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Heartless Blog Tour | My Marissa Meyer Collection/Shelfie

Welcome to the blog tour for
HEARTLESS BY MARISSA MEYER!

To say that I’m obsessed with The Lunar Chronicles and all things Marissa Meyer MAY be an understatement. My collection started when I had the opportunity (thanks to Macmillan/Fierce Reads) to have my blog name in the paperback copy of SCARLET! I read CINDER a bit later than other readers since it A) came out before I started blogging and I didn’t know about it yet and B) was hesitant about a cyborg Cinderella (how wrong I was)!

I had already owned CINDER and SCARLET in hardcover but of course I needed to purchase a paperback copy of SCARLET since it had my name in it! Because I had the paperback of SCARLET, I needed a paperback of CINDER. Then I received an ARC of CRESS and couldn’t let it go so I kept my ARC (actually ended up trading to get a different ARC since I sent my copy out on loan and the post office LOST IT) and of course, needed a hardcover and a paperback of CRESS to match my other books. My read of CRESS was stupendous. It was such an amazing read for me and I fell even more in love with the series (even though I didn’t think that was possible). I loved the books so much that I started collecting different editions and well… I’ve got that collecting personality so one thing led to another and soon I was hunting down foreign editions, old ARCs, and more! I have a ridiculous amount of books now and I regret nothing.

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MARISSA MEYER COLLECTION BY THE NUMBERS

I’ve never really posted about my collection a blog post before and I thought it would be fun to expand upon all of the books in my collection where I have room to write a large caption!

Top shelf, from left to right: CINDER – German hardcover, CINDER – US hardcover, SCARLET – US hardcover, CRESS – US hardcover, WINTER – US hardcover, FAIREST – US hardcover, STARS ABOVE – US hardcover, CINDER – US paperback, SCARLET – US paperback, CRESS – US paperback, FAIREST – US paperback, CRESS – Target special edition
Merch: Button, lip balm, gloves, and comb – promo items from Fierce Reads, bookmark from Marquis du Soleil, candle from Novelly Yours, mug from Evie Bookish Designs

Bottom shelf, from left to right: CRESS – Greek edition, CINDER – Italian hardcover, CINDER – German paperback, CINDER – UK ARC, CINDER – Scholastic teaching edition, SCARLET – Scholastic teaching edition, CINDER – US ARC, SCARLET – US ARC, CRESS – US ARC, CINDER – Polish edition, SCARLET – Polish edition, CINDER – Spanish edition, SCARLET – Spanish edition, HEARTLESS – US ARC
Merch: “Read Me” note and HEARTLESS promo box from Fierce Reads, bookmark from Behind the Pages, bracelet from Rich Love Shoppe, Queen of Hearts box is a family heirloom

  • Total number of books: 28
    • Cinder: 10
    • Scarlet: 6
    • Cress: 5
    • Winter: 1
    • Fairest: 3
    • Stars Above: 2
    • Heartless: 1
  • Foreign Editions: 9
  • ARCs: 6 (including STARS ABOVE manuscript)

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Am I crazy? Quite possibly… but I can’t contain my love for Marissa Meyer’s books and once I started collecting, it just became an obsession — I HAD to have them all! Poor, gracious Marissa has actually personalized and/or signed a lot of these for me and I felt so bad bringing her so many books! But she was the sweetest and willing to sign everything for me (although at her next tour stop I won’t make her do so many. I feel bad! And don’t worry guys, I went at the end of the line so as not to hold up the link with a million books for her to sign).

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When I fall in love with a series, I dive headfirst into it and I just can’t help but share the love for these books! I’m honored to be on the HEARTLESS blog tour today share my (extreme) love for all things Marissa Meyer! (And if you know of any more awesome TLC swag, you MUST let me know!)

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Q&A WITH MARISSA MEYER

I also get to share an exclusive Q&A with Marissa Meyer! (And they saved me some awesome Lunar Chronicles questions heeheeheehee). Check it out below!!

 

  • How was writing HEARTLESS different from your experience writing The Lunar Chronicles?

 

Heartless felt a lot easier to write… not because there was any difference in love or enthusiasm, but I think just because it’s a simpler story. There is only one main character and one love story, not four. And being a stand-alone novel, it was easier to limit the various subplots, ensuring that I could wrap everything up by the end of this story. It was just a lot less complicated. And of course, there was the difference in genre—from writing a world full of science and technology and all the research that went into that, then to write a world that was intentionally lacking in any science or technology, in which the crazier the world got, the better! It was a big, refreshing change.

