| BOOK REVIEW | A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS

A Court Of Thorns and rosesA Court Of Thorns And Roses
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : A Court Of Thorns And Roses
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Synopsis : Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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Sometimes I want to kick myself. Hard. Like when I don’t buy a book because I’m afraid of the hype. And when I finally do, I realize how great the book is ! That’s the case with this book !

Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.

Plot

It’s a Beauty And The Beast retelling. It follows Feyre who is living with her father and her two sisters, Elain and Nesta. She is the only one bringing money to the family. She hunts so her family can survive. They live near the wall separating the human world from Prythian, the Fey’s realm.
One day, her world is turned upside down.

The story took its sweet time to get settled. To be honest I found the first part quite slow. But it allows us to meet properly our main character Feyre, and to fully understand her situation. To see how badly things are for her and her family.
Feyre has too many responsibilities for her age.
Somehow, the treaty, it’s like a sort of freedom for her.

Because I wouldn’t want to die alone,” I said, and my voice wobbled as I looked at Tamlin again, forcing myself to meet his stare. “Because I’d want someone to hold my hand until the end, and awhile after that.
That’s something everyone deserves, human or faerie.

When she arrives at the Spring Court, all her beliefs are shattered ! All her deepest convictions about the feys are broken into a millions little pieces. They’re not the monsters she always thought. At least not completely, and not all of them.

In the first part of the book, she’s living a life worth of a princess. But all is not pink. She can sense that so many things are hidden from her, and that some feys are really dangerous.

The second part of the book, well, the part Under The Mountain… OMG it changes the game !
Amarantha wants to torture her, to break her. What she’s making Feyre face is inhuman ! But in her suicidal mission, she will find some unexpected allies.

The plot is really amazing ! I was on the edge of my seat while reading the last part. And that ending !

Everything I love has always had a tendency to be taken away from me.

I loved the plot but the interactions between the characters are also amazing !
The world-building is good, but I want to see more of Prythian !

Characters

  • Feyre is only a human barely surviving with her family. She finds herself propulsed in a dangerous and unknown world ! She changed so much through the whole book. I enjoyed witnessing it.
    Feyre is fierce, stubborn and loyal to death.
  • Tamlin is such a sweet High Lord. So Swoon-worthy ! He is quite difficult to understand though. But when you see the whole picture, you understand why he acted that way.  Nonetheless, I must admit he kind of disappointed me Under The Mountain.
  • Lucien is a great character in my opinion ! I like him so much ! Angry and distant at first, he softens when he gets to know Feyre ! He becomes an ally !
  • Rhysand, ah Rhysand ! I don’t really know what to think of him ! I started to appreciate him, to be honest !

I love you,” he whispered, and kissed my brow. “Thorns and all.

5 stars

Overall I really loved this book ! It’s so gripping !

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About the author

Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

 

| BOOK REVIEW | THE WINNER’S CURSE BY MARIE RUTKOSKI

the winner's curseThe Winner’s Curse
Author : Marie Rutkoski
Series : The Winner’s trilogy
Genres : Fantasy, Historical fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : July 3rd 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Synopsis : Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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I decided to reread this book before reading the rest of the trilogy. I first read it back in 2015 ! I enjoyed this book as much as the first time I read it !

Plot

The story is very intricate. I really enjoyed the historical aspect even though I wished it had been more developed. Maybe in the sequel. The Herrani, The Valorian, it deserves more ! It’s really captivating !

The beginning is very slow paced and I had trouble getting into the story. It takes like half of the book to actually get some action ! But let me tell you, it’s worth the wait !

A thing I particularly enjoyed is how Arin and Kestrel got to know each other. Their relationship wasn’t forced on us at all ! They genuinely care for each other and they can’t bear to make the other one suffer. Yet they can’t help it. I just wished their relationship wasn’t that central.  It sometimes outshines the whole plot which is a shame because I found the plot particularly great !

Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.

Characters

  • Kestrel could have been such a spoiled young lady ! Her father is a rich and popular general and she gets whatever she wants !
    Instead I see a strong minded young woman, fierce and who doesn’t want to be a housewife or work for her father. She is also very kind and has a special ability. A pretty interesting one !
  • Arin is an enigmatic character ! He is stubborn and so withdrawn and is willing to sacrifice himself for the Herrani’s cause !
    But he softens when it comes to Kestrel !
  • Jess is Kestrel’s best friend. But in my opinion, her character lacks of personality. It’s as if she’s here to make Kestrel speak her mind.
  • Ronan is Jess’ brother. He loves Kestrel or at least cares enough for her… or her legacy !

