Book Review : Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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I finished this fantastic short story collection of The Lunar Chronicles yesterday and I feel like I want to read the series again. Each of the short stories are unique and outstanding. My favorites are The Queen’s Army, The Princess and the Guard, and Something Old Something New.

The Keeper

This story is about Michelle Benoit and the great role she played in Princess Selene’s life. I immediately became curious about her when she was mentioned in Scarlet. In this short story, we get to know more about her, her love story and why Scarlet idolizes her so much. Also, the little Scarlet is so adorable.

Glitches

This is a short prequel to Cinder. I read this right after I finished Cinder last year. Here, we get to see the arrival and adjustments of Cinder in her new family. We get to know about her stepfather, how her relationship with Peony and Iko started, and where Adri’s hatred is coming from. This just made me love Cinder, Iko and Peony even more.

The Queen’s Army

This tells Z’s (Wolf) heart wrenching story and his transformation (or should I say modification) from a 12-year old boy into a big bad wolf. We also get to see his family, how the tension between him and his brother started and how he became an Alpha.

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Waiting on Wednesday : Stars Above

25689074STARS ABOVE
by Marissa Meyer
Expected Publication: February 2, 2016
SERIES : The Lunar Chronicles
EDITION : HARDCOVER (304 PAGES)
PUBLISHER : Feiwel & Friends

The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories— five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

The Little Android A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century.

Why Am I Waiting?

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all-time favorite series so I’m so excited for this book. With nine short stories! Nine! How cool is that? I only read Glitches and it was heart-wrenching. I’m excited to read Kai’s perspective, to know more about Captain Thorne and for the wedding of the century.

Have you read The Lunar Chronicles? What is your WoW for this week?


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My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2015

I can’t believe that it’s already 2016. Happy New Year, by the way! I would like to share my Top 10 Favorite Books of 2015. Sadly, I wasn’t able to complete my reading challenge last year. I read 49 books and my goal was 50. I know right! Just one book. I still stick to 50 books for this year and hopefully, i’ll be able to complete the challenge.

So, let me start with my top five favorite stand-alones, in no particular order.

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New Books! Yey!

tumblr_mmts8t7Mgs1sqiirfo1_500October was a lucky month for me because I won in different book giveaways hosted by my fellow book-lovers on Instagram. My prizes came in few days ago and I want to share/show them to you guys.bhThe 10th Anniversary Edition of Looking for Alaska by John Green

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The lovely Annie hosted a giveaway few months ago and I won the first prize. How cool is that! She sent me a copy of this lovely edition of Looking for Alaska. I read this book almost three years ago and it’s one of my favorites from John Green. I’m planning on re-reading this soon.

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Monthly Recap : October 2015

Am i the only who feels like October went by so fast? I feel like I’ve just posted my September Wrap-Up yesterday and now it’s time again for a monthly wrap-up. Oh well,  I read a total of 6 books this month and they are all good.brProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presetA MURDER IS ANNOUNCED BY AGATHA CHRISTIE – 4/5 STARS

This is the fifth book in the Miss Marple series and my second read from Agatha Christie. This book introduced me to Miss Marple and her unique way of investigating and solving a crime. She has an interesting character and maybe after reading some of the books one the series, she will become one of my favorite “detectives”. My full review here.

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie – 4/5 Stars

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThe first book in the Miss Marple series. Since I was quite disappointed with the appearance of Miss Marple on A Murder Is Announced, I expected that this book will show more of her or will tell me more about her but it doesn’t. This one is quite different from the other books I’ve read from Agatha Christie (this is my third) because this book was written on the Vicar’s (main character) POV. It shows us his thoughts about the other characters including Miss Marple. I still enjoy reading this book and guessing who the real suspect is. I actually guessed the right one but I wasn’t 100% sure about it.

CRESS BY MARISSA MEYER – 4.5/5 STARS

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThis is part of our (me and Joyce) October TBR. It’s quite hard for me to write a decent review for this book because I don’t know where to start. This is the kind of book (series) that you have to read and see for yourself. Cress is a fairytale retelling of Rapunzel with a twist. I think Cress is so far my favorite from the series. It’s a mix of action, comedy and romance. Great characters and the world building is astounding. It is definitely a must-read. I can’t wait for Winter!

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Waiting On Wednesday : Winter by Marissa Meyer

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By Marissa Meyer
Expected Publication; November 10, 2015

Series : The Lunar Chronicles #4
Author : Marissa Meyer
Edition : Hardcover (800 pages)
Publisher : Feiwel and Friends

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?

Why Am I Waiting?

I’m excited for this one! I’ve read Cress (third book) this month and I can’t wait to fully meet Winter. Obviously, the book is a retelling of Snow White and even though the cover of this one looks quite different from the other books in the series, I still love it. I’m expecting for an epic ending and hopefully Ms. Marissa Meyer will not let me down! Are you also excited for Winter? What is your favorite book from the series?

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Book Review : Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

13206760Series : The Lunar Chronicles #2
Edition :
 Paperback (454 pages)
Publisher : Square Fish (February 2014)
First Published : January 2013
Genre : Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Fiction
Source : Amazon.de
Date Read : August 2015
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Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison–even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does–in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.

My Thoughts

At first, I thought that this book will focus with the new characters and will only include some parts of Cinder’s story. I was wrong.

The sequel of Cinder, Scarlet is a modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. It introduces us to Scarlet Benoit who is living in a small town in France. Her grandmother is missing and Scarlet don’t have any idea what, how or why it happened. She meet a mysterious street fighter named Wolf and teams up with him to find her grandmother. Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder is trying to break out of the prison when she accidentally meet another prisoner named Carswell Thorne. Both Scarlet and Cinder have their own mission and questions that need some answers.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetI preferred this sequel to the first book becasue this has so much exciting things going on, the plot twists are quite unexpected and there are additional interesting characters.

Scarlet is determined, a bit naive but also a badass like Cinder. For me, Cinder is more mature than Scarlet because she went through a lot of things in her life. I can say that I like Cinder more than her. Wolf is a strong and silent type which made me like him. He is a bit complex and I hated him once but it changed quickly. Me and Joyce are currently fangirling over him. Thorne, or should I say Captain Thorne, is the complete opposite of Wolf. He’s cute, funny and hilarious. I like the chemistry between him and Cinder and their conversations are fun to read. Iko is back and even though we don’t see (or hear) much of her sassiness, it still made me feel happy. I almost forgot Kai. In my review of Cinder, I’ve mentioned that I wasn’t sure with how I feel about him. In this book, we get to know him better. I can say that he is a great leader and loyal person and I totally disagree with his final decision. I think romance is not the major thing on the story but I’m still rooting for Cinder and Kai.

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Book Review : Cinder and Glitches by Marissa Meyer

13722513Series : The Lunar Chronicles #1
Edition : Paperback (387 pages)
Publisher : Square Fish (January 2013)
Genre : Young Adult, Fantasy, SciFi, Retellings
Source : Amazon.de
Date Read : June 2015
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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.

My Thoughts

A fairytale retelling story set in a scifi/dystopia world with a female cyborg as the main character. Unique and interesting storyline plus incredible writing style. The worldbuilding in this book is astonishing and I can’t wait to learn more about the other people and their continents.

Cinder is a very likable character. I like that she’s tough, independent and a little sarcastic. I love her relationship with her sweet step-sister Peony and her hilarious best android-friend Iko. The characters feel so real especially Queen Levana. She’s a great villain and she gave me goosebumps. I’m not really that sure with Prince Kai so I hope I’ll know him more on the next book.

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