Scarlet. And then there was Thorne.. *Swoons* I was only about 3 pages into meeting Thorne and I fell hard for him. He’s swoony and hysterical and amazing and I CANNOT wait to get to Cress so I can learn more about him! I can’t deny that Wolf and Scarlet were perfect together, though. They might not have been as interesting as Cinder, Kai and Thorne, but they were still perfect together.

I found some of the Scarlet and Wolf scenes kind of… slow and boring, honestly – in comparison to the Cinder and Thorne scenes, at least. And the parts with Kai weren’t much better. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Kai a lot in Cinder – until the end. Now, in my eyes, he needs to redeem himself. And so far, he’s not doing a very good job. He’s also such an idiot sometimes and he’s so susceptible to what others tell him. It’s like he can’t think for himself, can’t come to his own conclusions. For the most part, he acted like a scared little kid, not a grown man or a leader. And Queen Levana.. I pretty much wanted to knock some sense into Kai the whole time and I wanted to bitch slap Queen Levana the whole time. Also, Adri. I had some sympathy for her in Cinder, but NONE in Scarlet. Like with Queen Levana, I just wanted to bitch slap her the whole time.

The last 60 pages or so really picked up. There were a lot of revelations that I didn’t expect at all. There were some moments near the end where, if I were Cinder, I just would have bitch slapped Scarlet – just saying! (Yeah.. I guess there were a lot of characters I wanted to bitch slap in this book.. Whoops..)

Overall, though Cinder was way better and I love the CHARACTER of Cinder more, Scarlet was still a great book and a great character. The end leaves it open for a smooth transition into Cress and, since I’ve heard FANTASTIC things about Cress, I can’t wait to read it!


Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Review + Audiobook Clip)

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Review + Audiobook Clip)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 3, 2012
Pages: 387
Format: Paperback
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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.

Cinder was such an amazing book! I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner! When it first released in 2012, I wasn’t a blogger. I didn’t use Goodreads (well, not as often as I do now, at least). Yet, I had heard all the hype about this series and I was eager to check it out. I remember picking it up in Barnes & Noble and reading the book jacket… And discovering it was about androids and cyborgs and such. At the time, I couldn’t get past that. I had no interest in that type of book and no blogger friends to encourage me to read it, to urge me to look past the cyborg and android part of it. And, boy, was I stupid back then!

First of all, I LOVE Cinder. She’s sarcastic, snarky, strong. She doesn’t sit idle; she asks questions and she fights. Her situation isn’t great and she has a nasty step-mother. Her step-sisters vary from the original fairy tale, however, in that her one step-sister, Peony, is actually nice to her. I loved that. It meant that Cinder had at least one person who cared for her. I really loved that part of it. Of course, I hated her step-mother, Adri and her other step-sister, Pearl. But Peony was an amazing character and her fate made me so sad! One thing I did find interesting? In the original fairy tale, Cinderella’s step-mother is pure evil. But I actually found myself feeling bad for Adri at certain points. I always feel like a great villian is one you feel bad for, at least once in the book. So there’s that.

Iko was… A very STRANGE character for me. I was so, so confused. Because I had gone to a Fierce Reads signing and I met Marissa Meyer there. She had buttons and one of them said “Team Iko” or “I Heart Iko.” So going into Cinder, I assumed Iko was a guy – maybe he made up a love triangle with Cinder and Kai. And then I found out Iko was a girl! And an android, to boot. So… I was kind of mind-blown and confused, but once that confusion cleared up, I really enjoyed Iko as a character and I was sad we didn’t see a lot of her in the second half of the book.

In the beginning of the book, Prince Kai was great! He’s definitely NOT like the silly Prince Charming from the Disney versions. He’s strong, yet not always sure of himself. He’s kind and understanding and he had me laughing out loud several times. He stood up for himself, against Torin, against Queen Levana. But near the end, something happened and Kai’s reaction… He definitely lost some major brownie points with me. However, I’m hoping he’ll redeem himself in Scarlet and Cress. Plus, I still think he and Cinder made an adorable couple!

I don’t think I need to say much about Queen Levana… She was horrible and mean – the stereotypical “evil queen” from every fairy tale. So.. moving on. Dr. Erland was frustrating. But for good reasons, I guess. He was very cryptic and he had that “mad scientist” air to him. His revelations to Cinder near the end of the book were not shocking at all, though. I had all sorts of suspicions and theories starting only 65 pages in and going from there. They built with each new “hint.” Despite the predictable “revelations” in Cinder, I still truly enjoyed it. Whenever I sat down to read, I read at least 100 pages (or more) without taking a break. I just couldn’t put it down!

I especially loved all the sneak-peaks of future characters we got. I’m sure, for those who read Cinder when it first came out, these peaks didn’t mean much (at the time). But knowing what I know about Scarlet, Cress and Winter, I recognized Princess Winter’s name immediately, and I knew exactly who Cress was when Cinder first communicated with her. I love when authors turn minor characters from one book into major characters in subsequent books. It’s so fun to meet a character, then get to see the character more fully developed in either later books in the series, or their own book. Not sure if this method has a name, but I’ve seen it down in Harry Potter and in Katie McGarry’s books and maybe I’m easily amused, but I love it!

Overall, Cinder was so amazing, I basically read it in a little over two days (with big breaks in-between, because I had company over this weekend, but still!). I’m DYING to read Scarlet and I’m hoping to start it later on next week!

For those who love Fairy Tale retellings, I HIGHLY recommend this book. And if you AREN’T a fan of Fairy Tales and/or Fairy Tale retellings, then this book just might change your mind!


Thanks to the wonderful people at Macmillan, I have a clip from the Cinder audiobook to share with you guys!