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review 2017-04-19 17:28
Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer (A Lunar Chronicles graphic novel)
Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate

Four stars for the story/writing, two for the art, so I split the difference.

 

The story moves well, and the characters are, for the most part, well written (there are some out-of-character moments, but I felt that the art was to blame for a lot of that). It's moving away from any sort of fairy tale format (which isn't quite as bad as Winter was, since that was supposed to be the story of Snow White) and there was too little Wolf and Scarlet for my tastes (story of my life, but this was only volume one, and they were set up for the next one), but it was a fun read.

 

Now, the art. What even happened here? This is only about three steps above stick figures. The characters all look the same, with some lowkey differences (Winter's shaded darker than the other characters and that's about it. And don't get me started on the Chinese characters with simple slanty lines for eyes...) The lack of color doesn't help, but that wouldn't have been as much of an issue if anything else was working. The backgrounds are boring, plain and unimaginative for a book that partly takes place in A PALACE ON THE MOON. What a disappointment. When something like science fiction is better done in the medium that is LESS visual, you know there was a huge failing somewhere.

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review 2017-04-12 02:45
Heartless - Marissa Meyer
Heartless - Marissa Meyer

I didn't give this 5 stars because the first half of the story is a little slow and I didn't really connect with the characters at first. But after that it's all the magic and adventure Marissa Meyer has us accustomed to. To be honest, I dreaded getting to the end because we all know how the original story starts. But even though I knew I was going to suffer (and I did!), the writting is great and I'm glad I picked this one up. Four stars!

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review 2017-03-30 22:32
Book Review of Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) by Marissa Meyer
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

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.

 

Review 5*

 

This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. I have been wanting to read this book for some time. I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner because I loved it!

 

Cinder Lihn is a wonderful character, I really liked her. She has a strong will and determination to succeed, even though her stepmother treats her as a slave. Cinder has lived with the Lihn's since being eleven years old, when her adopted father brought her to New Beijing. Now sixteen, she finds herself working as a mechanic in the market to make ends meet. When Prince Kai visits her market stall with a malfunctioning robot, her life is thrown into turmoil and it will never be the same ever again.

 

This is a fantastic retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, and is set in the future where a terrible disease called letumosis is ravaging the world for which there is no cure, and cyborgs are seen as abominations. It's a story that completely hooked me from the first page and took me on a huge emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish. This book is full of action, adventure, heartbreak, romance, mystery and danger and is told through the eyes of both Cinder and Prince Kai for the most part, but a few other characters have a say too.

 

I loved meeting the various characters, even Cinder's stepmother, Adri, and her stepsisters', Pearl and Peony. Adri, I feel, blamed Cinder for the death of her husband, even though he died of letumosis. This bred resentment and she took this out on Cinder.
I also fell in love with Prince Kai. He's another wonderful character. He is only eighteen, but he has a good head on his shoulders, even if he acts like a jerk at times. However, there is a lot of responsibility on his shoulders too, so I suppose one could forgive him for it.
Adri may be horrible, but there is one character that is downright scary. She is called Queen Levana and is the ruler of Lunars, who are descendants of an Earthen moon colony which was established several centuries before. However, I found her thaumaturges to be even more dangerous and scary.
There is one character that I really enjoyed meeting, her name is Iko and she is a housekeeping droid in the Lihn household. She is almost human in personality and is Cinder's friend and companion.

 

As I said above, I found myself completely captivated by this story. I raced through this book at a rate of knots and completed it in one day. It's not exactly a small book either. I normally have a huge love/hate relationship to cliffhangers, so I was actually glad that I had the second one ready and waiting on my bookshelf, because when I reached the end I found myself eager to find out what happens next.

 

Marissa Meyer has written a fantastic retelling of a classic fairytale. I love her world building, which is extremely believable and scarily realistic. Her characters are well developed, though I would have loved to get to know Peony better, and her writing style is incredibly fast paced, though it didn't feel rushed. The flow was wonderful too. This author has found another fan and I have added her to my favourite authors list. I am now looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

 

As this is a YA novel, I highly recommend this book to young readers. However, depending on reading age, I feel this book would suit readers aged 11 upwards even though its recommended for 9-12 year olds. I also highly recommend this book to adults who love reading fairytale retelling's or books in the YA genre. - Lynn Worton

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text 2017-03-20 17:53
Fictfact says my next in series books to read are:
The Broken Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
The Blinding Knife - Brent Weeks
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop
The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling, The) - Erika Johansen
Raven Cursed - Faith Hunter
Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter) - Nalini Singh
Pocket Apocalypse: InCryptid, Book Four - Seanan McGuire
Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

Fellow booklikers' posts (like http://bookstooge.booklikes.com/post/1543510/my-little-po-ahem-tbr ) reminded me to check.  Actual reading sequence of published books will more realistically vary by what becomes available at library and my moods, of course.

 

Source: fictfact.com
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review 2017-03-15 01:30
A totally O.K. follow-up to the Lunar Chronicles.
Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate

So, in the months following Winter, life has progressed as one would expect -- Cinder has strengthened her position on the Moon, Scarlet's returned to the farm with Ze'ev Kesley, and Cress and the Captain are touring Earth. One of the loose strings that Meyer left hanging was the fate of the Lunar military troops all over Earth. They're still out there, causing trouble.

 

Cinder can't send any troops down -- in the aftermath of a failed invasion, the optics alone would be bad. But . . . she can send a single operative, and Iko nominates herself for that. She spends weeks taking out pack after pack, helping local authorities take them into custody.

 

But they're not just going to roll over, there are some that are preparing to strike back against Iko -- and Cinder.

 

Throw in a love story, an examination of Iko's true nature, and some nice catch-up with our old friends, and you've got yourself a fun story. It's fun, but it's light. If it were prose instead of a graphic novel, it might take 40 pages to tell this story. Which doesn't make it bad, just slight.

 

The art was . . . oh, I don't know -- cartoonish? Not in a bad way, but I see why some people I know weren't impressed. Once I got used to it (after about 30-40 pages), I even kind of liked it.

 

Basically, I'm saying that the book was okay -- I enjoyed it, but man, I wanted more. At the same time, I think it delivered everything that Meyer and Holgate were looking for, so I can't complain. Fans of the series may enjoy it, but it's not a must read. People who haven't read the books had best avoid it -- but should probably go back and read the novels.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/03/14/wires-and-nerve-volume-1-by-marissa-meyer-douglas-holgate
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