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#TLCReadAlong | Cinder’s Cyborg Features

I’m sure you’ve been inundated by now with my updates for the Lunar Chronicles Read Along that I’m hosting but now is time for less of the promo, more of the fun stuff that I really wanted to include in the read along!

In case you’re not familiar, August is all about CINDER! The whole month is dedicated to the first book in The Lunar Chronicles and I sort of love how many people have finished the book already because they just couldn’t stop reading! (You really, really liked it!!!) Hey, that just gives us more time to discuss, flail, and fangirl for the rest of the month, right? Right!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I even took the time to create some fan art! I am having SO much fun with this!

For my first “bonus” read along post, I wanted to talk about some of Cinder’s cyborg features! She has a lot of interesting stuff and some of it could really come in handy! 

I think Cinder’s built-in lie detector is one of my favorite things! It’s a scientific thing so it really works off of interpreting human reactions and delivery (it’s sci-fi so we’re science-based here) and I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to be able to use that feature! Then again… do I REALLY want to know when everyone is lying to me? Maybe sometimes not knowing is better…

Sure, you can wear pants with pockets or carry a bag, but Cinder has compartment storage in her leg. It certainly came in handy a few times throughout the book and I think that could be a great hiding place for special things! (Although could be kind of creepy to get used to.)

Cinder essentially has a computer in her head. She can access the internet at any time, look up information, get directions, track ID chips… now THAT would be super handy. I don’t think I’d want to be a cyborg and hardwired, but think of the wonders that could do!


image left | Credit: ThisOneofMarvels Deviant Art
Image right | Credit: charmspeakers via Tumblr

Which of Cinder’s cyborg features would YOU want? A lie detector? Computer in your head? Metal limbs for extra durability?? Let’s chat!

The Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along | Sign-Ups + Cinder!

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Did you love The Lunar Chronicles and want to re-read the series before WINTER comes out in November? Have you been meaning to start the series and are ready now that all the books will be out? Then now’s the perfect time for you to join THE LUNAR CHRONICLES (RE)READ ALONG!

Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series is one of my all-time favorites and I knew I wanted to experience them all again to refresh my memory before the final book, WINTER, comes out this fall! I got the idea to host a read along for those who wanted to re-read and for those who have been holding out for WINTER before they started and it’s finally time to share this read along with all you book-lovers out there! (You have no idea how hard it was to hold onto this idea until it was finally time to share!)

I’m SO excited to be hosting this four-month long event with some help from the wonderful folks at Macmillan & Fierce Reads! They were kind enough to totally jump on board when I asked them if they wanted to be a part of the read along too and it wouldn’t be as fabulous as it’s shaping up to be without them!

Ready to get reading? Check out the details of the read along below!


The read along will span from August 1 – December 7, 2015. Readers will be allotted four weeks to read each book. Here is the schedule for each book:

  • CINDER: August 1 – August 31
  • SCARLET: September 1 – September 30
  • CRESS: October 1 – October 31
  • WINTER: November 10 – December 7

NOTE: Since FAIREST is such a short read, it will not be officially included in the read along (it’s way too quick to dedicate a whole month to it)! If you want to read FAIREST too, the downtime between CRESS & WINTER might be a great time to squeeze it in!


  • Readers will have four weeks to read each book (though the entire month will be allotted).
  • At the end of each month, readers will be encouraged to write either a review of the book or some sort of recap post.
  • Readers are also encouraged to share updates (NON-SPOILERY) on social media using the hashtag #TLCReadAlong! At the end of each month, one person using the hashtag will be randomly selected to win a TLC-related prize! Contest is open to US participants only. Sorry! But we hope that regardless of country, you’ll join us in reading!
  • There will also be opportunities for fun Lunar Chronicles posts related to each book — think less book report questions, more fun & games!


