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Cress Success!

Cress. I loved it. So full of action and wonderful people (umm…characters…) that I cannot get enough of the Lunar chronicles series. I totally wish I was on board that epic, dangerous mission to overthrow Queen Levana with them just so I could hang out and chat with Wolf, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Kai, and of course Thorne.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

Cress Lunar Chronicles #3 Marissa Meyer Young Adult Fantasy Rating 5

This book introduces some new characters, but retains all of the lovable favorites. Cinder’s powers are growing and she struggles with an internal battle; do her powers define her? Can she still be a good person if she manipulates people with her powers even if it’s not for the same reason Levana does? And can she resist the power’s sometimes darker temptations?

Scarlet’s story was pretty intriguing too, though we don’t see much of her and I’m guessing she will play a larger part in the next book…however I’m not going to say anything because I don’t want to give anything away J

And Cress. Her storyline was wonderful. I loved it and could totally relate to her (and I think a lot of book lovers can to some extent). Being isolated in a satellite she created fantasies about meeting the man of her dreams…which never quite play out the way she anticipates…

All in all it was awesome…and I canNOT wait for Winter to come out!!

P.S. I just pre-ordered a SIGNED copy of Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire from Books of Wonder Shop!!! It was a bit spendy but I feel totally worth it (:

The Covers of Cress and Newly Redone Harry Potter

MEYER CRESS BOOKSSo Marissa Meyer’s third book in the Lunar Chronicle’s, Cress, had a big cover reveal today…and it’s stunning!! The book isn’t set to come out until Feb. 4 and I have absolutely NO IDEA how I will be able to wait that long!

Check out my 5 Star Reviews of:

Book 1-Cinder

Book 2- Scarlet

Also, be sure to check out the article on USA Today about the cover reveal which has a great interview with Meyer.

And speaking of cover releases… I’m still on the fence about the new Harry Potter covers.  I mean they’re pretty and all…and I love the fact that the spines make a picture when put together….BUT it’s changing my childhood! And I am so in love with GrandPre’s covers. I even have a wall full of some prints of Grandpre’s Harry Potter illustrations (courtesy of a fabulous birthday present from my fiancé!) just because I love her work so much. (I’ll probably still have to buy a set with the new covers though just so my collection stays up to date 😉 Check out all of the covers here.

Let me know what you think about any of these new covers!

Cinder on Audiobook and a Clip to Get You Started!

cinder-audiobookSo, as you know, I LOVE Cinder by Marissa Meyer (check out my review here) and I was recently made aware that it’s available in audiobook format…how cool is that!  (I love audiobooks, especially for those long car rides to get absolutely anywhere from the rural town I live in!)  And Macmillan Audio was kind enough to provide us with a 20 min. clip from the audiobook starting at chapter 1.  Check it out by clicking HERE.  I’m sure you will be hooked after a listen 😉

Let me know what you think!

Awesome Short Story Site: Readwave.com & Signed Cinder Giveaway!

An up and coming site called Readwave.com was recently brought to my attention, so I decided to check it out.  And…I was pleasantly surprised 🙂  It’s a very user friendly site where readers can discover oodles of fabulous short stories and share their thoughts on them.  And, it is also a place where writers can share their stories and in return get that feedback we all so desperately crave.  Plus they have this awesome new service where you can sign up to receive the “Story of the Week” in your inbox once a week.  I’ve signed up and have been enjoying it immensely.  Since I don’t typically read short stories this has been a great way to become acquainted with a different style of writing…and I’ve found I really love it, so getting my weekly dose is great!  So be sure to check out this cool new site and sign up for the “Story of the Week” which you can do so from this link here!

Also if you’re over 13 and from the U.S., don’t forget to enter to win the signed copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer I’m giving away!  There are only 7 days left.  Just click on the link at the end of this blog post to be taken to the entry form!

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All About Marissa Meyer: Author Inspiration and Signed Cinder Giveaway Time!

Marissa Meyer and Me!

Marissa Meyer and Me!

I recently had the privilege of attending Marissa Meyer’s visit and book signing at the Edina, MN Barnes and Noble.  It took a 3 hour drive navigating through a nice spring blizzard all while suffering from a nasty sinus infection, but totally worth it.  I highly encourage anyone who has the opportunity to see Marissa speak, to make sure they go!  She was humorous, informative about books to come ;), and incredibly inspiring.

I came only expecting a reading from her latest book, Scarlet, but it was so much more.  She explained about how she has grown up writing fan-fiction about the late anime show Sailor Moon and how that morphed into entering writing contests; in particular NaNoWriMo, which eventually (and I say eventually because it sounded like a long and arduous development as the writing, editing, and re-writing process takes a very long time! which was unfortunately reassuring) led to the amazing Lunar Chronicles.  Even as inspiring as all that is, the part I found the most fascinating was that Meyer found writing fanfic within an online community so beneficial. She said it was easier to share her writing online rather than show her uber “private” notebooks to people in person. This is exactly why I started blogging; the feedback from wonderful readers, to know that others are reading are what I have to say even if it isn’t the best writing.  Practice makes perfection or at least a better writer.