Survival isn’t wrong. You can sell your honor in small ways, so long as you guard yourself. you can pour a glass of wine like it’s meant to be poured, and watch a man drink, and plot your revenge.

Overall I really enjoyed this book ! I gave it a 4.5 stars !

5 stars

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About the author

Marie RutkoskiMarie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner’s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

| BOOK REVIEW | WINTER BY MARISSA MEYER

WinterWinter
Author : Marissa Meyer
Series : The Lunar Chronicles
Genres : Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : November 12th 2015 by Puffin

Synopsis : Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark 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? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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This is the final book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. If you haven’t the previous books this review will spoil you.

Plot

It takes place right after Cress’ ending. They have a plan, and Kai is taking part in it. But the plan doesn’t go as planned.

I really loved this book ! It’s a hefty one but in the end, I was craving for more. Still, I think some parts could have been shorter.

Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.

Cinder is now a real leader and is decided to take her throne back, to end Levana’s reign, whatever the cost. I really enjoyed the alchemy between all the characters. You can feel their bonds, it feels so real ! They got close to each other, like a family. That’s beautiful to witness !

The world building is really exquisite ! They are so many descriptions, I was really able to picture Luna !
I was kind of afraid that with so many storylines, the whole thing would feel like a big mess. But that wasn’t the case at all !
To put it in a nutshell this book is so action packed but there’s also a lot of romance and let’s not forget the comic relief thanks to oh so funny situations and dialogues !

This installment is also focused on the Snow White retelling and I loved all the references :

  • the jealous stepmother
  • the huntsman
  • the poisoned apple
  • the glass coffin
  • oh and let’s not forget the true love kiss.

The characters’ development is amazing. It’s one of the things I enjoyed the most in this series !

“You’re the only person in the galaxy who would ever call me lovable.”
“I’m the only person in the galaxy crazy enough to believe it.”

Characters

  • Winter is one of the characters this book is focused on. She seems weak but it’s quite the opposite ! She’s slowly becoming crazy because she refuses to use her “special” gift.
    But she’s determined to put Cinder on her throne !
  • Cinder suffered a lot in this book. But she does what needs to be done; she’s creating a powerful revolution.
    She is fierce but also she cares so much for her trope. She doesn’t want to lose any of them.
  • Scarlet is probably my favorite female character, with Iko. She is sooo strong-minded ! And I love her romance with Wolf. She endured a lot but it only made her stronger, sharper.
  • Wolf is less present in this book. But I really admire his will to stay good, faithful to Cinder’s cause.
  • Cress is such a cutie ! I love her candid reactions ! She acts like an amazed child. She is less mature than the others most of the time but it’s not bothering at all. And she is sooo gifted when it comes to computers.
  • Thorne made me swoon in this book. I love his hesitant, shy side ! And he is such a comic relief !
  • Iko, ah Iko ! This series wouldn’t be the same without her ! She is soooo amazing ! She made me laugh so much !
  • Jacyn was such a strong character in this book. I won’t say too much, but I appreciated him way more in this installment !
  • Kai is more present and involved in this book. Even though he’s not taking part when things become really nasty because he has to keep his role, he is really helpful !

That’s it ! Overall I really loved this book and the whole series ! I’m gonna buy Fairest and Stars above ASAP because I’m missing this world so much !

5 stars

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About the author

marissa-meyer

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at http://www.marissameyer.com.

| BOOK REVIEW | CRESS BY MARISSA MEYER

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Author : Marissa Meyer
Series : The Lunar Chronicles
Genres : Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : February 4th 2014 by Puffin Books

This is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles series. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the previous books.

Synopsis : In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. 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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I really REALLY enjoyed that one ! It’s action packed, funny and mixed with emotional moments.

I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.

Plot

This installment is focused on Cress. It’s the retelling of Rapunzel and I liked the little reminders of Rapunzel. The long hair, the forced loneliness, the haircut, a knight in a not so shiny armor etc…

In this third book, Cinder and her gang want to rescue Cress from her satellite. But nothing goes as planned !

I loved this book so much. Cress is an amazing character, candid and kind. I enjoyed learning much about her, and her past. She also has this massive crush on Thorne and I found it so cute !!

Another thing I loved is how the plot is getting more and more complex with each book. Dr Erland is back and I was really happy about it. His knowledge is very important for the plot. He helps us understanding the Lunars, and the mysterious letumosis.
On the downside, I guessed the big plot twist so easily !

