Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Heartless

Written by: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Pages: 416, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Wait, I’ll wait for y’all to be surprised that I’m waiting on Heartless. Go ahead, work up that surprised face so that you can really show it off. It’s all good. Nope? Can’t do it? Alright I’ll let you slide. Because I know with the way that I love The Lunar Chronicles and the way that I love Marissa Meyer it’s so hard to believe that I’m crazy excited for this one.

I really can’t wait to see what Marissa does now that TLC is over, to see what she can do from here, I know she’s going to have an amazing career in front of her and I just can’t wait to move forward with her.

Sondra

Book Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Written by: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Pages: 369, hardcover
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
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BookThe enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

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I’m not going to give each one of these a star rating because let’s be honest if I try to give any of these star ratings it’s just gonna turn into Five Stars. SIX STARS. OH GOD THIS ONE GETS ALL OF THE STARS THREE MILLION STARS. I have a problem with Marissa Meyer and I have an even bigger problem with The Lunar Chronicles….y’all might know this by now. Maybe.

Anyway, what I am going to do is give a quick rundown of all the stories and do as much of a review that I can because this this book was everything that I wanted it to be. It probably was even more than I had expected it to be…. Anyway we’ll move on from here.

The Keeper:

Okay look I’m just gonna say it. I’m so attached to Scarlet and Wolf that it’s an actual, real problem. So in this story we get to see this tiny, itty bitty, Scarlet, and get to see this strong powerful girl and how she becomes who she is and dude. I know this story has a lot to do with Cinder and Michelle but just focus on Scarlet and see this cutie grow up.

Glitches:

This story was so cute, Cinder was so tiny and was so sure something was wrong with her. She’s just this little angelic girl who needs protected.  She’s trying to adjust to having no memories, and to who she is now, all of it is just precious.

The Queen’s Army:

ahahaha look I’m laughing. I’m not crying. I’m okay. I’d read this story several times before reading it again here, but this was the first time rereading it since Winter and oh wow this sucked. It sucked a lot. I can’t. I just…I’m protective of my precious angels and how am I supposed to watch them hurt so badly??? Nope. Give Wolf all of the happiness ever.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky:

Oh Carswell. You dork you. I loved seeing this story, especially since it’s brought up in Cress. Especially since Carswell tries to push it off as something so simple in the novel, but when you actually read the story you start to see that there’s a lot more to it.

After Sunshine Passes By:

This is another one of the new stories, and Cress is a precious cinnamon roll. Seeing these younger versions of these characters who go through so much growth in the actual novels is the best and the worst. Because for all of them you can see glimmers of who they become, but also you can see the pain they’re gonna have to endure to create the characters they are at the start.

The Princess and the Guard:

One of my downfalls of Winter was that there wasn’t a lot of a romance story between Winter and Jacin, understandably because everyone was slightly busy saving the universe. But after reading this short story? I get it. The reason there wasn’t much of a romance story is because, well, the romance was already done. These two were already in love. They’ve been in love forever, and I just loved seeing these two and their story.

The Little Android:

This story is a quick retelling of The Little Mermaid. It takes place before the start of The Lunar Chronicles. This was one of the stories that was already released and I’d already read it. Though hearing Marissa talk about it was quite adorable. She’d never planned to write this story, in fact she doesn’t really like The Little Mermaid, if you wanted to hear her tell the story you can see the video here.

But this story was crazy cute, it was simplistic in its way of retelling unlike the full Lunar Chronicle books. Although it still gave another look at the world of The Lunar Chronicles, especially before, well, everything goes insane.

The Mechanic:

Kai, cutie Kai. I will never get over how adorable this was. I actually read this and then read the scene again in Cinder and it was so great seeing how these two already were similar without even realizing it.

Something Old, Something New:

I cannot even start to talk about this one. I was reading it while a friend was over and she can attest to the fact that I basically crawled across the floor at one point. I cannot handle how much I loved this. I cannot handle how amazing this was. I just…I can’t okay. I can’t.

So much happiness, and so much love and my dear lovely characters who I love so much were just simply happy. And UGH WOW CAN I HAVE MORE STORIES LIKE THIS?? GIVE ME HAPPY. GIVE ME ALL OF THIS.

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In the end I will say this you need this book in your life. Even though the vast majority of these stories are prequels to our wonderful characters (And in fact take place before the story begins in Cinder) I recommend waiting until you’ve finished Winter to read it. The stories will mean far more to you once you know these wonderful precious little space children.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday – Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Winter

 

 

Written by: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Pages: 800, Hardcover
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #4
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Synopsis:

Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White.

When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.

Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series

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Okay fine, yes, this book is a million and one years off but we just got the cover last Thursday and I’m freaking out! Look at it! Just look at the cover you guys! Oh and if that isn’t enough go take a jaunty stroll over here and read a quick excerpt that will shatter your soul. Or at least it did mine because Scarlet is my girl. I just need to know what’s going to happen to all of these characters. I need this book.

I’ve got very few book series that mean a lot to me, one of which is Harry Potter, and that one is less about the books and more about the world, and the acceptance I gained through that fandom. The Lunar Chronicles however truly mean something to me in the world and the characters and I’m not even afraid to admit most days I would choose these books over Harry Potter. The Lunar Chronicles is like a warm cup of tea on a cold morning. You just get to wrap up in them and be happy. Which really means if you haven’t read this series yet you’ve got time before Winter comes out, so get thyself to a bookstore or library and get your hands on Cinder now! You won’t regret it.

Alright I’m getting mushy and dying of want for this book. So I’m going to wrap this up by asking: Does anyone have a TARDIS I can borrow? Promise I won’t scratch it up.

Sondra

So what are you waiting to read? Sound off in the comments!

Book Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Written by: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Pages: 222, hardcover
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #0.5
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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-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all time favorite series (second really only to Harry Potter) so when this book was first announced I was beyond excited, and then it was announced that it would push Winter to November 2015 my excitement plummeted. As hard as I tried I never got that pre-release excitement to grow as the date got closer, it just never happened. All I really wanted was Winter. I really tried to not let this color my reading of Fairest, but I’m not completely sure that I succeeded. Continue reading