That said, I think I also felt a lot more pressure with Heartless to do justice to the original source material. While fairy tales are certainly just as beloved and time-honored as Alice, there are so many fairy-tale retellings out there that it is accepted—even encouraged—for writers to take the stories and spin them and twist them as far away from the originals as possible. I felt no qualms whatsoever in changing the plots, themes, and characters of  fairy tales if it suited my story and world better. But with Heartless, I really wanted it to feel a believable prequel to the Alice stories. I carefully avoided doing or saying anything that would be in direct opposition to anything Lewis Carroll wrote, and I hope that the book will please both those readers that are unfamiliar with Alice, but also the die-hard Alice fans.  

 

  • Do you think Cath would get along with Cinder and the rest of the crew from the Lunar Chronicles?

 

For the most part, yes, especially if she offered to take up the cooking aboard the Rampion! I think she would especially get along with Cress, who would hang on her every word as she told her about the crazy wacky Kingdom of Hearts that she came from.

That said, I do think she would get on Scarlet’s nerves—Scarlet just wouldn’t tolerate her indecisiveness and frightened hesitation when it comes to going out and getting what she wants. It would drive her nuts. (Though Cath may yet win her over with a slice of lemon cake.)

 

  • Who would win a game croquet match? Thorne or Jest?

 

Jest. Thorne would be too distracted, wondering if he could pull off the skin-tight leggings and three-pointed jester’s hat thing quite as well. (Answer: Yes. He could.)

 

  • What is next for you after HEARTLESS?

 

I have a two-part graphic novel coming out called Wires & Nerve. They are set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles and feature Iko as the main character. I loved writing them so much, and seeing the artwork has been one of the most rewarding parts of my writing career to date! The first will be out in January.

Beyond that, I am currently working on a new series, a trilogy, about teenage superheroes. The first should release next fall!

Thanks for the awesome interview, Marissa!! Firstly, let’s all flail for ALL THE NEW BOOKS. I haven’t ever read a graphic novel before (never! I know!) so I’m super excited for my first one to be Wires & Nerve! Also OMG SUPERHEROES TRILOGY. I’m dying. And will someone please make some fan art with Thorne dressed up in skin-tight leggings and a jester’s hat? You would make my life forever! 

39 DAYS UNTIL HEARTLESS!

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Only 39 more days until HEARTLESS! Are you SO excited!? I’ve already posted my review and you can check out my full thoughts in the link below! Plus, check out even more Marissa Meyer with some Lunar Chronicles flailing on The Book Addict’s Guide too!

 

Stars Above (A Lunar Chronicles Collection) – Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (A Lunar Chronicles Collection) – Marissa MeyerTitle: Stars Above (A Lunar Chronicles Collection) by Marissa Meyer
Publishing Info: February 2, 2016 by Macmillan
Source: Publisher, Amazon
Genres: Young Adult, Retelling, Science Fiction
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: February 2, 2016
Related Posts: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1), Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2), , Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5), The Queen's Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5), Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky (Lunar Chronicles #3.1), Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2), Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3), Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4), Heartless

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.

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By now, we all know how much I love The Lunar Chronicles so it was definitely a bittersweet read for me knowing that this was the very end of new content for the series. (Although now we do have graphic novels to look forward to so that helps!) Some stories worked better for me than others and I had really hoped for more than just one piece of a story that took place after the end of WINTER. I suppose I should have known since we were talking about only one epilogue here but really everything else came before CINDER happened. Actually, correction: I was looking for more present-day to post-WINTER stories… Like stories from another character’s POV or extra tidbits or deleted scenes. Once story was Kai’s first meeting of Cinder from his POV so that was fun but you know me — I’m just greedy for more new things! Anyway, here are my thoughts for each short story!

 

THE KEEPER: This was such a lovely way to kick off this collection of stories! I know that STARS ABOVE is an anthology of some previously released stories and some new ones and I loved that it started off with a new one! I believe these go in chronological order according to the Lunar Chronicles time line (that would make sense) so it was awesome to see even more backstory before GLITCHES. Without giving away spoilers, THE KEEPER mainly tells the story Michelle Benoit and when Scarlet first permanently locates to her grandmother’s house. It spans about seven years from when Scarlet is six until she is thirteen. I loved this added backstory and extra knowledge! It was also fun to see how Scarlet acquired some of her trademarks like her hoodie… and gun.

GLITCHES: This isn’t a new story (I first read it on Tor.com a few years back) but I wanted to read all of the stories, no matter if they were old or new. This one really tugs at my heartstrings! It’s the story of when Cinder first arrived at the Linh residence and (among other things), my heart just breaks for her. She didn’t choose to be a cyborg and she’s categorized as inhuman just because has some robotic limbs and enhanced abilities. I always love learning more about Cinder… And I’m reminded again how awful Adri is.

