Winter (Marissa Meyer): 10 Reasons Why It Rocked

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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?


Hi guys! I read Winter in the beginning of January – I know… a long time ago… I read more than 25 books in the meantime… but back to business – in a buddy read with Becca @Shih Tzu Book Reviews. A few days ago we published our discussion of the book, which you can read mine here, and Becca’s here.

I’ve previously reviewed the other 3 books in the series: Cinder, Scarlet and Cress, so I thought I would do something different this time around – because we already know how awesome this book is, right? So I give you 10 reasons why this book rocked :D.

1. SO.MUCH.ACTION

2. A lot of twists

3. Ships. Ships all around

4. Perfect Iko

5. Fairytale like scenes

6. Cresswell (because saying ships isn’t enough)

7. Love conquering all

8. Sassy sassy Kai

9. Very smart Cinder (heart swelling with pride here)

10. The Ending! Perfect!

Our Thoughts on Winter (Marissa Meyer) feat. Becca @Shih Tzu Book Reviews

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Last month, me and Becca @Shih Tzu Book Reviews did a buddy read of Winter, by Marissa Meyer, and now we’re sharing our thoughts on the book and the conclusion of The Lunar Chronicles. Warning though, there will be SPOILERS.

This was super fun to do!

I loved discussing the book this way :D.

(Becca is in black and I’m the mint 😉 )


Becca: This is so exciting – I’ve never done a readalong before, and this is actually the perfect book for one, because there’s so much to talk about. One thing I noticed in particular while reading it, was when they start the rebellion in the sector – it just reminded me so much of Catching Fire, and the rebellions in the districts. Did you notice that?

Cristina: I DID!!! I was reading it and thinking “man, this sounds so much like THG” :D. I thought it was cool though, the similarities were there, but it wasn’t excessive or anything. I also really liked the role that each of the girls – Cinder, Winter and Scarlet – had on these small rebellions, because it became clear to me (and I hope to anyone) that they truly were a team, and even if Cinder was the one who would rule, she wasn’t the only important one.

Still on the comparisons with The Hunger Games, the rebellions weren’t the only similar thing. The way that the sectors were divided in terms of production was also very much like THG, right?

Becca: YES! I noticed that as well – they were all organised into different productions, like lumber, or coal mining. I like that it’s similar to THG, but it’s not a rip-off. It’s so original and awesome -I’ve even got my brother in reading the series now. He’s halfway through Cinder.

Cristina: We can see a lot of elements of other books and obviously of the fairytales throughout the storyline, but never ever do they feel like a rip-off or like something that has been done a 1000 times. I really loved how Meyer introduced the key moments of each fairytale into the story, for instance with Winter’s “casket” or with Kai giving the “shoe” (in the case, the foot) to Cinder.

On a different note, how did you feel about the characters in this book, especially the new ones?

I thought that this was the book that Kai finally came into his own. While Cinder had grown a lot as a character in Scarlet and Cress already, we only got small glimpses at Kai at those times, and always cornered. Here, when he finally has control, he was awesome.

I also (finally) loved Scarlet. I hadn’t liked her much in books 2 and 3, but here she was badass, and I think that she was finally completely fleshed out too.

I’ll say that Winter and Jacin were my least favorites of the gang, Winter’s craziness at times was a bit too much.

Becca: I absolutely loved Kai in this one – he’s got more control and he knows what’s going on (sort of), Also, I loved his witty comebacks and basically being a sassy little thing a lot of the time. There was a lot of character development from ‘Cinder’ to now, and he has definitely grown as a character.

As for Winter, I have mixed feelings about her. I identify with her in that she has issues but she isn’t useless. She is actually very high-functioning, and I think if there was a modern version of it, with no cyborgs and aliens and whatever, she would be written as having autism. She can function perfectly well, she just sees the world in a different way to everyone around her.

Wolf has been one of my favourites ever since ‘Scarlet’, and I am brimming over with ideas for fluffy fanfics with him and Scarlet, but Thorne is always my ultimate favourite. He’s got so many layers to him, and he’s quite a complex character under the surface, which I like a lot.

What did you think of Captain Strom?

