Red At Night by Katie McGarry

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“Red At Night” by Katie McGarry

5 out of 5 stars.

Yay! I finally read a new book ! I just loved Katie McGarry’s “Red At Night.” It was a hundred page novella, and every second of  it was amazing. I felt connected to each of the main character’s despite the shortness of this e-book, and although I wished it had lasted longer, I felt really satisfied afterwards, like it was somehow complete. Not all the issues are resolved but you know that the people in the book are going to keep trying to be better versions of themselves, and not be afraid to hope for something better in the future than they’ve known in the past.

I just loved every minute of this book and I can’t stop gushing over it! So, here’s some pictures that describe what I was feeling while I read this novella.

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And then I realized that there was a chapter of Katie’s next book, “Take Me On”, in the back.

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Oh, gosh, I’m hyperventilating! SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!

 

 

Once Upon a Time

Sorry, guys, about the lack of book posts lately. Sadly, I haven’t found a good book to read in over a month. But, alas, I have not despaired (yet) because of a magical show (no pun intended) called “Once Upon a Time.” I have watched all of season three (up until the newest episode), and I have enjoyed it quite a bit, but it was just in the last couple of weeks that I really got into the show. Me and my sisters started watching a few episodes every night, and it has been so much fun going through it again. It has been a while since I’ve had something to really fangirl over; I was a bit out of shape there for a while, but now I’m once again a full-time, high functioning fangirl. My favorite thing to fangirl over has to be Captain Swan (Emma Swan and Captain Hook (Colin O’ Donoghue), if you didn’t already know). The chemistry between those two characters is epic. Plus, he’s pretty fantastic all by himself.  I mean, come on, look at him.

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*SWOON* How could you not fangirl over this handsome, charming, and very misguided pirate who has a heart of gold? And have you seen his hair?

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I realize he was super EVIL in season two and that he was a total misogynist (he stopped that bent, thankfully, when season three started), and only interested in helping himself. Why I like him now is because he redeemed himself in season three, and because I have a weakness for character growth and cheeky pirates. Call me crazy, but I’m shipping Captain Swan all the way into the Winner’s Circle.

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P.S. This will be me if Captain Swan doesn’t pan out.

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Enlisted on Fox

Today I heard some very distressing news concerning my new favorite show, Enlisted. It’s on the chopper block!! My reaction to this awful news was as follows:

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flynn rider tangledand in my opinion, it’s a terrible decision to even have it on the chopper block.

what does the fox say?Why must the Fox always say, “Cancelled”?

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I want YOU to watch Enlisted on Fox on your Friday night. You won’t regret it.

Boundless by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #3)

This post contains spoilers. If you haven’t read “Unearthly” or “Hallowed” yet, do not read this review.

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“Boundless” by Cynthia Hand

5 out of 5 stars.

It’s Clara’s first semester of college, and everything that has happened in the past several months has been a bit overwhelming. I mean, who wouldn’t be stressed if their brother ran away from home, you went on summer vacation to Italy with your friend only to meet another angel-blood (a shady one at that), and eventually decide to break up with your longtime boyfriend to pursue a dream you’re not even sure is your’s. Yeah, there is a lot going on in Clara’s life right now, but maybe college is exactly what she needs to bring purpose to it. Out with the old, in with the new, right?

Things seem to be shaping up quite nicely at Standford for Clara, and with Christian and Angela close by, she feels a modicum of normalcy beginning to set in;  a strange thing for an angel-blood to feel among a bunch of full-blooded humans. Despite the uncommoness of it in her life, normal is exactly what Clara needs right now to figure out her next move. After a roommate gets injured, Clara discovers that her next move is becoming a doctor. Clara has a gift the of healing so why not put it to good use? Everything finally seems to be fitting into place for Clara. All except one pesky vision that has been hovering at the back of her mind.