THE QUEEN’S ARMY: This is another story that I’ve already read thanks to its release on Tor.com! It’s definitely a much different experience reading it now than when I first had. I feel like my first read, I didn’t really know this was about Wolf somehow? Maybe I didn’t know his real name until later and then it dawned on me… Either way, obviously I have everyone’s full stories now so I am quite aware! Again, this is another situation — like THE KEEPER — where knowing what I know from WINTER (and the rest of the series), my heart just goes out to these characters even more. I feel so bad for Ze’ev and what was done to him and it’s wild to see the beginning of his story and what leads him to his job with the Queen’s army and ultimately, how he ends up with Scarlet. Quick and enjoyable.

CARSWELL’S GUIDE TO BEING LUCKY: This story doesn’t quite bowl me over, which is funny because it’s Throrne! I think I want more sarcasm and humor whereas this shows more of his natural charm (also endearing but not as snarky and funny). I do like this story though! It shows a nice soft side of Thorne that even he didn’t know he possessed. I love his obsession with Rampions. I feel for him and his relationship with his parents. His background really sets him up for the person he becomes (or I suppose it’s a good backstory from what we already know of “Captain” Carswell Thorne)! Very endearing and lovely.

AFTER SUNSHINE PASSES BY: Awwww, I feel so bad for Cress! I do love how really everyone is getting their own back stories here… But I’m also anxious for the epilogue!!! Ahem. Anyway, this was another new one and we see little nine-year-old Cress, as we learn from the books, heading off to her satellite. Most of this has already been laid out in CRESS but it was very touching to see it directly from Cress’s POV. Sybil is heartless, as always, and I just felt so bad when Cress got left there for the first time! Nine is YOUNG. The little song in here was quite delightful and that’s where this story gets its name.

THE PRINCESS AND THE GUARD: I think this was the longest novella so far and I absolutely loved it! Obviously this is the story of Winter and Jacin, their childhood together, and the events mostly lead up to WINTER. We find out exactly how Winter got her scars and witness the specific event, learn more about her decision not to use her Lunar gift, and more about the incident that led to that decision. I also fell even more in love with Jacin. I LOVE his protectiveness of Winter and I think a big part of that is because they’ve also always had a good friendship… and you know how much I love best-friend-to-more stories! He also has some pretty smooth moments. I was so glad to see more of him and even more of Winter’s and Jacin’s friendship/relationship. Absolutely touching.

THE LITTLE ANDROID: This had even more Little Mermaid parallels than I remember! Maybe I was looking for the more thoroughly this time now that I knew how the story went. Still not quite my favorite, possibly because the main focus isn’t one of the main characters though we do see mention of Kai and an actual appearance of Cinder herself. I think I would have liked a longer story so we could enjoy more plot! But isn’t that always my request with short stories from my favorite authors!?

THE MECHANIC: “The mechanic that was going to change everything”… Little did he know! This story was just plain adorable. It’s Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s point of view and I just loved his instant attraction to Cinder not in spite of but because she was different from the other girls that usually fawn over him. You know me, I love a good tomboy and it’s always great to see a character appreciate a tomboy and love her for who she is! This was just adorable to see and I love how many little things are slipped in there that made me think of the rest of the series and smirk. Just you wait, kids!

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW: This epilogue was absolutely PERFECT. It was everything I could have dreamed of and just filled my heart with so much happiness. I had several guesses for who was getting married but this actually wasn’t the first wedding I expected but it was of course, absolutely perfect. I truly teared up during the ceremony because it was just so lovely and I’ve become so invested in these characters throughout the series. It was also so wonderful just to see everyone all together again and NOT in grave peril! Their friendships are truly touching and I just love this crew and I always will. What a fabulous way to close out the series.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Anthologies & collections. It’s so great to have a bind-up of all of these novellas in a beautiful hardcover! I’m usually not one to read a bunch of short stories but I think that’s growing on me!
Left Me Wanting More: New content. There were a bunch of new stories included but I was super duper hoping for more content that took place during/after the series. That epilogue though!!!

Addiction Rating
Buy it!

I always love more additions to The Lunar Chronicles. These books just make me so happy and the epilogue was the absolutely perfect way to wrap up this series!!

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BOOKS LIKE STARS ABOVE

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GRAVE MERCY    STEELHEART

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer | Giveaway!

Not ready to let go of The Lunar Chronicles yet? Get ready for STARS ABOVE!