Cristina: You’re right about what you said about Winter, though I admit that all the blood in her visions and her freak outs were a bit weird sometimes for me.

Poor Wolf, seriously! I was reading this book and all the while I was thinking: “damn, Wolf and Scarlet can’t catch a break!”. I think they are definitly the ones who suffered more throughout this whole series. It’s just so unfair that he got changed, though I loved Scarlet reaction to it, or her lack of it.

God, Thorne is perfection! Seriously, the way he’s so nervous around Cress and how he just can’t find the words, was so damn cute :D.

Do you mean Alpha Strom? I thought it was a shame that he ended up dead =/, he could have been of great service. I liked how protective he turned out to be of Scarlet and Winter.

What’s your opinion of Kinney? And is it weird that I ship him with Iko?

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Becca: No, I thought the same thing. I would love to see a spin-off book or series about Iko after the ending of ‘Winter.’ She is very human-like, and I’d like to see how she would possibly be in a relationship or with someone who likes her that way.

What could that be called if it was a book?

Cristina: I have no idea! Meyer likes retellings, but I don’t know what could possible fit in her story… maybe a retelling of Pinocchio?

I’m kind of hopping that we get to see something between them at the epilogue of Stars Above though. By the way, “The Wedding of the Century” that will be coming in Stars Above… for who do you reckon it is?

Becca: I think it’d be too obvious to have the wedding be for Cinder and Kai, so maybe it could be for Cress and Thorne? They’re romantics, so they could have a proper fairytale wedding.

What do you think?

Cristina: I think the only way it can be the wedding of the century is if it IS between Cinder and Kai. I would love to see Cress and Thorne married, for sure, but a shell and a criminal? I don’t see it as really important for everyone, you know? Although, for me, it’s the most important one 😀

Becca: Well, he’s not technically a criminal anymore – he’s been pardoned. But yeah, I guess it probably would be Cinder and Kai – a huge ceremony, broadcast all over.

Which pairing do you love the most?

Cristina: Loads of cameras everywhere!

I’m very partial to Cress and Thorne! So the order would be: Cress+Thorne, Kai+Cinder, Wolf+Scarlet and Winter+Jacin. What about you?

Becca: Cress/Thorne, Wolf/Scarlet, Cinder/Kai, Kinney/Iko, Jacin/Winter. (and then Levana/herself as an afterthought. :))

Cristina: Totally forgot about Iko there! Yeah, I ship her with Kenney, but he wasn’t nice enough to her to trump over Winter and Jacin… eheh

Becca: Oh, and also Thorne/Rampion. He loves that ship like Dean Winchester loves his Impala.

Cristina: OHHHHH, such a good comparison! I I had laugh out loud when I read that, because IT IS SO TRUE!

I admit that I shed a tear when Cinder requested his pardon and when Thorne told Cress about the Rampion :D. I was so happy that he was getting everything he wanted – minus 3 fingers!

Becca: Cress and Thorne are total cutie pies. She’s been fangirling over him for so long, and then they met, and it turned into true love.

That’s what I love about this series – it’s fairytale true love, but it’s realistic as well. They don’t just fall in love at first sight, and they have their own relationship difficulties, and it’s all so amazing to read about.

Cristina:  That’s what I loved more about the third book, Cress. I think that Thorne and Cress’ relationship is the one we actually see all the steps of, and maybe that’s why it’s my favorite. I loved when they were in the desert and he was blind and he trusted her completely, and how we can see his feelings growing step by step, and her feelings becoming more real than anything she thought possible.

Becca: If the Lunar Chronicles became a tv show (I think it’d work better as a show than a movie, because there’s so much depth to it) who do you think could play the different characters?

I think Godfrey Gao would make an excellent Kai tbh.

Cristina: Oh wow… I think it would work better as a TV show as well, mainly because there are so many central characters. Now, the actors is a lot harder… I love Godfrey Gao, but I think he looks a bit on the older side to play a believable Kai.

Maybe Christopher Larkin or Mario Maurer as Kai. There’s one person I’ve always pictured in my mind as Sybil Mira, and that is Ruth Negga from Agents of SHIELD. I think the characters reminded me too much of Raina.

