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. 

The first two fairytale retellings in The Lunar Chronicles are Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood – the third one, Rapunzel. Cress, short for Crescent, 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.

After she realizes that Cress has been keeping their spaceship hidden from the lunars, Cinder and her friends develop a plan to rescue her. 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, while the rest of their friends are back on the ship. Hoping to get in contact with Cinder, they make their way across the desert.

We see their relationship begin to take off during the trek. Cress, who had fallen in love with him at first sight, believes him to be her hero, her prince charming that she has always dreamed of. Thorne, who has thus far been arrogant and self-seeking, does not see himself as she sees him. He remembers the not-so-good parts of his past, and knows that Cress deserves better. But that doesn’t keep him from falling in love right back.

Aside from this new love story in the series, we see Cinder, the true heir to the lunar throne, continue 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. It is time that Kai knew that Princess Selene was alive, and ready to put Levana in her place once and for all.

Will Cinder assume the throne that was rightfully hers all along, or will Levana succeed in finishing what she started years ago when she first tried to kill her? I am excited to find out in the conclusion, Winter, that will undoubtedly be just as breathtaking and action-packed as the rest of the series.

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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. 

Adding to the story of our heroine from the first book, Scarlet is thrown into a mystery after her grandmother unexpectedly disappears. Scarlet knows her grandmother was kidnapped, even though the case has been dismissed as a runaway, or even a suicide. Determined to find her grandmother and find out what is going on, 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, even though Scarlet has reason to distrust him. As their relationship progresses, she learns that Wolf is not who he says he is, and not what he seems. Even so, Scarlet is more and more drawn to him, dark side and all.

The other portion of the book follows up with 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. Having only just learned that she is Princess Selene, she has no idea what to do from here. She wants to help Kai, who does not know who she really is, but she does not have the confidence to stand up to Levana – yet.

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. Some of our questions are answered in this book, and others in the next book, Cress.

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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 

 

This is not a retelling of Cinderella that I was expecting. Because I love fairy tale retellings as much as the next person (probably more), I was drawn into this futuristic dystopian version just as much as any other version set in a distant past. Set in New Beijing, over a hundred years after World War IV, this story 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 more and more, 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, beginning a friendship that leads to a romance.

That’s not all Cinder has on her mind. 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.

As Cinder struggles with the new knowledge of who and what she is, Kai has struggles of his own. 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 with the lunars, the people who dwell on the moon, and the earthens. But everyone knows Levana is not trustworthy, and only wants power on earth. Kai is desperate to find a way of protecting his people, without having to marry a monster.

I enjoyed 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.

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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. She cannot bear the thought of losing Kashmir, her crewmate, her best friend, and love of her life, without first trying to save him.

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 mystery upon mystery 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 is familiar with the myth of Ker-Y’s – how the daughter of the king opened the sea gates at high tide, causing the flood and destruction of the island. Hoping there is a way to rewrite the ending of this legend, 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.

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