With the newest version of her vision, Clara realizes that everything before now was just the calm before the storm. Nothing could have ever prepared Clara for what is to come, the darkness that she must overcome to save herself and those she loves. Is she really strong enough, like her mother had once said, to beat the darkness closing in, or is she just as much a screw-up now as she was back in high school?

The plot of “Boundless” unfolded very differently than I had originally thought it would (I knew the gist of the book, but not ALL of it), and although my favorite is still “Unearthly”, I feel that this is a close second because of how Cynthia wrapped her series up. Most authors that I have read so far have disappointed me with their final installments, such as Tahereh Mafi (I was shocked with myself too for disliking it), Lauren DeStefano, Lauren Oliver (ick!), Sarah J. Mass, and others like them. I guess that I don’t have a right to be disappointed in them, but I am. These authors in particular compromised the integrity of their story lines and/or characters at one point or another, and that bothers me. I do mind losing (because it hurts), but allow me to lose with dignity and grace, with the knowledge that my character was himself/herself until the end. Instead, these authors decided it would be easier for a reader to except their defeat by ruining their favorite character(s), turning them into something they were not so the loss wasn’t as great. Trust me, authors, it does not make it easier. There is no thing worse than a cop-out.

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Despite my terrible track record with authors like that, I finally found one who didn’t do that to me. Cynthia Hand did a fantastic job of not compromising her characters’ integrity, while still making them change and evolve as people. She is now one of my favorite authors because of that, and I cannot wait to see what she does next. But before then, let’s talk about this book.

I really liked Christian in this book. He is a great guy character and I loved him as Clara’s FRIEND. Love ya, boy, but you need to stay in the friend zone. He and Clara are great and I love how they work together, but whenever something romantic starts to brew between them, I’m like: BACK AWAY!!!!!

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Other than those moments, though, I really liked Christian. Cynthia developed him even more as a lead character in “Boundless”, which was good and bad for me. Good for the fact that I really started liking him as a person, but also bad because I started liking him.

Clara got on my nerves a bit in this book because of her indecisiveness about her own future, her relationship with Christian, her unresolved feelings about Tucker, and her brother. I totally get what Cynthia was doing, but Clara still irritated me a bit. Clara, luckily, makes up her mind about her future and begins to see her brother again, and what I did like, was that she started to realize just how selfish she had been in the past. She had hurt a lot of people over the past few years, especially her little brother, and so I was happy to see her finally understand that the world doesn’t revolve around her and her issues. Yay! Some character growth. By the end of the book I was happy with where her character had ended up; she knew where she wanted to go and who she wanted to be in the future, which was good.

Tucker, Tucker, Tucker…Have I told you already that I love this boy? Ah, yes I have! Countless times, too, from what I remember, but here I am, saying it again: I. Love. Tucker. Avery.

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I will warn you, though, that my beloved Tucker is a bit of a wounded puppy in this book. Clara has basically put him through the ringer, so he’s angry (rightfully so), and then she keeps showing up in his barn unexpectedly, which is like salt on an open wound. Steel yourselves (if you are a fan) whenever Clara sees him because he usually goes on high defense mode and acts like a jerk, but a couple of times you get to see the sweet charming Tucker that we all know and love from the first two books. I was prepared for the attitude, so him acting that way didn’t surprise me, but it did make me sad that he acted that way because, as a reader, you know he’s goning regret it the moment Clara leaves again. Ahhhhh, but those two or three scenes where she pops up in his barn are just awesome, and I went into full fangirl mode whenever they happened!

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I loved them even though they hurt me!

I think that the only thing I really didn’t like about this book was Angela. For some reason I REALLY disliked her, and all of the junk that happens in this book is pretty much her fault, including the end that made me weep like a baby despite knowing what would happen. I was like this until the last page, and then I wept a little more.

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The thing that MADE this book for me was the ending. There is just something about it that is absolute wonderful and beautiful and heartbreaking about it, and I loved it! It was bittersweet and made me cry enough that I had to stop reading and blink so I could actually read the page I was on. Cynthia definitely brought the waterworks (again), and that makes me love her as an author even more.