Amandla Stenberg would be perfect as Winter. Holland Roden seems to be a popular choice for Scarlet. I never saw her act, but she has the looks. AnnaSophia Robb might work as Cress, she’s very tiny. Or maybe Sierra McCormick?

No idea about anyone else…

Becca: I think Christopher Larkin would make a great Kai actually – he’s a great actor, and he could play the role well.

I’d love Emma Stone to be the voice of Iko – that’d be so cool. She’s got an enthusiasm that would bring Iko the life she has in the books.

Which book of the whole series is your favourite/least favourite? I love ‘Scarlet‘ because Wolf and Scar are my OTP, but I found ‘Winter’ to drag by a little.

Cristina: Emma Stone to voice Iko could be hilarious. But what about when she gained a body?

I think Cinder was my least favorite actually. I was never a big fan of the Cinderella story, and with only Cinder and Kai in the first book, the plot drags a bit, especially when Pearl and Adri are concerned… I hate them.

I loved Winter, and it will probably rate higher because it had a lot more action, but I think that my favorite is still Cress, mainly because I love Cress and Thorne, together and apart, and that book was such a delight in terms of these 2 characters.

You felt that Winter dragged? I didn’t really feel it to be honest.I was actually surprised by the amount of plot twists that the book had.

Becca: It just felt way too long for me – maybe that’s just me being nitpicky, I don’t know.

Have you read any of the in-between stories like ‘Glitches?’ I read Glitches last year, and I loved it. It was a little peek into Cinder’s past, and I loved seeing the start of her relationship with Peony (I miss Peony…)

Cristina: Yeah, at 800 pages it WAS long! lol

I haven’t read it yet, though I have it – my edition of Cinder has Glitches at the end, but at the time I didn’t read it… I think I’ll wait for Stars Above to read all of them.

Becca: I really want to read ‘The Little Android‘ – I might read it once I finish my current book as a filler between larger ones. Something light and fluffy to give me an endorphin boost.

Cristina: is that one about Iko? I love Iko! 😀

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Becca: She just wants to be…part of your world! I love Iko, she’s literally the best part of the whole series even when she’s just the Rampion without a body. Sometimes you forget she’s even an android/robot because she has such human characteristics.

Cristina: YES! Unless she was being attacked and destroyed, I always thought of her as human. Wait, you just put a thought in my head… “part of your world”? OMG! Is she The Little Mermaid? 😛

Becca: Did you not get that? Haha, yeah she’s meant to be the little mermaid. Only she’s the little android instead. I thought that was obvious, but maybe not.

Cristina: I never even considered it. Sure, some things did cross my minds, but her personality is so not like Ariel, that I blocked it out. WOOW!!! I love that!

I love how Marissa Meyer just tangled all these stories like it was nothing! 😀 WOW. Any more element that I missed? 😛

Becca: What rating out of five would you give ‘Winter?’ I’d rate it a four, because it was great, but wasn’t fangirl-worthy. It didn’t give me that squishy, fluffy, giggly feeling that a totally awesome book does.

Cristina: Oh, I kind of get that, I think that the size of the book probably didn’t help in all those feelings, right?

For me it was still very much a 5 stars rating. I think it managed to tie all the loose ends, and it left me satisfied :D.


And this was out talk about Winter by Marissa Meyer, the conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles. Be sure to check out Becca’s blog for our thoughts post, as well as her review of Winter, that should be coming along in the next few days. Also, my own review of Winter will also be coming along the next few days, so stay tuned :D.

Bookish Girls BFFs

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After doing the girl-guy and guy-guy version of bookish friendships, it was time to highlight some good girls BFFs in books. While trying to find some great friendships, I came to the conclusion that good girls BFFs are rarer to find in books than guys BFFs. Have you noticed that? Girls tend to start a book as best friends, but more often than not, something happens to change that status… it’s weird, and I fell sad about that. Either way, here are some good ones.


1. Cinder & Iko – The Lunar Chronicles

Am I cheating here because Iko is an android? Hmmm, I don’t think so! She’s very much a human in all that matters, and she and Cinder are awesome together.