In case you missed it, Marissa Meyer and Fierce Reads are teaming up once more to bring a collection of short stories to Lunar Chronicles fans everywhere! STARS ABOVE includes a few short stories that have already been released as well as brand-new tales of your favorite characters — prequel info, backstories, and new stories including a WEDDING!

STARS ABOVE is on sale February 2nd, 2016 so make sure you pre-order this epic collection! Find it listed at any of the following retailers (and more):
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

I was fortunate enough to receive a manuscript (!!!) of STARS ABOVE! I’m in the middle of it now and it’s simply amazing. It’s the perfect way to close out the series since I wasn’t quite ready to let go at WINTER and it’s bringing back all of the wonderful feelings that I had throughout the series!

The team at Macmillan and Fierce Reads was generous enough to offer me this manuscript to read early but that’s not all! You’re here for a giveaway, right? That’s right! They’re offering up one hardcover copy of STARS ABOVE for one lucky winner to arrive ON the publication date of 2/2 so you can receive the book immediately after publication! Check out the details and rules below and full out the Rafflecopter form to enter!

 

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RULES:

  • US addresses only (sorry!)
  • Must be 13 years of age or older to win
  • Receive extra entries by following me/Marissa/Fierce Reads via the links in the Rafflecopter form!
  • Winning entry will be checked so please only fill out the extra entries for giveaway if you do them!

Okay, that’s it! Go forth and enter! And good luck!! 

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Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) – Marissa Meyer | Review + Giveaway!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) – Marissa Meyer | Review + Giveaway!Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Publishing Info: November 10, 2015 by Macmillan
Source: Purchased
Genres: Young Adult, Retelling, Dystopian
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: November 28, 2015
Related Posts: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1), Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2), , Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5), The Queen's Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5), Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky (Lunar Chronicles #3.1), Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2), Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3), Stars Above (A Lunar Chronicles Collection), Heartless

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? (less)

bookreview1How does one read the last book in one of their favorite series much less REVIEW it? Actually, as highly anticipated as WINTER was, I really do have some coherent thoughts. (They’re much more coherent than I was with CRESS, I think, because I’ve been preparing for this!)

Let’s start off with the amazing, shall we? I absolutely love that this series adds layer upon layer with the story and the characters. We finally get to meet and spend time with Winter in this book and it was so awesome to have that final piece of the puzzle fall into place. This book had some serious #squadgoals when this team comes together and I adore how they just fit together as a crew so well. Their personalities just mesh, their stories collide, and it’s absolute perfection.
I also love how much these characters evolve over the course of the series. It’s really about getting to know each one of them as they’re simultaneously going through the most complicated things of their lives. I really got to see their true character and how much each one of them grew throughout these experiences.

ALL THE SHIPSSSS. Cress and Thorne are my absolute favorites and they have some really, really great moments in this book. I’ve been rooting for them since CRESS and their relationship is just too adorable. Things really start to amp up with another one of my new favorites ships — Cinder and Kai. Yes, yes, I know. You guys have been on board since CINDER but I didn’t quite get into their relationship as much until CRESS and then I fell in love all over again with my re-reads. I just love their banter and how much strength each of them has not only individually but together. They had some super sweet moments and some really serious ones as well that really pushed my love for them over the edge! I actually do wish there had been a few more swoony moments? Oh boy were there some big ones… But I’m such a sucker for these relationships that I just want more!

The second half of the book really started to bring everything together and this is where the action was at! I actually wished a few more “holy cow” moments had happened in the beginning/middle because as exciting as all that action was, I didn’t quite feel stunned until later on in the book. Naturally, though, the halfway-point is where it’s at! The pacing really picked up and the book took off running and I was so excited and scared and happy all at the same time! I rather enjoyed the take on Snow White and it was really fun to see some very obvious comparisons (especially after hearing Marissa tell us the tale at her WINTER signing!) and then realize much later on that something was totally fairy-tale related and I hadn’t even realized it the whole time (the mining sector, right)! I just loved the ending and how much non-stop action there was. These characters came into their own and really proved how brave they were to stop crazy old Levana from tearing the world apart.

