Winter

Winter


Title: Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #4

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: November 10th 2015

Rating:

Five Stars

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar 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.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Fairest

Fairest


Title: Fairest

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: January 27th 2015

Rating:

Four Stars

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told…until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-colour art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Cress

Cress


Title: Cress

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #3

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: February 4th 2014

Rating:

Five Stars

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 high 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.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Scarlet

Scarlet


Title: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: February 5th 2013

Rating:

Four Stars

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling instalment 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. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. 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.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Cinder

Cinder


Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #1

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: January 3rd 2012

Rating:

Five Stars

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the centre of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Five Young Adult Book Tropes I’m Tired of Reading

So the title pretty much explains it all.

I’ve read a lot of YA books and there are some plot devices that I see in more than a few of them which I cannot stand no matter what author, what genre I am reading. Now don’t get me wrong some are incredibly well written, the exception to the rule, but in others it just doesn’t work for me.

Below are my top five most hated YA tropes that seem to be in a lot of YA books I’ve read in the past year.


The Love Triangle Trope

Insert deep sigh here.

Love triangles are in so many YA books now I would probably fill up this whole post listing them all. I don’t go out of my way to avoid books with love triangles in them but I don’t enjoy reading about a heroine’s struggle to choose between two guys. Especially when nine times out of ten love triangles are only used to create tension and advance the plot.

Now don’t get me wrong there are books out there where love triangles are well-written, developed, and executed. However there are plenty more where the hero/heroine doesn’t have any chemistry with one, let alone two of their love interests.

No thanks.

The Cure: The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas

The Elemental Trilogy

No love triangles and a well developed relationship between Iolanthe and Titus.

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Illuminae

Illuminae


Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files, #1

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Release Date: October 20th 2015

Rating:

Four Stars

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents – including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more – Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In the Past Year or So

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In the Past Year or So.

It took me a while to come up with my top ten favourite quotes. I have read some amazing books this year, and each one of them had so many quotes which I loved. In the end, although it was hard to choose only ten, I managed to narrow it down.


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