As I said before, nothing went down in “Boundless” the way I had expected it would, but I was sooooooo satisfied at the end that I didn’t even care about my previous expectations/theories. The series/trilogy enders that I have read recently had left me very dissatisfied with them; I felt empty and wanting afterwards, and I hate that feeling. You shouldn’t feel that way when you finish a good series by a beloved author (at least that’s my opinion). Cynthia Hand, however, ended her “Unearthly” series in such a way that I felt satisfied, like it was a whole and complete story and that nothing needed to be added to it. I think that is the reason why I loved this book so much, and why I respect Cynthia as an author. She wrote a book that respected her readers (that’s a first for me!) while still ending it the way she wanted it to, and the way it needed to be ended.

Before I start crying because of how beautiful the ending of this book is, I am going to finish this post with a description of how I felt after finishing “Boundless”:

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Well done, indeed!

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #2)

Spoilers are in this post, so do not read this if you haven’t read “Unearthly” yet.

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“Hallowed” by Cynthia Hand

4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Clara Gardener has had quite the school year. First she had to move to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a far cry from southern California, that’s for sure. Secondly the boy she was supposed to save (according to her purpose) was (socially) out of reach because, well, it is high school. Thirdly she fell in love with a boy she never expected to get along with, let along begin to care for. And last, but certainly not least, she and her mother were both almost killed by a deranged murderer, as are most murderers. Oh, yeah, and she messed up her purpose so bad that both her and Christian’s lives are pretty jacked up right now. That about sums up her time in Jackson Hole so far, and all Clara is hoping for this year is a bit of peace and quite. But becomes abundantly cleat to her that an angel’s work is never finished.

Clara has always thought that she would have one great purpose and once she had completed it, she could go on living her life. But since she messed up her purpose, it seems that something else is brewing in place of that original purpose, and someone she loves is going to die, possibly because of what she did. She doesn’t know the how or why, not even who it’s going to happen to, but it is going to happen during springtime. Clara has learned from experience that purposes may look or mean one thing when, in reality, they are actually completely different from what you thought they were. Clara begins wonder if her latest dream is supposed to be a warning, a future she is meant to change, or if she is just meant to stand by and let it all happen? She took her future into her own hands once before, and look at what that got everyone! Clara doesn’t regret what she did, just the people she hurt because of that choice. But how on earth can she let this dream come to pass, letting that person go without putting up a fight? The answer is as clear as day to her: she won’t.

Can Clara stop what she’s seen, or is her entire world about to break apart? Will she ruin everything again by trying to stop the inevitable, or is she the one who can fix it all, past, present, and future?

There is a commonly known illness going around and authors seem to be the only ones catching it: Second (or sophomore) Book Syndrome. It is very common, and very deadly to both the writer and their readers. The side-effects of this deadly virus are:

  1.  Mediocre or runaround plot lines,
  2. Characters who seem to be bipolar and not like themselves,
  3. Half a**ed bad guys,
  4. Mind-numbingly boring filler so they can call it a book and not a novella,
  5. And the infernal love triangle that makes the average reader despise both the heroine and/or the heroe(s).

Most authors I have read have been victims to Second Book Syndrome, but I am very glad to say that Cynthia Hand’s “Hallowed” was not one of them, and that is why I bought all three of her books online right after finished them. Yes, I loved them THAT much.  Paid through the nose, too, but I regret nothing!

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Alright, let’s start talking about the premise of this book, and all the reasons why I love it and its author.