So as we know, I’m a huge fan of The Lunar Chronicles. To start reading the final book was a mix of emotions with excitement and sadness dominating them all. I think because I was really not ready to say goodbye, I MAYBE ended up distancing myself from the book so I wouldn’t be too heartbroken when it ended and that could be the reason why I didn’t feel AS connected as I had with the other books. There’s also the fact that there’s just so much going on throughout this finale (it IS over 800 pages, after all) that it is a lot to take in. That’s not a bad thing but there is a whole lot of action, many characters, high stakes, and final countdowns so it really is putting that final sense of urgency on everything. I also have to say that Winter was my least favorite leading lady. It was just really hard to connect with her because of her visions and illness. It’s just a thing for me where I have a hard time connecting to characters who are more childlike or fanciful. Cress was definitely on the naive side but she wasn’t childish, and I felt like it was hard for me to connect with her the way I had with the other girls. Obviously she’s incredibly strong for being able to keep from using her Lunar gift all these years and that’s the reason why she’s been going mad but that aspect still was a bit hindering for me to really love her as much as the other girls.

WINTER was absolutely wonderful and while I don’t think it was my favorite of the series (honestly, I don’t think series-enders are EVER my favorites of the series — too much pressure!), I still absolutely loved it. I will forever be in love with the world that Marissa Meyer created and I can’t thank her enough for this beautiful series. It’s brought me so much happiness, allowed me to work with so many awesome people, and has even presented me with amazing opportunities to become more involved in the book community. I’m so joyful that I read it (thanks, Alyssa!) and I’m sure I’ll keep re-reading it for many years to come!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Winter // Character Obsessions: Loyalty, delusions, strength, honor. 
Winter is actually a total badass. She may not seem like it but she’s incredibly strong to resist her Lunar gift for so many years and allow her delusions to take over. She’s always stood her ground against Levana (to the best of her ability) and she’s always been determined to see the right thing through to the end. I didn’t connect with her as much because it was a bit hard, I’ll admit, but I really did love her.
Jacin // Character Obsessions: Brooding, Winter, duty. 
Jacin, oh broody Jacin. He really only has one true interest in mind and that’s Winter. It definitely felt different than Scarlet’s one track mind to find her grandma and I’m not sure if it was because it was romantic? Because it was approached differently? But I loved his dedication to Winter and how their romance was portrayed throughout the book!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Space. I wouldn’t think I would really enjoy books set in space. I enjoy sci-fi but usually it’s more “light sci-fi”. I really enjoyed the colonization of the moon and the Lunar-Earthen conflicts/unions throughout this series!
Left Me Wanting More: Swoons. I just LOVE these characters and their romances. I felt like I could have totally used more swoons. I don’t know if I’m just being greedy there though!!

Addiction Rating
Buy it! Love it!

You know I’m such a huge advocate of this series. I’ve just loved it from start to finish and WINTER was such a fun ending. Thank goodness we still have STARS ABOVE though, am I right?

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BOOKS LIKE WINTER

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GIVEAWAY!

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Long story short, I ended up with an extra copy of WINTER… that I was also able to get signed when I went to meet Marissa back in November! Since everyone is so excited about the series, all of my friends had already purchased a copy and this poor, lonely book didn’t have a home. Since I know you book lovers take GREAT care of your books and would love to own a signed copy, I thought I’d do a giveaway for this copy of WINTER!
As a bonus, the lucky winner will also receive a Winter-inspired candle! It’s one of the Lunar Chronicles-themed candles that I came up with for my new Etsy shop called Novelly Yours! I thought it would be a fun thing to add in there for the winner.
US entries only, please! (Sorry int’l! I just can’t afford the shipping.) Must be thirteen years of age or older to win. Please only fill out proper entries as I will be checking the winner! Cheaters never prosper. Xo! 

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If You Liked… The Lunar Chronicles

I’ve basically been obsessing over The Lunar Chronicles ever since I read CINDER back in 2013. I absolutely loved the way Marissa Meyer combined fairy tale retellings, a dash of magic, and a completely original story all under a science-fiction backdrop. The characters and stories have captivated me from the start and now that the series is complete, I wanted to share some of my other favorite books/series for Lunar Chronicles fans to fill that void!

12 BOOKS TO READ
IF YOU LIKED THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

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IF YOU LIKED THE LUNAR CHRONICLES…

Try… ARMADA by Ernest Cline.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

I absolutely adore Ernest Cline’s books and ARMADA is perfect for Lunar Chronicles fans who are looking for more spaceship action! It’s not as futuristic as The Lunar Chronicles nor does it contain that element of magic but it is deliciously nerdy and sci-fi. If you’re looking to try out more science fiction and you love things like nerdy pop culture, video games, Star Wars, and more, then Ernest Cline’s books are a must for you! Even if those aren’t your favorite things, the books are still incredibly enjoyable. I also fully recommend the audiobooks if you’re an audio listener because Wil Wheaton narrates them and he really just brings the characters to life and amps up the action!

