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review 2018-05-16 21:33
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Renegades - Marissa Meyer

Most know what a huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles I am. Forget everything you know about that series before jumping into this one though. The two series are so very different, and comparing the two would be unrealistic.
I really like this series.
I like how two different groups of superheroes/villains, which you really need to decide for yourself which one you think is which, battle good and not-so-good. I found that while you would naturally be a Renegade fan, it wasn't so for me in the end. I was all Anarchist. I felt like they were the Robin Hood of superheroes. Fighting for the injustice of man. I felt like the Renegades were trying to maintain order. Neither side is wrong, really, but is either side right?!
So let me talk about Nova/Nightmare. She is amazeballs. And I totally want her and Adrian, *swooning*, too hook up already. The chemistry is unreal. Like two dogs in heat. 
I look forward to the next book when it comes out. For sure.



Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2018/05/renegades-by-marissa-meyer-21.html
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-07 07:42
Cinder: The Princess of the Future
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

First things first, the concept is pure genius. Turning the childhood classic tale of Cinderella into a modern-age, futuristic story that not just young teens might enjoy, but by everyone, too. Putting that big of a twist on such a simple story, Marissa Meyer definitely did a great job. Can’t wait to read the other retellings she did.

In a small attempt to sum this up, this book includes: cyborgs; robot BFFs; people from the moon with mind-controlling powers; a missing princess (who was believed to be dead); “the plague” causing quite a number of deaths; a doctor who you don’t think he is; an adoptive family which I dislike (except for Peony and Iko); a getaway car; a handsome prince (soon-to-be-emperor) that every girl seems to have crush on (even Cinder because why not?) and his advisor; “stars”; a secret that will probably twist the whole story (but you kinda saw it coming). And so much more. (You’ll know if you read the book.)

Pacing. The start, for me, was kind of slow so I was kind of was bored. But after a few chapters in, I was engaged and excited for what could happen next, especially with the budding romance. The romance actually started in the first or second chapter of the book which lured me in even more so I was kind of disappointed when it progressed after a number of chapters. It’s fine. I’m fine.

Just a lil’ insert. I liked how there was a world leaders meeting which talked about Earth’s alliance to Luna. I appreciated Kai’s attempt to make the mood lighter by inserting a tiny joke but the leaders seemed too serious and had no time for such things. “There are much more important matters to discuss.”

Writing-wise. I am not used to a lot of flowery words and the third person’s POV but I guess it’s time to turn in a new leaf. Every seed needs to bloom. Yet, here I am, growing little by little by reading such books.

Character-wise. The characters were close and similar with their fairy tale counterpart. I love the idea that there were also new characters introduced in the story, such as Dr. Erland and Iko to support the story. I both adored them. Dynamic and interesting characters, I must say. Another insert. Cinder is an awesome mechanic and character, no doubt, who has developed throughout the story.

I need Prince Kai to have a special mention here somewhere. Because, stars, he is the total package. He’s nice, attractive, awkward, funny, and willing to sacrifice a lot for his people (Cinder included). The way his hair falls on his face. I CAN’T EVEN. Anyway, I might add him to my list of fictional boyfriends this time. He sure does deserve a spot. His relationship with Cinder is just adorable. Too bad she can’t blush.

I also have to talk about my distaste for Pearl, Queen Levana, and Adri. Wait, maybe just Queen Levana. Wait. Nope, Adri and Pearl kind of made the cut. I understand where they’re coming from because they are still grieving for Peony but that doesn’t mean that they can bully and push Cinder around just because they can and want to. 

I also hate the fact that Adri constantly uses Garan’s death against Cinder, making it seem that she killed him by adopting her. Adri and Cinder fight about it and I always get annoyed because Adri dumps all of it on Cinder but it isn’t her fault. It’s no one’s fault. Why can't she understand that simple thing?! To me, it looks like Adri and Pearl are just miserable and they release it on Cinder. 

As for Queen Levana, she is a phony, tricking everyone around her into believing that she is beautiful inside and out. And I don’t like her for it. I find it annoying, really. But I want to figure them out more, perhaps in the following books.

Time for some light comments. IKO AND PEONY. OH MY STARS.Iko is probably the best sidekick / best friend I have ever read. I wish I had a good friend like Iko is just light and easy to be around, not pressuring me into anything, but still cares for me. Peony, on the other hand, is like the sister I never had. I don’t get why she had to die. Maybe she just had to… but why? WHY?! JUST WHY?! R.I.P. Linh Peony.


Marissa Meyer knows how to leave a good cliffhanger. It evidently means that I should read the next book. And I will. Soon.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-07 16:43
[Book Review] Cinder by Marissa Meyer - The *actually* Good Sci-Fi Revamp
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles have become very popular as of late, and I finally picked up Cinder, and boy was I impressed. I have seen a few novels that mix-up the classic tale, the real one, like In a Glass Grimly, which is a very good book, but a book for younger kids. I've also seem some that change the Disney-version of the classic story, and those normally do worse. But Cinder is like a Sci-Fi mixture of both, in a good way. Though, the cover of the book does not do it justice. It looks like a girly book, but it isn't, it's emotional and a bit of an action novel. The cover also makes it seem like Cinder gets skin grafting and has a happy ending, while, if you've read the book, you know it ends a different way.


The main character, Cinder, is well developed with good morals and realistic reactions to the things that happen to her. She is full of worry and self-doubt, but also a strong passion for the truth and to help those around her. Even if you may think she makes some bad decisions, she never wavers off her path or switches her morals around magically like many characters in other novels do. The supporting characters, like Prince Kai and Linh Adri are also developed well. You see how Kai's emotions change for Cinder, and how he reacts to his father's death, and how it impacts him. It is explained that he has to keep his composition for the public, and you understand what is going on in his personal life. You see, in detail, how he reacts to finding out the truth of Cinder as well, as heart-breaking as it is. Adri is described well, giving reason to both Cinder and her stepsisters' emotions and actions, and Adri herself helps to advance the plot even though she is the worst human in the whole first novel. 


