Woman Crush Wednesday: Linh Cinder

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I don’t know how I’ve discussed so many characters from The Lunar Chronicles  and neglected to mention my all time fave character: Cinder.

Besides the fact that Cinder is a BAMF cyborg, she’s also just a genuinely kind person that always does her best to do the right thing despite all the crap that’s been thrown at her. She’s raised by a stepmother that hates her because of no fault of Cinder’s and a stepsister, Pearl, who also hated her.

The only two people in Cinder’s family that actually loved her was her younger stepsister, Peony, and the family android, Iko. What makes Cinder so incredibly beautiful is once she makes her own friends and gets the happy ending she deserves, she doesn’t become this hateful or spiteful person. She’s still just as kind, caring, and compassionate as she is at the start of the series.

Also, did I mention Cinder is an amazing mechanic? She can fix anything, including herself. Moreover, I love how she always has grease stains on her somewhere. Even when she’s wearing a dress and gloves she still ends up with grease on her. It’s like a permanent part of her and I love that the author, Marissa Meyer, created this character who’s female and beautiful but also isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.

I like that Meyer’s didn’t try to make Cinder into a “tomboy” or “girly girl” but instead Cinder is just Cinder. She is pretty, smart, quick thinking, brave, scared, sad, happy, and strong. She is all these things and that’s what makes her such an amazing character. Getting to follow along as she discovered who she really is, and I don’t mean who everyone tells her she is, but who she wants to be and what she’s capable of, was probably my favorite thing about this series.

Also, don’t think I forgot about Scarlet. We’ll discuss her next week!

Favorite Line:

“You said yourself that the people of Luna need a revolutionary. So I’m going to Luna, and I’m going to start a revolution.”

Dreamcast: Shay Mitchell

 

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Man Crush Monday: Ze’ev “Wolf” Kesley

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Wolf is BAE.

I could leave it at that but let me explain. Wolf first shows up in Scarlet, book two of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, where he meets, you guessed it, Scarlet. Scarlet is also fabulous and I’ll talk about her on Wednesday but today is Wolf’s day to shine.

He’s cute and strong and also kind of shy, which is crazy because he can literally kill people with his bare hands. But when it comes to Scarlet he is so sweet and gentle and he just loves her so much.

He calls her his “alpha” because despite what’s been done to him (if you don’t know what that is READ THE BOOKS! They’re so good!) he always wants to protect her and put her first. Honestly, the relationship between Scarlet and Wolf is probably my favorite of the series and if I didn’t love Marissa Meyer so much I might hate her for all the crap she put them through.

Still, I absolutely love Scarlet and Wolf and Wolf is just an all around amazing guy.

Swoonworthy Line:

“I think I realized I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”

Dreamcast: Tyler Posey

6 Books I Can’t Wait To Read In 2016

Happy New Year! As we begin 2016 I’m absolutely excited for all the great books that are coming out this year. Here’s the top six books that I can’t wait to read.

1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Jan. 5)

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I loved The Darkest Minds trilogy and I can’t wait to read something new by Alexandra Bracken. This novel follows Etta Spencer, a violin prodigy, who can time travel. She gets caught up in a web of trouble that she, of course, didn’t sign up for. Along for the ride is Nicholas Carter who has to help Etta find a stolen object in order to keep her safe. An adventurous, time traveling novel that also includes some romance? Count me in!

2. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (Feb. 2)

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I binged read The Lunar Chronicles last year and it was probably the best series I read in 2015. I was so sad when I finished reading Winter so when I found out Marissa Meyer was releasing a collection of short stories featuring all my favorite characters I was over the moon. Thankfully the wait for this one isn’t long.

3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (March 8)

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The Mortal Instruments is another series I binged read in 2015 and I absolutely fell in love with it. I’m currently finishing Clockwork Princess and then I need to read all the Shadowhunter Academy stories so I’ll definitely be kept busy until the release of Lady Midnight. I’m excited to be sucked back into this amazing world Cassandra Clare has created and I can’t wait to see what happens next with these new characters and the old ones.

4. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (April 5)

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I’ve been in love with Mead’s writing since the Vampire Academy series so when Bloodlines ended I was devastated. Therefore, when I heard Mead was coming out with a new series (not in the Vampire Academy world) I was over the moon. I can’t wait to jump into this new world filled with arranged marriages and secret romances. I know it’ll be great!

5. The Crown by Kiera Cass (May 3)

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The next and final book in The Selection series comes out this year and I can’t wait to read it! But I’m also sad to see this series go. I’ve been obsessed with this series for so long that’ll it be bittersweet to see it come to an end. But I also really need to know what happens to America. And Eadlyn, of course. But mostly America.

6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Nov. 8)

Meyer’s retelling of fairytales in The Lunar Chronicles was so well done that I know her retelling of Alice in Wonderland in the form of the Queen of Hearts backstory will be amazing! I’m excited to read something new from Meyer although I’m still 100 percent open to a Lunar Chronicles spinoff series.

What books are you excited to read in 2016? Let me know in the comments below! Happy New Year!

