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review 2017-02-01 18:07
Wires and Nerve
Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate

I read it in one sitting. My husband was surprised by this but I imagine that no bookish person would be. I already love the series and this is written in comic form so it's that much easier to do in just one sitting.

I normally like to read ebooks but my husband has been listening to the series (as I had done) and just got Stars Above and so I asked his opinion on whether we should get the print hardcover or the ebook. His answer was that he can run over to Barnes and Noble and grab it during the rest of his errands for the day. When I finally got a chance to get my hands on it, I was surprised that it was a legit hardcover and looked like a book on the outside rather than a graphic novel would in the comics section. I've seen thick hardcovers there too, but they were always compilations of a huge set of comics that were a series put together or something. It was just a surprise.

I was also surprised by the lack of color. The blue hues that were used were gorgeous and evident from the cover but I did think at least the oranges would be sprinkled in there. But no. Make no mistake, this did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the graphic novel, but just a heads up to future readers.

While I'm sure that this graphic novel appeals to everyone who enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles and that it's audience was much bigger than YA alone, the art was everyone friendly. By that, I mean that it was drawn akin to an issue of Lumberjanes with everyone fully clothed and no body parts exaggerated or disproportionate to reality and no suggestive body language or poses.

My favorite scene was in a store where they were attempting to get some replacement parts for Iko. When you read it, you'll know why.

Now for the story! I am pleased to report that all your favorite people from the Lunar Chronicles will at least make a cameo though some have bigger roles than others here. This story is about Iko chasing down the wolves, and anyone reading is likely to have read the Lunar Chronicles, so you'd know that there has been some dispersal that is evident right at the beginning.

Of the characters who have been central to the series, my favorite here is definitely Thorne, though Wolf has a few awesome lines himself that made my little feminist heart flutter. There were some new characters I'd never met, mostly the new antagonists. They were set up well and I'll be interested to see how everything pans out down the line.

Reviews for the others are at the following links: Cinder, Scarlet,  Cress,  Winter,  Fairest  (read before Winter for best impact), and Stars Above. Now we wait together for the next one to come out, which is slated for next year according to Goodreads.

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review 2016-12-02 19:19
Heartless
Heartless - Marissa Meyer

am a sucker for a good "making of a villain" story. I normally copy over the back cover information from Amazon into a review, but this one can be well summed up by knowing  that this is the making of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. The full back cover was a little overkill when I looked at it.

I've been anticipating this novel since the first chapter preview in Stars Above. Yep, this is written by the same woman who gave us a science fiction reimagining of Cinderella set in a dystopian future. There was a chance that I would have too high expectations for this book to possibly live up to, but that did not turn out to be the case. It was just as wonderful and enchanting as I had hoped.

It also made me feel like a have to go back and watch Alice in Wonderland again. It had actually been long enough that I couldn't remember if some of the characters made it through to the other story, though others are certain and hallmarks of the movie/book, such as Cheshire, Mr. Caterpillar, and the Mad Hatter. I really enjoyed the Mad Hatter, or Hatta is he is called here.

Despite the fact that this is a prequel that lets you know up front which character it is developing, there were still some moments that made me question how we were going to get there. There was something about the way the odd things in Wonderland are normalized when seen through the eyes of a resident.

I enjoyed the story development and writing of this book almost as much as in the Lunar Chronicles but this is a set of characters that I was not nearly as attached to at the outset. Catherine was endearing and I felt for her along her journey and I daresay that I have felt the way that she has at different points of her story in my own life but didn't have quite the follow through available to me. It was probably for the best for me that I didn't.

Anywho, I fell in love with Jest a little. Their story moves a little fast but I get how good dreams can propel things. I even have a real life friend who dreamed about a man she met the next day and it definitely sped things up for them. She greeted him as if they knew each other because of the dream, which he found adorable, which is apparently a good conversation starter. Nevertheless, Jest is adorable. He would have to be right?

But the best part was that this is not a cut and dry love story that propels the protagonist into blah, blah, predictable predictable. Even though we know where one aspect of the story is headed, it doesn't distract from the fun of how it gets there nor that there is another plot going on that propels the story forward. Still, the romance isn't treated as an afterthought. This might sound a little confusing and I might be talking myself in circles, but Meyer is quite good at giving us some great romantic interests and love scenes while having an action plot going on at the same time and with equal pacing.

