Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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Published February 2nd 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

369 Pages

Goodreads Summary: The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

Review: I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge fan of short stories.  But this is for The Lunar Chronicles so I couldn’t resist.  I was really hoping to love this collection of stories because of that but to be honest, I was slightly disappointed.  I’ll go through each story and review it individually without spoilers.

  • The Little Android – Based on the title, I had really hoped that this would be a story about Iko.  Everyone loves Iko so a backstory on her would have been a fun read.  However, the android featured in this tale is a character we’ve never even met before.  This story was a big disappointment to me, even though we did get a glimpse of Cinder in it.
  • Glitches – This was a really interesting look into Cinder’s early life with Garan, Adri, Pearl and Peony.  It’s a little bit heartbreaking as well.
  • The Queen’s Army – Seeing a little bit of Wolf’s backstory was pretty interesting.  He isn’t one of my favorite characters so I didn’t particularly connect too well to this one.  It definitely gave you a glimpse at what these young boys were subjected to in order to give Levana her special army.
  • Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky – This story was really cute.  It seemed a little bit on the cliche side though but I love Thorne so that was okay.  I liked getting a glimpse of what it was like in LA and how it was different from New Beijing.
  • The Keeper – This was one of my favorite stories in the collection.  I loved getting more of a background on Michelle Benoit and how Cinder came to be in her care.  There were also some interesting revelations about Scarlet in this story too.
  • After Sunshine Passes By: This story about a young Cress totally broke my heart.  She has the classic need to want to please the adults around her but no matter what she does, she doesn’t get the gratification she is looking for.  I felt so bad for her.  Definitely reinforced my opinion that she is my favorite character.
  • The Princess and the Guard – This little story about Winter and Jacin definitely tugged on the heartstrings.  You get to see what caused Winter to decide to stop using her Lunar gift.
  • The Mechanic – What I loved most about this story was that it was from Kai’s perspective.  I feel like I don’t get enough Kai in the books so it was great being able to see his meeting with Cinder from his POV.
  • Something Old, Something New – There isn’t a lot I can say about this story without giving away the whole thing.  I will say that the whole gang is finally back together.  A very cute story and a satisfying end to this wonderful series.

For the most part I enjoyed this collection of short stories… I mean it’s The Lunar Chronicles, come on.  But there were just a few disappointments that caused me to send this one off with a star knocked off.

4 Stars

Top Ten Books I Read In The Last 3 Years

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic.  This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (you can extend it to 5 if you need to).

I am going to go with books that I read in the last three years because I haven’t always had the chance to read new releases right away.  So in no particular order….

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What are some of the best books you read in the last few years?

Book Review: Scarlet

81UrhozeUeLI’m a few days late in getting to this review but better late than never!

I started reading this book almost immediately after I finished Cinder because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened with Cinder after Dr. Erland dropped that huge bombshell on her at the end of the book.

Summary:  The book starts off with Scarlet Benoit in France looking for her grandmother who had been missing for a few weeks.  She meets Wolf, a street fighter who might have some information about where her grandmother is and why she was taken.  She knows she shouldn’t trust him but for some reason she finds herself doing exactly that.  They travel to Paris and hit some snags on the way.  Meanwhile Cinder is trying to break out of prison back in New Beijing before Queen Levana takes her back to Luna where she would inevitably be killed.  Cinder finds information that connects her with Scarlet Benoit so works to find her after escaping.

At first I was a little disappointed when the book opened up with the new character, Scarlet.  But after awhile I began to love the character and wanted more and more.  As much as I loved Cinder, I think I actually liked Scarlet more.  And because of that I can’t wait to get my hands on Cress because I’m sure that one will be great too!  For whatever reason my local Target only carried Cinder and Scarlet when I got them (and now they don’t have either one) but they don’t carry Cress.  So I pre-ordered the paperback which will be released January 27th.  I would have gone with the hardcover and gotten it now but my copies of Cinder and Scarlet are paperback.  I like to keep my series looking uniform (and with all of the books I buy I need to save money somewhere!).

So to anyone who hasn’t read The Lunar Chronicles…. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!  I waited far too long in my opinion.  So good and they definitely warrant a re-read sometime in the future.

4 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Cinder


I had been hearing about this series a lot lately and many of the blogs I read have raved about the series.  I was a little hesitant to read it because of the cyborg and android stuff.  I have never really been into that kind of futuristic stuff.  But I finally gave in and decided I had to try it out.  And the only regret I have is waiting as long as I did to read it!

Quick summary: Cinder is a mechanic and also a cyborg.  Cyborgs are considered to be second class citizens so she is not treated very well by those around her despite her talents.  Her life gets turned upside down when Prince Kai visits her market booth and her younger stepsister contracts letumosis – the plague.

I really enjoyed this book!  I started it late Sunday evening and only was able to read 50 pages before I needed to get to bed for work the next morning.  I had never been more happy that this month is not my driving month for carpool so I have more reading time.  I read on the way to work, read during my hour long lunch, read on the way home and read some more until later Monday evening I finished it.  I literally would not have put the book down if I didn’t have to work.

The story was so imaginative and the re-imagining of Cinderella, the evil stepmother and stepsisters was refreshing!  I was immediately drawn into Cinder’s world and I had a lot of fun visualizing New Beijing and all of the characters.

My only issue with the book was how abruptly it ended!  A pretty big bombshell was dropped and then it was over!  Ahhhhh!  Meyer definitely knew how to keep her readers wanting more!  I couldn’t wait to start the sequel, Scarlet (which I am now currently halfway through).

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA fantasy and fiction.  If you love fairy tales, this is a very interesting re-imagining of one!  Check out The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer if you haven’t already!  You won’t regret it.

W W W Wednesdays – December 3, 2014



WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.  To play along you just have to answer three questions:

-What are you currently reading?

-What did you recently finish reading?

-What do you think you’ll read next?


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What are your WWW?