Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cress by Marissa Meyer + GIVEAWAY

Title: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: February 2014








Summary (taken from Amazon):

In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

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

Review:

Cress is one of my most anticipated reads this year and I knew I was ready for it when I finally got my hands on a copy seeing as I reread both Cinder and Scarlett to refresh my memory of all that has happened so far. 

Cress—naturally is about Cress, a Lunar girl who is Queen Levana’s best hacker and is also trapped on a satellite in outer space. She was first introduced way back in the first book, where she made contact with Cinder regarding the danger that Prince Kai is in. Being on a satellite since young, Cress has had very limited contact with others. She dreams of one day escaping to Earth yet everything she knows about the planet are from the feeds and net dramas that she watches. 

We get to see quite a bit of Cress—first with her on the satellite and then being stranded in the desert before the group finally comes together again. There’s points of view from several major characters which keeps things exciting and readers will get to keep up with things happing on several fronts. New characters are introduced and there’s one in particular that I can’t wait to read more about in the next book. 

This is one of those series that I always recommend when people ask me what they should read. And with things coming together and secrets unraveling, I can’t wait to see how this series will end. Just one more book to go and the wait is excruciating.

Rating 5 Stars

Giveaway Time!

I have an extra signed copy of Cress to give to one of my readers. Open internationally, ends April 4, 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: June 2013


Summary (taken from Amazon):

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.


Review:

Initially this book wasn’t even on my radar but I came across on one of the Korean drama blogs that I read and they referenced Boys Over Flowers in their review and at that point I knew I had get it from the library and read it. Going into it I knew it was going to be about “crazy rich asians”, it was going to be dramaful, and basically one of those guilty pleasure reads that I love so much.

The main storyline centers on Rachel Chu, who is an American Chinese working as an economics professor at NYU. Her boyfriend of two years, Nicholas Young (also a professor at NYU), is taking her on their summer vacation to his home country of Singapore where Rachel will get to meet his family for the first time. Little does she know that Nick is from an old, prestigious, and very rich Chinese family. A secondary storyline that I really liked revolves around Nick’s cousin Astrid, seemingly perfect in every way and how her picture perfect marriage isn’t so perfect after all.

Nick has a very large family so there are so many characters that pop up which meant that having a family tree included in the book was very helpful. The author also kept things moving along at a quick pace since every chapter the story would jump around to different characters and their point of view. Nick’s mom who is adamantly against Rachel, manages to dig up some dirt on her so throughout the book theres always this big secret looming and it became really hard for me not to flip to the end and find out what it was.

This book is exactly what I expected it would be and I devoured every page of it. Even thought this is an adult book, I think fans of the Gossip Girl books or The Ivy series would love this one too.

Rating 4 Stars

Thursday, January 30, 2014

What I've Been Reading

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

If you’ve seen my last post then you’ll know how excited I am about Marissa Meyer’s upcoming author signing. In anticipation I’ve decided to reread both Cinder and Scarlett and I will read Cress once I can get my hands on a hardcover copy. It has been almost two years since I’ve first read Cinder and while I still remember the major plot details, I’m sure I’ve forgotten some of the smaller ones.

 

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, #1)

I’ve been reading this on and off intermit ably for the last little while. I do have about 50 pages left. I did read the first two books of the this series years ago when I first started blogging and never continued with the series. Since this series has ended, I think it’s a good time for me to slowly try to get more of the books read.


Past Reads:

All the Kings Men Series by Margaret Mallory

Return of the Highlanders Series by Margaret Mallory

At the end of last year I went historical romance kick and read all of Margaret Mallory‘s books. I read All the Kings Men first then started Return of the Highlanders. When I started the Highlander books, I was kind of hesitant because of the difference in setting and time period. The first series takes place in a royal court setting with knights and royals while the second series is in Scotland and about Highlanders. But it wasn’t a problem as I finished book after book. I really like this author and looking forward to more books from her.