Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5 – Levana’s Story) by Marissa Meyer

FairestIn this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Published: May 28 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian
ISBN: 9781250060556
Rating: 3.5/5

I was cautiously optimistic regarding Levana’s story. For the first three books she’s painted as an evil ruler, with no redeeming qualities, and there wasn’t much in the way of discussion regarding how she’d come to rule Luna, beyond that her sister and niece had passed away.

When the story began to unfold, I was shocked to find that Levana was actually humanized by the fact that her sister was a very vicious woman, who’d convinced Levana to burn herself – ultimately scarring her and giving reason to why she’s always veiled on Luna (and used her glamour on Earth).

The growing sympathy you come to have for Levana is, of course, later shattered by her treatment of her niece and the people she has in her inner court. The levels of manipulation and deceit that she goes to in order to remain Queen are somewhat terrifying in their own regard. Nothing is deemed ‘too far’ in the grand scheme of remaining the ruler of Luna.

A solid 4/5 stars! I wish I could go back and re-read this for the first time again.

Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

CressEven in the future. there are damsels in distress…

In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, 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.

Format: Hardcover, 552 pages
Published: Feb 4 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian
ISBN: 9780312642976

Rating:4/5

I have to admit, that I loved Cress’ story the most out of the entire series. Cress feels like the perfect Rapunzel, locked away in her ivory tower. The backstory for the main character this time around focuses on the fact that Cress is of Lunar descent, but she has no abilities – She is a shell. Throughout Cinder & Scarlet, Marissa Meyer makes a few references to the Lunar shells, and how they’re worthless to society on Luna. Parents of shells have their children taken away from them (and its assumed that they’re ‘dealt with’ – as its degrading to give birth to a shell), and they never see the child again.

Except those shells aren’t killed. They’re hidden away helping to secure Luna’s future in the universe, by any means possible, under the guise of ‘your service is valued and we will return you to Luna as a proper citizen when your time is done.”

Cress is fun and light, but not without it’s dark portions, especially when it comes to Cress’ fate as a shell and her uncertainty around the others as she grows up before the reader. I think my favourite part is how the relationship between Cress and Thorne blossoms as the novel progresses.

A solid 4/5 stars.

Taste of Tuesday: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Book Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, 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.

Because we all LOVED her version of Cinderella “Cinder” and the Lunar Chronicles, I can’t wait to see how she twists Alice in Wonderland. As I have mentioned before, I love spins of fairy-tales because it brings me back to my childhood. It is great to have such deep roots with a story, and reading new renditions bring the passion back.

On shelves today – I’ll probably see you all at the store!

Taste of Tuesday: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Book The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Two teens–Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica–cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives–Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family’s deportation to Jamaica–and fall in love.

If you haven’t already read Autumn’s review of Everything, Everything you should. I’m pretty sure she spoke of nothing but this book for an entire week. I expect this book to be just as spectacular! This book is not a sequel, so feel free to pick it up on a whim, curl up in a ball and give it a read!

Let us know what you think of it in the comments below, on twitter or by email! We love to talk books with all of you!

 

 

Taste of Tuesday:What Light by Jay Asher

Book What Light by Jay Asher

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

I always have a few Christmas books that I read to get me into the spirit. This year will be an extra exciting year for me with it being my son’s first Christmas. I think this book might be a good first Jay Asher read and it is going to be fitting for the time of year.

If you love Jay Asher, if you love books about falling in love or if you just want a cute love story, I think this will be a good book this season!

 

 

Taste of Tuesday | Beast by Brie Spangler

Beast

 

Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

I am very excited for the release of this book. I almost get the feel of it being like Beauty and the beast but if Beauty was transgender. I know I would be devastated if I thought someone truly knew me and all my secrets and then to find out that they just weren’t listening. Cannot wait to see how this plays out!

Have you read this already, or do you want to read it? Let us know! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this upcoming novel 🙂

Taste of Tuesday: Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Book Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

 

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . .Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

For anyone who has read Jenniver Niven’s last book “All the Bright Places”, you know this book is going to be a heart-wrenching tear jerker. I will post a review about this book soon (since I realize now that I haven’t done it yet!) but in the meantime you all need to trust me. This is going to be one of the biggest hits this fall/winter, it will be flying off of the shelves.

I will be anxiously awaiting reviews of this book by ThePickyPagesProject!