Cress

Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, book 3/6
Genre: Dystopian, Fairytale, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 4th, 2014

Note: This post reviews the third book of The Lunar Chronicles. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Cinder and Scarlet, before reading this review.

Mild spoilers. 

Cress is fairytale retelling of Rapunzel. Short for Crescent, Cress is a shell – a lunar with no glamour – and forced to be a servant of Levana, working as a spy. Imprisoned on a satellite since childhood, Cress grows up in complete isolation, her parents all the while believing her to be dead. Cinder and her friends develop a plan to rescue her after realizing that Cress has been keeping their spaceship hidden from the lunars. But things do not go as planned. Captain Thorne, the fugitive who escaped with Cinder, ends up stranded with Cress in the middle of the Sahara desert.

Their relationship takes off during the trek. Cress, who had fallen in love with him at first sight, believes him to be her hero, her prince charming she has always dreamed of. Thorne, who has thus far been arrogant and self-seeking, knows Cress deserves better. But that doesn’t keep him from falling in love right back.

In addition to this new love story, Cinder, the true heir to the lunar throne, continues to fight against Levana. She knows that once Levanna marries Kai and becomes Empress of the Commonwealth, all of earth will be in more danger than ever. Cinder is determined to stop the wedding, hopefully saving Kai and the rest of the earthens from her wrath.

I am excited to read the conclusion, Winter, that will undoubtedly be just as breathtaking and action-packed as the rest of the series.

If you enjoyed this review, please consider following Reads & Roses. It would mean the world to have you on my team!

  

  

Reads and Roses is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Scarlet

Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, book 2/6
Genre: Dystopian, Fairytale, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA 
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 5th, 2013

 

Note: This post reviews the second book of The Lunar Chronicles. You may like to read the first book in the series, Cinder, before reading this review. 

Mild spoilers.

Adding to the story of our heroine from the first book, Scarlet is thrown into a mystery after her grandmother unexpectedly disappears. Determined to find her grandmother, Scarlet warily sets off with Wolf, a rough street fighter who is the only one who knows anything about her grandmother – and the people who kidnapped her. Thus, we have our next fairytale retelling in this series: Little Red Riding Hood.

Scarlet and Wolf have an undeniable connection from their first meeting, though Scarlet has reason to distrust him. She learns that Wolf is not who he says he is, and not what he seems. The other portion of the book follows Cinder, the cyborg Cinderella who was revealed in book one to be none other than the missing lunar princess. On the run from evil Queen Levana, her aunt who wants her dead, Cinder roams the galaxy as she pieces together the truth about her past.

Will Scarlet find her grandmother and learn why she was kidnapped in the first place? Will Wolf prove his loyalty to Scarlet, or will his past continue to haunt him? Will Cinder embrace her destiny and face her enemies, or will she continue to stay in hiding? These unknowns kept me engaged in the story from start to finish, and had me turning page after page to see what happens to these characters we have already come to love.

If you enjoyed this review, please consider following Reads & Roses. It would mean the world to have you on my team!

  

  

Reads and Roses is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Cinder

 
Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, book 1/6
Genre: Dystopian, Fairytale, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012 

 

Set in New Beijing, over a hundred years after World War IV, Cinder has all the elements of any other Cinderella retelling, complete with wicked stepmother and stepsister (only one of the two sisters is nasty), pumpkin carriage (which is a broken-down car brought back to life), and a handsome prince. The biggest difference? Our heroine is a cyborg this time around.

Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing – which is why Prince Kai seeks her out to fix his busted android, jokingly saying it was a “matter of national security.” As she works on the android, she realizes that it was not far from the truth. He needs her help to uncover a mystery that has been covered up for many years. Kai and Cinder instantly hit it off, a friendship that leads to a romance.

The plague, letumosis, has been spreading on earth for the past decade, claiming the lives of millions. When it affects Cinder’s family, her stepmother volunteers her to be used for research to find a cure. The scientists who begin working on Cinder learn things about her that nobody else knows – including herself. Meanwhile, Levana, the usurper queen of the lunars, has been waiting to wage her war on earth for many years. Only a marriage alliance with Prince Kai will secure a peace treaty between the lunars and the earthens.

I loved this high-tech retelling of Cinderella, and I am excited to read Scarlet, the next book in The Lunar Chronicles, where we will see what becomes of our cyborg Cinderella.

If you enjoyed this review, please consider following Reads & Roses. It would mean the world to have you on my team!

  

  

Reads and Roses is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

The Ship Beyond Time

 
Title: The Ship Beyond Time
Author: Heidi Heilig 
Series: The Girl From Everywhere Series, book 2/2
Genre: Time Travel, YA
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: February 28th, 2017

 

Note: This post reviews the second book of The Girl From Everywhere Series. You may like to read the first book in the series, The Girl From Everywhere, before reading this review. 

After spending sixteen years following her father on his never-ending search to get her mother back, Nix decides to take her life and the Temptation, their time-traveling ship, into her own hands. But when she learns that she is to lose the one she loves to the sea, she sets off on her own quest to change the past – and hopefully the future.

Nix receives a map to a mythical island from a stranger who promises her knowledge about changing the past. She decides to sail with her crew to this island, Ker-Y’s, and there she begins to unravel mysteries concerning Crowhurst, a man who has manipulated time and made himself king of the island, and his daughter Dahut, who cannot remember her own past. Nix, Kash, and Blake, the boy who joined them back in Hawaii, do everything they can to prevent Crowhurst from endangering the lives of many. But as they slowly uncover the truth, they realize that history may just be beyond anyone’s control.

This second and final book of The Girl From Everywhere Series was everything I had hoped it would be and more. It held my attention even more than the first book, and kept me turning pages to see how it would all end. The blend of history and myth was fascinating, and the blend of adventure and romance was just right. This two-book series is one that I would recommend to fans of adventure, travel, and love, and I know I will come back to read it again.

If you enjoyed this review, please consider following Reads & Roses. It would mean the world to have you on my team!

 

Reads and Roses is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.