In this book we briefly meet with Winter. She is pretty mad and yet so kind ! She helps Scarlet.
I really enjoyed seeing all these characters mingling together ! Most of them are so strong-minded and stubborn, it led to some funny moments ! The characters’ growth is also worth of mentioning : they all changed so much !

The ending made me want to start Winter ASAP ! Seriously, this story is so addictive !

She dreamed of deep soul connections and passionate kisses and daring escapades. She was certain that he simply had to meet her, just once, and he would feel the same way. It would be like those epic love affairs that exploded into existence and burned white hot for all eternity. The type of love that time and distance and even death couldn’t separate.

Characters

  • Cinder is accepting her role. She knows there will be casualties and that she can’t help it. She knows her friends can’t be her priority. She goes to Africa to see Dr Erland, she wants to stop Levana.
  • Scarlet is treated like an animal. Somehow she understands Wolf’s condition a little more ! Nonetheless, despite her pain, her sadness, she stays strong, and becomes even more stronger !
  • Iko is her equal ! I can’t tell you how much I love her !! She is funny, witty and cute, in a word, perfect ! And now she has a pretty body to match her personality !
  • Jacin is a new character. He was Sybil’s guard but his loyalty goes to Princess Winter. He is such an intriguing character !
  • Wolf is only a shadow of himself without Scarlet. I didn’t really like ths side of him to be honest. Okay, I get it, you’re devastated but he is fighting to get her back, at least not as much I thought he would.
  • Thorne is suffering from a disability in this book. He is trying his best to adapt, to save Cress and his own ass.
    He also tries his best to dissuade Cress to see him as a hero. In this book we get to see behind his mask. We can witness how poorly he thinks of himself. It makes him attracting haha !
  • Cress is so sweet ! She discovers the worlds the eyes of a baby ! Her reactions are so cute !! And yet, she is a great asset for Cinder. She is very talented !

5 stars

It always came back to love. More than freedom, more than acceptance—love. True love, like they sang about in the second era. The kind that filled up a person’s soul. The kind that lent itself to dramatic gestures and sacrifices. The kind that was irresistible and all-encompassing.

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About the author

marissa-meyer

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at http://www.marissameyer.com.

| BOOK REVIEW | MELODY’S KEY BY DALLAS CORYELL

Melody's KeyMelody’s Key
Author : Dallas Coryell
Genres : Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication : June 24th 2016

Synopsis : “His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”


Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

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I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review ! And I am so glad I read this book !

Plot

I have to admit it, I’ve been very surprised by this book ! I was only expecting a cute romance but this book is so much more ! It deals with important topics : rape, depression, self-harm, bully etc…

It was much more serious than I thought ! I really appreciated it, it’s what makes this book different from most of the other YA contemporary books.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the characters. Honest, real but oh so quirky ! I really appreciated their interactions and the fact that the side characters weren’t lacking depth ! I particularly liked Simon.

I enjoyed how Mason and Tegan’s relationship grew. It felt natural, not forced on us as it sometimes is in some contemporary books. They’re like the perfect soulmates. They both have a strong passion for music. They both write and compose songs but one of them isn’t singing his own songs and the other doesn’t want to share her work with anyone.

The letters were also a cute addition to this story ! But the best addition was the songs that you can actually listen to on youtube !

Characters

  • Tegan is an amazing person. She sacrificed her future to stay and help her family. She is fierce and really cares for her loved ones. She can’t stand for them to be in any kind of pains.
    She suffered a lot herself but decided to bury it deep inside.
  • Mason is in such a bad state. He is stuck in a life that isn’t his. He can’t find a way to get himself out of this situation ! Tegan brings him light. They were both in such dark places, they’re here for each other, helping each other !
  • Simon is such an original sidekick  !

 

Overall I really loved this book !

4 stars

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About the author

Dallas CoryellDallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies

| BOOK REVIEW | SCARLET BY MARISSA MEYER

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Author : Marissa Meyer
Series : The Lunar Chronicles
Genres : Fantasy, Science Fiction, Retelling, Young Adult
Publication : February 7th 2013 by Puffin Books

Synopsis : This is not the fairytale you remember.

But it’s one you won’t forget.

Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.

Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.

As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner . . . 

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This is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles series. If you haven’t read Cinder, the first book, this review will probably spoil you.

I really LOVED this book ! I found it better than Cinder, that I really enjoyed !

