Book Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

starsBook Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

This short story collection features the much anticipated back story of some of your favorite characters in the Lunar Chronicles, as well as a few lesser known ones. I mean really…who doesn’t want to be a part of the wedding? And the proposal??

This is a nice addition to any collection that has the Lunar Chronicles. I love the voice in this series, and readers will like the deeper look into some of these plots. The collection flew off the shelf in my library as soon as I added it on display. The audio for this is also very well done. I love that it’s been the same person through the whole series.

Quotes: None because they weren’t the same taken out of context…and didn’t make sense without too much information.

Recommended Grades: 7-12
Genre: Science Fiction
Overall Opinion:   Recommend
Source: Audio

P.S. Sorry for the missing posts this month. Back to school craziness…blah…blah…mostly just lazy about blogging!

Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

  
Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Caution: you need to read this series in order, and this is the fourth book. Don’t read this review if you haven’t read the other books.

Cinder returns Kai to to Earth so he can resume his marriage agreement with the queen, while the Rampian crew goes back to Luna and attempts to overtake Levana and save Scarlet. More truths are revealed about Cress, Winter, and Scarlet. Lots of twists and turns and even a health dose of smooching. Haha. The audio for this was really well done. 

Reading this book on audio was kind of fun his time because my mom was reading at exactly same time I was. That normally never happens but the library had multiple copies of this book. We started comparing how far apart we were in the book, because nobody wanted to give away any hints of what was going on, but then it became a race to see who could finish first. I won. And I didn’t even rub it in…too much. I thought this book was a great way to kind of wrap up the series. I was pleased at how each story evolved and grew.  

Quotes

No official quotes because I figured if I put down everything that Thorne says it would take too long! I seriously think I chuckled it almost everything he said in the book. 

Recommended Grades: 7-12
Genre: Science Fiction

Overall Opinion: Highly recommend

Source: Audiobook

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Book Review: Ruins by Dan Wells

Ruins

Sorry about the lack of posts. I had surgery and although I read (and binge watched Heroes) like a crazy person, I couldn’t bring myself to blog. I’ve cued a few to post next week to make up for it. 🙂

Book Review: Ruins by Dan Wells

Warning, this is the last book in a series, so it is impossible to summarize without spoilers. The fate of both the humans and the Partial hinges on what happens next. Kira sets out to connect with the Partials and humans, hoping to find a cure that will benefit both, while Samm decides to stay behind to help the captive Partials from book two. Add in some more war between Partials and humans, and you have quite a novel.

While I loved the actual language more in this book, I still think that the plot of the second book was more compelling. This book has us saying goodbye to some friends and celebrating with others. Overall it was a satisfactory end to the series. Also a few good twists to the story.

Quotes

~Heroism (Marcus):

The camp fell silent, each group staring tensely at the other. Finally Marcus stepped forward. “If you insist on going through me to get to him, it’s your call. But I warn you, I will probably cry when you hurt me, and you’ll feel bad about it later.”

Vinci looked at him. “That’s your defiant speech?”

“Get used to it,” said Marcus. “There’s a lot more useless heroics where that came from.”

~On purpose:

People aren’t mugs, we’re clay. Living, breathing, thinking, feeling clay, and we can shape ourselves all our lives, getting better and better at whatever we want to be, and when we want to be something else we just smooth out the clay and start over. Your lack of ‘purpose’ is the single best thing about you, because it means you can be whatever you want.”

~On love (kind of a spoiler so read ahead with care):

Marcus’s face was impossible to read, but it finally broke, and he laughed. “You don’t apologize for this, Samm. It’s love, and love doesn’t weigh its options and pick the best one-love just wants things, and doesn’t know why, and it doesn’t matter why, because love is the only explanation love needs. Looking at Kira right now, I…know this is what she wants too. I-“He stopped and looked away sharply. His voice thick with emotion. “I’m not going to stand in the way.”

Recommended Grades: 7-12
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
Overall Opinion:   Recommended
Source: Book

Book Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman

thisshatteredworldJubilee is working on Avon to help transform the planet when her path crosses Flynn. Unlike her, he is working to overthrow all that the oppressing government would change. They are drawn together to investigate unexplained changes on the planet.

Like the first novel, this is a thoughtful book that challenges the reader to consider the unexplained. The characters are approachable and the plot is full of simple and then complex twists. No skipping ahead on narrative parts-you might miss important clues. 🙂

Quote: none

Recommended Grades: 10 and up
Genre: Science Fiction
Overall Opinion:  Average
Source: eBook from Netgalley

Book Review: In the End by Demitria Lunetta

in the endBook Review: In the End by Demitria Lunetta

Picking up where it left of, this conclusion to the duology explains the origin of the aliens as well as brings the whole story to its natural evolution. No spoiler alerts from me people, but let’s just say there is some unexpected kissing. Wink.

One of the things I enjoyed most about these two books is the writing style. While there were a few moments that seemed to lag for me, there were some great conversations between characters as well as by Amy as she grew and learned more about herself.

Quotes: Again none, but this time it was all me. Consumed the book and forgot to make notes of anything that stuck out. Sorry!

Recommended Grades: 7 and up
Genre: Science Fiction
Overall Opinion:  Recommended
Source: Book

Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

in the afterBook Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Amy is trying desperately to survive after They have taken over everything. An electric fence that used to seem extreme, combined with solar panels her dad installed, are helping her survive on her own. When she finds a young girl also struggling to survive, Amy takes over her care. When help arrives in an unexpected source, Amy isn’t quite sure who to trust.

So…I started and finished this in one day (mostly because it was due at the library and I couldn’t renew it) and then made a mad dash for book two with the ten minutes I had to spare before the library closed if that tells you anything. 😉 This book will appeal to fans of The Fifth Wave, but can stand on its own as well. Lots of great characters and creative use of sign language!
On a personal note, I’m so happy I read this, because I’ve been struggling to fit my book into the three book mold…too much for one, but not enough for three. Now I have a new idea…two! Just need to wrap up a few things and get serious about finding an agent.

Quote: None, but not because there weren’t a lot of great ones…just because I simply ran out of time.

Recommended Grades: 7 and up
Genre: Science Fiction
Overall Opinion:  Highly Recommended
Source: Book

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

cressBook Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cinder and crew free the newest edition to the Lunar Chronicles; a young girl named Cress, from a satellite orbiting Luna. And of course, everything goes as plan. Ummm, maybe not. Some new relationships develop and a a few secrets are exposed. Bad news? Winter doesn’t come out until the end of 2015. Who wants to give me an ARC? Anyone? Anyone?

I love Marissa Meyer’s sense of humor. There are scenes; much to the amusement of cars next to me, that literally had me laughing out loud. The world she as developed in these novels is creative and you NEVER know what is going to happen next. FYI the audio on this book was very well done.

Quotes:

“I’m beginning to think that maybe great epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves”

Also love when Cinder kind makes a fool out of herself trying to talk to Kai and Iko says, “That was painful.”

My thought: I think we’ve all been there.

Recommended Grades: 7 and up
Genre: Science Fiction
Overall Opinion:  Highly Recommended
Source: Audiobook