Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: 02/05/2013 by Fiewel & Friends

Stars: 4                  Content Rating: 3

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Cover: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

*****

Cinder was good. I loved the story and how different it was. SCARLET I loved more. It may have been the narrators fault that I can’t seem to get the story out of my head. I usually don’t listen to books. I like to hold it my hands and read it myself. I like to judge the characters and imagine their voices all on my own. However, I wanted to listen to this book since I had a little trip and some alone time. ( how hard is it to have alone time being a mom? so hard! no kids in the car… the quiet was almost creepy but I very much enjoyed the creepiness) This narrator BLEW MY MIND. She did all the voices and did them very well. I mean… very impressive. Then on top of all the voices she also did the appropriate accents. I couldn’t stop listening to this story! I felt like I was listening to a movie being played in the other room.

Scarlet lives in a little French town. Her Grandmother has disappeared without a trace 2 weeks ago. Scarlet has no idea why or who and has no leads until she meets a street fighter named wolf. Wolf knows more than he lets on. I loved this relationship. Both of them figuring things out together. The immediate connection. The doubt. Her figuring him out. They work together. They are the “Little Red Riding Hood” part of this fairy tale retelling. Scarlet has bright red hair and always wears a red hoodie. Her determination to find her Grandmother is heartwarming. Scarlet’s love for her is what makes her so fearless. I think that is part of why Wolf is so attracted to her. She is a strong woman who fights for what is right. I really felt more connected to the characters this time. I felt like there was more to love. Cinder as well. You get a level deeper into this story and in my opinion there was just more to love.

Cinder is still trying to figure out her past. She escapes the prison with a Captain Thorne. He is a criminal who went rogue and stole an American ship. He steals and sells valuables black market style. I really like him. It sounds like most females do. I can just imagine a handsome, charming bad boy. He is dumbfounded when his charm doesn’t work on Cinder like the thinks it should. They go to the only lead Cinder has which is in France. Do you see where I’m going here? Like I say in ALL my reviews, I don’t like to give too much away. I feel like I’m spoiling the fun in finding all this out yourself!

Prince Kai and Queen Levana is another story. After Kai realizes that war is inevitable he makes some really big decisions. He can’t find Cinder but he knows she is with a handsome American pilot.. and I do believe he is jealous. After Queen Levana’s threats become a reality Prince Kia does the one thing Cinder tried to prevent. I can’t wait till I make it to Queen Levana’s story. I am so curious now as to why she is the way she is. This story is all starting to come together. Some of it was a little predictable but I honestly didn’t mind. I like it when I see my favorite relationships come together. If you read Cider I would highly recommend continuing the series. I can’t wait to move on to Cress.

 

 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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Title: Seraphina

Author: Rachel Hartman

Published: Random House 07/10/2012

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Rating: 3 Stars

Content Rating: 2 (Clean Read)

“Blessed is he who passes, love,

Beneath your window’s eye

And does not sigh.

Gone my heart and gone my soul,

Look down on me love, look down

Before I die.

One glimpse, my royal pearl, one smile

Sufficient to sustain me,

Grant me this,

Or take my life and make it yours:

I’d fight a hundred thousand wars

For just one kiss.”

Caution: This book contains a world with dragons, an investigative bastard born Prince, and a half human half dragon Seraphina.

In the land of Goredd, where humans and dragons live in a time of peace. There lives a girl who thinks herself as a monster. All alone with secrets and lies as her constant companions, her uncle teachers all things he deems important for her to know. The only thing she really cared to know was music. She becomes the music mans assistant at the palace. She teaches the princess her music lessons. She is in charge of all things music for entertainments and the big celebration coming up that is honoring the Peace Treaty between the humans and dragons. In this world the dragons can take human form but must wear a bell. They bleed silver. They don’t understand human emotion. They are very stiff. They have a very strong sense of smell. (as in they can smell color..) They are clueless when it comes to sarcasm. No one knows that half breeds exist. They assume it’s impossible and its against the law on both sides to be with each other. This is a story of how one musically gifted girl grows into who she is meant to be. She learns how to not be afraid. She finds love and friendship.

                                                                                *****

I absolutely love fantasy. In the past I didn’t think that was the case. I have always loved a romance. If what I am reading has no love story I have a VERY hard time reading it. I usually read historical romances. Going back in time.. or to any other time period is so much fun. Then I discovered how much fun it is to be transported into a fictional world where anything is possible. I have such an admiration for authors that can write a book about some fantastical land with mystical creatures and magic . Writers that can suck you into a world like that should get more credit than they do. I now love fantasy and sci-fi and crazy new stories but they have to be well thought out, with characters that you adore in a setting we can understand.

