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The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag!

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As you may or may not know, I’m absolutely obsessed with The Lunar Chronicles. Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors (and I actually had the chance to meet her) and honestly these books are some of the ones that inspire me to write my own. So, when I saw this tag, I just had to do it. Brittany over at The Book Addict’s Guide created it!

CINDER | The cyborg
a book that’s often misunderstood or underappreciated

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Okay, okay. I know. Stephenie Meyer. But this book is so great. I love the concept and the characters. But what I don’t like is that I was promised a sequel, this book came out in 2008, and I don’t even think she started writing it yet. So.

KAI | The prince
a book about royals/royalty

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This book is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read the sequel. It’s all about who will take over the throne, who can be trusted, who’s the most powerful. There’s love and lies and war on the horizon. And, best of all, it’s utterly unpredictable.

ADRI | The evil stepmother
a book with a horrible/cringe-worthy parent

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Ugh. I love this book, but Bonnie’s mother is bonkers. Bonnie grew up on a reality TV show and has had some mental health issues because of the stress of that and the publicity surrounding it. Even knowing that it might drag her daughter down to that dark place again, she agrees to put her family on another show. How could you do that to your daughter? And then guilt her into doing whatever you want?

IKO | The spunky sidekick
a book with your favorite happy-go-lucky character

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Hazael is LIFE. Oh my goodness. As Akiva’s brother, he’s been through a lot. Basically, his entire life has been terrible, he has no future except as a soldier in a terrible and never-ending war. But he’s so happy, and likes to make jokes, and makes everyone else so happy. I love him so much.

SCARLET | The rescuer
a book with a character on a mission

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I could have picked out any of these books from the series because it’s literally about spy missions. They’re so amazing and I wish that more people read them. Teen spies, conspiracy theories, plot lines to make you cry. If I had to pick a favorite mission of Alex Rider, it might be this one.

WOLF | The fighter
a book with a brutal fight (with words or fists)

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This book is INTENSE. So intense that I’d rented it from the library but immediately bought it afterward because I wanted it so badly for myself. And then I was able to meet the author and get my books signed! I have the sequel now, which I’m dying to read. Mare is one of the toughest main characters out there and she gets AWESOME fight scenes.

LEVANA | The villain
a book with the absolute worst villain

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Rin Chupeco basically writes the best horror books in the world, in my opinion. She takes a character who, to us, seems like she should be the antagonist and makes her into the hero. Okiku is one of my favorite characters ever. But the villain in this book? So scary. So creepy. I can’t even explain why, without giving any away, but definitely the stuff of nightmares.

THORNE | The rascal
a book with the biggest schmoozer

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Kenji is the biggest schmoozer ever–well, right behind Han Solo and Thorne. No one can beat them. But I love how joking and cocky he is all of the time–just a sarcastic and handsome kind of guy.

CRESS | The hacker
a book about technology, or sci-fi

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These books are all about the inventions. It’s a steampunk take on WWI and utterly beautiful. Not only are there mechanical inventions, there are whole countries that create biological weapons too. Like, whales that sail in the sky.

ERLAND | The doctor
a book with an illness or revolving around medical issues

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Patrick Ness is literally one of the best authors to ever exist and if you haven’t read any of his books yet what are you doing with your lifeThe Rest of Us Just Live Here features a main character who has OCD. But it isn’t a book about OCD, which is the best.

WINTER | The unsound mind
a book with the craziest character you’ve ever read

(am I allowed to count Levana? because she’s the craziest lady to ever exist)

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JACIN | The soldier
a book with a military theme

Oh, look, an opportunity for me to tell you all about the book I’m working on. 🙂
Which I’m totally excited for. It’s a retelling of Rapunzel, actually, and the entire thing is focused on a war between witches and humans. My main character becomes a soldier, though she’s really meant to be an assassin. And I like to think that it’s awesome.


 

Do you want to do this tag? Then consider yourself tagged! And comment below to let me know because I want to check yours out. Tags like this are so much fun!

5 stars · fairy tale · Fantasy · series · young adult

Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Winter

author : marissa meyer

pages : [hardcover] 824

memorable quote Right now, a kiss is the going rate for near-death experiences. It’s kind of a point system.

favorite characters : wolf & scarlet

summary :

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?

review :

Marissa Meyer, thanks for knowing how to tear my heart out and making me love every minute of it. I’m going to miss every heart-pounding, anxiety-inducing part of this series. These characters are some of my favorites. They’ve inspired my own writing and lit up my imagination in more ways than I could possibly explain. These are books that I’ll keep coming back to–they’re books that, literally, as I finished the last pages of <i>Winter</i>, I felt the urge to pick up <i>Cinder</i> so that I could start the ride all over again.

I’ve been waiting to read this book for what feels like forever. I read <i>Cress</i>, the third book in the series and one leading up to this finale, nearly two years ago and it was painful to wait to get my hands on this one. Each book in the series introduces us to a new set of characters–more to fall in love with and worry about when they’re steadily placing themselves in more and more danger. In between these books, Meyer released a prequel, <i>Fairest</i>, which deals only with the backstory of our villain, Levana. Knowing where she’s coming from and what she’s dealt with, I can now safely say that Levana is entirely crazy and if I ever saw this Lunar anywhere I’d run the other way as fast as possible. She would do <i>anything</i> to keep her place as queen of Luna and, what’s worse, she is insane enough to believe that the people of the planet love her and that she’s doing it all–starting a war, killing millions of people–for the good of the world.