The struggles Cinder endures can be interpreted to relate to your own life and that makes the book greater. Relating to the main character helps you get deeper into a book and experience it as the character does. The other characters are relatable as well, so if you don't find similarities between yourself and Linh Cinder, there are many others to find relations to. 


The plot is actually good, and, as far as I can tell, stays consistent throughout the rest of the novels. The development and its pacing makes sense and is understandable, and the writing is good as well. It's not a very quick read I don't think, but it's not a slow one either because you enjoy it the whole way through. 


The ending is amazing, and there are many emotional parts throughout that make you want to keep reading. I can assure you that you will always find yourself on the edge of your seat. 


I definitely recommend this book, and the rest of the chronicles.

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review 2018-04-05 14:04
DNF-Sorry Ripoff Hunger Games, Justice League, and Watchmen
Renegades - Marissa Meyer

This one pains me a lot. I have adored The Lunar Chronicles and even though some people didn't like Meyer's standalone Queen of Hearts book, I loved "Heartless" as well. This one....that's a no from me. I just DNFed this at 27 percent or page 152. When I saw that the book went up to page 566 I just lost any urge to continue on. There are too many characters in this book with multiple names. The lack of development besides the "heroes" and "villains" characterization was sad. After the 100th information dump I threw in the white flag of surrender and decided to move onto another book.


"The Renegades" is Meyer's newest offering to the Young Adult genre. This seems to be a mash up of Justice League, Watchmen, and the Hunger Games. That's a lot of mash-up.


Apparently in this world we have the so-called Renegades (vigilantes) with super powers who ended up ruling Gatlon City. However, the villains (the Anarchists) don't want The Renegades ruling things cause free will or something. I don't get it myself. Things seemed pretty bleak there based on what little of the information dumps I could let sink into my brain.


So what I read so far is there's a secret group of heroes that don't want the Renegades to know about them, The Renegades (now considered the Renegade Council) and the Anarchists. The Anarchists are trying to take out the council. And now there is something called the Trials that they are getting involved in and I tapped the hell out at that point.


There are too many characters with multiple names. I once had a conversation with a friend who was dating a dude with three names. Our conservation went like this:


Me: What do you mean he has three names?

Friend: Well he has his government name, the name he uses at his job, and his undercover name.

Me: What the hell? First, why wouldn't he use his 'government name' at work?

Friend: Well he doesn't care for it.

Me: How is he cashing checks if he's not using the name that is on his social security card?

Friend: Oh you can use a nickname and still get checks cashed it doesn't matter it the names don't match.

Me: Since when???

Friend: Well even with that I don't like the whole undercover name thing, it sounds sketchy.

Me: What do you mean it sounds sketchy? It freaking is! Unless he's Batman he doesn't need an undercover name!


Then this whole conversation turned into us discussing Batman and who is the best Batman, but long story short she dumped the dude because he was going by three names. And when I got to the part of the story when one character was going by three separate names within a single paragraph I was done. 


Nova, or Nightmare, or Insomnia (I can't with this mess) was the one who wants to kill The Renegades since she blames them for not saving her family. Yeah, let's not blame the people who sent them to murder her family. It is such a weak motivation I rolled my eyes at her. 


Adrian, or Sentinel, or Sketch (shaking head in disgust) is the son of two of the Renegades. The only interesting thing about him is he has two dads. So good for Meyers for showing a family like this. Other than that I don't care. 


I can't tell you anything about anyone else, the book so far has mostly focused on Nova and Adrian. Since this is a Young Adult book I am sure they are going to fall in love since Nova is going undercover to compete at the Trials. I just don't have the energy for this book right now.


The writing is not good. I don't know what possessed Meyers to have so much stuff in this first book. Based on what I found, she has the second book (this is a duology) coming out in November. Good luck to her since that is a hard pass from me. I saw a lot of DNFs for this one on Goodreads. Most people just couldn't take the constant information dumps and characters with multiple names. 


The flow is not good at all. It felt like I got nowhere yesterday and I read this to the 27 percent mark. I don't know why some people think length equals quality, but it does not. 


The setting of this world doesn't even make any sense. Meyer tries to set things up in the beginning with a prologue I laughed my way through, but I still had so many questions. I don't know if finishing the book would clear that up or not, but I refuse to continue reading to find out.

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review 2018-04-03 02:09
The conclusion of a totally O.K. follow-up to the Lunar Chronicles
Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate,Stephen Gilpin

I'm really not sure what to say about this one. It's part two of the story begun in <b>Wires and Nerve</b> where Iko is tasked with hunting down rogue Lunar wolf warriors scattered over the Earth. We also see what reforms Cinder is bringing to the Lunar government and what happens to the rest of the main characters from <b>The Lunar Chronicles</b> following <b>Winter</b>.


Honestly, I think I'm going to just copy and paste from the last book, because this is really just part 2 of that same story and my comments stay the same:


The Lunar wolf warriors are 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.


I was shocked to see a different artist credited with this one -- maybe my memory is shakier than I realized, but man...I thought it was the same stuff. Gilpin did a great job keeping the look the same. Yeah, cartoonish -- but it fits the story. It's dynamic, eye catching and fun -- just what Iko's story should be.


I'm glad I read these two, but I hope Meyer walks away from this world now to focus on whatever's next. Read this if you read the first. If you're curious about what happens after <b>Winter</b>, these two are a fun way to scratch that itch, but totally unessential.

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Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/04/02/wires-and-nerve-volume-2-by-marissa-meyer-stephen-gilpin
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