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!

The Raven King

The Raven King is the forth and final book in The Raven Cycle written by Maggie Stiefvater.   I LOVED this series and encourage anyone curious about starting the series to read my review of the first book, The Raven Boys.

I am honestly going to tell you, it took me awhile to determine how I felt about this book, and consequently, the end of the series. It was ALMOST fairy-tale like, where Blue and the boys almost got everything they wanted, but yet again, it was not exactly a perfect ending by any means.

Spoilers Ahead!!

 

 

 

 

I love how there are different types of relationships in this book. If it wasn’t for Cabeswater, I don’t think Adam and Ronan would have made a good match (I am sure a lot of people out there disagree with me on this). I do think that their connection through Cabeswater was something that they couldn’t quite share with anyone and therefore drew them together.

My favorite part of this entire book was how well she wrapped everything up. The events all came full circle. As his final act, Noah slips back in time and whispers in Gansey’s ear, “You will live because of Glendower. Someone else on the Ley line is dying when they should not, and so you will live when you should not.” What started Gansey off on his journey to find Glendower and meet his friends, is Noah’s end, his last act.

Throughout the book, a huge theme is death and resurrection. Noah gave up his life for Gansey, Gansey gave up his life to stop the third sleeper from fully waking, Cabeswater gives itself up for Gansey and pieces him back together with pieces of his friends. I’d argue to say true friendship and sacrifice is an underlying theme throughout the entire series. Other people have also said that it makes sense why Gansey said it just felt rights when he meets Blue, Noah, Ronan, and Adam. Cabeswater put him back together using pieces of his friends, therefore it was like finding pieces of his own soul when he found each of them. Again, the circularity of time is simply beautiful and amazing in this book! Almost comparable to Doctor Who (a TV series you should definitely watch).

 

It took me a long time to digest this book and how I felt about it, but after doing research, I think I absolutely love how it ended and how it wrapped up. The saddest part to me was Noah. I really wanted him to be able to have a second shot at life. But his sacrifice ultimately got him justice, which is what he truly deserved  This is why I said it was almost a fairy-tale ending, but not quite.

 

 

Happy Reading,

Moriah

Diary of an Oxygen Thief

I didn’t really know what I was getting into by reading this book. I just knew everyone was talking about it.
It’s obvious the narrator is a narcissistic asshole from the beginning. “I liked hurting girls. Mentally not physically.” That’s the first two sentences of the book. Yes, definitely dealing with a narcissistic asshole. The story is, however, real, honest, and raw. You won’t find a book with a more honest and real narrator/ main character. And no matter how much you hate him, you’re going to relate to him a little too. Love, jobs, life. somewhere in his little rants about those things, you’ll relate to him.

This is also a short read. it was just a three hour long audio book. good for finishing up those goodreads yearly challenges!  It is a book worth reading too. You’ll learn something about the way a narcissistic person thinks, or at least in my opinion you do.
Happy reading!

Moriah

The Woman in Cabin 10

The woman in Cabin 10  is Ruth Ware‘s second novel. It, just like In a Dark Dark Wood, is a psychological thriller. I was not as impressed with this book as I was with In a Dark Dark Wood. In some ways it was more suspenseful, but there are certain parts of the story that I wish had connected to the ending (I won’t spoil anything here).

The main character, Lo Blacklock, is a journalist for a travel magazine. Honestly though, I don’t see how. She’s the most socially awkward person in the book. I seriously cringed at some of the things she said or some of the ways she acted. Lo’s boss must have really liked her, or else she wouldn’t have been in the business for ten years.

The majority of the story takes place on a luxury cruise with other journalist and business people, one of whom happens to be Lo’s ex boyfriend. During most of the book, you’re listening to Lo freak out (internally and externally) about almost everything. I’m pretty sure if someone dropped a pen near this woman, she’d lose her shit.

I won’t say much more, because I don’t want spoil the book. I honestly only finished it because it was an audio book and I had already paid for it. This book was decent, but it wasn’t a stand out to me.
Happy reading!

Moriah

Graceling

Graceling  is a young adult fantasy novel written by Kristin Cashore. The essence of this book is that people with two different colored eyes, denoted as gracelings, have special abilities or powers that the normal people fear. The main character, Katsa, has the grace of killing. Her Uncle, who is her caregiver, is the king of the Middluns. He uses her power for his own selfish desires. Katsa meets the Lienid prince Po, who happens to be Graced. He and Katsa set out on a journey to find Po’s Aunt and Niece. On the way, Katsa learns some interesting things about her Grace, and starts to questions what she’s been told her whole life.

I am slowly turning into a young adult fantasy junkie. This book was unique to most things I have read. I love how Kristin Cashore takes something like heterochromia iridis (cool medical term for people with two different colored eyes), and turns it into a super-power-like phenomenon. Not only is this cool for kids who have this genetic varriation and may get picked on in school for it, but it’s also just a neat, original idea that makes for a neat, original story.

