This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a cover freebie, so I thought I would go with 10 books I read in the last year with a face on the cover I love!
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
I’ve had another great month of reading for September. I end up finishing nine of the ten books that I set out to read this month plus one extra from last month! I have reviews on all of these books up on my blog at the moment so feel free to click on the titles and check them out.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber – ⭐️3/5 stars
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️5/5 stars
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Renegades by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Scarlett by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Magic Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️4/5 stars
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Cress by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Winter by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️4/5 stars
This month was very up and down for me. I thoroughly enjoyed each book that I read but I definitely liked some more than others. I look forward to continuing on in some of the series that I have started this month and I have plenty more books on my TBR that I am excited to get in to for the rest of the year!
This book was super fast paced, very action packed and it was a great continuation of the storyline.
This book picks up straight after Cinder finishes. We are first introduced to Scarlett Benoit who is on a mission to find her grandmother who has gone missing two weeks earlier. In doing so she comes across a street fighter Wolf who has information on her grandmothers whereabouts. She certainly doesn’t trust him at the start, but there is something about him that draws her to him. As Scarlett gradually works out the mystery behind her grandmother’s disappearance she unravels the mysterious circumstances surrounding her family history and a secret her grandmother has kept from her all her life.
I liked the introduction of Scarlett into the storyline. I thought she brought forth a new fresh perspective to the novel and I was intrigued as to how she was going to fit into the narrative. I thought she was very well developed. She is single-minded, tough and outspoken and I enjoyed her tenacity. Wolf I couldn’t really make heads or tails of him at the start of the book, I again didn’t really know how he fit into the story and whether or not he was necessary as a character (boy was I wrong). Their relationship felt a little forced for me at the start, but it does develop more throughout the story and I appreciate it more after everything that occurs in the Opera and how he rejects his loyalties to save her. There were so many twists and turns and the mystery element of who these characters are and how they fit into Cinder’s backstory really compelled me to read on. I liked Thorne I thought he brought lightheartedness to the storyline where it was starting to get a bit dark and somber. I thought he balances out Cinder’s seriousness well and I enjoyed their banter as they made their escape and fled into the atmosphere. I find Cinder coming into her powers more and grappling with her kind of disgust with them very relatable. She doesn’t want to become like the Queen and mindlessly control the masses she wants to control her powers and maintain her integrity.
As I read on through this series I have found that each book fits together like a puzzle and each plot point and character is another piece sliding into place, it’s very satisfying to read. We are given a lot more information in this book than the first and the world was really expanded and backstories were delved into a bit deeper. We’re starting to get a grasp on Cinder’s life and how that correlates back to Queen Leveanna.
I did enjoy myself whilst reading this book, I thought it propelled the story along nicely and I am eager to continue on in the series and see what happens next.
⭐️4/5 stars highly enjoyed picking up Cress ASAP!
*Non Spoiler Review*
Why didn’t I read this sooner?
I loved it from start to finish. There was action, heartbreak, cringiness, and revelations. I honestly didn’t know what to expect and I am pleasantly surprised!
This book follows Cinder who is a cyborg and the best mechanic in all of New Beijing. She has built a reputation around her name so much so that Price Kai has shown up at her booth requiring her services to fix his broken android before the annual ball. She has all intention of fixing his android and returning it to him but all her plans are derailed as her younger sister is infected by the deadly plague that has been devastating Earth for the last decade.
Cinder is just wonderful. I like the fact that she was so real and you could sort of relate to her in a way, being different from the rest of her ‘family’ and seen as a freak and non-human and having to deal with that on a daily basis. I love how we watch her try to overcome her insecurities about being a cyborg and just being comfortable in her own skin. The gradual strength that Cinder emits over the course of the book was great to read. Kai was hopelessly oblivious to the fact that Cinder is a cyborg and I loved him for that. He didn’t see her as anything other than who she is and that really shone through in their burgeoning romance.
I just want to say that as soon as we kind of got into the sub-plot about Lunar and the royal family I started to get inclinations. Especially after Cinders trip to the royal laboratories. It really kept me on the edge of my seat and it was gratifying to have my theories proven right in the end (which usually never happens).
As this was a retelling of the classic Cinderella fairytale I enjoyed the comparisons in the two storylines, but I feel that Cinder really branched itself out enough where it can stand apart and was refreshing. The sci-fi elements really brought forth a different aspect to the book that I’m certainly not used to and it made it more interesting and kept me intrigued throughout the book.
The dialogue was easy to comprehend and quite witty but there was a lot of underlying and indirect action taking place along the way. The storyline was a little bit predictable but I will absolutely look past that as this book was just an engrossing, engaging read and I will be definitely picking up Scarlett in the very near future and continuing on in this series!
⭐️4/5 stars! Unexpected!
A new purchase of mine! Cinder and the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer have been on my TBR for a looooooong time now and I’ve finally picked up the first book in the series to see how I like it! The Lunar Chronicles has been kind of a staple in the YA community and I’ve just never felt the urge to read them. As far as I am aware it’s a kind of sci-fi, fantasy retelling of classic fairy-tales… The premise sounds really interesting and I haven’t read anything like this is a while. I’m yearning for something new and different and I think a throwing that little bit of sci-fi in the mix will really help. I will definitely coming back to you with a review when I finish it!
Happy Reading 📚