The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer | Series Review

Synopsis

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 started reading Cinder at the end of January and at the moment I thought I wouldn’t finish it. I felt that too many things were happening at once and i was kind of overwhelmed, but I had to finish it when reaching the middle of the book.

While reading, I thought I knew what was going to happen but everything was unexpected by the ending, especially with that cliffhanger which obviously motivated me to read Scarlet.

Synopsis

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles.

She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

I can say that I liked Scarlet more than the first book. I didn’t like the idea of new characters introduction but I got the hang of it, and eventually liked them. Thorne was the first character that I liked a lot.

Synopsis

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

When reading Cress I was still taking in consideration not to finish the series since many things happened that I didn’t like; the separation of all the characters being one of them. Cress was such a sweet character who I liked a lot. She was kind and funny despite being stuck in a satellite for almost her whole life. My favorite moment from this book and probably the whole series was the reunion of Cinder and Kai.

Synopsis

Princess Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She’s said to be even more breath-taking than her stepmother, Queen Levana…

When Winter develops feelings for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin.

But there are stirrings against the Queen across the land. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even find the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter claim their happily ever afters by defeating Levana once and for all?

Winter was a nice girl to read about. Her and Jacin’s relationship was very sweet. This book was very eventful and compared to the other books, it didn’t feel overwhelming.

I liked that the closure was well written and that the characters were given a chapter to know what happened to them at the end. I loved that Marissa Meyer wrote another book, Stars Above, since I got the ending I was expecting for Cinder and Kai.

I also liked reading from Kai’s perspective, the first time he met Cinder in New Beijing. I loved all the couples, without a doubt and I now will miss them a lot.

Ratings
Cinder: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Scarlet: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cress: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Winter: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Mechanic and Something Old, Something New: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Alessandra, checking out.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

I. Am. Speechless.

When I first started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses almost six months ago, I didn’t expect to love these books and Sarah’s well-written characters.

A Court of Mist and Fury was my favorite book from the series, until I read A Court of Silver Flames. For this post, I will break my review according to the characters because I have so little to say about them.

Rating: ★★★★.5/5

Synopsis

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.

1. Nesta Archeron
My favorite thing about this book was Nesta’s glow up. She had a very great change of attitude throughout the whole book. She learned how to love herself and how to get over fears, we could say. I didn’t expect to like Nesta since I despised her in the first book but she also has feelings.

Never again would she be weak. Never again would she be at someone’s mercy. Never again would she fail. Never again, never again, never again.

2. Cassian and Nesta
Cassian and Nesta’s relationship is now my second favorite, after Feysand of course. Cassian understood Nesta in a way others didn’t. Cassian always believed that Nesta could do good with all that she was feeling.

Nesta had loved Cassian since she’d first laid eyes on him. Had loved him even when she did not want to, even when she had been swallowed by despair and fear and hatred. Had loved him and destroyed herself because she didn’t believe she deserved him, because he was all that was good, and brave, and kind, and she loved him, she loved him, she loved him—

I really didn’t expect them to be mates since in A Court of Mist and Fury Rhysand said mates were rare, but I like the idea at the end. Cassian had always wanted a connection with someone as strong as Rhysand’s and Feyre’s, and he got it.

For it was music between their souls. Always had been. And his voice was her favorite melody.

3. Nesta, Gwyn and Emerie
This friendship was so heartening for me, to see that Nesta found two friends who supported and loved her like they were sisters. It was comforting to see the three of them have each other since they had experienced bad moments in their lives. I loved how determined the three of them were to become Valkyries and to get on top of Ramiel for the Blood Rite.

4. Rhysand and Feyre
Loved the bits we got from Rhysand and Feyre throughout the book, although they were good. I didn’t expect a big controversy for Feyre to give birth to an Illyrian baby, but oh well. It was bothering me at first, how overprotective Rhysand was being with Feyre but when they finally said the reason, I understood.

I am looking forward for more Feysand (and Nyx) moments in the next book.