Try… NIL by Lynne Matson.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

NIL is an incredibly fun sci-fi series for those who want a little mystery with their science-fiction. The books have a serious Lost feel (like the TV show) and I loved how this was a different sort of sci-fi with the environment being the anomaly/variable instead of a technology or ability. Another bonus for Lunar Chronicles fans is the structure of the series and how it’s similar to the Lunar Chronicles POVs from book to book — book one revolves around Charley and Thad and then the focus shifts in book two with new POVs from characters Rives and Skye but still involved the main characters from the first book.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Try… THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

You may have seen news and flails for THRONE OF GLASS flying around (especially if you’re diving in head first into the book community!) and let me tell you, the obsessed fans are totally spot on with the praise for this fandom! The Throne of Glass series has grown to be so entertaining, detailed, unique, and fascinating. Admittedly, book one is actually my least favorite of the series but not because it’s not as good — it does a lot of setting up for the rest of the series (a six book series in all (seven if you include the bind-up of novellas) with book four just released in September 2015) and I just think the series really takes off from THRONE OF GLASS! The characters, the plot, the magic — everything really grows so immensely and this series is so exciting! It’s another really big fandom out there right now and you can read the first three books and join us in flailing and trying to wait patiently for the rest of the series!

Try… STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon
STEELHEART is a YA series by Brandon Sanderson with a superhero sort of twist. (Or supervillain, rather.) It’s a little bit dystopian with the main characters end up living in a world where the “Epics” are dominating the average humans and essentially run things like tyrants. The book is thrilling, thought-provoking, and has some great comic relief from main character David who always finds a way to come up with a joke or two to keep things light. I love the “crew” aspect which is something I really enjoyed in The Lunar Chronicles. I really enjoy when seemingly random groups of characters join up to form a crew and usually save the world!

Try… SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

Leigh Bardugo’s books are simply amazing and The Grisha Trilogy is one of the first fantasy series that I really fell in love with. SHADOW AND BONE and its sequels are definitely in the fantasy realm but I think fans of The Lunar Chronicles will appreciate and latch onto the magical aspects that have a root in science as well. The characters are also wonderful with characters like Alina and Sturmhond (who appears in the second book) giving characters like Cinder and Thorne a run for their money!

Try… UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody.
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THE RAVEN BOYS isn’t so much fantasy as the other recommendations on this list are (you’ll find more magical realism/paranormal/mythology), but I had to include it because along with Harry Potter, The Lunar Chronicles, and The Grisha Trilogy, this is one of my TOP TOP TOP fandoms. I just re-read THE RAVEN BOYS in preparation to do a series re-read before the last book in the series, THE RAVEN KING, comes out in 2016 and I fell in love all over again, much like I do each time I read Harry Potter. I’d say where HP has a strong world and plot that sweeps readers away, THE RAVEN BOYS accomplishes the same thing on an emotional level and I cannot recommend this series enough!

Try… LOOP by Karen Akins.
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I wanted to include LOOP in the list because this is one of my new favorite “light sci-fi” books! “Light sci-fi” seems to be a new thing, especially in YA, where readers can have that science-fiction experience but not be bogged down with too many technological details and I also like to think of the “light” in terms of the overall feel as well. LOOP has some great banter between the two main characters and Bree is such a firecracker! She reminded me a lot of Cinder at times and I loved how the book introduced time travel in a way that allowed a lot of readers to really get into the concept without being overly complicated.

Try… TIGER LILY by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
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I was looking through my favorite reads for another fairy tale retelling to include and TIGER LILY was at the top of the list. This book is so beautifully done and really evokes so many feelings in a way that any Peter Pan story has never done for me before. I really loved Tiger Lily’s spirit, Tinkerbell’s sass, and seeing the complicated relationships they have with the Lost Boys. Even if you’re not a big fan of Peter Pan (I wasn’t), you should definitely check out TIGER LILY! It’s an absolutely wonderful retelling.

Try… ILLUMINAE by Aime Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.
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If you’re looking for more adventures in space, ILLUMINAE will probably blow your mind. It’s an incredibly unique book, completely told through emails, instant messages, logs, recordings, etc so the narrator is essentially the documents themselves. It can be a bit tricky to catch onto if that’s something brand new to you but it’s so worth it! The story was just fantastic and I was completely hooked the entire time, my heart racing at some parts and swooning at others. There are plenty of surprises for readers as well so you’ll always be on the edge of your seat! The book also takes place almost entirely in space (in the somewhat distant future) for those who are looking for that sci-fi action!

