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!
*A few Spoilers*
I absolutely adored this series! I really did not know what to expect when I started it and thankfully it completely exceeded my expectations.
We start with a fresh perspective from Princess Winter who is greatly admired by the people of Lunar for her grace and kindness as well as her beauty which is marred by three scars that mark her face (said to be given to her by Queen Levana). Winter can’t stand her stepmother and her only solace in Luna is her childhood friend Jacin who is now one of the royal guards. He is the only one who can keep her somewhat sane as she refuses to use her abilities and has vowed to never control another person the way that she has been controlled. Not using her abilities has caused them to turn back into her and now produces debilitating attacks of hallucinations. But hopefully with the help of Cinder and Emperor Kai she will be finally able to overthrow Queen Levana and reestablish peace over Lunar and Earth.
Winter was a very different character to the rest of the cast of strong female protagonists. She had a whimsicalness to her and she kind of floated along the storyline maintaining a strong presence but I was unsure as to what input she could add to the plot. She definitely redeemed herself in my eyes towards the end of the book and I came to really appreciate her arc. Jacin was one of those characters that you kind of love to hate but you understand his motivations. I honestly didn’t really enjoy him at in the last two books but reading how he acts around Winter and going more in depth to their history together made me kind of change me mind about him in the sense that he was integral but I still didn’t quite like him. Their relationship did feel genuine to me though and I like how they have that unrequited thing going.
Cress definitely stepped up in this book. I love that she really has no combative skills and even doesn’t know how to swim, yet everyone relies on her so much for her technological know how. Being separated from the rest of crew for a majority of the storyline and not giving up and still helping in whatever way she can was really inspiring to read. I also still absolutely love how her relationship with Thorn progressed throughout the course of the story and I just found them to both be absolutely adorable!
The action in Winter was kind of up and down. You get a whole lot going on all at once and then a slow build towards the next event and then that pattern would continue throughout the book. I appreciated the build up but a lot the book was quite stagnant for me. It felt like things were moving and plans were set in motion and then it would kind of stop for a few chapters and there would be nothing happening. Eventually everything did come to a head and we get this fantastic, dramatic fight scene at the end where all of the plot lines intersect and comes to fruition.
All in all this was a highly entertaining series and I really enjoyed every second reading these books and dissecting the storyline and seeing how these characters were going to interact with each other and work together towards this seemingly unattainable goal.
⭐️4/5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Amazing YA Sci-fi/Fantasy series that ticked all my boxes 🙂
*Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers!*
I can definitely see why the majority of the YA community absolutely loves this series! It’s been an absolute roller coaster ride.
Cinder and Thorn are still on the run however they now have Wolf and Scarlett with them after saving them from the thaumaturge in Paris. They are now all together plotting to overthrow Queen Levanna and stop the royal wedding. Their best bet is the hacker who helped Cinder and revealed the Queen’s evil plan. Cress has been imprisoned and isolated on her satellite in orbit for 7 years now with only her netscreens to keep her company and informed. Finally it seems like her luck is changing and she will finally be rescued by Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
The pace of each of the novels in the Lunar Chronicles continues to grow after each installment. Cress was a whirlwind from start to finish. I like how we are starting to get more of a background of Luna and what life is like there and how different it is from Earth. It has again broadened and added a lot more depth to these books and it starting to weave together the storyline. Cress was another great female protagonist in the book. I like that she brought forth more naivety and innocence that Cinder and Scarlett kind of lack. I like that she has such a wild imagination and is able to use it to her advantage in her times of need. The relationship that springs up between her and Thorn kind of felt a little contrived to begin with, but I have been enraptured! Both of them having to rely on each other throughout their ordeal in the desert and watching as their bond grew closer and how they opened up to each other was so genuine and just plain cute. I definitely ship them! My heart broke for Dr. Erland, I kind of didn’t really enjoy him as much as other characters but I definitely felt he was an integral role in the book and he has helped really pull together this ragtag group of rebels and set them on this course that they are now on.
There is just so much action and plotting and planning and revelations and heartbreaks, it’s almost too much but also not enough. There has just been a continual thread of maneuverings and I can feel the subtle build up of anticipation that I know is about to culminate in the last book of this series.
⭐️4/5 stars entertaining, informative, escalating, Winter is going to be crazy!
Yay, I am going to be continuing on in the Lunar Chronicles over the next few weeks. I read Cinder last week and absolutely LOVED it! So I am hyped to move right along through to Scarlett, Cress and Winter. Again the premise of these books are really interesting a sci-fi/fantasy retelling of classic fairytale stories is so original and compelling in my opinion. Cinder is an amazing character and Kai is in such a dilemma as the new Emperor and I really can not wait to see where Marissa takes these stories next and of course I will be getting back to you with full in depth reviews. If its a first book in the series or a stand alone I really kind of try to do non-spoiler reviews but for the rest of the books in a series I do like to go a bit more in depth with the reviews and go in to storylines, and sub-plots and character arcs and really give my overall opinion on the series. So if you don’t want to be spoiled maybe give these reviews a miss, totally up to you!
I’ve decided that September is going to be kind of a catch up month for me. I’m going to try to finish some books that are highly popular in their respective genres that a lot of people absolutely love that I just haven’t gotten around to reading yet. My goal for this month is 10 books, hopefully I’ll get through a good majority of them as they have been on my TBR for a long time now and the time if rife that I give them a read and see if they live up to the hype.
The first 4 books in my TBR for September are Cinder, Scarlett, Cress and Winter all by Marissa Meyer as part of The Lunar Chronicles. I don’t know a lot about these books other than it’s a YA fantasy/sci-fi fairy retelling of different fairy tales. That alone gives me cause to pick them up and start reading, and I’ve found that this series is really a staple in the YA community and a lot of people really love them. I also don’t read a lot of sci-fi so my interest has been piqued and I’m excited to get stuck in and see what these books are all about.
The 5th book on my TBR is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Another fantasy YA novel that I’ve been hearing a lot about since it came out earlier last year. A YA fantasy story featuring a carnival setting really brings to mind The Night Circus which I read earlier in the year and was kind of underwhelmed by, so I really want to read Caraval and see how it compares.
The 6th book I would like to read this month is Magic Study by Maria V Snyder. A book I am highly anticipating reading as I just completed Poison Study last month and was blown away by it! I’m excited to continue on in the narrative and see what happens after Yelena is pretty much forced to flee to Sitia after having that execution order placed on her head. Cannot wait to read on and see what happens next!
The 7th book I’m hoping to complete is also by Marissa Meyer and it is Renegades. This is another YA fantasy/sci-fi novel that a lot of people have been talking about and it has piqued my interest. I’ve heard it’s sort of similar to x-men? Human’s with extraordinary abilities and a lot of action. This premise is really interesting to me and I believe there is a sequel coming out at the end of this year so I definitely want to pick it up!
The last three books on my TBR are The Illuminae Files, Illuminae, Gemina and Obsidio written by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. All I really know about these books is that it’s a sci-fi trilogy that is written in a unique format that takes place in outer space. I’m trying to dip my feet into the sci-fi genre and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Illuminae Files so I figure why not, I may fall in love.