Thoughts on bonus chapters
– Azriel’s chapter
Do I ship Elain and Azriel together? YES. Azriel may have had a dark past, according to the bits we have gotten in previous books, but he deserves someone as nice as Elain. There’s nothing wrong for him to want what his brothers have with their mates. Yes, there’s Lucien who claims Elain as his mate, but it is Elain’s decision at the end.

Azriel was nothing short of beautiful. Even with those scarred hands and the shadows that flowed from him like smoke, she’d always found him to be the prettiest of the three males who called themselves brothers.

I am really wishing the next book is about Elain and Azriel because it would be disappointing for it not to be.

-Feyre’s chapter
This one is one of my favorite Feysand moments from this book, since we got to see how Feyre and Rhysand were discussing the baby’s name and how they knew she was pregnant.

In conclusion, I love Cassian and Nesta together but I was left disappointed with the fast ending in the book. I hope to see more of them in the future. Also, I kind of regret finishing this book in three days because I want more. Anyways…

Havce you read the book yet? Or are you planning on reading it soon?

Alessandra, checking out.

January Wrap Up

Hello, my fellow book friends. It’s been a while. I started university classes two weeks ago and I’m trying to be as productive as I can since the classes that I’m taking are harder than last period.

Before starting classes, I read a lot though. Not a lot like 20 books, but 11!!

Personally, that is a great accomplishment for me since the most I’ve read in a month were 6 books.

I started the year reading The Hunger Games trilogy because I’ve watched the movies a zillion times and i thought, why wouldn’t I read the books?

I’m glad to say that these books did not, at any moment, disappoint me. I didn’t have any expectations before reading so I enjoyed it a lot more than the movies. It is safe to say that this trilogy is the best book to movie adaptation I’ve seen.

I leave the books I read and their ratings below.

1-3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

★★★★★

Loved. It. I really loved each book. The more I read, the more it caught my attention. I’m still sad, though for Finnick and Prim, like, why???? But still, it is one of my favorite trilogies.

4. A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

★★★★

It really was so heartbreaking to finish this book once I started. I thought readers were lying about it, but I proved it by crying. A lot. Poppy was such a beautiful character to read. I didn’t like the ending a lot, though. It’s one of the books I would read again just to feel something.

5. Marfil by Mercedes Ron

★★★★

This is a book written by a Spanish author that had been calling my attention for a while. It impressed me at the beginning but I was disappointed with the ending. The characters were well written, but I just didn’t expect to end the way it did. It left me so upset I couldn’t even read the second book.

6-8. The Deal, The Mistake, The Score by Elle Kennedy

★★★★

I had read the first two books of this series like 2 years ago but in Spanish(my native language) and it wasn’t bad. From the three books, I can say I liked The Deal a lot more than I expected. Garrett and Hannah are just too perfect in their way. I was unmotivated to continue with the last book.

And please tell me, if you read them, if I should read the last book, The Score.

9. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

★★★★

I definitely loved this book. I’ve only read one book with the Indian community representantion and it has inspired me to read even more, to know the culture of others out there in the world. Rishi was so cute, in my opinion, but he deserved better. Like, he should have followed his dreams instead of doing things to please his parents, but I understand his reasons.

10. As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon

★★★★★

I liked that in this novella, Dimple and Rishi talked clearly about their relationship. I felt that Rishi was a bit forceful with the marriage topic, but Dimple handled it well. I would love to read further about them.

11. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

★★★★★

I had been wanting to read this series since last year and finally, I started it this month. It was nothing like I expected, to be honest, but I love it. I kind of like retellings from now on.

So that’s it, folks. I am currently reading Scarlet, which has been a slow reading since I’ve been having a load of work for university.

What did you read this past month? Leave it in the comments.

Alessandra, checking out.

My 2020 Reading Rewind

Hello my fellow book friends!

What a chaotic year we have lived. Today I bring to my last post of the year: my journey in books for 2020. I took the idea of writing this post from Read with Amie , which has been blogging all this month with different tags so check her blog out.