Anyone who loved the Lunar Chronicles is likely to enjoy this story as well, but they are certainly not the only audience that will enjoy it. I

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url 2016-04-29 02:22
Big News: I'm Going to Be in a Book!


HUGE news! I am going to be in a book! Specifically, I’m participating in the YA villain-themed anthology, Because You Love to Hate Me curated by Ameriie, which is being published in July 2017 by Bloomsbury simultaneously in the US and UK, and as an audiobook in the US and UK. I’m not participating as an author but as a booktuber/blogger. More information below the cut! Aaaah!



You can check out Ameriie's announcement video here (and the others at their individual channels & spaces). Also theofficial Publisher's Weekly announcement here.

Add Because You Love to Hate Me to your Goodreads shelf here.

THE AUTHORS INVOLVED:

  • Sarah Enni: Sarah is the creator & host of the First Draft Podcast, and will be making her debut YA writing appearance in BYLTM. 
 
You’d think that might be all the contributors to the anthology, but Because You Love to Hate Me is different from most anthologies. The above authors will be writing short stories based on villain-themed prompts provided by booktubers!

THE BOOKTUBERS INVOLVED: 

All booktubers will be paired with one author. They will write an introduction to that author’s story, and we’ve all already provided prompts for our authors to use as inspiration. You'll find out later who is paired with whom, and which villains are being used :).

Let me rave about this anthology. Can I just say how much I love this sort of creative collaboration among readers and authors? We’ve seen it in the community for things like Litographs fanart T-shirts, extra content based on reader votes / input, paperback pages printed as appreciation for reviewers, etc., but this is first story collaboration that I know of, and I think that’s really neat.

So, not only is this anthology cool because of the creative collaboration, but it’s also cool because OF ALL THOSE AUTHORS. Renée Ahdieh? Gorgeous, sensual writing that can add really great layers to characters and here, to a villain we love to hate! Soman Chainani? The School for Good and Evil has a great atmospheric start, and Chainani has already switched up the moral good/evil sides—I’m sure his villain will be compelling. Susan Dennard? Everyone at the Truthwitch launch had mentioned how the villain was intriguing and complex, and Susan will create something equally, if not more, exciting for this anthology! Marissa Meyer has already written a book on the villain of the Lunar Chronicles (aka Fairest), so her villain will be equally compelling. Uh, did you not see me ramble on about my love for Serpentine? Cindy Pon creates wonderful, multi-layered characters, and I can’t wait to read the villain she will write! Victoria Schwab! Vicious! Blurring the lines between what’s right and wrong, and who’s the bad guy – sounds like a recipe for creating another great villain! Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season series is on my all-time favorites list, and of course I’m excited to read about her villain! Adam Silvera has already dealt with moral ambiguity in More Happy Than Not: how does a place like the Leteo Institute exist? With his character-centric focus, Adam will create a great villain too. Andrew Smith has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut, so duh, he’ll create an awesome work. April Genevieve Tucholke has gorgeous, atmospheric writing and River from Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was a fascinating, multi-layered morally ambiguous character, so hello awesome villain-to-be! Nicola Yoon created multi-layered characters in Everything, Everything and I’m excited to see where she’ll go next after such a powerhouse debut! Sarah Enni is making her YA fiction debut with the anthology, and that's really exciting too!

BUT YOU KNOW WHO I’M MOST EXCITED FOR? Ameriie. I’ve been Ameriie’s critique partner for about three and a half years now, and all of her work is fantastic! Great writing and characterization, fast-paced, multi-layered plots, thematic works with story at the forefront, and I can heap on so, so much more praise. She's definitely an upcoming author to watch :), and I can't wait to see what see comes up with too.

ARE YOU AS EXCITED FOR BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME AS I AM? I hope so!
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review 2016-04-04 00:31
Faireset: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story
Fairest - Marissa Meyer
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review 2016-04-04 00:15
Winter (Book 4 of the Lunar Chronicles)
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer
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