Now that we understand that I love a good fantasy let me say that this book was good. It was different. Not like anything I have read before. I feel that maybe some of it went over my head because she uses words that I didn’t understand. I had to fill in what I thought she was talking about it. I hate doing that. Made up words for a made up land.. (I did feel a little bit dumb when I finished the book and found a glossary in the back with said words and their meanings) Also I don’t go to cathedrals. The Goreddi people have what they call Allsaints. Different Saints for different things and heretics. Some of this was difficult for me to really get into. The over all story was good. I liked the plot. I liked the characters. There is a little bit of a love story. I feel torn because I liked it but I didn’t LOVE it and I can’t quite pinpoint why. Something was lacking for me.  I also felt that it was a more for a younger audience that what I am used to reading. If I was 12 I would probably would have absolutely fallen in love with this book.

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: 01/03/2012 by Feiwel and Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Fairy tale

Stars: 4

Content Rating: 3

Cover: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

     Why oh WHY have I put this book off for so long? I read the cover and thought cyborg? I mean what is a cyborg? It seems weird. I dunno. Then I kept reading peoples reviews and everyone really loved this series.  I decided it was time to give it shot and now I’m kicking myself for waiting!

     Cinderella set in a futuristic “New Beijing.” The technology is crazy advanced. There are hovers and androids. I imagined screens everywhere. I think of Beijing now and the buildings and the amount of people and then picture all of that futuristically. The moon has its own people called “Lunars” and it is ruled by Queen Levana. Lunars are different than humans and because they don’t understand each other it has always been the earth against the moon. Or the moon against earth I should say.

     This story starts out with a girl named Cinder who is a very good mechanic. She can fix anything. She is also cyborg. One of her arms and a leg are mechanical. In my mind I think all of it being very transformer like. She’s got gadgets and gizmos aplenty! (Ariel anyone? No?) Cinder has a step mother who doesn’t want anything to do with her. Adri makes her set up shop in the market as a mechanic fixing things for money. She also has two step sisters. Pearl hates Cinder as her mother does but Peony does not. Cinder also has a side kick android named Iko who helps her. I LOVE Iko. She has so much personality it is supposedly faulty. Too much personality! HA! Genius. Since this in New Beijing there is a royal family. Prince Kiato who is referred to as Prince Kia. He meets Cinder when he needs an android fixed who has top secret information. The Emperor has made it his life work to find a cure for the plague that has taken so many lives on Earth. When the Emperor loses his life to the plague Prince Kia also takes on this burden. Cinder’s sister Pearl also is infected with the plague. This is the turning point in this book. *You all know I don’t like to do spoilers because I feel it ruins the book! I’m going to wrap up the basics* When Pearl gets taken into quarentine her mother volunteers Cinder to the palace research team. All who go never come back. While she is there she starts to learn more about her past. The main doctor also has a startling past and Cinder is more confused as ever. While she is trying to figure things out, Queen Levana is trying to pounce on the Prince. Will there be war? Will Cinder find her true identity and destiny? Will Prince Kia find a cure? and maybe love too? ( I always have to have a little bit of a love story.. don’t you?)

     I will admit that I got a little frustrated when I figured out what was going on and the character still hadn’t figured it out. Sometimes that gets dragged out and I’m thinking, “Come on already!” That being said I loved this Cinderella retelling. I thought it was very clever and fun. A new twist that I’m excited to continue. It sounds weird but what new world doesn’t? The book didn’t end Cinder’s story so now I am on to the next book in the series: Scarlet.

 

Daydreams and Nightmares

I have lots of different nightmares. Some more horrific than others but this particular one was more ironic than anything. .. and since it pertains to books and reading I thought I might share..  It has been 2 weeks. ..CLOSE to 3 weeks of my 3 kiddos being sick. Now I have a 4, 2, and 8 month old baby. One kid would get sick and then as they are getting better the other would get sick .. blah blah blah.. my ongoing nightmare. We stayed home. We haven’t gone anywhere or done anything.  I cleaned and wiped down EVERYTHING and they were STILL  getting sick. Once we went through one round of something we caught something else. I was so done with this nasty business. I started daydreaming. Things like summer. Things like reading outside in the sunshine while my kids are playing and NOT being sick. Things like sleeping all night. (ha. every mom dreams this. sick kids or no.)  All of a sudden I had this thought that maybe I SHOULD BE SICK. If I was sick then I wouldn’t have to deal with THEM being sick. I could just lay around ALL DAY READING. I could SLEEP!! Okay okay.. seriously tho? Any other mothers out there think they are brilliant for this thought? (don’t deny it… ) 

