Hey, everyone! Today I’m back for a tag that I’ve seen circulating around Booktube, the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag! I’ve been on a review binge lately, so I decided it was finally time for me to post a tag again. I actually did this tag last year on my old blog, but I’m not going to link that because it’s too embarrassing, lol. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Published by: Tor Books on February 23rd, 2016
Series: Shades of Magic Book 2
It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.
Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
SPOILER-FREE REVIEW AHEAD
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Published by: Feiwel & Friends on November 10th, 2015
Series: The Lunar Chronicles Book 4
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
SPOILERS AHEAD. Continue reading “REVIEW + DISCUSSION: winter by marissa meyer”
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Published by: Feiwel and Friends on February 4th, 2014
Series: The Lunar Chronicles Book 3
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
SPOILER-FREE REVIEW AHEAD (with spoilers from first 2 books)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Published by: Feiwel and Friends on February 5th, 2013
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: The Lunar Chronicles Book 2
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.
SPOILER-FREE REVIEW AHEAD (Although there will be spoilers from the first book, Cinder).
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Published by: Feiwel and Friends on January 3rd, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: The Lunar Chronicles Book 1
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 interface 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.
SPOILER-FREE REVIEW AHEAD.
Hey, everyone, it’s Dana, and today I’m here with you for my May recap! May was an amazing reading and blogging month for me, and I have lots of other things to talk about, too, so without further ado, let’s get started!