ANYONE is invited to join in! Whether you’re re-reading the series in full, starting for the first time, or jumping in later on, we welcome you with open arms! If you’ve already read CINDER and want to wait to jump in at SCARLET (for example), or just want to wait until WINTER comes out and read along with us then, you’re welcome to hop in the read along at any time!
You may see many bloggers here but you do NOT have to be a blogger to join! This is literally a read along for ANYONE who wants to read the series. I’m just excited to experience the series with new readers and those who already love it and want to re-read. All readers welcome!


  • READ ALONG DETAILS: The details of the read along will be posted here at The Book Addict’s Guide. Fierce Reads + Macmillan will also be cross-promoting the read along in conjunction with their exciting promos for WINTER as well! Be sure to check out their “Join the Resistance” campaign for SO much more Lunar Chronicles-related fun, opportunities, and swag giveaways!
  • TWITTER + INSTAGRAM: Share updates and photos with the hashtag #TLCReadAlong! (No spoilers, please.) At the end of each month, one person’s entry using the hashtag will be selected to win a Lunar Chronicles-related prize! (Sorry, but giveaway winners must have a US address that we can ship to.)

Sound like a good plan? I hope you’re interested in joining in the Lunar Chronicles read along! Leave your name and/or blog name below to let everyone know you’re participating!

And don’t forget to check out all of the amazing things that Fierce Reads has planned! Be sure to check out their Join the Resistance features for WINTER teasers, opportunities to win swag, series fun & more!

Ready to kick off the read along with CINDER? Check out the details below for timing, chapter breakdowns, fun posts & more!

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CINDER | August 1st – August 31st

  • 8/1 – 8/7:  Chapters 1-9
  • 8/8 – 8/14: Chapters 10-21
  • 8/15 – 8/21: Chapters 22-30
  • 8/22 – 8/28: Chapters 31-38
  • Week of 8/30/15: Post review and/or recap

BONUS POSTS | These posts are designed to be fun & easy! Choose one or all to post any time during the CINDER read along! (If you need to include any spoilers in these posts, please mark clearly!)

      • Crushing on Kai | Celebrity Crushes
      • Books with Royalty
      • Favorite Sci-Fi (novels, movies, etc)
      • Which of Cinder’s cyborg features would you want?
      • Cinderella parallels within the book
      • Cinderella retellings

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 giveaway at the end! Entries valid for the giveaway must be posted between 8/1/15 and 8/31/15 using the read along hashtag. Winner will be chosen and announced the first week of September. 

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!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles # 3.5) – Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles # 3.5) – Marissa MeyerTitle: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
Publishing Info: January 27, 2015 by Macmillan
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: January 29, 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), Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4), Stars Above (A Lunar Chronicles Collection), Heartless, Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve #1), Renegades (Renegades #1)

    In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series


Ahhh, FAIREST. Just what I needed tie me over until WINTER hits the shelves in November this year! I don’t always read ALL of the novellas that are published, but of course I was going to read a Lunar Chronicles novella and was especially excited to find out more about Queen Levana! She’s pretty terrifying in the books so I was especially anxious to see her history and how she ended up the way she is now.

The first thing I can say about FAIREST? Yeah. Levana is certainly crazy… BUT she didn’t have it easy either. I’m not saying that excuses the way she acts, but she’s had some majorly catastrophic and scarring events (oops, no pun intended but there you have it) happen to her and it seriously messed her up. Things also went down at a young age too so these traumatic events really affected Levana long before she was even close to being in a position of power, or even wanting that position. I definitely still fear her but it also made me pity her. Sometimes these kind of novellas sort of justify who someone is in the present story line and while I don’t think Levana is justified in her actions, I do think I understand her a lot more!

Another thing I really loved was seeing all of the other characters in Levana’s story and exactly how she’s tied to them all. It was really interested to see some of the title characters pop up, along with their friends and family and I got little chills and thrills seeing their names there! I think the most interesting for me was actually Channary. I may need to re-read everything again ASAP (kidding, that’s already in the works so I KNOW I will) but for some reason I don’t remember mention of how horrible she was! She was a terrible older sister to Levana and I really wonder how Levana would have ended up if it weren’t for Channary. I’m going to have to hunt down mentions of her in my re-reads!

