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Reasons Fairest is the Best Novella

A few months ago, Marissa Meyer released Fairest, a novella to her Lunar Chronicles series. This series is one of my favorites, so I was very excited to read the companion. I have read a few novellas before, and I guess they were okay. I went into Fairest with low expectations, because I knew novellas weren’t always the best. A few pages in I was able to tell that this wasn’t going to be an ordinary companion novel. There are reasons upon reasons as to why Fairest is an extraordinary novella.

1. The Length of the Novella

This isn’t just a 50 page story that is only sold as ebooks. No, Fairest is the size of a normal (yet small) book with its 230 pages. The story is more than an extra scene the author had to clip out like most other novellas. Fairest actually provides the reader with a lot of information.


2. Getting Inside the Antagonist’s Head

Oh my goodness. Queen Levana is the craziest psychopath I have ever read. Yeah, there are dark and twisted villains, and then there is this chick. Being able to see Levana’s thoughts adds so much more depth to the series. This novella’s purpose wasn’t to show you how she is a misunderstood villain who has good motives, but rather it increases your hate for the antagonist even more. I seen people complaining how they didn’t sympathize with her, but I honestly think we weren’t supposed to (unless we were sympathizing with her craziness maybe). This story really just shows us what goes through her mind when she makes decisions that affect our main characters.


3. Learning the Background and Motives

I love to read a good back story. Something that give us a glimpse of the past that explains why someone does something later in their life is always exciting to read. It’s like connecting the dots between one point to another. When Levana was little, her (evil) sister Channary pushed her into the fire, causing major distortions to her body and face. Because of this incident, the rest of her life she makes she is hidden behind a beautiful glamour. She even goes as far as breaking all the mirrors on Luna. I thought it was very interesting to see this as well her “relationship” with Evret, because it connects in some ways to the Lunar Chronicles.


4. Connection with the Original Series

This is the point that really excites me. Fairest connects so well to The Lunar Chronicles. There were so many moments in this book that I was gasping.  For example, one moment was when they say that Channary baby’s name is Selene. I’m not sure if Channary’s name was ever mentioned in The Lunar Chronicles, so when I saw the name Selene I kind of freaked out because  it’s Cinder. I don’t know, the thought just didn’t register when I started reading this that we would get Cinder’s back story. Also, when we found out Evret’s baby was Winter, I was happy then too. These weren’t the only moments though, because there were so many other connections. There was a line talking about Luna doctors disappearing, so that had to be the doctor that works at the palace. Another line said how Selene would be paired with Kai, which just made me very giddy. I also think there was a line referencing Cress as well. These are all connections that add to the book, so the novella wasn’t a pointless story.


Sorry for a bit of rambling, but Fairest was seriously great. I was so excited that Marissa Meyer put so much effort into this so we could see more of Levana, who is a very complex character with many layers. For those of you who love The Lunar Chronicles, this is perfect for you. There’s even a excerpt from Winter, which I haven’t read yet. I didn’t want to get even more excited for it, because I would probably burst, and NOVEMBER IS SO FAR AWAY I CAN’T TAKE IT.

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January Book Haul

January Book Haul

In the month of January, I actually required a couple of books. This is abnormal for me, because I will rarely get so many physical book copies in a month, as I buy books on my kindle as well. However, since this month was my  birthday month and I have a much bigger shelf, I got more physical books. I will give you more information about each book below, and it will be from left to right.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
All Violet wants is to graduate and move away from her small town. Theodore just wants to die. As Goodreads describes it, All the Bright places is a perfect mix of two bestsellers The Fault in our Stars and Eleanor & Park.

When I first read about this book when writing my January Releases Post, I was intrigued by it. I feel like I will either really love it or it’ll be a complete flop. We’ll see!


I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Cody thought she knew everything about her best friend Meg. However, after Meg commits suicide in a hotel room, Cody is left to find the answers. Everything she thought she knew about her is gone and she discovers many things her ‘best friend’ never told her about.

Of course I picked this book up, it’s from Gayle Forman!


Fairest by Marissa Meyer

This is a bridge story between Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer. So far, all we know about Queen Levana is how she uses her ‘glamour’ to gain power over people. That is, until now. Meyer has finally written the story of Queen Levana and it is definitely a must-read for fans of the series.

I am absolutely obsessed with the Lunar Chronicles, and this makes me even more excited for Winter!


Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson 

Before Sloane came into her life, Emily didn’t do anything. She wasn’t the one for partying and adventures. Just when she was preparing for a great summer, her best friend Sloane just disappears without a trace. The only thing she left was a list of crazy random things from picking apples at night to dancing until daybreak that Emily needed to complete that summer.

After I read the synopsis, this was another book I was intrigued with. It looks like a really fun summer contemporary, but i don’t know if I can wait that long to read it!


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Samantha was just done celebrating Cupid Day, a day for partying that guaranteed you to be popular, when she died in a terrible crash. However, she didn’t die. Well technically she did, but she relieves that day 7 times, noticing many different things.

I honestly haven’t heard anyone talk about this book. I knew it existed and knew the overall story, but I can’t remember if people liked it or not. Guess I’ll be the judge of that.


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It’s Nick and Amy’s anniversary, when suddenly Amy goes missing. Nick isn’t helping himself out as he keeps on imaging her there. However, after reading into Amy’s diary, a whole new perspective is given. Everyone thinks that Nick killed her, but he still pleads innocent. But if it wasn’t him, who else could it be?

I’m kind of excited, yet kind of nervous for this one. I haven’t read any thrillers/mysteries in a while and I just hope this one is good!