Plot

It starts almost right after Cinder’s ending. But it introduces new characters : Captain Carswell Thorne who is now staying with Cinder and Scarlet, who is living near Toulouse, in France. There’s also Wolfe, an intriguing character !

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”

I really enjoyed how their paths mingled ! The story keeps getting more and more interesting with every chapter !
I won’t tell too much because I want to avoid spoilers but I have to say that I got surprised multiple times in this book, it was way less predictable than Cinder.
It’s action packed, fast paced and kept surprising me ! The story becomes more intricate and it was very difficult to put the book down !

I really loved diving back into this amazing world ! Learning more about the complexity of the Lunars a little more with every chapter.
I also really enjoyed the Red Riding Hood’s references just like I enjoyed Cinderella’s in the previous book.

I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.

Characters

The new characters are really interesting ! They’re all far from being perfect, they’re flawed and complex.

  • Cinder is determined to escape Levana. She wants to live and save Kai. She also wants to know more about her, her past, her legacy. But she’s not ready to face her destiny.
  • Iko is somehow back and I couldn’t have been more happier ! She is such an amazing character, I LOVE her sarcasm !
  • Thorne is an intriguing character ! He is charming, of course, but far from being a hero. He is a thief, and so selfish !  Yet, he does help Cinder, putting himself in danger.
  • Scarlet is such a strong character ! She wants to find her Grandma at whatever cost. She is willing to sacrifice her own life.
    But she is also very naive, trusting strangers far too easily !
  • Wolf is another highly interesting character ! He is more edgy and darker. He is not a hero in a shiny white armor, not a villain. He has been made and heis doing his best to fight it.

I hate to agree with Thorne,” said Cinder, “I mean, I really hate to agree with him, but he’s right

I think you got it while reading my review, I loved this book ! I can only hope the series will keep getting better because that promises an amazing read !

5 stars

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About the author

marissa-meyer

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at www.marissameyer.com

| BOOK REVIEW | CINDER BY MARISSA MEYER

cinderCinder
Author : Marissa Meyer
Series : The Lunar Chronicles
Genres : Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : January 5th 2012 by Puffin

Synopsis : A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

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I kept hearing amazing things about The Lunar Chronicles and I must say, the hype was justified ! This book put me back into my reading kick !

Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.

Plot

It’s a retelling of Cinderella. I was kind of worried I wouldn’t like it. The idea of reading a retelling wasn’t that appealing to me. But it was more than Cinderella story. In fact, you can sense it’s Cinderella because of some scenes but it wasn’t THAT obvious. It’s just a touch of references. The setting is from a fairy tale I must stay : she lives in New Beijing, in a post apocalyptic world where a lethal disease, Letumosis is becoming a pressing issue.
Cinder is a cyborg and a well-known mechanic in New Beijing. She lives with her tutor, Adri and her two half sisters.

I have to say that the plot was predictable. I guessed most of the plot twists or revelations way before it was revealed.
That being said, it didn’t bother me that much. The story was really gripping so I was more interested by the action taking place than by how predictable some points were.

Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I’m overheating.

The characters are, on other hand, very intricate and intriguing. You want to know more about them ! I think the retelling’s setting brought more depth to them.

I find Meyer’s writing style amazing ! She writes wonderful descriptions of the surroundings, of the characters, of everything ! I could almost breathe New Beijing’s air !
I also liked how she wrote Kai/Cinder interactions. There’s no insta-love which I loved ! He flirts with Cinder, there are ups and downs and that makes their chemistry even more real.

Mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.

Characters

  • Cinder is an amazing character ! She is such a badass woman ! I loved her from the beginning ! She is strong, fierce and sooo sarcastic !
    She’s honest and loyal to the very few ones she loves ! I love the idea of Cinderella being a mechanic and a cyborg ! I thought I wouldn’t like it, or find it too weird but how wrong I was !
  • Prince Kaito is also a great character ! He wants to do what’s best for his country, he is ready to sacrifice himself in order to achieve it. He isn’t as flat as I thought he would be !
  • Iko was so funny ! She is so lovely and I really adored her ! She is Cinder’s best friend.
  • Queen Levana is really frightening. I hated her from the moment she was talked about. A real evil character !
  • Dr Erland is such a nice character. I guessed what he was hiding very early but it’s okay ! He is such support for Cinder !

But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out.

5 stars

I’m currently reading Scarlet and I cannot wait to know more about this amazing series !

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marissa-meyerI live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at www.marissameyer.com.