Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5)

Started: June 1, 2017
Finished: June 7, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


His smile was instinctive. A little bit apology, a little bit politeness. And a little bit of charm because, of all the things he’d expected to come from his trip to the market, meeting a cute girl with messy hair and dirty work gloves had definitely not been one of them.


Average rating: 4.1

The Keeper: 4/5
Deals with how Michelle Benoit came to be the one to shelter Princess Selene and how Scarlet came to live with her grandmother.
A good story and a good compliment to the rest of the series.

Glitches: 3/5
Deals with how Cinder comes to live with her foster family in New Beijing.
An alright story. Lots of what is written is already well known, nothing’s really new and interesting.

The Queen’s Army: 4/5
Deals with how Ze’ev and his brother become a part of the Queen’s mutant army.
I enjoyed this story a lot. I had almost forgotten about Wolf’s brother – was he ever mentioned beyond Scarlet?

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: 3/5
Deals with parts of Carswell Thorne’s childhood.
I was a bit disappointed in this story. I love Thorne, but this did not feel like how I had imagined him to be as a kid. A womanizer, certainly, but there was just something… off. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

After Sunshine Passes By: 4/5
Deals with how Cress ends up on the satellite.
Such a sweet and sad little story!

The Princess and the Guard: 5/5
Deals with Winter and Jacin’s childhood.
Oh my stars, this was such an amazing story! Absolutely loved it! Made me like Winter and Jacin even more!

The Little Android: 5/5
A retelling of The Little Mermaid.
This was brilliant! I love the original Little Mermaid story, which differs from Disney’s version, and this followed that storyline and I adored it to bits!

The Mechanic: 4/5
Kai’s visit to Cinder’s shop, from Kai’s POV.
This was so sweet! Oh my stars, I had forgotten how awkward bits of that first meeting were! It’s adorable!

Something Old, Something New: 5/5
An epilogue to the series.
I cannot give this less than 5 stars. Weddings, proposals, idiotic paparazzis… what is not to love?

Overall, I absolutely loved being back in this world! I’ve missed these characters, these locations and Marissa Meyer’s writing. And the stories were overall very good. Just a few that I didn’t care that much for. Definitely a plausible re-read at some point.

Book Report: March 2016

March was my best reading month so far this year. Definitely allowed myself to take time and read more often than previously – which I think has a bit to do with me deciding what I want to do next year (I’ve been debating if I should quit my current job and start working at another school and once I’d made up my mind everything just felt so much better). Also going on a trip to China gave me quite a bit of time to read as well (not as much as the England-trip last year but quite a bit).

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Book Report: January 2016

The first month of January has rushed past us! At least in my opinion. I haven’t gotten as many books read as I would have liked, mainly because I haven’t been feeling too good – I’ve had to deal with a lot of stress-related issues and such. But it’s better now.

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Number of books read: 5

Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes’ Rediscovered Railway
Stories: Four original short stories
Rook
Storm Siren
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Cress

Number of pages: 1746 (+ 2 hours of audio)
Average rating: 4.4

Written by men: 1
Written by women: 4
Written by American writers: 3
Written by British writers: 1
Written by Canadian writers:
 1

Book of the Month: Cress
Worst of the Month: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Surprise of the Month: Rook
Disappointment of the Month: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

Currently reading: Från Holmes till Sherlock (Boström, Mattias) / The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet’s Pride and Prejudice (Paynter, Jennifer) / Pure (Armentrout, Jennifer L.)
Will read: See this link

Comments

  • Book of the Month: I didn’t think I could like a book in this series more than I liked Scarlet. I was so bloody wrong. This book had me screaming and crying and laughing and face-palming all at once!
  • Surprise of the Month: This was the kind of book that it took quite some time to get into and feel like you could actually finish – but once you got past that “possible DNF” point it was really, really good!
  • Worst of the Month/Disappointment of the Month: Way too predictable, way too much focus on the romance, terrible ending compared to the first book. I’m actually thinking of lowering the rating of this…

Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)

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Started: January 18, 2016
Finished: January 27, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

Alright, er, how do I write this review without spoilers?

This is definitely my favorite book out of the three Lunar Chronicles books I’ve read so far. It was really easy to get into the story and I would have finished the book sooner if I hadn’t been in a really bad place (mentally) while I was starting this. Cress is my spirit animal. She’s literally me, except for the hacking. I might be good with computers in general but I’m in no way a hacker.

Can I write in spoilers now? Thank you!

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

HOW DO I EVEN BEGIN?! I mean, Cinder and Kai are back on the same team (AND THEY KISSED) and I’m definitely liking Cinder a lot more now than I did in the first book, Thorne/Cress is my new OTP, Scarlet’s on Luna (and I nearly threw the book away when Levana ordered her to lose a finger. YOU DON’T TOUCH MY PRECIOUS SCARLET YOU WITCH!!! And Winter showed up and I’m so intrigued to know more about her and Jacin.

And then there’s the mutating letumosis disease and the fact that it seems to be part of a biological warfare. Genius and scary! And were those hints for a possible plan to remove Lunar powers altogether? I mean, people keep saying that “no one should have those kinds of powers”. GAAAAAAAHHHHHH, so many questions and feels!!!!

Might write a longer review at some point, but right now I just can’t. I just want to read the next book – and luckily I’ve just ordered it!

Book Report: November 2015

So November’s been a stressful month for me. We’ve been doing National Exams in school – or my students have and I have been grading them. And at the same time we’ve also had some issues with the kids’ parents and teachers who have left because they could not handle being treated like shit anymore. So definitely a month I’m glad to leave behind.

Because of all of this happening I haven’t read as much as I hoped I would have done and I am still behind on my reading schedule thing. More about that in the December TBR Pile!

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Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

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Started: November 16, 2015
Finished: November 24, 2015

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

Yes, yes, yes, I liked this so much more than Cinder! I think this is when I do get crazy about this series. I liked Cinder (the character) a lot better in this story and I also loved the new characters; Scarlet, Wolf and Thorne. And yes, I definitely have some new ships to worry about for future books.

The only problem now is that I really, really want to keep reading this series right away but since Christmas is coming up I can’t just go out and buy new books for myself. Gaaaahhhh!!