Clara knows that someone she loves very much is going to die, and she estimates that it is springtime when she will have to say goodbye to them. The only problem with this (besides that person dying, of course) is that she has no clue who it will be. Clara (beware) kind of goes a bit skit-so because she doesn’t know if she can stop it from happening, and she doesn’t know who to protect from it, and actions are quite understandable, although at times are a bit too stalkerish for comfort. We all have experienced loss of a loved one at one time or another, and so I wasn’t too bothered by her manic depressant attitude because I could empathize with her, but there were times when she was very selfish and did not recognizing it as being so, and that did bother me a bit. She hurt a lot of people in “Hallowed” because of her oblivious, self-centered nature, but she did learn some lessons that lead to good character growth in this book, and so that was good.

Christian was also a great character in this book. I really began to see his sweet side and I was more willing to acknowledge that he was a good guy, whereas in “Unearthly” I was practically chanting Tucker’s name every time Christian was present. To be quite honest, I was still chanting Tucker’s name the entire book, but I could admire Christian for his kindness towards Clara during a tough time in her life and the friendship he offered her. The only thing I didn’t like was that Clara was still undecided when it came to her and Christian even though she was dating Tucker.  That’s a no, no in my book, but I can forgive Cynthia because I got why Clara was torn whereas in most books there’s usually no reason to be indecisive. I didn’t like it, but I can respect it.

TUCKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yeah, I have fallen in love with this boy, and I am still wondering why God hasn’t created any boys like my Tucker, and if He has, where are they in this universe?!! I had read this series while the Olympics were going, and every time I saw someone skiing or snowboarding, I started to cry because I was thinking of all of Tucker’s and Clara’s beautiful times together! Okay, I wasn’t crying, but I did go into fangirl mode in front of my sisters a few time. I’m kind of crazy/nerdy in fangirl mode if you haven’t already noticed.

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Besides the fact that I love this boy, Tucker is just a fantastically written male character.  He was smart, funny, and sweet while still being a really strong male lead. He was practically the only full-blooded human in Clara’s group, but he held his own in “Hallowed” and didn’t act like a weakling even when Clara kicks him in the emotional…well, I’ll leave that for you to fill in if you would like. There are just so many layers to his character despite the fact that he was the good boy in this series. He wasn’t mysterious or broody, and maybe that was/is the reason why I loved his character so much.

I happen to hate it when authors think that, for a character to be interesting, they need to make them broody and mysterious or misunderstood. That’s great for some people, but that is exactly what I dislike in male characters. I feel that the characters play too many games (never communicating is one of the worst products of these games) romantically if they are written that way; playing games in relationships, romantic or not, never ends well. Honesty is the best policy. I get that authors try to build tension or intrigue through those personality traits, but it doesn’t always work out well, and then the writers dig themselves into, not just holes, but trenches that are nearly impossible to climb out of when the time comes. Cynthia Hand, however, created tension between friends and family, romantic drama, and emotional turmoil without too many of those irritating games being played (Christian and Clara had some of those kinds of moments, although the fault lies with Clara 99% of the time. And Tucker, my love, was never the issue, even when Clara did something stupid. YAY!). Yeah, maybe there were some of those games in this book, but Cynthia did a great job of writing them so that I wasn’t irritated with her or the characters.

P.S. Tucker is such a good quality character that he doesn’t need all of that drama to become a dynamic, intriguing, and unforgettable character. He is a BOSS and he has his own SWAG to go with it.

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Character drama aside, there are a lot of things going on in this book. The bad guy from the first book comes back and he isn’t who I originally thought he was; oh, he’s still as evil as they come, but there is more to him than meets the eye. I was also a little surprised by what Clara discovers about herself, and maybe I should’ve guessed it, but I didn’t because maybe, just maybe, I am extremely gullible. Then we find out who is going to die in this book, and I kind of cried, like a lot. Like a faucet, actually.

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They didn’t stop until a few minutes after I finished “Hallowed”; the last scene in this book was super emotional in a sad but happy way. I have to hand it to Cynthia Hand, she really got the waterworks going, and that takes a skilled writer to do that to me. Tahereh Mafi, although I loved her first two books and her novellas, she never made me cry. I think that is one of the signs of my favorite author(s) is whether they can make me cry or laugh alongside their characters. Cynthia Hand made me laugh, cry, and dance around my room in happiness, and I cannot wait to read more of her books. AMAZING!!!