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Man Crush Monday: Carswell Thorne


The amazing thing about The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Myer is there’s so many amazing characters. I plan to talk about all of them at some point but today’s Man Crush Monday is Carswell Thorne or just Thorne for short. Or Captain, which is his preferred name actually.

Thorne is cute, funny, and has a big heart. Although he jokes around and some people can never take him seriously he honestly cares about his friends and he’s a good Captain.

Also, it cute how much he loves his ship, the Rampion. It’s like how some guys really love their car. Despite the fact that Thorne technically stole the ship, he cares for it like its his own and it kind of is.

I don’t want to spoil the series but his love interest is adorable and the two of them gave me all the feels. I think Thorne’s best side comes out when he falls in love and decides to be the hero the girl he loves already thinks he is.

Honestly, if someone asked me to choose my favorite Lunar Chronicles guy I couldn’t. Next week I’ll be talking about Wolf and if you haven’t read these books yet you should read them just for him because he’s AMAZING. And I’ll explain why next week.

Swoonworthy Moment:

“If you honestly believe that,” said Thorne, stowing the gun again, “then you really don’t recognize true value when you see it.”

Man Crush Monday: Prince Kai

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If you’ve been following my blog for at least the past month than you know I speed read through The Lunar Chronicles and instantly fell in love.

I could go on and on about so many characters but for today I’ll focus on Prince Kai.

Not only is he a POC, which I love, but he’s kind and a great leader. He cares about his people and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect them, even if that means sacrificing his own happiness.

Plus, I just love how open and honest he is with Cinder. He’s totally genuine with her and it’s cute to see him outside of the palace and acting like a real teen. He gets nervous around her and for a moment you forget he’s even a prince.

Prince Kai is really just the best. He’s cute and funny and just an overall great dude. Check him out in The Lunar Chronicles if you haven’t already.

Swoonworthy Moment:

“‘Cinder?’
‘Mm?’
[Kai] lifted his gaze. ‘Just to be clear, you’re not using your mind powers on me right now, are you?’
She blinked. ‘Of course not.’
‘Just checking.’
Then he slid his arms around her waist and kissed her.”

Dreamcast: Harry Shum, Jr.

Book Review: Winter

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Synopsis from Amazon:

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? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

*Note: If you haven’t read the first three books in The Lunar Chronicles, DO NOT read this review unless you want to be spoiled. You’ve been warned!*

First, I would like to applaud Marissa Meyer for the diversity in her novels. Winer is DARK skinned, y’all! Do you even know what that means? That’s crazy and unfortunately rare in YA novels (and literature in general). And Prince Kai and the people of the Common Wealth are Asian. Also, unlike most dystopian novels this doesn’t take place in America, although we do have Thorne who’s American.

Plus, Winter has a mental health issue and Jacin handles it perfectly by being there for her and telling her she’s perfect just the way she is. Meyer handled this so well. I loved everything about this book and this series. So good!

Winter picks up a few weeks after Cress ended and Cinder and her crew are planning their revolution, although that’s, of course, easier said than done. Plus Wolf is still distressed about Scarlet and I just wanted to give him a hug and tell him everything would be okay.

Cress and Thorne were the cutest and I loved how shy they were with each other. Also, seeing Cinder and Kai work together was so cute and they made a great team. Basically, all the ships sailed in this novel and I absolutely loved it.

This novel was more than just romance though. There were some kick a** fight scenes and just great strategies all around. Cinder and co. kicked butt and took names and I loved it.

I’m so sad this series is over. I loved binge reading it and I’ll miss it. Thankfully there’s a collection of short stories coming next year so I can still get by Lunar Chronicles fix.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“Broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

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Book Review: Cress

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Synopsis from Amazon:

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.

*Note: If you haven’t read Cinder and Scarlet DO NOT read this review unless you want to be spoiled. You’ve been warned!*

This series just keeps getting better and better. I loved the addition of Cress, Jacin, and Winter to the story. They’re all very different characters and I definitely had mixed feelings for Jacin but I absolutely loved Cress and Winter.

Cress is awkward and shy and a little dorky, which can be expected of someone who’s been kept in a satellite for most of her life. She’s madly in love with Thorne even though she doesn’t really know him and found that very relatable. It was so cute and fun to read, especially because Thorne is so naturally cocky and didn’t fully understand Cress’ love proclamations for him were coming from a very real place.

This book had a lot of plot going on and the introduction of new characters could’ve made this a mess but Marissa Meyer did a good job of keeping everything together. It was great to see Cinder coming into her role as leader more. I also liked how everyone seemed like a team in this book, even when they were separated.

I also really enjoyed the couples in this novel. Scarlet and Wolf broke my heart in the best way possible; Cress and Thorne had such an interesting dynamic that I absolutely loved it; and, of course, my faves, Cinder and Kai did not disappoint.

Overall, the only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it’s so close to the end of the series and I never want these books to end. Sadly, all good things must come to an end at some point.

Make sure to keep an eye out for my review of Winter on Thursday. All the feels!

Borrow or Buy: Buy!!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“Maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”

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