This year, I set my Reading goal to 40 books. Amazingly, I reached my goal by November but that didn’t stop me to read more books. Until today, I read 61 books. *audience cheers*

This is such a wonderful accomplishment for me since every year I try to set my goal higher and challenge myself. This year was meaningful in terms of reading because I discovered that I love slow burn romance (thank you, Mariana Zapata) and the enemies to lovers trope (The Cruel Prince takes this recognition) and let’s not forget about my discovered love for Fantasy and Young Adult books.

Firstly, I will leave my Goodreads statistics

And I leave a screenshot of all the books I read just for holding myself accountable of the books that made me happy throughout this year.

I hope to read more books this new year and I would love to know if you have a goal already set as well. Finally, I don’t want to leave before saying thank you to everyone who read my short blog posts this year. I hope to grow and interact more with you. HAPPY NEW YEAR🎉

My First Reading Slump

Hello everyone. Alessandra checking in.

For the few people reading this and any of my other posts, I’m sorry for my disappearance this last month. As the title says, I’m in my first reading slump. Ever.

In September everything was going well, I read 4 books, which I didn’t review (and I’m not planning to since it is very late) but I enjoyed reading.

The first reason why I haven’t read anything, well, except for a graphic novel, is university. I started university classes three weeks ago and it’s been more exhausting than the first semester. I’m being swallowed by a lot of homework, quizzes, and exams and I can’t find a quiet time for reading.

The second reason is that no book has called my attention lately. I’m into contemporary and young adult romance and I know there a lot of options for me to choose from, but none of them is the one.

But, last week I’ve been granted two ARCs from Netgalley. One of them was the graphic novel I was talking about earlier which I read in a sitting and the second book is the one I’m currently reading. I’m really planning to write a post about it so, stay tuned.

Take care. Wear a mask. 🙂

Til next time, Alessandra checking out.

August Wrap Up


Alessandra checking in. I know I haven’t posted much, but today I bring my first wrap up post. This past month I read a total of 5 books, and although it is not a lot I really enjoyed reading these books.

1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5/5

Did I love this book that much to give it 5 stars? Absolutely yes. I cannot explain how much I’ve fallen for these books. Although I didn’t like how Nesta was acting, I loved that we got to see a glimpse from Cassian’s perspective. I cannot wait for A Court of Silver Flames to be published.

2. Sweet Dandelion by Micalea Smeltzer

Rating: 4/5

This book really caught me since I’ve never read anything like this before. This book is full of sweet and risky moments but I liked that the main character, Dani, got over such a traumatic experience along the book.

3. The Knockout by Sajni Patel

Rating: 5/5

I will never get tired of writing my opinion on this book. I loved the sports and Indian community recognition even if I’m not part of it. I got to learn more about it, though, and I simply loved it. I loved that Kareena, the main character, gets to fight for her dream. I leave the link to my honest review in exchange of this ARC granted by NetGalley. The Knockout Review

4. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Rating: 4/5

Reading this book helped me discover one thing: I’m totally into slow burn romance. At first I thought it would be painful to read this book but it was the complete opposite. I loved that Mariana Zapata got to develop the characters perfectly and she didn’t rush their relationship. I even loved more the fact that the characters, Vanessa and Aiden, got to be friends and then lovers.

5. Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Rating: 5/5

You thought I was lying about my attraction to slow burn romance? I had to continue reading more of this trope and I heard that Mariana Zapata is an expert in this, and indeed she is. I loved Kulti more than The Wall of Winnipeg and Me since I’m a huge fan of soccer, so I obviously had to read it. I couldn’t leave down this book with the passing of the pages. Is such a funny and romantic and sweet book which I’m definitely going to read again in the future.


I still don’t know what my TBRs are since I just read the book that calls the most attention to me. But I will try to read more books this month. And it’s totally fine if you don’t read 10 or 15 books in a month. Personally, I like to read at my own pace and not for commitment to a list I had to do at the beginning of the month. Feel free to tell me what you read this month or to leave a comment.

Alessandra checking out.

Review |Kulti + The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

Hello, Alessandra checking in. Today I will be writing two spoiler free reviews, because I can and I want, and two are better than one. I presenta to you Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me from my new favorite autor, Mariana Zapata.


The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

This story caught me since the beginning. I loved how Aiden Vanessa were introduced at the beginning. Vanessa is the personal assistant of the best football player, Aiden.

At the beginning, Vanessa decides to quit her job as the personal assistant so she can chase her dream job as graphic designer. When she finally quits, she didn’t expect Aiden to come looking for her, begging for her to come back.

I loved this book for many reasons. First, the slow burn romance. I didn’t know I was into slow burn romance books until I read this one. Mariana Zapata didn’t accelerate Aiden’s and Vanessa’s relationship. She developed it so well that I’m in awe, believe me. Second, it was full of thoughtful and sweet moments that it made me read the same chapters 3 or 4 times like the chapter where Aiden bought some nightlights for Vanessa since she is scared of dark for having a bad experience in her childhood with her sisters. And lastly, the book itself. At first I really thought I wasn’t going to finish it or be into it since it is a bit long to be a romance novel, but once I started, I couldn’t leave it.

“I don’t know,” I stuttered, “Do you love me?”

His gaze was so intent the entire world seemed to stop. “You tell me. I never stop thinking about you. I worry about you all the time. Every beautiful thing I see reminds me of you. I can’t finish my practices in Colorado with out wishing you were around,” he said in a steady tone. “You tell me what I feel.”


Kulti

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for 27-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon – why she’d ever had his posters on her wall or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man who hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been. 

If you ask me to describe this book in a word it would be: masterpiece. Kulti is about Sal Casillas, a professional soccer player who finally gets a chance to be trained by her all-time favorite player, Reiner Kulti. When she meets him, all the ideas she had of him, were crumbled when she realized he was being rude with everyone.

In the passing of the book, Sal and Kulti become friends. Their relationship isn’t rushed, like it first goes to becoming friends to falling in love and then end up together.

That’s something that I like from Mariana Zapata and the development of her books. Everything seems natural between the characters. At this point I don’t really care that all the romantic scenes happen almost at the end of the book. And I know for sure that I will be reading more from her works.

If you’re into slow burn romance and sports you should start reading Mariana Zapata’s books. Hope you come back for more posts.

Alessandra, checking out.

The Knockout by Sajni Patel

Disclaimer: I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion

To say that I like this book is an understatement. I don’t even know where to start with this review.

Kareena Thakkar is an Indian-American girl who loves Muay Thai and her family. In this book, Kareena is presented the opportunity to fight at USMTO since she is one of the best fighters.

This is not only an opportunity for Kareena to be the first Indian-American girl to participate in a big event, but for going to Olympics is one of them too.

Throughout the book, Kareena also gets close to her crush, perfect Indian boy Amit Patel, by being his tutor for computer science.

Ever since I started this book I couldn’t let it down. I just loved how fierce and brave Kareena was regardless what people in the Indian community said about her. It shows how real her character is.

This book reminded me that girls can be athletes too. This book deserves all the recognition of the world.

I am looking forward to buy this book on January 26, 2021.

If you like books with sports, a brave character, and a little romance here and there, you should read this book.

Sincerely, Alessandra.

My Top 10 of 2019

As the end of the year is around the corner, I wanted to write about the best books I read throughout all the year. In total, I read 35 books this year.

Most of the books I read were no released this year as I am a upcoming reader. I’m new in this book blogging activity so I hope I do well.

1. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

2. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus.

Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

3. Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Characters: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

4. Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis

Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

5. The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Characters: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


7. November 9 by Colleen Hoover 
Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

8. 33 Razones Para Volver A Verte by Alice Kellen

Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


9. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

10. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/4
Characters: ❤️❤️❤️❤️/5

Out of the 35 books I read, these were my favorite. As an upcoming book blogger I hope to improve my reviewing and my writing skills.

Thank you,
ae.

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