Try… THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey.
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THE 5TH WAVE hooked me right from the start and I’ve been inhaling this series ever since! I was a bit skeptical since it deals with an alien invasion and aliens are not usually my thing but I immediately fell in love and the whole concept was so well done that it pulled in a person like me who actively avoided “alien books”. The great (and scary) thing about these books is that the invaders take on human bodies so the main characters don’t know who to trust and who to doubt so that question of manipulation is always in the back of the reader’s mind. I thought that was a great tie-in to the concept of Lunars and their glamour/manipulation powers!

Try… ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill.
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ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is another fun “light sci-fi” book. There was a possibility of a second book but after some careful consideration by the author, she felt that it just wasn’t working out as a series and instead chose to keep this as a stand alone. There are so many sci-fi series out there that if you’re looking for something to start and finish right away, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is a great option for you! I also loved the villain in this book. It was so interesting how everything played out and how the characters were involved. It was really well don and one I recommend!

Try… UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi.
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UNDER THE NEVER SKY wasn’t a book that I immediately went to for a Lunar Chronicles comparison but it actually works out quite nicely! I love the science-fiction and fantasy blend that happens in this series and it was just beautifully written as well. There’s also some amazing character development. I’ll admit that it took me a bit of time to warm up to Aria (the female lead) but I absolutely loved how she grew throughout the book and really changed throughout the series. It’s such a wonderful trilogy and I hope that Lunar Chronicles fans would enjoy it as well!


So what do YOU think? Which books would you recommend for fans of The Lunar Chronicles? The series is so unique that it’s hard to give out super specific recommendations but I definitely wanted to include some of my favorite sci-fi books/series as well as some other epic series (which for me happen to be fantasy)!

I hope you enjoyed the post! If you’re looking for more reading guides or recommendations or more posts about The Lunar Chronicles, check out some of my links below! 

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The Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along | WINTER

lunar chronicles read along

WINTER IS HERE!!!!

We kicked off the read along with CINDER in August and zipped through SCARLET in September (see the intro & CINDER post here!) and had a blast reading CRESS in October and now… WINTER IS HERE!!!!!!!! I’m sure we’re all diving into WINTER as soon as it hits our doorstep so if you plan on reading it as soon as it comes out or any time throughout November, we’d love to have you join in the very last leg of the #TLCReadAlong and read the book with us!

If this is the first you’re looking into the read along, it’s incredibly simple and totally relaxed! We’re really just reading the books together to have a great time discussing together and do all of these fun posts as well. WINTER is the last leg of the read along and whether you’ve been here from the beginning or are just joining in now, it’s not to late to join in the fun! There’s a lot of fun ideas and extra posts during the WINTER leg and even if you’re not a part of the read along, I’d love to see what you come up with!

Since WINTER is probably one of your most anticipated releases, I’m guessing if you’re joining the read along and you’ve read this far, you’re probably not too concerned about a schedule. Most likely (for me too), it’ll be “savor the book while still reading as fast as you can” and since the book is legit 800+ pages, let’s just say instead of a schedule, just take your time to read WINTER throughout the month of November. (I know when I read QUEEN OF SHADOWS the other month, it took me about two weeks to read 650+ pages so I think readers can sort of pace themselves on this one!)

The schedule is more of a guideline really anyway for those who like to stay on a specific timeline so feel free to start or finish any time during the month of November! The read along is always about reading the books, discussing, and enjoying more than a schedule. I’m just happy you’re here and reading along with us!


BONUS POSTS | These posts are designed to be fun & easy! Choose one or all to post any time during the WINTER read along! (If you need to include any spoilers in these posts, please mark clearly!)
Even if you’re not officially joining the read along and you’re interested in one of these fun post ideas, I’d love to see your Lunar Chronicles-themed posts so just  make sure to tag me or use the #TLCReadAlong hashtag when posting and I’ll be sure to share!

  • Lunar Chronicles Book Tag (questions posted in October for the CRESS leg but there’s no limit on when this can be posted (I’d love for it to cycle forever!))
  • Scattergories (participants choose a letter as their “theme” to pair up things from the book)
  • Lunar Chronicles-themed Pinterest board/fan art/memes (You can check out my Pinterest board here! The Lunar Chronicles)
  • Favorite couple of the series
  • Favorite fairy tale adaptation of the series
  • The Lunar Chronicles MASH | Create your own or use the pre-created game below to play! Post your results on Twitter/Instagram with #TLCmash to share or enter it into to your own blog post! (If you have a blog and/or Tumblr, that could be the ideal place to share graphic + text!) 
  • Series Read Alikes (now that we’ve finished, what to read next)
  • Snow White parallels within the book

Lunar Chronicles MASH

And don’t forget to update on social media throughout the read along with the hashtag #TLCReadAlong! (No spoilers, please.) If you use the hashtag, you’ll automatically be entered for the swag giveaway at the end! Entries valid for the giveaway must be posted between 11/1/15 and 12/7/15 using the read along hashtag. Winner will be chosen and announced the first week of December. 