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2. Shazi & Despina – The Wrath & The Dawn

These two biker like hell, but ultimately they trust each other and have each other’s backs.

3. Sky & Six – Hopeless

Even while apart, Sky and Six went out of their way to stay close. I love how non-judgmental their relationship is, and that’s why they’re one of my favorites BFFs ever!

4. Aelin & Lysandra – Queen of Shadows

One of the best things introduced in QoS was the amazing friendship between these two strong fierce warriors. I can’t wait for book 5 :D.

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5. Lizzie & Charlotte – The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

I loved them on the show, I loved them even more on the book. They’re kind of perfect 😀 – and way better than the original friendship in Jane Austen’s book.

6. Beth & Jennifer – Attachments

Their emails are hilarious. There isn’t a single doubt that these two ladies are BFFs!

7. Cath & Reagan – Fangirl

This friendship took a while to develop, but ultimately the two very different roommates gave in and entered an unlike beautiful friendship.

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I admit that I’m a bit depressed after writing this post. I need to read more books about awesome girls BFFs, without the drama of the book butting in said friendship… recommendations?!

Bookish BFFs: Girls and Boys Can Be Just Friends!

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We’re fast approaching Valentine’s day, and I’ve pledged that this month I’ll only read Romances (and it’s going great so far – 3 down!). But a couple of days ago was Friends’ Day, did you know that? Yep. So it got me thinking about something I really love to read in books: strictly platonic boy-girl BFFs. Oh, don’t get me wrong, one of my favorite type of romance to read is BFFs turned something more, but I do love when a book shows that a girl and a boy can be friends and nothing more. Here are some of my favorites.


1. Juliette and Kenji – Shatter Me Trilogy 

I absolutely love Kenji and Juliette’s dynamic. They go to strangers to best friends in no time, because they connect really well together. And although Kenji throws some flirtation around – because it’s Kenji and he just can’t help it – there’s never a moment where it seems like their relation might go that way. Instead, they truly become BFFs, with Juliette using her BFF as a relationship advisor and all.

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2. Cinder and ThorneThe Lunar Chronicles

Their relationship warms my heart! I just love how much they fight and banter and everything, but at the end of the day, they trust each other completely and would do just about anything for one another.

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3. Harry and Hermione – Harry Potter

This is goals! Never while reading the 7 books, did I ever doubt that this was a strictly platonic friendship. NEVER! Harry and Hermione are BFFs and that’s it. Yes, I’m aware that a while back J.K. Rowling said that Hermione should have ended up with Harry, but I’m gonna forget she ever said that, because Hermione always belonged with Ron.

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4. Simon and Penny – Carry On

Oh, they are beyond perfect! I love their friendship. Early in the book, Simon explain how he and Penny are just friends and they never felt more than that, and how some people thought it was weird… yeah, see point nº 3!

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5. Maggie and Ben – The One Thing

Even though Ben is several years younger than Maggie, their friendship is beautiful and one of the many reasons you should read The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis. I wish I had a Ben in my life…


So, tell me. Do you like to read about awesome friendships between boys and girls that doesn’t lead anywhere else? What’s your favorite?

Cress (Marissa Meyer)

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Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.


OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! I’m not freaking out!!! THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING!!!!

I’ve told you before which is my favorite Disney movie, right? No?! I’ll give you a hint… she’s blond and has a really long hair… Yep, I LOVE TANGLED! And this book gave me all those Tangled feelings! *sigh*

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I’ll keep this mostly short and I apologize before hand if I drop any SPOILERS (sorry!!!). I loved Cress, so far it’s my favorite book of the series, and that’s mostly because I loved Cress as a character. She’s so cute and funny and I love the way she sees the world… her humongous crush for Captain Carswell Thorne doesn’t hurt either! – yeah Girl, I’m with you on that one…

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(who doesn’t?!)

My heart broke a little when all of Cress’s story was told… but I loved Cress and Thorne together, how they got to know each other and fall in love, although Cress was a lot faster than Thorne, lol, he just really doesn’t know what he’s doing.