FAIREST is very much Levana’s story so it’s not a major point in the series as far as plot goes, but I do still think it’s an important story for fans of the series to read. We learn a lot about the Lunar Queen and there’s also a LOT of Winter’s history in here which I was very excited to see since I don’t really know that much about her yet. There were still a few surprises though and it just goes to show you that there’s always more to learn about everyone!

I had such a blast reading FAIREST and that both filled the void and made me even more hungry for more of this series! I loved falling back into this world for a short time to keep my heart whole before WINTER probably chews it up and spits it out in November. In a good way! I CAN’T WAIT!


“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!



Levana // Character Obsessions: Appearances, acceptance, love, glamor.
I just loved learning more about Levana. It’s very, very interesting to see where she came from. I love that you can see the very — well, maybe not VALID but certainly obvious — reasons why she is the way she is in the current timeline of this series. Her life has truly been nothing but a constant series of ups and downs and she’s always had to prove herself, even to her family. The whole romance was really interesting and I was actually kind of surprised at how much love meant to her. I guess it makes sense!
Channary // Character Obsessions: Fame, fortune, frivolity, fun.
Did I TOTALLY not remember what Channary was like or was that not explained as much throughout the course of the series? We all think Levana is terrible but Channary surely didn’t make things easy for her. I can’t believe everything that went down between these two sisters! She was no peach herself. (And clearly I needed to re-read everything ASAP.)


Kept Me Hooked On: Backstories. YAYYYY a full-length novella giving us backstory! GAH. I love it. Hmmm I guess for those who don’t read novellas, I don’t know if it’s “necessary” for the series but it has a lot of really, really handy information and background for Levana, Winter, and even Cinder.
Left Me Wanting More: Plot development. Okay, I know that wasn’t the point of FAIREST, but can you blame me? AMAZING things happen in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress so I am just spoiled! But I guess you can’t push a plot forward when the book doesn’t even take place in the same time, huh? ;D

Addiction Rating
Read it!

If you’re a fan of the series, it’s a must, in my opinion! I think the knowledge we gain is fantastic and I just loved slipping back into this world before re-reading all the books (before Winter)!



(Click the cover to see my review!)


Fairest Blog Tour: Spread the Lunar Love!


Welcome to the blog tour for
FAIREST by Marissa Meyer!

I was OVER THE MOON (oh my gosh, no pun intended but that worked out perfectly) to be invited to join this blog tour by Macmillan (whom I am always privileged and humbled to work with!) because if you know the bookish side of me at all, you know that Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series is one of my all-time favorites EVER. You’ve seen me fangirling about these books and this series all over the internet, I’m sure, so to be a part of this blog tour was absolutely thrilling!

Well let me tell you a little bit about my journey with The Lunar Chronicles. I actually didn’t think I was going to like Cinder a whole lot (GASP) — I mean, I had the reaction that a lot of people do: “Cyborg Cinderella? Isn’t that a little too sci-fi for me? I’m just not sure it would be my thing.” But I saw so many bloggers start to rave about it — and people like me who weren’t sure it would be “their thing” either — so thanks to reviews especially from Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and Monica (The Fuma Files), I bought a copy of Cinder and totally devoured it in two days. I was totally impressed at the Cinderella retelling and at the same time fell in love with these new characters and absolutely original story line. Now THIS was how retellings should be! Naturally I was instantly craving Scarlet which I knew was coming out but I had to wait a little bit to get my hands on that one!