Thanks for joining in the read along! I can’t wait to hear your updates and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Make sure to use the #TLCReadAlong hashtag or tag me so I can share your awesome updates! I’m so excited to read WINTER together!!!!

Joining in for WINTER? Add your name to the list below to declare your excitement for the read along! (Note: if you have already signed up for CINDER/SCARLET/CRESS, you do not need to add your name again.)

The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES book tag

Are we not supposed to do books as the theme for a book tag? I know the point is usually to mash-up a book and something else from pop culture but *shrug* WHY NOT? I’ve been having a blast re-reading one of my favorite series — The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer — and coming up with fun posts for the Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along! One of them is this very posta Lunar Chronicles themed  book tag! There have been quite a few fun book tags going around the blogosphere and I thought a Lunar Chronicles one would be just delightful!

Anyone who wants to participate is more than welcome — you don’t have to be a part of the read along to do so! 


CINDER | The cyborg
a book that’s often misunderstood or underappreciated

Althea & Oliver

ALTHEA & OLIVER was a book I really enjoyed and after a quick look on Goodreads, I found out that it’s the book with the lowest average rating on my “favorites” shelf. Whomp whompppp. Maybe it was a lot grittier than people expected? I thought it was great, loved the friendships, and really connected with it overall.


KAI | The prince
a book about royals/royalty

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

A whole lot of royalty in THRONE OF GLASS and throughout the whole series (so far). I just adore this series and I’m so glad I got into it!


ADRI | The evil stepmother
a book with a horrible/cringe-worthy parent

Eleanor & Park

My heart just breaks for Eleanor in this book. She has such a hard time at home and her step-father is just absolutely terrible.


IKO | The spunky sidekick
a book with your favorite happy-go-lucky character

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)

I LOVE David in this book. He’s so happy, he’s a go-getter, and I love his sense of humor. I feel like the happy-go-lucky people are usually the sidekicks so it was so fun to see one as the main character!


SCARLET | The rescuer
a book with a character on a mission

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Katniss is 100% rescuer (of her sister) and throughout the series, she’s got a serious mission to accomplish! She’s one of the first strong-minded characters I think of when I’m brainstorming fierce and determined females.


WOLF | The fighter
a book with a brutal fight (with words or fists)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I don’t think I’ll receive many arguments when I say that A Song of Ice and Fire is one of the most violent series I’ve ever read. It’s also freaking phenomenal… but violent. There are quite a few battles that go on outsides of swords and fists too — I love the verbal and mental games.


LEVANA | The villain
a book with the absolute worst villan

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

UMBRIDGE. NEXT.


THRONE | The rascal
a book with the biggest schmoozer

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

Normally Thorne is my go-to for biggest rascal so I went a little bit of a different route. I wouldn’t say Kvothe is a natural first reaction for a rascally guy but he really does always find a way to get what he wants. He’s so clever and always uses that to his advantage and hello, he was able to schmooze Felurian. I think that counts for something.


CRESS | The hacker
a book about technology, or sci-fi

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Space. Spaceships. Colonies throughout the universe. Gimme dat sci-fi!! Not to mention the entire book is told through various forms of technology and the book was SO EPICALLY AMAZING.


ERLAND | The doctor
a book with an illness or revolving around medical issues

Sean Griswold's Head

I liked seeing another ailment other than cancer in a YA book (there are quite a few more gaining notoriety now) and I really connected with Payton as she and her family come to grips with her father’s MS.


WINTER | The unsound mind
a book with the craziest character you’ve ever read

Gone Girl

I’ve read plenty of crazy characters from the many mystery books out there but Amy Dunne is by far the craziest woman I have ever “met”. Woo boy, she really takes things to a next level, and in so many unexpected ways too.


JACIN | The soldier
a book with a military theme

I'll Meet You There

I used to think the military themes were just something that I wasn’t interested in… Turns out I was reading the wrong books. I’LL MEET YOU THERE is heart-warming, realistic, and bittersweet.


So there you have it! The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag! Go forth an post at any time, and don’t forget to tag a friend to participate too! If you share your link on Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #TLCBookTag so I can find it and share!

This is the part where I tag other people to join in the fun so I’m tagging… well, everyone, but all you #TLCReadAlong participants! Let me see your lists!