P.S. The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was Clara’s friend, Angela. I really wish Wendy, Tucker’s super awesome twin sister, had been the main female friend, but other than that I really liked this book.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #1)

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“Unearthly” by Cynthia Hand

5 out of 5 stars.

Clara Gardener is an angel blood, which makes her life infinitely more complicated than your average teenager’s. Ever since she found out, her life has never been the same; she had always known she was different from other kids her age, but, really, an angel? Adding to the weight of this burden is that all angel-bloods have a certain purpose (or purposes) that they have to fulfill, and bad things happen when an angel-blood decides not to complete it. At least that is what Clara’s mother says. Clara has decides to follow her calling, which leads her and the rest of her family to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Traveling to Jackson Hole was even more unglamorous than expected, and Clara is now experiencing the full-fledged fury of an angry teenage boy. The more time goes by, the more Clara wonders about her purpose. Is this really what she is meant for? Did she somehow misinterpret something and uproot her family for some teenage fantasy? And even if she is on the right track, how can she really fulfill her life’s calling when the boy she is supposed to protect won’t allow her to get close enough to actually help him?

Nothing is made easy for Clara, but she is determined to finish it! Nothing and no one is going to get in the way of protecting the boy from her visions, but life throws her yet another curveball, and Clara doesn’t know quite how to deal with it, with him. Can she finish what she started, or was she doomed to fail from the start?

I was really surprised by this book. My sister had read it last summer and she had enjoyed it quite a bit; I, however, did not read it because I was drowning in new books at the time, and I was a bit wary of the angel aspect of this series. Well, here I am seven or eight months later and in love with a new series that I was originally pooh, pooh on. Yeah, I am eating crow, and just so you know, it tastes delicious.

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The month of February has been good and bad for me; I was a bit overwhelmed with all the FEELS that certain books gave me, and it was a lot to process in such a short period of time.

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I really just wanted something enjoyable to read that was interesting while still being lighthearted, and this book came to mind. I am so glad it did because it panned out so well, and I had a blast reading “Unearthly” by Cynthia Hand.

“Unearthly” takes place in Wyoming, and I just loved that! Me and my family used to travel through the midwest to come and see extended family. So the setting of this book was familiar, but still new and I loved that about this book. I felt like I was actually there and I could really get into this book because of that. Beside the setting being absolutely beautiful, I ended up really enjoyed the characters in “Unearthly.”

I like the struggle that Clara went through trying to figure out who she was and who she needed to become to fulfill  her purpose. I think that this is very relatable for anyone who is alive; we are all just trying to find out who we truly are and what we’re meant for in this life, angel or not. That aspect of this book really intrigued me and it caused me to think about my life’s purpose, and, whether the author intended to or not, I felt like I came out at the end of the book knowing a little bit more about myself than I had before, and it has gotten me thinking about my future and who I want to be.

Purpose aside, Clara also had a lot of other things she had to deal with; family, friends, and possible romantic relationships. I thought it was interesting how Cynthia Hand dealt with all those things in “Unearthly.” I admired that, even when Clara was avidly pursuing Christian so she could get to know him, Cynthia never made it too obsessive; it was a bit of insta-love with them, but I could deal with it, which says a lot. While reading this book I felt like it had a more realistic approach to romantic relationships, and that the characters were more mature in the fact that they didn’t become super obsessive, and that they didn’t just drop everything because they thought they were going to be together “forever.” Instead of falling prey to the Edward/Bella syndrome, said couple still lived their lives, but enjoyed being with each other, and I really liked that about this book. It is very rare in teen fiction to see that kind of relationship; granted, it is still fictional, but I thought it was still a much better approach to that kind of relationship than is commonly written these days. Okay, with Clara out of the way, let’s talk about some of the other characters.