The writing in this book was amazing. The plot moves a little slowly in some places, but I promise if you slow down and take in the descriptions of the people and places Po and Katsa meet and see during their travels, you’ll really enjoy the book! Just grind through the slow parts and I promise the book is worth the read. The ending isn’t a super fairytale-like ending, which is what I may love most about this book.

 

Happy Reading!

Moriah

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Series, The Raven Cycle. This one is quite possibly my favorite book of the series. There are many things happening simultaneously, and in some way or another, they all connect together.

Some really interesting things happen in this book. Maura is underground and nobody knows if she needs help or if she doesn’t want to be found. Colin Greenmantle appears at 300 Fox Way and at Aglionby as the new Latin teacher. Noah is acting strange and out of character. The boys and blue discover a cave and wake up Gwenllian Glendower, who is very eccentric (to put it lightly). Adam and Ronan come up with a way to blackmail Greenmantle. Piper Greenmantle discovers Maura is underground and plans to go find her. Someone at 300 Fox Way dies.

I won’t go into a great deal of detail and spoilers, but this book was overall amazing. I still love how Maggie Stiefvater writes, and her characters as so relatable. She doesn’t create the perfect character, she gives them character flaws and personal things to overcome. I did grow to like Ronan more in this book, as well as Adam.

There really is a lot to learn about abuse and mental health from Adam’s character. Adam has always felt like a mistake and a burrden for his dad. This carries over into his friendships too. He never feels adequate. He wonders why Gansey chose him. He thinks they are just giving him thing because they pity him and his life. Adam doesn’t think any of this Aglionby friend’s can understand his situation because they grew up not having to worry about paying for anything. By this book, however, Adam is finally letting go of his obnoxious pride that, in my opinion, made him a tad unlikeable in the beginning. He finally realized people don’t do things for him out of pity, they do things because they are his friend and they care about him.

If I haven’t said it already, go read this series!

 

Happy Reading,

Moriah

 

 

Wonder

Wonder is a fictional children’s book written by R.J. Palacio  about a 10-year-old boy, August “Auggie” Pullman, who has Treacher Collins Syndrome and a cleft palate. Treacher Collins syndrome is a rare facial deformity caused by a genetic mutation. His mother has homeschooled Auggie because he’s had to have multiple surgeries throughout his life (I also think his parents did it partially because they wanted to protect their son and I do not blame them).

Auggie’s mom decides he is ready to start school. Middle school of all places, which I think is a little cruel to start a kid out in the cesspool of budding hormones, acne, cliques, and overall awkwardness. Auggie does not want to go to school, but his mom insist he at least meet the principal.

Auggie ends up going to school and facing a lot of backlash, from students and certain parents, for doing so. He makes some great friends though. Wonder is told by several different characters perspectives throughout the book. This, in my opinion, will help you (or younger children) learn to see a situation from different points of view.

I was weary about reading this book because it is a children’s book, and I didn’t know if I, personally, would get anything out of this book. I decided to read it anyway, considering the good reviews and the fact that I have a child who will, in the near future, probably have to read this book. This book as become one of my favorites, and I have since shared it with quite a few people (some people on my list are getting this book for Christmas).

The back story on this book is very interesting and I encourage you to read it as well as this book!

Happy Reading!

Moriah

The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves is the second book in Maggie Stiefvater’s series, The Raven Cycle. And trust me, once you read, The Raven Boys, you will want to read this book.

In this sequel, you learn a lot about Ronan Lynch, his father, and their secret. At the end of the first book (if you haven’t read the first book, go do that, then come read this) Ronan reviled that he got chainsaw from his dreams. You will learn more about how that works in this book.

Ronan’s dreams are getting worse, darker, more sinister. To add to that,  people are looking for an artifact called, the Graywaren, which allows it’s owner to take things out of dreams. Sound Familiar? Adam is having visions, hearing voices since he pledged to be Cabeswater’s hands and eyes. The Ley Line is also surging, causing Noah to disappear. Someone is using the energy? But who?

Overall, this was my least favorite of the books in The Raven Cycle, at least while I was reading it. I did not like Ronan at this point, and therefore had a hard time liking a book largely about him. However, I will say, this book is filled with crucial information. You also learn a LOT about the characters in this book. The writing is still amazing and captivating. Also, if you want to listen to it on Audiobook, Will Patton is the one reading, and he does an AMAZING job.

Also, I listened to this via Scribd. If you don’t have a Scribd account, I highly recommend getting one. it’s $8.99 a month and you get 2 audiobooks and 7 ebooks to read a month. Plus they have a ton of scribd selects for each month that you can read in addition to your monthly allowance. https://www.scribd.com/g/s3mjg  this link will allow you to get 2 months of reading for free when you sign up!

 

Happy Reading!

Moriah