Now to my REAL nightmare… I got sick. Not just any sick. The sickest I have EVER been EVER. Honestly. I don’t remember having every symptom in the book for flu and then strep throat on top of that. I couldn’t even drink water my throat was so swollen. I ached everywhere so I didn’t want to move. (except to run to the bathroom to throw up the medicine I was able to choke down.) Fever. Chills. Migraines. Snotty Nose. Achy Limbs. Vomiting. I am telling you to name any symptom and I swear I had it. My husband had to take 3 days off work to stay home to take care of kids and help me. I WAS in bed. Literally in bed for 2 days. So sick that I couldn’t even keep my eyes open to watch tv .. I couldn’t read. NIGHTMARE. My nightmare. To be in bed for 2 days and not read a single word. I will NEVER wish to be sick again. Who does that anyways? Oh yeah. I did. That was me. I will not ever again.

 

 

February TBR 2017

I have big ideas for this month. I am trying to space them out so they last longer but.. what can I say? I like to read. (insert impish face here) I am going to read Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Cinder is my Book Club read for February. Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. My kindle read is Dead Man’s Hand by K.E. Radke. This month is short and I do have a quite a bit going on so I hope I’m being realistic. Hopefully I will read them all and then some! If you have some time you should join me and we can fan girl together!

cinder     scarlet

 

carve-the-mark     seraphina

 

 

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

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Book Title: The Chemist

Author:  Stephanie Meyer

Published 11/08/16 by Little, Brown and Company

Genre: Spy Thriller

4 Stars                Content Rating: 3 – Very Mild

“In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employer must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.”

This is a genre I usually don’t get into. Spy. Thriller. Not because I don’t like them but because I usually fill my kindle up with fantasy and romance and there is so many of those to read that I don’t branch out to anything else. I get lazy and wait for the movie to come out because spy movies are the best! After this book I might need to re-evaluate. James Bond and Jason Bourne have nothing on chemist Dr. Juliette Fortis (aka Alex). Alex is one smart cookie. A total BAD A.  If you think Walter White had it rough then think again. Alex works for a specialized department (with no name) for the American government. In my head she looks like Ashley Green (which is funny.. since she plays Alice in the twilight films). She is a brainiac. Pretty much she has the lab of her dreams and can create almost any kind of drug for any kind of purpose. That being said this novel could have gotten very gory. It is detailed to what she is mixing and what it does but I never once thought it was over the top. (I mean it is kill or be killed so expect some of that) When she has seen and heard too much they decide Alex is dispensable and has to go. She lives her life running and hiding. Alex has her routine to stay alive and it works until one day her ex-boss finds her and needs her help. He tells her it is a crisis with some kind of terrorist attack and they need her to get info from a Daniel Beach. She does but not their way. She still doesn’t trust them and it’s not the information that she was expecting. The way that she finds out was also unexpected. From this point on Alex decides that it’s time to fight back. I don’t like to give reviews with spoilers. It’s no fun to read the story if you know everything that will happen. The way she decides to fight back. The planning. The paranoia from running for so long. The loneliness. The love. The surprising friendship… and the dogs. YES. The amazing dogs. The Chemist was a thrill ride. I still don’t know how Stephanie Meyer was able to get all the information for this novel. She had the names for all the compounds and drugs. To make the story so realistic and plausible was serious talent. The web of lies and motivations for said lies were incredible! I loved this book. Some authors get stuck in a particular genre and Stephanie has out done herself again on something completely different than her previous books. I couldn’t put this down. I was so wrapped up in this insane story and lovable characters that I needed to know that they would make it! Go read it for yourself and find out if they do. Check it out on goodreads and lets fangirl about it later! Can’t wait to read whatever Stephanie Meyer comes up with next!

Thanks for reading!

*Content rating for readers that want a clean read. I would still say this is young adult. There is one swear word. Sexual reference but not much detail. I’m not quite sure where I would rate the violence. Its kill or be killed. Some detailed torture pages but its so “scientific” for the most part that I felt like it wasn’t THAT gory.