Christian Prescott, the boy Clara is supposed to save, was a very good character. I thought that he was well written and I didn’t mind him at all. With that said, I thought him to be a bit too perfect (my sister and I discussed this after I had finished “Unearthly”)…I don’t know why but I still feel that way. He was super nice, popular, attractive, and seemed like perfect boyfriend material. What’s wrong with him to make me not be in love with him? I can honestly say, I don’t know! He is a great character and he and Clara have some really sweet moments together, but he just wasn’t my romantic cup of tea. I would like him to be good friend to Clara, just not a romantic interest for her. But alas, he is one, so I have to deal with it if I am to read the rest of this series and enjoy it!

The last character I want to talk about is Tucker Avery: A.K.A amazing Wyoming farm boy.

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Cynthia Hand did a number on this character (in a good way). Tucker is a very minor character in “Unearthly” for the first three-quarters, but then he really arrived with a BANG! At first he’s just the brother of Clara’s new friend, Wendy, and quite the jerk at first; he has issues with people from California, apparently. But as the story goes on, you discover that he is actually a really, really good guy. He reminded me a lot of Logan from “Defiance” and “Deception” by C.J. Redwine.

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If you enjoyed that character, I think you might really like Tucker. Besides the fact that he reminded me of another one of my favorite characters, I just LOVED Tucker. I loved the way Clara’s and his relationship turned into a kind of truce and then turned into a sort of friendship. There was no insta-love involved here. Yay! I just get a big old smile on my face whenever I think of Tucker or one of his and Clara’s sweet moments.

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Cynthia Hand did a fantastic job of creating a genuinely good guy character, while still making him dynamic and fun to read about. He didn’t have to be a bad boy to be interesting, which was refreshing.

Overall, this is a great read! I am very excited to have found a new series to read, and I look forward to future works of Cynthia Hand’s. Well done!

Cress by Merissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

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“Cress” by Marissa Meyer

5 out of 5 stars.

Cress has been held captive for seven long years on an orbiting satellite. She has a lovely view of earth from her small “bedroom” window, and the occasional sight of her home planet, Luna. Despite her ancestry, Cress avoids the sight of Luna whenever she can; as a shell, she is thought to be a traitor just by having been born and was declared to no longer be a citizen of Luna. She is a cast off, the product of Queen Levana’s cruel reign, and some not so pleasant memories come back to Cress unbidden whenever she sees the surface of what should be called home. Cress, however, has found the perfect solution to avoid seeing Luna completely: she hides under her computer desk whenever the satellite passes by the planet. Not the greatest solution, but a solution of sorts.

Despite her shell status on Luna, Cress is still of great value to the Lunars; as one of their most gifted computer hackers, she can get into any data base on earth and make all of Luna’s space ships undetectable to the earthens’ radar. Cress is a very handy tool to the Lunars, but what they couldn’t ever anticipate is that all of her time spent orbiting earth and watching earthen soap operas (don’t ask), has made her sympathetic towards the human race. With no place to really call home, Cress has deemed herself protector of the earthen rebel and cyborg, Cinder, the Lunar Queen’s most feared enemy. Cinder has the opportunity to stop Queen Levana from destroying earth and her on planet, and Cress will use all of her technological skills to aid the female cyborg in her cause. And maybe along the way, Cinder and her friends will find a way to save Cress, too.

Dreams become reality for Cress when Cinder finds a way to contact her, and offers to take Cress with them. Could this really be happening? Could she be free of this satellite prison forever in only a matter of hours? Soon the Rampion spaceship is within sight of her satellite and Thorne is coming to get her. Cress is positively giddy, just awaiting the moment when she can cast off her chains (hypothetically) and be free, but sooner than she could have ever imagined her plans for escape are thwarted, and she, as well as the dashing Captain Thorne, are trapped on the satellite, plummeting down to earth with no hope of surviving.