Things escalated quickly from there. I read Scarlet and fell even more in love with the series. Macmillan ran a special feature to have bloggers who reviewed Scarlet to send in their review links and their blog’s name would appear in a special thank you in the back of the paperback (they’ve done this for other books as well — including Cinder, actually, but I was too late to that party). So that led to me, of course, purchasing the paperback of Scarlet to go with my hardcover. Then I needed the paperback of Cinder to match. Then I couldn’t stop buying and/or collecting the series because I loved the books so much and really just wanted to have every possible edition I could find. (Now it’s an obsession but… I’m okay with that!) My amazing friend Amy (Tripping Over Books) gifted me the Cinder & Scarlet Spanish versions for my birthday last year and I’ve kept on collecting since! Once the whole series is out and I have all of my American copies of Cress, Fairest, and Winter, I’ll move on to collection more international editions and I’ll be forever fangirling to whoever will listen and constantly hoping to find new readers and fellow fangirls (or fan… boys?) of this series!

I FINALLY got to meet Marissa in October 2014 (she doesn’t come to Illinois often — or hadn’t since I first read Cinder!) and not only did I get to meet her at the Fierce Reads event, but I also got to interview her AND moderate the Fierce Reads panel. I was SO incredibly nervous but it was also so amazing!!! She was nothing but sweet and even personalized ALL of my Lunar Chronicles books (which was so nice because there were soooo many). I felt so embarrassed gushing my love of her books right to her but sometimes you just have to stop and flail a little bit when your favorite author asks you what your favorite books are.



I’ve raved about the series SEVERAL times on the blog (see the links below) and have many more plans to relive The Lunar Chronicles in 2015! Winter is coming (ha. I can never resist) so I have my own plans to re-read the whole series leading up to Winter’s release in November 2015. I’m hoping to host a series read along (or re-read along for those who are reading for a second time) so keep your eyes peeled for that event later on in the year!!!


Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5) // Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) // The Queen’s Army (Lunar Chronicles #1.5) // Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) // The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles #2.5 // Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) // Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5


 Quiz: Which Lunar Chronicles Character Are You? // My Latest Bookish Addiction: The Lunar Chronicles // Summer Showcase: Blockbusters // Fierce Reads Fall Tour 2014: Chicago Recap


I spread the Lunar love as much as I can… but I’m only one person! I know my fabulous fellow bloggers who love this series share their feelings on their blogs and social media as well, but we need to reach people who aren’t connected to book bloggers and publishers! Heck, if I wasn’t a book blogger, who knows if I would have discovered half of the books that I know and love today? Let’s spread the Lunar love to people who may not know of it yet!

The contest rules are as follows:

  • SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE LUNAR CHRONICLES: Try to find someone who hasn’t read the series yet and erm… gently (strongly) encourage them to read it! Loan a copy to a family member, buy a book for a friend, slip a note in a couple library books, slap a Lunar Chronicles sticker or flyer somewhere in public (somewhere you’re allowed to leave stickers/flyers — please don’t litter or deface public property!), or any other creative & appropriate ideas you can think of!
  • SNAP A PHOTO OF YOUR CONTEST ENTRY: In order to be entered into this contest giveaway, I need to SEE what you’ve done! Post your contest entry on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc) with the hashtag #LunarLove and enter the link to your post in the Rafflecopter form below!
  • SNAP A PHOTO OF YOUR LUNAR CHRONICLES COLLECTION: I want to see your personal Lunar Chronicles collection too! Share a picture of the TLC books you own with the #LunarLove hashtag and share them on social media! (Also link it up to the Rafflecopter form!)
  • DON’T FORGET THE BONUS ENTRIES! There will be more ways to enter than just spreading the word but sharing those pictures of your #LunarLove will earn you oooooodles of entries into the giveaway! See the Rafflecopter form for more ways to enter!
  • THERE WILL BE TWO WINNERS: One winner will receive a FULL set of the series so far in paperback edition from Macmillan. This winner must be a resident of US/Canada for shipping purposes. The second winner is for the hardcore fans who already own all three books that are out right now (I can’t forget about you guys!) and that person will win a pre-order of Fairest OR Winter. Winner #2 must be 13 years or older and Amazon and/or The Book Depository must be able to ship to your country (so international is welcome)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hooray! Now go forth and enter! I can’t wait to see who your share The Lunar Chronicles with and how! <3