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Cress by Marissa MeyerCRESS by Marissa Meyer Book Review
Series: Lunar Chronicles, #3
Publication Date: February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |

Book Summary: 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 by Marissa Meyer Book Review Overview:

  • Cress is a great addition to the wonderful cast of characters
  • The third book in the series does not lack action, but it does build up to the final installment
  • The Lunar Chronicles is one of the few series that just keeps getting better with each additional book.

One of the dilemmas I face as a book lover is trying to get hooked on a series. These days, I always find myself reading the first book in a series, but I never get around to reading the others. Reading a whole series takes a lot of commitment, and it takes more than just liking a book.  Beyond an interesting plot, the characters and the world-building needs to be spot on. I need to care about the protagonist even after the first book comes to an end.

Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series continues to be a hit with the third book, Cress. A classic fairy tale character inspires each book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Cress is loosely based on Rapunzel.

Cress picks up immediately where the last book, Scarlet, leaves off. I’m always worried that after waiting a long period of time for the next book in the series, I’ll forget just about everything that happened in the previous book. Luckily, I was able to jump back into the world that Meyer has created without much confusion.

Cinder and her friends are still fugitives on the run. Queen Levana of the Lunar colony is determined to catch and kill Cinder before everyone finds out that Cinder’s true identity is Princess Selene, the rightful heir to the throne of Luna. Despite the price on her head, Cinder knows she cannot hide forever. She needs to stop the marriage between Queen Levana and Prince Kai. Though the Queen promises an alliance between Luna and Earth, Cinder knows that she cannot be trusted.

Cress introduces a character that becomes Cinder’s newest ally. For years, Cress has been locked up on a satellite and forced to spy on the Earthens. A master hacker and programmer, Cress is the mastermind responsible for keeping Lunar activity undetected by the people on Earth. But Cress knows that she is being taken advantage of and she knows that she must put an end to Queen Levana’s reign. Cress agrees to use her knowledge to help Cinder overthrow Queen Levana for the exchange of her rescue from her satellite prison.

Cress is a wonderful addition to the vibrant cast of characters. Each character has such a developed back story that readers really get to know each one of them. Despite the large number of characters and alternating perspectives, the narrative does not get confusing. On the contrary, the multiple storylines keep the pages turning. I’m invested in all of the characters and I never find myself skimming chapters not told in Cinder’s perspective.

Being the third book in the series, my biggest fear that all 400 pages would be filled with lots of development and very little action. Despite the fact that the plot does build up to the final book in the series, Cress does not lack action. The plot continues to thicken in Cress with lots of jaw-dropping twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Meyer continues to delve into the origins of letumosis, a deadly disease that has plagued Earth and killed thousands. Dr. Erland gets one step closer to developing a cure. With the help of Cress, Cinder uncovers more about Queen Levana and her nefarious plans to take over Earth.

Marissa Meyer is one of the few authors whose series just gets better with every additional book. Cress is an action-packed page-turner with unforgettable characters. You’ll never want to leave the world of the Lunar Chronicles and you’ll be waiting eagerly for the final installment.

About the Author

Marissa MeyerMarissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf . . .), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was given a small book of them when she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder is her first novel.

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer SCARLET by Marissa Meyer Book Review
Series: Lunar Chronicles, #2
Publication Date: February 5th 2013 by Feiwel and Friends
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |

Book Summary: Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Book Review Overview:

  • Fun new characters that are loosely based on the Little Red Riding Hood
  • As always, the romance is great in Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Fantastic world-building and a twist that you will not see coming!

SCARLET by Marissa Meyer is everything that fans of Cinder have been waiting for. SCARLET by Marissa Meyer picks up where Cinder left off: Cinder is a criminal on the loose. Determined to get away from Queen Levana, Cinder enlists the help of another prisoner and escapes. Torn between doing what is expected of her and learning more about her past, Cinder decides not to meet up with Dr. Erland. Instead, she travels to France in hopes to find out more about her Lunar past.

Meyer introduces new characters to the Lunar Chronicles, mainly Scarlet and Wolf. I love how Meyer based these characters loosely on the Little Red Riding Hood. Those familiar with the fairytale will notice the subtle references sprinkled throughout Scarlet’s narrative. I had an instant liking to both characters. Scarlet is feisty and there is no denying that she has chemistry with the elusive and possibly dangerous Wolf. Of course, there ends up being some romance between them and I was more than happy about it. Wolf captured my heart. I had no doubt that there was more than meets the eye when it came to Wolf.

At first, I was a little confused as to why Meyer suddenly takes us to a rural village in France in SCARLET by Marissa Meyer. But I had nothing to worry about; Meyer seamlessly connects the alternating story lines and it builds up to an action-packed adventure with a surprising twist. The world-building also continues to be a highlight in SCARLET by Marissa Meyer. I love continuing to learn about the Lunars and how Cinder is slowly learning how to use her powers.

Prince Kai isn’t in SCARLET as much as he was in Cinder, which is the most disappointing part of the book. Though still important to the overall story, his role is much smaller in SCARLET by Marissa Meyer. His presence was missed and I can only hope that he and Cinder will be reunited in the next book.

SCARLET by Marissa Meyer is a sequel to watch out for.

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About the Author

Marissa MeyerMarissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf . . .), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was given a small book of them when she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder is her first novel.

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Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreBITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore Book Review
Series: Graceling Realm, #3
Publication Date: May 1st 2012 by Dial
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |

Book Summary: Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle–disguised and alone–to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore Book Review Overview:

  • Kristin Cashore will not disappoint fans of the Graceling Realm
  • This can be read as a standalone but it’s really a lot better if you read the other two books first
  • The romance is not as epic as the Fire or Graceling but it’s still pretty sweet

BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore is technically the third book in the Graceling Realm series, but the publisher insists that you can read this as a standalone. True, you probably can; it’s been a while since I’ve actually read Graceling and Fire so my memory is fuzzy on what had happened in those books. So prior knowledge really is not required to read Bitterblue. But at the same time, you probably won’t appreciate it as much. The beauty in BITTERBLUE is partially based on all three stories finally coming together cohesively. You’ll read about all your favorite characters from previous books and see them in a new light from Bitterblue’s perspective.

Like any subsequent book by any author, I was a bit worried when I started to read BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore. A big fan of the first two, I was worried that this one would not live up to the epic fantasy world. I had nothing to be worried about; Cashore continues to weave beautifully written stories set in a magical realm. She knows how to write fantasy.

There’s just a touch of romance in BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore, and I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t as epic as the romances in Graceling and Fire. Okay, let’s face it: Bitterblue has a lot of problems that she has to deal with first, so romance can’t be her top priority. Still, I enjoyed the chemistry even if I wanted a little more.

BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore will delight fans of the Graceling Realm series. And readers who discover BITTERBLUE first will definitely be convinced to pick up the other two books.

About the Author

Kristin Cashore wrote the New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire, both of which have been named ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Graceling is the winner of the 2009 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature and Fire is the winner of Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. The books are world travelers, currently scheduled to be published in thirty languages.

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