Cinder, Wolf, and Scarlet are all fighting for their lives as the Rampion is attacked. How could so much go wrong in such a short time? Surviving by the skin of their teeth, Cinder and part of her crew are still alive, but with Thorne gone and Scarlet captured, she would not call today’s battle a win. If Cinder can’t even protect her own crew, how can she save Luna and earthens? Is she just kidding herself, or can she become strong enough to make her friends’ sacrifices worthwhile? Can Cinder and what remains of her crew take down Queen Levana, or are they destined for failure?

All I can say is…WONDERFUL! I am so happy this pre-order worked out. Me and my sister have been waiting forever for “Cress” to come out, and it was so exciting to get it in the mail, looking all pretty and such.

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I think it is my favorite cover for the month of February. Besides the cover being amazing, the book itself is fantastic and so enjoyable to read. It is light and fluffy while still being substantial, and I just love that about this series. Nothing is too crazy and serious, but it isn’t mindless either. Another reason why I loved this book so much was the characters.

Captain Carswell Thorne is flippin’ fantastic. He is such a great, and massively entertaining, character. Granted, he may not be the most upstanding guy, but he seems to have a good heart, and he is quite funny. He actually reminds me a lot of Captain Hook on “Once Upon a Time” and Flynn Rider from “Tangled”; those two might be the reason why I love him so much. They are all just so cheeky, charming, and awesome that I can’t get enough of them! I have kept watching “Once Upon a Time” for no reason but Hook, “Tangled” because it’s “Tangled”, and I will keep reading “The Lunar Chronicles” because of Thorne and Thorne alone.

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Thorne deals with some pretty big issues in this book, but I never felt like he lost his Thorne-ness. I feel that some authors create too many problems, sometimes, for a character and then nothing gets resolved and you end up losing the character along the way; change and growth are good (I look forward to it in books), but when the character(s) becomes compromised and they’re no longer them, that’s when I feel like an author has taken it too far. To make a long story short, Marissa Meyer kept the integrity of each of her characters while still making them move forward, for a lack of better words. I felt quite satisfied at the end of “Cress” with the direction Marissa was taking Carswell as a character, and as long as he gets to keeps his funny, cheeky, charm, I’m cool with the growth and changes she may have in store for him.

Cinder was also a really good character. I felt that she wasn’t SUPER present in “Scarlet” and that I didn’t really get to know her all that well (I haven’t yet read “Cinder.” Oops!). However, in “Cress” she really came out as a strong lead character despite the fact that the title is another girl’s name. I really enjoyed her perspective and seeing how she navigated her newfound abilities. Cinder had to decide whether she would use her powers (which can be harmful to those she imposes them upon), or if she should decide not to use them even if it will stop Levana from hurting others? Cinder goes through a lot of ups and downs in “Cress”, and it was interesting to see her inner struggle between right and wrong, and what makes us different from those who terrorize others. I am looking forward to seeing her grow and become even stronger, while still keeping her conscience and humanity, because those are the things that make her a better person than Levana to lead.

Cress will be my last character to write on (the others are more in the background, and don’t have a huge effect on the overall plot). Cress is a cute character. She’s a smart computer girl with a penchant for daydreaming, and those daydreams tend to include Captain Thorne. I felt that she was a cute character, but I wasn’t particularly endeared to her in any which way. I didn’t at all mind being inside her head, but she doesn’t quite have Cinder’s inner struggle or Scarlet’s spunk, so I wasn’t passionate about Cress, but I also wasn’t dispassionate about her. I am looking forward to, though, “Winter” because I really want to see her mature and become a strong female character that can hold her own.

Okay, so overall, “Cress” is a fantastic book. It is a lighter read, with an interesting and well thought out plot, and a kick butt crew of characters to back it all up; there are quite a few characters to choose from, so you are bound to find at least one you can follow around in this series. I had so much fun getting to know all these characters and I can’t wait to see what Marissa Meyer does next, and I believe this author totally succeeded in what she was attempting to do. Wonderful job!

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