Well those are the 6 books I got this month! I don’t expect to do this every month obviously, but I may start doing something like this after I buy a few books. Maybe something like every two months, and include kindle books? I’m not sure yet…

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2015 Most Anticipated Books (Jan-June) PART 1

I finally made up my list of the most anticipated books of 2015. Of course there are many great books that people are looking forward to that are coming out in 2015, so I narrowed it down to the 1st half of the year (January-June). However I found 16 total books, and I am breaking it into 4 posts. I am doing this so

JANUARY

Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall  (Jan 13)

This story takes place in a future dystopia, where there is a very powerful secret society called the Circle. This society believes that Avery is the key to an old prophecy and that she can fix everything. Avery must unravel the mystery by traveling all over with two boys in the Circle by finding clues. However after time, it is evident that these clues could possibly start World War 3. Not only that, but the boys hold some secrets of their own as well. Avery has a huge decision; chose the boy that will help her save the world, or choose the boy she is falling in love with?

Fairest by Marissa Meyer  (Jan 27)

This is a bridge story between Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer. So far, all we know about Queen Levana is how she uses her ‘glamour’ to gain power over people. That is, until now. Meyer has finally written the story of Queen Levana and it is definitely a must-read for fans of the series. Not only that, but there is a 3 chapter Winter excerpt in the back, so that makes it even better.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman   (Jan 27)

Cody thought she knew everything about her best friend Meg. However, after Meg commits suicide in a hotel room, Cody is left to find the answers. Everything she thought she knew about her is gone and she discovers many things her ‘best friend’ never told her about. Like her room mates, Ben McAllister, and the secret computer file. This is a great book for fans of other Gayle Forman books.

 

FEBRUARY

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard  (Feb 10)

A very anticipated debut novel that is set in a world that is divided by blood. Literally. There are the silver-blooded people that have special powers and rule the world. Then there are the red-blooded, which is the majority, who spend their life serving the Silvers. However, everything is turned around when Mare, a seventeen year old Red, has powers that can overturn the whole system. I have a whole post that explains more about this highly anticipated book here.

Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead  (Feb 10)

This is the final book in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. Syndey and Adrian’s secret romance is discovered and now the Alchemists and the Moroi are mad. In this epic finale, someone they both care for is in danger, and Syndey risks everything to hunt down the enemy. While that is going on, Adrian is engrossed with a secret that could shake the Moroi world completely.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga  (Feb 10)

Aysel is ready for it all to be over. The seventeen physics obsesses girl is constantly plotting her own death. She wants to get away from everyone, but isn’t sure if she can do it alone. That is until she find “Suicide Partners” a website where she finds Roman, a guy who wants to die like her. As they grow closer, Aysel isn’t sure is she still wants to go through with their suicide pact, but before she stops it, she has to convince Roman to stay with her.

 

MARCH

Mosquitoland by David Arnold  (Mar 3)

In this book described as an American Odyssey, Mim is taken from her home in Ohio and is forced to move with her dad and new step-mom in Mississippi. However, when she hears her mom is sick back home, she gets on a bus and heads straight back. She meets many different travelers along the way, and when some unexpected obstacles come in the way, Mim is forced to deal with her own problems.

We All Looked up by Tommy Wallach  (Mar 21)

As the asteroid is coming toward Earth, there are 4 high school seniors are putting everything on the line. Peter is the basketball star is worried, Eliza is ready to escape her reputation in Seattle, Anita (the perfect one) is wondering is the prestigious college is worth sacrificing her dreams, and Andy just doesn’t care. However, with the asteroid quickly coming toward them, they no longer have to worry about their future, but how they will spend their limited present.

 

 

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes  (Mar 24)

Max thought that faking permission slips and cover stories for his classmates would be great, especially since he didn’t like the truth much anyway. He and some friends start Liars, Inc. where they are paid to do many different things. When one member, Preston, wants to meet up with a girl he met online, Max didn’t think it would be a big deal. That is until Preston never came home. Now, all signs point to Max as the murderer. Will he be able to find the true killer before he is swept into jail?

 

Well there is the first nine books of the eighteen that are coming out between January to June. Of course, I can’t put ever anticipated book or my fingers would fall off, but if you know one coming out these next 6 months, please leave a comment down below!

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January 2015 TBR

It’s a brand new year with brand new books! Today I will be talking about the books I want to read in January and some of the books coming out that I find interesting.

First off we have to do the Monthly TBR drawing from my jar. For the month of January, my theme is……… Read a Classic!

 

 

 

 

 

For my classic book, I have decided to read Macbeth by Shakespeare. Yes, I know this is technically a play but I have the book and can read it, therefore it counts. I started reading it the other day and I followed along with an audio version. Not only that, but the copy I bought has the original on one side, and an explained version on the other page. This helps when I come across something that doesn’t make much sense.

No matter what, I will definitely be reading I Was Here by Gayle Forman and Fairest by Marissa Meyer. They are two books that I have been waiting to read for some time now, and I am very excited that they are both so near! Of course they had to come out on the same day, so I will probably read whichever one I get first.

Now those three books are definitely ones I want to read in January, even though it may be hard since two come out on the 27th. After looking up releases in January, these books caught my eye.

  • Playlist for the Dead: I was very intrigued by the idea of this book when I was reading the summary. Although it may not be this month, I would love to read this book sometime.
  • All Fall Down: I have been waiting forever for another Ally Carter book and there finally is one. I loved the Heist Society books (I’m still waiting for the 4th one) and this one seems like it will be pretty interesting
  • All the Bright Places: I’m not sure about this one yet. I feel like this is a book that could be very good or the opposite. They say it is a mixture of The Fault in our Stars and Eleanor & Park, and while I adore those two books, it makes me nervous when things are compared to them.

Anyway those are my thoughts on January. I don’t have much on here because I don’t want to make myself read these if I don’t feel like it at the time. All I want is to read the books I feel like reading.