Cinder – Cyborg Cinderella Retelling

I love fairytale re-tellings. The idea of a Cinderella Cyborg was just too good to pass up! (And bonus points because it’s first draft was written during NaNoWriMo!)

11235712GOODREADS SUMMARY: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I loved this book! The setting was fascinating, and I loved how it deviated from the original Cinderella story we all know and love and put a whole new twist on every single detail (the carriage, the dress, the shoe).

I loved the character of Cinder (and Iko was too cute!). She was so rebellious, but she cared so much about Peony (one of her stepsisters). Cinder’s transformation during the course of the book was subtle, but she redefined her entire reason for being. I did see the big reveal at the end coming (it’s YA, it’s kinda predictable), but the lead-up was mind-blowing.

Let’s take a moment to look at Leveena. She’s the Lunar Queen/Ultimate Evil Villain in this series. Her powers are terrifying! She can make you see whatever she wants, do whatever she orders of you and generally just control everything (though it doesn’t work through computers/TV screens, etc.). I’m so excited to learn more about her and her evil plans to control all of Earth.

It’s refreshing to find a book that isn’t centered in the USA and uses a well known location like Beijing as it’s backdrop. I found that the world worked so well with that backdrop and the architecture and general feel for the world really made the story come alive.

5stars

About the Author: Marissa Meyer – I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.

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Rebel Belle: A thrilling, magic ride set in the South!

I went into this book without really knowing what it was about. My sister recommended it to me, and said to give it a shot. So I did. And I was very pleasantly surprised.

Without getting into spoilers, Harper’s life is turned upside down when she inherits magical powers and now has to protect one of her arch enemies, David, (cue love interest). The hijinks that ensue are hilarious and heart warming. Harper, whose entire life has been about homecoming crowns and cotillion dresses, learns some great life lessons. Her ‘perfect life’ is turned upside down, and she’s forced to deal with not only her new powers, but also being a High School Student. Between destroying her car, being chased by bad guys and several other fast paced adventures, she always seems to keep her southern charm. Continue reading “Rebel Belle: A thrilling, magic ride set in the South!”

Ruby Red – Traveling through Time to fulfill an Ancient Prophesy

In a world where Time Travel is totally possible, a mysterious gene prophesied by such legends as Albert Einstein is supposed to be inherited by Charlotte. Only it’s Gwynneth that’s gotten the mysterious gene, and can zap through time to fulfill a mysterious ancient prophesy no one really wants to talk about.

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Originally a German book, Ruby Red is an international best-seller, and has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a really long time (Okay, since the beginning of the year… but that’s a long time!) I got it on Audio book to begin, then switched to reading the physical book. Both were very well done!

In a series of adventures mostly aimed at getting Gwyneth familiar and capable in the time traveling department, they travel back to the early 18th century and the 1900s. During both escapades, they dally in mystery solving, a bit of espionage, the odd sword fight, and Gwyneth realizes she has to be careful about who she trusts. Her own family has secrets they aren’t sharing! Continue reading “Ruby Red – Traveling through Time to fulfill an Ancient Prophesy”

Rites of Passage – An adventure novel set in a military academy with a spunky and strong female lead character

Rites of PassageThis has to have been one of my favorite books this year! Such a fast-paced, well written novel set in a military academy. It had so many heartwarming moments, surprises and adventure, and Sam’s spunky attitude and perseverance made her such a strong leading character.

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty… no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust… and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

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The Selection Trilogy – A Dystopian fairy tale?

The Selection (The Selection, #1)This series wasn’t what I was expecting, but I was really excited to see where it ended! I expected it to be a soap opera meets reality TV, but in book form. I was actually pleasantly surprised that the cameras weren’t around very often, and the story focused more on America (our main character) deciding who she was, and what she wanted. Yes, it was lighthearted and fun, but also managed to be exciting and sometimes a little surprising!

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer – Amazing characters and a sweet story, the perfect weekend read!

Off the PageWhile this is ‘technically’ a companion novel to ‘Between The Lines’, I mistakenly checked this book up first, and didn’t realize it was a companion until I was 75% through the book!

The story follows Prince Oliver (who is masquerading as real-world teenager, Edgar) as he tries to sort out life in the real-world, instead of the fairytale he lived in a few days ago. Of course, the book isn’t too pleased about the rewrite that Edgar made (spaceships and Zorgs don’t fit well into the fairytale world!) and there are some hilarious high jinks that ensue! Continue reading “Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer – Amazing characters and a sweet story, the perfect weekend read!”