Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection

The Lunar Chronicles

Marissa Meyer

4stars

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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?

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A Collection of short stories set within the Lunar Chronicles universe. Some of the stories had previously been available to read, but I never read them.  I usually don’t read the in between stories, but it’s hard to resist when it’s The Lunar Chronicles and they are gathered together in such a pretty book.   Overall I think it was an excellent collection.

The Keeper4stars

Damn, this one just broke my heart.  You get to know Michelle Benoit a lot better and see young Scarlet, and it was just so sad knowing how it ends.

Glitches 3.5stars

I enjoyed seeing Cinder’s arrival to the Linh household, but Cinder isn’t my favorite POV character.  It definitely cemented my hatred of Adri and Pearl, and made me sad that poor Peony had to die.

The Queen’s Army 3stars

I’m sorry but I’m just not the biggest fan of Wolf, especially on his own.  I like him a lot more in relation to Scarlet.  But this one was a bit sad and very enlightening as to how Wolf became the Alpha and what it was like for him to be taken from his parents at such a young age.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky 4.5stars

Ugh. I just love Carswell Thorne.  Even when he is a jackass teenager.  If I didn’t know how his character develops, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it this much.  Plus, it was really nice to see his parents and how they must have influenced his behavior.  Thorne is my ultimate Lunar Chronicles boyfriend.

After Sunshine Passes By 3.5stars

Poor Cress.  My favorite female character and her story is so sad.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to be all alone for so long.  It’s a wonder she stayed as sane as she did.  I just love her so much.

The Princess and The Guard 4stars

This story was great and it made me love Winter even more.  She is just such a strong character and Jacin and Winter are my 2nd favorite ship in this entire series.  Plus it made me hate Levana even more (and I didn’t know that was possible)

The Little Android 3.5stars

I read the entire book in order, except for this story.  I just wanted to continue with the characters I already knew and finally get to the epilogue, so I skipped over this one and came back to it when I was finished.  I think it was such a wonderful Little Mermaid retelling, and NOT the Disney version!  I was actually so surprised by how much I did enjoy it.  Plus the cameos helped a lot.  I love cameos.

The Mechanic 3.5stars

I’m not a huge fan of Kai or his POV either but I did really love seeing their first meeting from his perspective.  It actually made me like them as a couple a bit more.

Something Old, Something New 5stars

Perfect Epilogue is Perfect.  There is nothing else I have to say.  This was absolutely wonderful and totally worth it all!  I would have bought this book simply for this story alone.

 

Taken all together, the average star rating becomes 3.8, so I rounded up to 4!

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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There are some books I just can’t even think about reviewing. The Harry Potter series, A Song Of Ice and Fire series, etc. Basically if I love it too much I just can’t form the words. I’ve been having a problem writing my review for Winter, by Marissa Meyer, probably for that same reason. It’s just too good and my words won’t do it justice. So instead, I decided that I would just do quick, mini reviews for the entire series. I don’t usually give 5 star ratings to books, but I think this series comes pretty close. There are probably some minor spoilers, but nothing huge. I’m not really going to discuss the plot, just my overall feelings of the characters and the novels in general.

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Cinder

TLC #1

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When it comes down to it, I love Cinder simply because it is the first book of the series. I think it is a beautiful introduction to the characters, the story and the world in general. Out of all the female MCs, Cinder is probably my least favorite. I know she is basically the most important character, but I just don’t connect with her as much as I do Scarlet or Cress. And, at the same time, Kai is my least favorite love interest. And their relationship is my least favorite “ship”. It probably seems like I hate them, but I don’t at all. I still love them, and the book, but there are other characters and books I love more.

 

 

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Scarlet

TLC #2

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One of my favorite parts of this series is how each story introduces a new character and beautifully continues the plotline. While Cinder was a bit boring and reactive, Scarlet is the take charge type of woman. She is the most badass of the characters. While Wolf might not be my favorite love interest, I really, really loved that sex was included in this book. Ok, well, a little. It’s totally hinted at that Scarlet and Wolf slept together. Even if it takes place off page, sex in YA is important. The pacing was a bit slow and disjointed for a lot of this book, but I forgive it because of the introduction of my Lunar Chronicle’s man crush, Captain Carswell Thorne. He really helped give this book a (not so needed) boost.

 

 

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Cress

TLC #3

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Oh Cress, how I love you. This is definitely my favorite book of the series and a lot of it has to do with Cress and Thorne, individually and together. Cress is my favorite, with all of her beautiful naivety and dreaming of a prince to save her and figuring out she sometimes has to save herself. And Thorne just makes every scene better. Cress fixed the main issue I had with Scarlet, which was the pace. It is basically nonstop throughout this entire book. Cress also made me rethink my earlier assessment of Cinder, because I realized how much she had changed from the first book.

 

 

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Winter

TLC #4

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I’d like to use Winter as an example of how to end a series, especially one that continued to improve with each novel. Yes there were some points that were a little slow, but I didn’t even mind. Nothing could have turned me away from finding out how it all ended. Winter and Jacin are probably my second favorite relationship in the series. And I do love Winter.   I loved how Winter’s mental illness was handled for the most part. I could have done without Scarlet calling her crazy all the time, but overall I think it was good. I think a big part was that it expressed that Winter didn’t need to be fixed. And I loved Jacin and how supportive and caring he was. Basically I loved almost everything about this book.

 

Final Thoughts:

The Lunar Chronicles is probably one of my favorite fairytale retellings. Each novel brings new life to old tales in creative and original ways. A cyborg Cinderella, a kickass Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel trapped on a satellite and a black, mentally ill Snow White. Each new character added to my overall enjoyment of the series.

There are few series that continue to get better with each additional installment, and The Lunar Chronicles is definitely one of them. Taken together, the entire series is wonderful and is one I know I will be able to read again and again without tiring.

 

ETA: It’s a minor annoyance,  but does anyone else notice how the apple isn’t as red as the shoe, cape and ribbon??

Waiting on Wednesday: Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Winter

The Lunar Chronicles #4

 by Marissa Meyer

November 10, 2015


About

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?


Why I’m Excited:

It’s the final book of the Lunar Chronicles! I love this series and although I’m sad to see it ending I can’t wait to find out what happens.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine