March 2016 BIRTHDAY / Book Haul

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Hey guys!

This past month has definitely been a jammed packed one that’s for sure! I started my new position at my new store, celebrated my birthday, hosted a giveaway, went to the Indigo Summer Preview night, and went to Toronto Comic Con. Overall it was a pretty great month and I have acquired a lot of books in the process. So let’s get started!


INDIGO

Silver Eve by Sandra Waugh

Published by Random House Children’s Books

Released September 22nd, 2015

Series: Guardians of Tarnec #2

Hardcover

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Published by Balzer + Bray

Released February 16th 2016

Series: Ravenspire #1

Hardcover

Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber

Published by HarperCollins

Released June 2nd, 2015

Series: Storm Siren #2

Hardcover

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Published by Voyager

Released August 2nd, 2011

Series: The Broken Empire #1

Paperback

King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Published by Voyager

Released August 7th, 2012

Series: The Broken Empire #2

Paperback

Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Published by Voyager

Released August 6th, 2013

Series: The Broken Empire #3

Paperback

Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence

Published by Ace

Released June 3rd, 2014

Series: The Red Queen’s War #1

Hardcover

Half Bad by Sally Green

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

Released March 4th, 2014

Series: The Half Bad Trilogy #1

Hardcover

Fairest by Marissa Meyers

Published by Feiwal & Friends

Released January 27th 2015

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5

Paperback

EXIT, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Released March 15th, 2016

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Released March 8th, 2016

Series: The Dark Artifices #1

Hardcover

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Published by Razorbill

Released April 28th, 2015

Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1

Hardcover


BMV Used Books

Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Published by Archie Comics

Released June 10th, 2014

Series: Afterlife with Archie #1

Graphic Novel

Archie Vol. 1 by Mark Waid

Published by Archie Comics

Released March 29th 2016

Series: Archie #1

Graphic Novel


OWLCRATE

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Published by Razorbill

Released January 26th, 2016

Series: Standalone

February 2016 Box

Hardcover

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Published by Random House

Released March 8th, 2016

Series: Standalone

March 2016 Box

Hardcover


BIRTHDAY

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Published by HarperTeen

Released February 9th 2016

Series: Reign of Shadows #1

Hardcover

Front Lines by Michael Grant

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Released January 26th, 2016

Series: Soldier Girl #1

Hardcover


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

Sig 3

 

 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Review [ARCHIVED]

CinderCinder by Marissa Meyer
Published
by Feiwal & Friends on January 3rd, 2012
Genres:
Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Action & Adventure, Romance
Pages:
390
Format:
Paperback


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.

Review

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series. A futuristic retelling of the modern fairytale of Cinderella. Set in a world where Earth is at a never ending confrontation with Luna (the moon). With lies, secrets, and sci-fi elements, the reader is taken on a wild journey.

I enjoyed the new take on the classic story so much that it was fun trying to piece together who each character was loosely based off of. The plot of Cinder follows a cyborg girl who the book is named after as she tries to deal with her mysterious past and the connection to the Lunar people that are trying to take over Earth.

With twist and turns, numerous secrets, and a handsome prince, this book had everything I look for in a great read. The only issue I had with it was the predictability. I felt like I knew what was going to happen before it actually happened. That is all fine and dandy, I just wish I was surprised by some of the revelations that occurred.

Cinder3Marissa Meyer’s writing is tantalizing, descriptive, and just a joy to read. There is no awkward eye rolling cheesy dialogue between characters that makes me cringe. There was humor (especially with Iko), teenage love angst, cockiness, ruthlessness, and sweet character bonding that her writing just accentuated. I just wish there wasn’t predictability and the writing would have been absolutely perfect. 

Cinder, the cyborg protagonist. She is a strong female heroine without being stupid and annoying. She made her own decisions, didn’t fall in love with the prince right off the bat, and the relationship she had with her android friend Iko was a complete perfection. She was humorous, and the bickering that she did with Kai was cute as well.

Kai, the prince charming. He is thrust into being the new Emperor after his father passes away and has to deal with the cruel Queen Levana of Luna. He is awesome, humorous, courageous, and not your typical prince. He is down to earth, loving, and a bit cocky! His interactions with Cinder were funny and cute, and the way he made his decisions was brave. I want more of prince Kai in the future!

Levana, the evil queen from Luna.Everything you can hate in a character, Levana has. She is rude, condesending, cruel, ugly, and treacherous. In my opinion she is everything an antagonist should be. She doesn’t have any good morals or decisions, she is just be completely evil! She encompasses everything I like in the evil character and it fits well with the story!

Cinder4Over all, I enjoyed Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I was definitely not in love with it, but I didn’t hate it either. Let me know if you have read it and lets start a conversation!

Until next time,

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About the Author

Author10Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her fiancé and their two cats. In addition to her slight obsession with books and writing, she’s big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. She’s represented by Jill Grinberg.

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