Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Winter by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Date Published: 10 November 2015
ISBN/ASIN: 0312642989
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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Cress by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Date Published: 4 February 2014
ISBN/ASIN: 0312642970
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In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
ISBN/ASIN: 0312642962
Date Published: 5 February 2013
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Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

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, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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Book Review #5: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Date Published: 3 January 2012
ISBN/ASIN: 0312641893
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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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Book Review #4: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published by HarperTeen
Date Published: 10 February 2015
ISBN/ASIN: 0062310631
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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart ..

My thoughts:

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Book Review #4: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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Published by Henry Holt
Date Published: 08 July 2014
ISBN/ASIN: B00I1W23A4
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Synopsis: 

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

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Book Review #1: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Published by Pamela Dorman Books/ Vikings
Pages: 369
Date Published: 31 December 2012
ISBN: 0670026603
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“Lou Clark knows lots of things.

She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home.

She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.”

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Me Before You is a contemporary novel that revolves around two strangers (at first) named Louisa Clark, and Will Traynor. This exquisite story tells how these two opposite individuals captured each other’s hearts (not only theirs, but us, the readers, as well) and how they make each other experience from a different vantage point.

I admit that I actually just bought this book because of the trailer. This was published on 2012 and yet I haven’t read about it. The movie is starring Daenerys Targaryen from House Lannister and Finnick Odair from District 4. Hunger Games x Game of Thrones style. This movie will be showing worldwide on the 3rd day of June, 2016.

Louisa Clark is a bubbly and witty girl. She loves wearing colorful dresses and match it with her bright stockings along with her colored sandals. She basically has the world in front of her. She has a boyfriend, Patrick, who is successful in what he does. She’s living in an apartment along with her family. Louisa is very close to her family because of this. Often compared to her ‘perfect’ and ‘future-oriented’ little sister, Treena, Louisa grew up to be optimistic, cheerful and lively. She wouldn’t trade her job for anything in this world. She works in a coffee shop just below the castle where she sees a lot of people and she’s able to talk to them. She loves that. She loves being with people and serving these people.

On the other side, Will Traynor, a.k.a Mr. Grumpy Man, is a successful businessman, go-getter, and traveller… until this car accident that changed his whole life. Will grew up to be wealthy. He had it all. He had a perfect girlfriend who looks like a supermodel with long legs, and also his career. Everything was going so well until the accident. It made him quadriplegic. He cannot move a muscle from neck down, which makes almost all effortless chores such as drinking, eating and changing clothes impossible without the help of his assistants.

These two individuals crossed paths when Louisa was fired from her job. It devastated her because she loves that job. Supporting her whole family, she had no choice but to look for another job, and fortunately, the fates of the Little Miss Sunshine Louisa Clark and Grumpy Old Man Will Traynor met. And oh- it was such a scene!

Jojo Moyes is an incredible writer for coming up with such a story. I simply cannot turn down the book. It captured my heart from the beginning. Every individual in the story has their own vital part to play. Will is not a typical ‘look-at-me-im-sick-have-sympathy’ guy. He still makes his own decisions.

I’m not a big fan of contemporary but this book made me. I laughed and cried all at the same time! There were a lot of funny moments and sarcastic exchange from Lou and Will. But this book is not just about romance. It tackles a lot more issues happening in the society. I totally recommend this book even though you’re not a fan of contemporary because this book actually has a heart. It gives people feeling. It makes you feel a lot of feels.

I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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P.S. This book is best read if you’re under a blanket with a box of tissue by your side because you will cry from laughter and sadness at the same time. I’m telling you.