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Did I mention that I love Cinder? Cinder kicked ass on this book, she became a true leader. And I absolutely adored how she stepped up for Wolf and tried to keep him sane. And Cinder and Kai *swoon* are so damn cute together 😀 .

About Wolf… OMG, my heart was breaking for Wolf! The guy was looking at Scarlet’s chair, holding a can of tomatoes and sniffing her bed… he was so damn broken :(, I just wanted to reach him and tell him that everything would work out. Scarlet, oh poor Scarlet, this book was no good for either of them…

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Winter is crazy! Not much more to say, right? And Jacin… well, the jury is still out on that one.

IKO IS MY FAVORITE!!! (after Cress, Cress is special). Iko is just a riot, she’s so damn funny and inappropriate :D.

This book was action packed, funny, unpredictable, funny, swoon worthy, funny – yeah, I said funny 3 times – and I loved it so so much. I want the gang to be together, all of them. I want Cinder and Kai together, I want Iko’s body whole again, I want Cress and Thorne to be in absolute bliss, and I want him to have his sight back, and I need to have Wolf and Scarlet back together, because they are absolutely miserable apart.

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Sorry for abusing Cress/Thorne quotes, but I love them. They’re the cutest. I ship it like crazy…

Book Traveling Thursdays: My Favorite Retelling

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Because we’re never too old to believe in Fairytales choose your favorite re-telling!!“. This week I’m gonna go with The Lunar Chronicles! My favorite of TLC is Cress, because CRESS, but I decided to use Cinder for today’s book. Cinder was the first, so even though it’s not my favorite, it holds a place in my heart.


Original COver:

This is such an easily recognizable cover and I really really like it.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

           

I can’t quite believe that this series is translated to Portuguese, my mind still can’t process… though I admit that I hate the portuguese cover, it’s pretty bad. The Spanish edition is quite beautiful, and the Catalan one is similar to the original one, but with a crystal shoe… they went for the complete fairy tale here.

Favorite COVER(s):

      

I think my favorite editions are still the original ones, but I love the Thai one, it’s gorgeous really. Then I love the simplicity of the German edition. And the Spanish is amazing, the only bad thing is that it doesn’t quite show the cyborg parts as well as some of the others.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

   

OMG, these are so bad!!! First is the Vietnamese cover, it just looks weird AF. Then the Turkish is beyond awful, I can’t even understand how they changed the original one so much that it became that awful. Do I need to explain the Korean one? And the Swedish… who is that?! Not Cinder, for sure!

Scarlet (Marissa Meyer)

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Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer. 

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.


Scarlet picks up just where Cinder left, and OMG, what an epic book!!!

Be warned people, I’ll keep things as vague as possible in terms of plot, but there inevitably be SPOILERS, for this book and obviously for Cinder.

As was the case of the previous book, the writing is espetacular. The plot on this one, though, is a lot more intricate, as it follows not only Cinder and Thorne in their escape from prison, but it also follows Scarlet and Wolf in their attempt to save her grandmother, and then both pairs collide and they share a goal and it’s amazing. There were a few twists that had me on the edge of my seat, and my heart might have broke at some point… *damn you Wolf*… but it’s all good now…

I loved Cinder a lot more in this book, even though there’s a lot less focus on her. She’s just so much stronger now, and she’s using her gift and her tools, and being sarcastic, and I love her. Also, I don’t know why, I hadn’t realized that she’s only 16! Somehow, in my mind, she was closer to 18, I know it’s not that different, but it kind of is.

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Kai, oh my baby Kai… I’m so sorry for him. He’s experiencing all these different emotions, and he doesn’t know how to handle things, and it’s gut wrenching and at times adorable. I want him and Cinder together NOW! Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that he was immediately jealous of Thorne because he was with Cinder?!

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Now, onto the new characters. I had a little trouble connecting with Scarlet, I’ll admit, although I don’t really understand why. She’s fierce and strong, and she’s more than willing to fight for what she wants, but I just didn’t entirely clicked with her. I liked her a lot more once she was with Wolf though… I like Wolf, even after everything that he did, I like him. And I like him and Scarlet together. He’s just like a scared kitten sometimes, and that is adorable.

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But people, we now have Captain Thorne, and OMG, where has he been all my life?!