Marissa also talked about her upcoming books in the Lunar chronicles; Cress and Winter.  I was glad to know that the books will contain all of the characters from the previous books along with introducing some amazing new ones! A super techy Rapunzel for Cress and Winter will contain Snow White.  Plus she talked of wanting a prequel for Queen Levana and she said she has two other bookish ideas in mind.  One a standalone and another series idea; sooo exciting! And the movie rights have been sold for Cinder, to whom is unknown to us until a later date, so hopefully (please, please, please!) it will be made into a (well-done) movie!! Then she told a couple of twisted fairy tales I thoroughly enjoyed.

Cinder Marissa Meyer Young Adult Sci-Fi Rating: 4

And…Hopefully you already know that Cinder is amazing and if you don’t yet know because you haven’t gotten a chance to read it, hopefully I’ve started to convince you.  So, either way; if you already love the series or are ready to finally give it a try I’ve got a giveaway for you! A signed copy of the paperback edition of Cinder 🙂

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents 13 years of age and older. The winner will be notified via e-mail the day after the contest has ended and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen in their place. Good Luck!

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A Rare 5/5 Review With the Amazing: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (#2)

ScarletMarissa MeyerYA FicitonRating: 5!!!

Scarlet
Marissa Meyer
YA Ficiton
Rating: 5!!!

I got Scartlet! I got Scarlet! After waiting for sooo long to get my hands on this book, it finally came in at the library…and then I read it a day and a half and it was over far too quickly. Scarlet was just so amazing that now I have to own it…and the whole series. So now I will be scouring thrift stores and adding it and Cinder to my birthday list until they are finally in my possession. If you haven’t read my raving review of the first title in the series, Cinder, yet check it out here.

As the title and cover suggest, Scarlet, is a revamped, futuristic take on Red Riding Hood, but this time Red, or Scarlet, means business and is definitely not a helpless little girl. Scarlet’s grandmother has gone missing for no apparent reason and the police refuse to help find her, so she must take the search into her own hands.  However, a suspicious, yet attractive, companion, who calls himself the Wolf continues to cross her path and seems to possess information she needs to locate her grandmother.  Why has her grandmother been taken? And can the Wolf be trusted?

Meanwhile, Cinder’s and Kai’s story are also being told throughout the book.  Cinder must attempt a risky prison break, which doesn’t go quite as expected and then live life on the run, all the while discovering her new Lunar powers, which are a bit scary. And then there’s poor Kai, running a country on the brink of war with Queen Levana, completely confused by his emotions (his feelings for Cinder, duty for the people of his country) but trying his best.

All of these plot lines are seamlessly interwoven together. They are all super interesting and when the story lines switch back and forth it isn’t jolting or confusing, it just…works. (Confession: sometimes I end up skipping character lines I don’t like :S )

However, the ending leaves you begging for more. I don’t even know how I am going to be able to wait until 2014 when the third title, Cress, is set to release.  That seems like forever from right now! And (ohmygosh I’m so excited about this!!) I read on Goodreads that Cress is supposed to be about Rapunzel and Cinder!!! Rapunzel! (I’m a little obsessed with Tangled at the moment) Who knows what magic Meyer can do with Rapunzel, but I am super excited! Then the fourth novel in the series, Winter, is set to release in 2015 which actually is forever from now, (I’ll practically be done with my master’s degree I haven’t started yet) but this one, again according to Goodreads, will feature Snow White and take place on the moon! And of course since I LOVE fairy tales I’m also a bit obsessed with the TV show Once Upon a Time at the moment, hence the Snow White enthusiasm.

If you like adventure, fantasy, good fairy tale spinoffs, light sci-fi, and a great fast paced read, then you should definitely go read this series! I still can’t stop thinking about it and really don’t want to start another book yet.  However, I must start Push by Sapphire for my bookclub on Tuesday….

Does anyone else know of amazing fairy tale spin-off books/series? I’m in the mood for more!

Awesome Futuristic Cinderella Retelling: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder Marissa Meyer Young Adult Sci-Fi Rating: 4

Cinder
Marissa Meyer
Young Adult Sci-Fi
Rating: 4

So this sat around for a long time before I finally decided to give it a shot.  The sci-fi/mechanicy aspects kind of scared me, and I didn’t think there was any way I could possibly like it…but I did…a lot. It was very hard to put this one down.

Cinder is a fresh, futuristic take on Cinderella with enough plot changes to keep readers guessing til the end. Cinder is different, she’s part cyborg, part machine, part human which makes her disliked by full humans. She does have an “evil” stepmother, spoiled step sisters, makes friends with an android (animal parallel) and does the family’s dirty work for them. And of course there’s a ball and a Prince, but that’s where the the similarities start to fade rather quickly. Cinder has a mysterious past since she can’t remember what happened before she was turned into a cyborg at age 11.  She’s also a skilled mechanic and quite independent.

Meanwhile there’s a deadly plague with no known cure sweeping the post WWIV era world and the threat of war with the ruthless Lunar people of the Moon hanging over everyone. Somehow Cinder finds herself involved in the middle of everything making a wonderful story.

Despite the fact it’s a pretty fun, fast teen read, there are a lot of good discussible ideas within the actual story. Like why is it such a big deal that Cinder is part machine? Why does everyone assume ALL Lunars are horrible just because there ruler is? Why did the citizens of the nation so easily accept that cyborgs should be guinea pigs for the plague antidote? and the list goes on  and on…I need to go talk some people into reading this so discussions can start happening!

Cinder is also available as an audiobook now through Macmillan Audio! Click here to listen to the first chapter!

Can’t wait to read the next one in the series!!

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