The Lunar Chronicles

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) By: Marissa Meyer

Winter

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) By: Marissa Meyer

Plot:

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:

I had no idea how she was going to wrap everything up in just this book, but Meyer managed to do it and I don’t feel left wanting. Well—I would have preferred an epilogue more like from Harry Potter, but I understand why she did what she did and I’m fine with it.

So much happened in this book, so much, and there were like fifty characters to manage, but I never forgot who was who or got lost or confused. It was over eight hundred pages of shit going down.

Worlds were changed and romances were kind of taken care of. Actually, that might be my least favorite part about the Lunar Chronicles, apart from Cinder (book 1 not the character) romance takes a back seat to politics and worlds stuff. It’s there in every book, but it’s not the driving force. It’s a nice change for a fairy tale re-telling, but I just wish there’d been a little bit more.

Overall, the series was awesome and this book was a satisfying conclusion so I’m happy.

5/5

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) By: Marissa Meyer

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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) By: Marissa Meyer

Plot:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, 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 her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned 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 just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Review:

Cinder just can’t catch a break. Well, the people around her can’t catch a break, Cinder is doing alright by the end.

Cress was a great addition to the team, she brought a lot of needed skills, and although I knew she was going to wind up being the daughter of someone special it took me a minute to catch on to who it actually was. She also brought a very romantic point of view that wasn’t already in the series.

Scarlet and Wolf have still got a lot of issues as do Cinder and the Emperor. The world is going crazy, the Queen is still super evil, and I’m not sure if we’ll be able to resolve everything with the next book.

Speaking of next book, oh my god why did I have to catch up? Now I’m waiting and waiting for the next to come out. I’m also like number 93 on the wait list. Sad. I should probably buy them all. That’s what I should do.

5/5

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) By: Marissa Meyer

Scarlet

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) By: Marissa Meyer

Plot:

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.

Review:

After Cinder’s ending I didn’t expect Scarlet to start off with an entirely new character. It took me a little bit to get into it because of that. However, once I did I ended up liking Scarlet more than Cinder.

The world keeps on growing in this series with Scarlet taking place in France. It’s incredibly interesting to see the tech and how wide reaching the fear and prejudice is for Lunars. The Queen makes a great villain and you discover more about her in this book.

Honestly, my only complaint is that while a lot happened I’m impatient for a final resolution. It took Cinder the entire book to basically man up and even then she was kicking and screaming the entire time.

I had to force myself not to buy the next book in the series, only because at this point I’ve checked them all out from the library so it doesn’t make sense to just randomly own the third book in a series. Thank goodness I was able to pick it up fairly quickly. Very excited to see what Meyer does next.

4.5/5

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) By: Marissa Meyer

Cinder

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) By: Marissa Meyer

Plot:

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.

Review:

This book has been on my to read pile for a while but I honestly kept forgetting about it. However, lately a few blogs I follow reminded me of it and I’m so glad they did.

I like a good fairy tale retelling, but there have been a lot of them recently so the market kind of feels over saturated. This book could have easily been just like every other one, but the futuristic setting, the android and cyborgs, the moon people, really set it apart.

I really enjoyed the world that was created, there was a lot of detail and it was clearly well thought out. There was a history and based on the author’s websites she had reasons for what she did and the way she termed things.

The important aspects of the Cinderella story were included as well. The step-mother was wicked, a “shoe” was left behind, and a few other important things. What I’m curious to see, though, is what will be done in the next books. The series clearly started as a Cinderella re-telling, but it didn’t end that way. There is no Happily Ever After and the girl doesn’t have the Prince/Emperor. Instead there was a twist that wasn’t really a huge surprise.

The book is YA and there were a few very YA moments where Cinder was more worried about silly teenage things and not the big issues. Still it was not overwhelmingly so and never reached annoying.

I’m really curious to see how this series develops and I look forward to reading the next book.

4.5/5