Book Review: Cress, by Marissa Meyer

Cress, by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Published by Square Fish on January 27, 2015

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #3

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: paperback, 582

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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.

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Book Review: Ensnared, by Rita Stradling

Ensared, by Rita Stradling

Ensnared by Rita Stradling

Published by Kindle Press on May 23, 2017 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, new adult, romance, science fiction

Format & Length: e-book, 380

Source: Netgalley

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A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast 

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

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Book Review: Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Published by Random House on April 19, 2016

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, chick-lit, contemporary, romance

Format & Length: hardcover, 492

Source: library

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This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

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Book Review: Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Published by Square Fish on February 4, 2014

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: paperback, 452

Source: purchased

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Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.

An NPR Best Book of 2013

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Book Review: Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

Cinder, by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer

Published by Square Fish on January 8, 2013

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #1

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: paperback, 387

Source: purchased

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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