Book Review: Fairest: Levana’s Story (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 3.5)

Fairest_CoverRating: 4/5 stars.

This was a very interesting book on some of Queen Levana’s history before you meet her in Cinder. It was not too long, but definitely not too short.

Queen Levana hides her ugliness behind a veil and uses her glamour to look like the most beautiful person in the world. But who is she really? How did she become this evil person? This short story tells of the events that led to Levana becoming Queen and later trying to kill Princess. It shows how she became who she is now. It is a story full of love and betrayal and…lies.

First off, this is not one of those villain stories that make you end up liking the villain. For most of the book I did not like Levana. Some points I did pity her and feel sorry for her, but I never liked her. Except for maybe liking her for being such a great evil person.

There were some great characters besides Levana. Evret was amazing and I feel so bad for him. Poor, poor Evret. There was also Sybil in this book. So I got to see a little bit more on her background. Channary, Levana’s sister, was another prominent person. She was so mean. She didn’t care about anything expect for having fun and Selene.

Oh, the horrible things Levana did in this book were so twisted. It will definitely make your heart ache.  She tried so hard to find love where it couldn’t be found. She ended up forcing certain people to get what she wanted. It was terrible.

I will caution younger people reading this because there were a lot of mentioned inappropriate love scenes. It was also very bloody.

This wasn’t a boring story, that’s for sure. And since it isn’t too long, I read it really quick. I’ll recommend this to those who have read the first three books in The Lunar Chronicles. It was very informative.

-G. Paige

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Book Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 3)

Cress_CoverRating: 5/5 stars.

This was great…and very exciting and stressful.

Cress has been trapped in a satellite for seven years doing Sybil’s, really Queen Levanna’s, bidding. She is an incredible hacker. But after helping Cinder warn Kai of the danger of marrying Levanna’s, she has been ordered to track down Cinder and her accomplice. Cinder and her friends plan to rescue her, but it all goes wrong. Soon they are separated and some are in need of immediate help. While Queen Levanna makes sure nothing gets in the way of her wedding. Can these unlikely people save the world from going through with this union?

Let me just say…Cress was absolutely adorable! I loved her so much! But I still think Cinder is just a little teeny tiny bit more my favorite character. Thorne played a main part in this one and I enjoyed seeing him, but he does seem to have a problem with women. I think Cress will straighten him out though. They were just so sweet and adorable together! Kai was as great as ever and that last part. Cinder is struggling with all these hard decisions. Oh! It was amazing. And, of course, Scarlet and Wolf! I feel so bad for Wolf. It’ll be alright Wolf, it has to be. Then there is a new character: Jacin. He was so mysterious. I need to know more!

This book has the best plot when considering the two that came before this one. There were so many major turn points. So many important decisions. Cinder made some choices for better or for worse. Thorne might just be learning some important lessons. The action was electrifying. Queen Levanna seems to get just more evil. I know that this is leading to an climatic conclusion. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

I’m recommending this to those who love fairytales, dystopian, and science fiction. It is a beautiful mix.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 2)

imageRating: 4/5 stars.

Okay. This was way more creepy than I was expecting. It was great, but not as good as its predecessor.

In France, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. No one believes that it is unusual, but Scarlet knows it is. Wolfe, a street fighter, is hiding something. When she realizes that he may know about her grandmother’s whereabouts and somehow involved, she knows that she shouldn’t trust him. But they get thrust together as he may be her only link to ever finding her grandmother. Meanwhile, Cinder is breaking her way out of prison, with a bit of assistance. But if she does, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

This book was pretty great. It had a pretty interesting start and just got more and more intense as it went along. Close to the end, I was like is this even going to end well? Are all the characters going to make it? Woah… That was a close one. I feel like they barely made it out alive in that book. There was much more violence in this book than the last one. It kind of gave me the shivers at some points. And there was blood. A lot of blood. At least, towards the end.

There were a good amount of new characters. Wolfe and Thorne were my new favorites. Wolfe was so mysterious and serious. Thorne was like the total opposite. He was such a rebel and a flirt. I loved how he annoyed Cinder and his humor. Scarlet was good, but I didn’t like her as much as Cinder. And she fell in love with Wolfe too quickly. It almost got inappropriate. A day or two is really fast to fall in love, but it didn’t feel fast unless you actually thought about it.

I’ll recommend this too a bit older teens because of the creepy and disgusting violence, but it was fantastic. Such a perfect mix of dystopian and fairytales. It’s really unique.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 1)

imageRating: 5/5 stars.

There was a different feel to this book from others that I’ve read. But it was really great.

In the futuristic world of New Beijing, humans, androids, and cyborgs thrive. A disease threatens their extinction, while the mysterious Lunars wait to take control and make everyone their slaves. Cinder is a cyborg from an hovercraft accident when she was eleven. She lives under a cruel stepmother and two stepsisters, one of whom has much sympathy for her. That stepsister gets the disease and being blamed for it, Cinder gets thrust into a whole new realm. One where she finds out secrets about herself and keeps running into Prince Kai who seems to be falling more for her each time they meet. Should she risk telling him that she’s a cyborg? A thing that everyone is disgusted by? And why is she falling for him?

I loved Cinder and Kai. Cinder felt so realistic, for a cyborg anyway. Her thoughts and actions felt normal. Kai was fun and kind, but to those he didn’t like, he was as polite as a snake. I loved the humor that came from him. The moments with Cinder and Kai were filled with excitement and awesomeness, while being stressful. It was spectacular!

There was plenty of action and the anxiety levels ran high. What a ride! I loved it so much! Cinder had such a fighter spirit in her and held so many secrets to protect. Kai had a country to rule, when he felt too young. So many people’s lives were in his hands. Then they were on the edge of war with the Lunars, which they couldn’t possibly hope to win.
I had no problems with this book. There was a kiss or two and some violence, but nothing at all to worry about.

I’m recommending this to teens and up. It was a fantastic dystopian and fairytale mix. I want the next one.

-G. Paige