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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!

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