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Thorne is so funny and such a good person. He doesn’t judge, he’s open to anything, he’s loyal and he smiles while doing it. His relationship with Cinder is so cute, because she trashes and treats him so bad at times, and he just smiles and lets everything slip. He lets her have control of his ship!

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And best yet, he totally ships Kai and Cinder together, so bonus points for him!

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This book was just awesome and I can’t wait to start Cress (I’ve actually haven’t started it yet, because I wanted to write this review first). I love Cinder and Thorne’s relationship, and I’m super curious to what will happen next. OOOHHHHH, and IKO, OMG, Iko is just so great. When she’s flirting with Thorne? ADORABLE!!!

November TBR

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Hello, hello. It took me a couple of days to organize what it is that I’m attacking this month, but I got it now. 😀 The main goal this month in terms of reading will be keep up with my ARCs for this month, and finish the 2 series that I’m in the middle of: The Lunar Chronicles and Penryn & the End of Days.

I’ll warn you before hand, this is a very ambitious TBR.

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1. The Last One by Tawdra Kandle – This book is already out – when I was approved for it, it was already passed its publication date. Because of that I want to get to it, but it won’t be my priority.

2. Nirvana by J.R. Stewart – oh man, I’m so scared of picking up this book. This was an auto-approval from netgalley – I didn’t request it – and I do have the revised version, but still, the synopsis doesn’t make me want to jump into it.

3. Something in the Air by Marie Landry – This seems like a fun and easy read, and I’ll read it soon because it comes out in 9 days.

4. Right Where You Are by L.E. Bross – I actually finished this one of at 3 a.m. the night before last (that’s why it isn’t on my October wrap-up). Expect a review this week, and I really liked it – so so so HOT!

5. Crystallum by Laney McMann – This book comes out at the end of November and I’m intrigued by it.

6. Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame – I’m really excited for this one. I hope I have time for it, given that publication date is December 1st.

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7. World After by Susan Ee – I actually already started this book, after reading (and loving) Angelfall, I just had to keep going with this series as soon as possible. I’m about 20% in, and I need Raffe… 20% of the book without him is too much (and I’m sure Penryn agrees with me).

8. End of Days by Susan Ee – Read the above.

9. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – I read Cinder last month, and I was supposed to read Scarlet too, but somehow I just wasn’t in the mood. But with the last installment of this series coming out this month, I really want to get to it minimally spoiled.

10. Cress by Marissa Meyer – Same as above.

11. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – I got my hands on this book very very recently and with all the raving reviews coming out, I have to get to it soon. I honestly don’t know if it will happen this month, because let’s face it, this is a huge TBR, but I really want to at least start it…


Ufff, I know this is a HUGE TBR, but I really need to get through most of these 😀 . At the very least I want to read all my ARCs and World After and End of Days, even if I have to leave The Lunar Chronicles for next month, but I’m hoping that that won’t be necessary…

October Wrap-Up

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Hello people, we’re here today for my monthly wrap-up. Yep. Another month gone. This whole year is going by way too fast… either way, let’s get on with this wrap-up.

In my October TBR I proposed myself to read 10 books this month, and in fact I was able to read 11. However, I only read 6 from my original TBR list… UUUPPPPSSSS! I managed to read a lot while traveling, but I decided to tackle my Netgalley TBR list, leaving some not so urgent books to read at a later time. So, the books I read this month:

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1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer  4stars

2. Rikki by Abigail Strom  3-7

3. The New Year’s Wish by Dani-Lyn Alexander  2-3

4. A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij  4stars

5. Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij  3-7

6. This Song Is (Not) for You by Laura Nowlin  3-5

7. The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone  4-2

8. Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier  4-5

9. Frosh: First Blush by Mónica B. Wagner  3-5

10. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher  4-5

11. Angelfall by Susan Ee  4-5


Eleven books was great 😀 , especially considering that I was traveling for half the month. And I’m super happy because even traveling, I managed to write 60 posts this month, which means almost 2 per day… and I wrote reviews for all of my books, even if some are still not up.

Tomorrow I’ll post my November TBR 😀 .