Despite all of that horrible craziness happening, there were so many cute moments in this book. Because there are so many couples and it’s the last installment, I was waiting for it, and I think I’m satisfied with what I got. Of course, Scarlet and Wolf are my favorite characters EVER so every time either of them were mentioned, even when terrible things were happening (though I won’t spoil anything!) I wanted to squeal with happiness. The jokes in this made me laugh aloud a few times, which got me odd looks from my roommate but really helped to break up all of the, well, heartbreak that was happening.

Because this book is dark. Don’t get me wrong; at one point, I could predict a few things that were going to happen. But that didn’t annoy me. On the contrary, I ended up surprised that the things were actually happening, and wished that I could have a strong word with Meyer about what she was putting these poor characters through. It was one thing for me to think that something devastating could happen and another for it to ACTUALLY happen. This book is a rollercoaster and you should probably triple-check your safety harness before you get on.

If you haven’t started these books now, start before you get spoiled! These are some of the best fairy tale retellings I’ve ever read and because that’s my favorite kind of book, I’ve read a LOT of those. They’re kind of perfect. The best characters, plot, originality, romance, humor, suspense. I could praise these books all day but it wouldn’t be the same as you picking them up and reading them for yourself. And then, you can be as devastated as I am, that they’re finally over and I’ll get no more Scarlet and Wolf in my life.

5/5 stars

 

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen

Author: Julie Kagawa

Pages [paperback]: 358

Book 3 in the Iron Fey Series
Book 1: The Iron King 
Book 2: The Iron Princess

Favorite Characters: Grim & Puck

Memorable Quote: “But, as no one listens to the cat anymore, I will have to wait until we are completely lost to say ‘I told you so.”

Summary:

My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

Review:

Every book I read in this series makes me love it even more. The characters are awesome, the plot fantastic, and the entire thing is highly addicting. As soon as I started reading The Iron Queen, I couldn’t put it down. It was non-stop action, romance, and humor. Puck would have me laughing one moment, then Meghan would be in a battle, keeping me on the edge of my seat. I never knew what was going to come next, and I loved that.

I’m Team Puck all the way. He’s adorable, and loveable in every way. The Iron Queen did make me like Ash a lot more-not that I didn’t like him as a character beforehand, but it took until this third installment for me to think of him as someone worthy of rivaling Puck.

I don’t mind books that don’t seem to have any filler space in them, no scenes that sound randomly placed and useless. However, a few points of the novel seemed rushed and not thoroughly explained. I would have liked for things to slow down a bit, just to give me a chance to get used to whatever happened or was going to happen. This didn’t annoy me enough to detract from my enjoyment, it’s just something that I noticed about the book.

The Iron Fey series is one of my all time favorites, and I’m so excited for the fourth book. I didn’t even know there would be another until I reached the end of this one, and that killed me. I can’t stand the wait. I’ve never been the most patient person, and this definitely doesn’t help. But I get to see more of my favorite characters, and that makes it worth it!

The Iron Queen is an awesome book that I really recommend. This is a great series, and the best that focuses on fairies that I’ve ever read. I give this third book 5/5 stars. It was amazing!

Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

The Iron Princess by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter
Sequel to The Iron King
Book 2 in the Iron Fey series

Author: Julie Kagawa

Pages [ebook]: 361

Available Now!

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Opening Lines: The Iron King stood before me, magnificent in his beauty, silver hair whipping about like an unruly waterfall. His long black coat billowed behind him, accenting the pale, angular face and translucent skin, the blue-green veins glowing beneath the surface.

Memorable Quote: “You’re here, and the only dance I want is this one.”

Favorite Characters: Puck and Charles

Summary:

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is a prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

Review:

I am in love with this series! I’ve only recently dove into the many YA series that deal with fairies [actually, the review I’m posting tomorrow is on another fairy book]. The Iron Princess, which picks up  where The Iron King left off, tells more about the world of the Nevernever and leaves the reader begging for more. Unfortunately, the third book, The Iron Queen, doesn’t hit stores until February 2011.

Meghan is trapped by Mab, the Winter queen. Ash is ignoring her, Oberon can’t help her, and the Winter fey unanimously want her dead or worse. Left to her own devices, Meghan can only hope that she’ll survive the ordeal, and won’t be turned into a living ice sculpture.

In this novel, there are red-eyed iron horses, gremlins that live in iPods, and a world between this one and the Nevernever. As the tension builds between the Winter and Summer armies, will Meghan be able to prove that the real threat is the Iron fey? Or will all of the ‘old faeries’ soon become extinct?

Filled with battle scenes, romance, and several pages of quote-worthy wit, The Iron Princess is a book you defintiely have to check out. I give it 5/5 stars.

Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

“Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater

“Shiver”

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Pages [Hardcover]: 390

Available in stores now!

Opening Lines: I can remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves. They were licking me, biting me, worrying at my body, pressing in.

Memorable Quote: Hope hurt more than the cold

Favorite Character: Beck

Summary:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human … until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Review:

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while, because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I have to say that I was mildly disappointed. The main characters, Sam and Grace, tell the story through alternating points of view. A definite plus, because the reader gets a look at the werewolf life versus the human life. But they don’t seem very fully developed, and there were some parts of the story where I sat back and asked myself how that could have possibly happened. I seriously think I missed a few pages…Or chapters…

The ending really saved it for me. The last forty pages or so were action packed and kept me interested, unlike the beginning.

Throughout the novel Grace mentions her friends Rachel and Olivia. These seem like the only two friends she has, and when Sam comes along, she drops them to cling to him 24/7. Not very loyal. Rachel and Olivia only pop up when convenient for the plot, casually vanishing into the background at all other times.

I know the sequel is coming out soon. Sometime next month, I think. I might borrow it from the library, or a friend, just to see what will happen. Not worth purchasing, however.

‘Shiver’ gets 2/5 stars from me.