Cress-Lunar Chronicles 3-book review

Rating: 5/5

Cress is the third book in Marissa Meyer’s Series, The Lunar Chronicles. In my opinion, it is the best one yet. Honestly, if you haven’t started reading this series, you need to do so ASAP.

Synopsis:

In this book, a third fairy-tale spin-off is introduced into the plot. The Queen has a girl named Cress trapped in a satellite under the direct control of Thurmarage Sybil Mira. Enter the Rapunzel spin-off: Cress! Cress’ job is to cloak Lunar ships landing on Earth so they can land undetected. Cress takes pity on Cinder, Thorne, and the rest of the crew, and she cloaks their ship, which keeps them hidden from Earth and Luna. In the first book, it was Cress who contacted Cinder and warned her of the Lunar Queen’s plans. Cinder is unsure if she should try to get in contact with this girl again. She finally does in this book. When Cinder contacts Cress, the crew of the Rampion decide to save her.

Things go awry when Thurmarage Sybil shows up minutes before the Rampion is scheduled to arrive. I won’t go into much more detail, but just know Cress and Thorne are sent tumbling to Earth in the satellite and Scarlet is kidnapped and taken to Luna. Oddly enough a Lunar soldier ends up with Cinder and a badly wounded Wolf. They end taking their ship to Africa to meet Dr. Erland.

*Side note: I think it is interesting how authors take words, like Thaumaturge, and give them a slightly different meaning in their world.  Thaumaturge is a word derived from the Greek word, thaûma, which literally translates to “Miracle” in English.  In Marissa Meyer’s book, their strong ability to control minds makes them a Magician of sorts. However, they are definitely NOT performing miracles. In our world, the word Thaumaturge has a more positive connotation than in the world Marissa Meyer has created. I simply find things like this incredibly interesting to think about.*

Review:

I absolutely LOVED this book. If you have read my previous reviews, you know Scarlet was not completely satisfying for me. This book, however, completely makes up for that. There’s action, adventure, and amazing character development. The plot also moves along really well in this book. While I didn’t necessarily feel the pace of Scarlet was slow, I did feel like the plot was moving slowly. I often feel this way about the second book of a series, however.

Cress is the most princess-like of all the characters. Which, oddly enough, she isn’t a princess. Maybe her being trapped on a satellite is the cause of this. It is kind of annoying at times. I was impressed that she fought back after being kidnapped.

Jacin Clay, the Lunar soldier, is so unlikeable and unreliable in this book. Does his loyalty really lie with Cinder? Or does he have his own agenda? If you read they entire book, you will find out, however, don’t expect to like him at first (or ever possibly).

A character dies in this book. GASP! I wasn’t terribly saddened by this death (probably should have been), but I know a lot of people were. The character just wasn’t a favorite of mine. Actually, I found he/she rather annoying and selfish.

Overall (99.8%), a great read. Do not expect to have a social life or get any sleep if you decide to read this book.

 

Happy reading!

Moriah

Scarlet- The Lunar Chronicles book 2

Rating: 4/5

Scarlet is the second book in Marissa Meyers’ series, The Lunar Chronicles. I am here to say, I FINALLY finished this book! It only took me FOREVER to finish it. I have already finished Cress, the third book (which in my opinion was much better). I loved Cinder and thought it was a remarkable take on a classic fairytale.

When I first started Scarlet I was worried it wouldn’t pick up where Cinder left off, and if you don’t read anything about the book before starting it, you’re going to feel like the two books will not connect when you first start. Lucky for you, I already made that mistake and am here to tell you, they do connect in the most amazing way.

I have been trying to figure out why I didn’t like this book as much as I liked Cinder. I cannot really come up with anything. The writing was still wonderful and the story was interesting and engaging throughout. I definitely like Cinder better as a character than Scarlet (admittedly Iko is my favorite), which may be why I liked the book focused primarily around Cinder better than a book focused largely on Scarlet. However, I can’t really say this is a very good reason because Cinder is in this book a lot as well.

To sum up my feelings about this book: it is a good book, but not as good its predecessor.

Do I still recommend you read it? Of course! You should read every single one of these books! I would still read it again, even though it wasn’t my favorite.

BIG Spoiler ahead!!!

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Talking as fast as I can

Rating: 5/5

Talking as Fast as I Can is an amazing book by an amazing person, Lauren Graham. I was on Goodreads one day and noticed one of my friends was reading this book. I LOVE Gilmore Girls (seriously if someone were to buy me this for my birthday, I’d be one happy little duck). I am convinced this show is what started my love for coffee. When I found out Netflix was doing four 90 minute movies, I was on cloud nine. When I discovered Lauren Graham had a couple of books, I was on cloud 109! Her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybeis next on my TBR list. If you liked it, let me know!

Anyway, back to Talking as Fast as I Can. I ended up using my 1 free monthly Scribd audiobook to listen to this book on the way to work (an hour drive for me now). I would suggest NOT doing this, however, because there are pictures in this book that are, obviously, not in the audiobook (I know, obviously). I have requested the book for my birthday, and thus, will re-read the book when I have a paper copy.

The one thing I love about the audiobook is that Lauren Graham is the narrator. This adds to the comedy of the book, and I felt like I was getting advice directly from Lauren herself. Oh and she sings!  In my opinion, you should get the audio AND the physical book.

I do not typically do the celebrity book-about-my-life thing. In fact, I usually stay far FAR away from those type of books. However, I took a chance with this because I have always viewed Lauren as a normal person, and un-Hollywood-like. Turns out I was right.

Do you know what I learned from this book?

A LOT. This book was full of great life tips (nothing like Hollywood diet plans), and heartfelt encouragement. For someone who is currently going through a rut, or since I am (almost) 25, I suppose a quarter life crisis, this book is perfect. Lauren is so honest and open about her doubts and struggles as a young want-to-be actress. Knowing this now successful actress struggled, even had doubts, yet persevered and took risks anyway, made me feel like maybe if I just persevere a little longer, I can accomplish some of my life goals as well.

Lauren also reminisces about what it was like filming the original Gilmore Girls and the new Netflix original: Gilmore Girls a Year in the Life. I loved hearing her views and memories about filming both of these shows. I love the special behind the scenes look the reader gets on what it was like to return to Stars Hollow after all these years.

If you were a Gilmore Girls fan, like I was, I advise you to read this book. You won’t regret it.

Happy reading!