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Book Review | Winter

Title: Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis 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?

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Guys I just finished this 800 page hunk of a book and oh so much happened and so much didn’t happen and I’m so satisfied, everything was as you can imagine perfect, yet it’s bitter-sweet because I DON’T WANT IT TO END. I’ve never done a GIF review before, so I’m going to attempt one today because I’m lost for words and visuals will do a great job of capturing my feels.

At first I was like, CINDER AND CREW GONNA INVADE LUNA AND TOTALLY DESTROY LEVANA

Then everything went wrong and I was all tense like..

Then a revolution was underway and hope started gathering in my heart..

Armies were being gathered, love was being proclaimed and an epic humiliation occurred resulting in me looking like..

The everything went really dark and gory and deep leaving me

And then chaos broke out where people turned against each other and AHH

Things slowly started to look better

And they all lived happily ever after…

Any true Lunar Chronicles fanatic would’ve already picked up Winter by now but those who haven’t even read the first book Cinder DO IT NOW! Uhm how often do you come across an awesome sci-fi fairy tale retelling?

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5

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Cover To Cover | Cinder by Marissa Meyer

It is a very exciting time here at Infinity Reads.

I AM LAUNCHING A NEW FEATURE 

Cover To Cover is basically an excuse for me to swoon over the many beautiful covers for the same book! At the end there’ll be a verdict as to which my favourite cover is.

What’s in it for you?

You get a visually pleasing post and get to decide your favourite edition of that book. Oh and as always you might just discover a new book to add to your reading list.

According to the title of this post. Today’s Cover To Cover is……Cinder by Marissa Meyer!

ROLL THE COVERS

The original cover

Very symbolic with the iconic shoe and the prosthetic leg. I also love the font used.

The Spanish Edition

It’s simplistically beautiful. I mean the font isn’t too catchy and the background is just black. But that dress is so beautiful and again symbolic with the one shoe.

The Czech Edition

Isn’t this so interesting. I really like the cloudy effects in the background and the blue is pleasing too. The girl reminds me of some Anime instead of Cinder though.

The Portuguese Edition

Similar to the Spanish one. I like the colour scheme used for the girl but the blue just ruins it for me.

The Turkish Edition

This is so much more darker than the original. It’s also more intricate, I love the little Rose on the shoe.

Another Spanish Edition

The glass slipper is pretty but I prefer the red one nonetheless.

The Verdict

     I’m tossing up between the original and the Turkish

I mean the Turkish one is edgier and darker but the original represents the story better. Which one would I pick up in a bookstore? The Turkish One

That is a wrap on the first ever Cover To Cover here on Infinity Reads. I hope you enjoyed seeing all the beautiful covers

What book do you wanna see a Cover To Cover on?

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NOTE: All covers taken from Goodreads

Book reviews

Mini Review | Fairest

Title: Fairest

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #0.5

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page count: 222

Synopsis 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.

Ello Ello Everybody!

A sweet, short and simple mini review for you today about the new Lunar Chronicles Novella. I’ve reviewed the third book here before and I definitely recommend you to go pick this series up so we can all rave about it together yay!

Queen Levana’s story was dark. It was very interesting to see things from her point of view and realize that people aren’t necessarily born evil, that they’re not always the bully in the story but that circumstances have then made them into a bully, into evil. I guess that was the whole point of the story.

Levana has never known affection: from her parents and especially from her older sister, so no wonder in her search for true love and admiration she falls into peril and eventually ends up destroying herself and the people she loves.  She is so consumed by the idea of loving and being loved that she doesn’t take a moment to understand what the actual thing means. And that, was scary.

Power was also a very interesting concept in Fairest. I think when someone for instance Levana’s older sister uses her power to scar Levana it is obvious that when Levana is given the power to be Queen she becomes destructive and delusional and has psychological problems.

Other than that I really did like how the story was set on Luna (The Moon)  for a change and I absolutely freakingly cannot wait for Winter when we see even more of the Moon!

Oh and did I mention Fairest also features Baby Cinder, Baby Winter and Baby Jacin Clay? I literally got so excited there aha

My Blog Anniversary Giveaway ends in a couple days so be sure to enter!

Rating:

5

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Cress- Review

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By: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 550 pages

Summary:

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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.

Note: This review is spoiler free and is intended for people who haven’t read Cress or The Lunar Chronicles yet. Sorry if the summary gave too much away.

Ok One important thing before I start. If you haven’t read this series or this book I highly recommend it as it is perfection I am not even exaggerating!

As you may have guessed the book is a fairy tale re telling of Rapunzel. The first book Cinder is based on Cinderella and is about a cyborg mechanic called Cinder who happens to be our main character. The second book Scarlet tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood and then there is Cress. These are companion novels so Cinder and Scarlet the previously mentioned characters do appear throughout Cress.

Characters

To begin with let us discuss the characters. I found the main character Cress to be adorable yet irritating at times. Her emotions compliment the story considerably well however her actions are questionable. Cress’ reactions to certain things would have annoyed me if a person in reality were to react the same way however her responses were justifiable because of her situation and what she has been through in life. The romance between Cress and her love interest are adorable to say the least and towards the start of the book I wished everything would work out but I realized later on that people just don’t fall in love like that it comes through time and the realness of their situation is what made it so perfect and I could totally relate to Cress.

I specifically enjoyed Cinder’s character development as she battled to come to terms with who she really was. How Cinder went through different emotions such as doubting herself or believing that she could make a change just felt so real ,which is one of the many things which made this book into a phenomena.

The characters in this book all have a range of different personalities and traits but at the same time they seem to fit together and complement each other making it so much better

 Plot

I personally found that it was highly difficult to stop reading Cress. The plot was remarkably gripping and it would just make me eager to keep reading more and more to find out what was going to happen next. It was a real page turner. The pacing of the book was slow at times which wasn’t such a bad thing as it suited the setting that the characters were placed in.

This book spans across several different POVs and settings so one moment I was in a desert and another I was on the moon and the world building in this book is done so tremendously well oh!  Even after 3 books I can’t get over how beautifully the futuristic world is portrayed in The Lunar Chronicles.

Another thing I found interesting was how everything was so together I mean the story was all over the place and yet there were connections and the author did a great job of not confusing the reader even though I was in so many places over the course of 550 pages.

Writing

Marissa Meyer you genius! The dialogue in this book was fantastic. The conversations felt realistic and there was humour in them making Cress a fun entertaining read. I especially loved the romantic scenes in the book as I was honestly giggling the whole time and falling more in love with this book.

In conclusion, if you haven’t read Cress or the Lunar Chronicles you are missing out a great deal! These books are so fun and I would recommend them to any young adult/science fiction fan out there.

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