Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Page Numbers: 446
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.
I really enjoyed reading this book and it completely hooked me from the start even as this was a re-read for me. I love the world of Cinder and how the technology of the world isn’t completely out of the question. Governments have talked about having inserted chips as a form of ID and there are many people working on hovercrafts.
Marissa Meyer is an amazing writer and did a wonderful job of incorporating the story of Cinderella in this new world. I felt like I was walking around with Cinder as the settings were perfectly described and I was fully engrossed in the story.
I really like Cinder as a character and there was a good mix between the evolving story and incorporating her back story. My favourite character though was Prince Kai. He was well balanced between being the new King and all the responsibilities that entails as well as being quick witted and cheeky just as a young prince would be.
In general I love retellings and heard a lot of good reviews about this series and this book lived up to them and I would highly recommend this series.
Date Started: Feb 21, 2018
Date Finished: Feb 27, 2018
So I saw this tag done on Booktube and since I have started up my Booktube channel again and I will have this tag going up on there I thought that since not everyone is into watching Booktube videos and prefer reading blog posts so I thought that I will post it here as well.
Question 1 – Do you remember how you developed a love of reading?
I was actually talking to my Dad about this the other day. As a kid I HATED reading. I know hard to believe right. I was at the point where my parents got a tutor to make me read to them because I just simply refused to read. It wasn’t until I found the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket that I fell in love with reading. This series changed my life and opened me up to other similar books. Really for me it was a matter of finding the right type of book and not being forced to read it.
Question 2 – Where do you usually read?
I read where ever I can really. But I get a lot of reading done on my commute to work each day as I have an hour train trip each way. I also get a lot of reading done in between my dance classes as currently I have 3 hours on a Tuesday and 2 hours on a Wednesday between classes. Also I love to read just on my couch with my Cinder blanket and a big mug of coffee.
Question 3 – Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
This has definitely changed over the years. I started off by being a strictly one book at a time book person and then this developed to one book per format (as in one physical, one digital and one audio) but now I allow myself to pick up whatever I am in the mood for and that could mean having 3 physical books on the go at once. The thing I have noticed is that it is only physical books that I can read more than one at a time. I just can’t managed having more than one digital or audio book on the go at any one time.
Question 4 – What is your favourite genre?
While I do enjoy reading most genres my favourite genre is definitely fantasy.
Question 5 – What genre will you not read?
So there aren’t really any genres that I will flat out say that I will not read but if I had to choose a genre it would be poetry. I used to love writing poetry but I don’t really enjoy reading it.
Question 6 – Do you have a favourite book?
My favourite book does change a bit but currently it is Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
Question 7 – What is the worst book you have ever read?
The book that comes to mind when I think about really not liking a book as I am reading it is Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung. I had to read this for school and on top of it being during the time I hated to read I could not connect to this book at all.
Question 8 – What is the biggest book you have ever read?
Coming in at 848 pages is A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
Question 9 – What is the last book you brought?
So I have just done a smallish order from Book Depository and in that order was Circe by Madeline Miller which is being talked about a lot at the moment so I have to check it out myself.
Question 10 – Which do you prefer: Library books or buying books?
I definitely prefer to buy books. My ultimate dream is to have my own library in my house (Need to buy a bigger house!!!!). That being said, I will not travel with my books. I get very OCD when it comes to my books so if I am going away (like I am in a few weeks) I will check out library books to take with me.
Question 11 – What are you reading now?
I am currently reading Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and also The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee which is a reread.
Question 12 – What are the disadvantages of being a book lover?
The first disadvantage is that there is never enough time to read all the books I want to read. I wish I could take a year off work and just catch up on all the books I haven’t read. Secondly is that I don’t have the unlimited amount of money to buy all the books. Thirdly is that I don’t have the room to store all of my books. As it is my two bookcases are double staked with many books laying down in order to use as much space as possible and I have also had to take books back to my Dad’s place to put on my old bookshelves.
I really enjoyed doing this Tag and if you haven’t done this tag well then your it. Let me know if you end up doing it too.
So this weeks Top Ten list is all about my favourite YA character names. This is a list of at least the ones that I could think of that I really like.
Annabeth from The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Rirodan
Chaol from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Magnus from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Katherine from Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Violet from All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Kady from The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Winter from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Page Numbers: 453
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
After having fallen in love with the Lunar Chronicles I did go into Heartless having high expectations and I am glad that Marissa Meyer rose and surpassed my expectations. I am a massive fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so I get really excited about retellings and prequels for it.
I really enjoyed reading about Catherine and all that she went through before becoming the Queen of Hearts. I liked the fact that Catherine started with a kind and sweet temperament as well as having a love of baking and we got to understand how she became the cold Queen.
The difficult part I found while reading this was that as a lover of the original story (although I think that most people know the outline of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) I knew where the story was going and it meant that I spent some of my time reading just wondering when the event that changed Catherine would occur. This didn’t really effect my overall enjoyment of the book and it is something that always occurs when I read prequel stories.
I love how Marissa Meyer incorporated quotes from the original story as well as some aspects from The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe that suited the story perfectly. It illustrated the care and appreciation that she has for the original story while adding her own spin. I also appreciate that she took the time at the end of the book to explain where some of the references came from and why they were selected to be incorporated.
Highly recommend this book.
Date Started: Jan 1, 2018
Date Finished: Jan 10, 2018
So I am really struggling to answer this weeks prompt. Either because I somehow manage to not read books that I didn’t enjoy or I have suppressed them in my memory. So for this week only I am changing this to Top Five Tuesday because I really can not think of 10.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (This took me a long time to get into even though I love Alice in Wonderland stories)
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer ( I thought some of the stories in this compilation were the weakest bits of writing I have read of Marissa’s)