So this week, I read 5 books in total. 4 being Marissa Meyer books, 1 novel in English, 3 novellas, and 1 novel in Japanese.
1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the 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. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
My Thoughts on Scarlet:
After a Cinderella retelling, the 2nd book to the Lunar Chronicles is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. While Cinder was set in China, the 2nd book, Scarlet, is set in France. For me, this book is better than Cinder because of it’s plot and I love the new set of characters better than the first book. First, we have Scarlet Benoit’s grand-mére who was a pilot and was a part of a special mission when she was younger. How cool is that! And there’s fierce and sassy Scarlet who is willing to sacrifice her life if it means saving her grand-mére. Then there’s Ze’ev also known as “Wolf.” Mysterious Wolf. I was drawn to Wolf since the beginning because of his mysterious aura. I also like the romance going on between Wolf and Scarlet though it’s a bit cheesy. Overall, I give Scarlet 4 stars out of 5.
2. Glitches by Marissa Meyer
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. In Glitches, a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch…
My Thoughts on Glitches:
Let us take a moment to appreciate the book cover. Okay, let’s move on to my thoughts about this short prequel. It is beautifully written and I wish it would have been a bit longer. After reading this prequel, I liked Peony even more because she did not judge Cinder for who she is and she did not mind having an additional member to their family. In fact, she was happy to have Cinder be a part of their family. Her sister Pearl on the otherhand hated having Cinder in their family. I guess Peony was happy because it meant having a playmate and as I think about it, I don’t think children judge anyone because of their differences like being part cyborg or being black or white and since Pearl is older and more mature, I think she sees Cinder differently and she judged Cinder instead of welcoming her to the family. And then, there’s Cinder’s stepmother, Adri. I hated her in the first book. Wait, no. I did not hate her, I despised her but after reading Glitches, I learned that when Cinder was added to their family, they were having financial problems and having an additional member to their family means more mouths to feed. If Cinder’s stepfather explained to Adri why he saved Cinder’s life and why he is so comitted to taking care of Cinder, Adri would have understood. Overall, I give this 4 out of 5 stars.
3. The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer
It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.
My Thoughts on The Queen’s Army:
Ze’ev! A story about Wolf’s past! Yes yes yes! 😍 I love love love this novella because it gives a glimpse of Wolf’s story before the army and because it’s a story about my favorite character in the Lunar Chronicles. I really enjoyed this novella. The scene wherein Ze’ev was forced to leave his family to join the Queen’s army when he was still in his teens made me feel like I want to jump right into the book and tell him everything will be alright. I got a little carried away there, sorry. I feel sorry for his younger brother because he is always overshadowed by Wolf. This novella made me hate Queen Levana even more because of how he turned innocent people into genetically engineered monsters to become her army. I couldn’t say much about this book because no words would give justice as to how much I really loved this novella. I’ll just let my star rating say it all. Overall, I give this novella 5 out of 5 stars!
4. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer
The Little Android is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles by New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer.
When android Mech6.0 saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t meant to develop impractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.
My Thoughts on The Little Android:
Marissa Meyer did it again, a unique way of retelling! Heartbreakingly beautiful, this novella is one of my favorite novellas of all time. OMG I don’t think I can write a proper review on this because I can’t keep myself from crying on the inside whenever I remember Star and the sacrifice she made to the one she loves. I want to give this a 6 out of 5 stars!
5. 塔の上のラプンツエル しぶや まさこ より
塔の上のラプンツエル は しぶやまさこ が アイリーン トリンブル が書いた 英語の本を訳した物語です。日本語なのでグーグルトランスレートを使いながら読んで、読み終わるには何日もかかりましたけど 楽しかった。訳した本ですけど日本語がオリジナル物語みたいに書いてあって訳してないような訳で すばらしいと思います。日本語を勉強して漢字は三年生の漢字を勉強してますのであまり漢字読めないのでこの本を読んで勉強になりました。それに、塔の上のラプンツエルの本は漢字にふりがなをふってあいますので新しい言葉とか習いました。
That’s it for my weekly wrap up! ☺ If you’ve made it this far into my post, thank you for reading! I really appreciate it. 😄