Review: Cinder & Ella and Happily Ever After by Kelly Oram // My personal favourite contemporary retelling of Cinderella!

Title: Cinder & Ella and Happily Ever After
Author: Kelly Oram
Series: Cinder & Ella duology
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: 254 & 342 pages resp., Ebook
Published: October 2016 & April 11th 2017 by Bluefields respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Cinder & Ella

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

Happily Ever After

The end of one story is often the beginning of another. Hollywood heartthrob Brian Oliver and his Cinderella princess Ellamara Rodriguez have finally found love outside the digital world. But leaving their anonymity behind creates a whole new set of obstacles for the nation’s new favorite sweethearts. With the stress of Brian’s fame, Ella’s disapproving family, and the pressures of a new relationship weighing down on them, the It Couple quickly begins to wonder if they can hold on to their newfound joy, or if maybe happily ever after is only a fairy tale.


I read Cinder & Ella for the first time in 2016 but never got the chance to write a review despite utterly falling in love with it. Lo, behold! Kelly announced its sequel in 2017 but well I finally got to it this year. I also had a sudden craving to reread the first book, therefore I didn’t give up the chance to binge read it and holy hell, it was fun! When you reread a book after a long time, there is a kind of excitement to go back into the familiar world. At the same time, you wonder if you are going to love it as much as you did before. Thankfully, my experience was quite good, I would say even better than the first! I won’t lie, this book set my standards so high, I wasn’t fully able to love Geekerella or similar books like that because I had already read this. This book was albeit cheeeeesy and fluffy but well it earned a special place in my heart. Well anyhooo, onto the review…

Cinder and Ella had virtually met through Ella’s blog where she posts hilarious books and movie reviews. Cinder a.k.a Brian is a teenage heartthrob who longs for something real. Despite reading “not so awesome” comments about his acting skills in her blog, they strike up an unusual friendship. They also share their love for the Druid Prince Chronicles where Brain is actually playing the role of Cinder. Although they have never met, they share a lot of bond and harbour mutual feelings. However, before anything begins, Ella faces a big accident where she almost becomes a cripple. Losing her mother and sending to live with her dad and her step-family is a cherry on top. The only shining light in the darkness is Brain with whom she gets to reconnects with after a year.

So… I fell in love with the story of Brian and Ella all over again. Ella’s pain and heartache all over made me ache for her again. Although Ella’s a pretty self-dependent person, her injury does not let feel that way. She is left nearly more than half burnt after the accident and hence is forced to live with her step-family. Mostly, the whole family starts up on the wrong foot which creates quite a few misunderstandings between the family members. But thing that I loved the most this duology is the relationship between the sisters. This relationship was particularly not rainbows and sunshine at first but I completely loved how it evolved as the series moved forward. However, the same cannot be said for the father. I mean… he tried to redeem himself but it just didn’t feel like he was trying 100%. I mean even if he did, he always said the wrong things at the wrong time and always questioned Ella instead of being just with her and supporting her.

On the other hand, Brian was a complete sweetheart. He was patient, supportive and loved Ella with his whole heart. However, while reading this for the second time, I basically realised he had no flaw. Neither did Ella. Not much. So yeah, although these characters were outstanding but sometimes they just felt a little too bland. Although I could resonate with Ella a lot since I react pretty much the same way she does in certain situations. Despite these flaws, I enjoyed their relationship right from the very start. Brain definitely had me swooooning! Oh, I also enjoyed the complexity of the situation since they have been online friends forever but in real life, only for a few weeks. I definitely enjoyed how the author handled this situation and it didn’t feel rushed at all. 

I noticed one thing about the dad department in this book. Mostly, both of them were douches and didn’t live up to my expectations. Okay, although Ella’s father was a not a complete douche but he still was… I mean if you get what I mean. In the first book, we get a glimpse of the limelight that Brian is always in due to his career as an actor. This was especially highlighted in the sequel as well since we get to see its impact on Ella. Although there were vulnerable moments, I was so glad to see them fighting for each other along with sharing equal love and respect.

Overall, Cinder & Ella and Happily Ever After were both an awesome read. It was a great duology with a filled with romance, comedy as well as heartwrenching emotions. This book made me laugh out loud on various occasions and even made me cry my eyes out. However, I am so glad I picked up this series, although it was on a whim. All the characters were uniquely distinguishable and I adored each and everyone (mostly) of them. This rhythm of this book was pretty steady and it followed a slowly yet simple writing style. Due to these certain factors, I was able to enjoy this series far more!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, have you duology this yet? Or any other book by this author?

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas || An Epic tale of politics, intrigue and romance

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, book 3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 699 pages, Paperback
Published: May 2nd, 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


This book was a blast!! I had so many emotions, I laughed, I cried, I swooned, basically, it was a whirlwindy ride and I couldn’t put the book down! You can read my review of book 1: A Court of Thorns and Roses, here and book 2: A Court of Mist and Fury, here.

*Majorish Spoilerish!*

After everything went downhill when Tamlin sold them off to Hybern to get Feyre back, she is forced to return to the Spring Court with Tamlin and Lucien but keeps her facade on of being on their side. Too much, too soon, she becomes face to face with too many dangers, and she is sure of one thing, a war is coming. A big one. She is ready to defend her home or matter what or die trying.

“Night Triumphant – and the Stars Eternal.
If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”

This book was seriously EPIC!! So many freaking things happened. The plot kept me engaged from the very first page until the last. After Tamlin’s ambush which led to Feyre’s sisters turning into Feys against their will, Feyre only wants revenge for what he did to her family. And by family, not only her sisters but selling the whole of Prythian into the hands of Hybern. I absolutely loved seeing another side of her and how she manipulated Tamlin’s soldiers and his people against him, not that he wasn’t to be blamed for his actions, he absolutely deserved what he got.

“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”

I am someone who doesn’t enjoy politics much, but I have to vastly defer in this case. The politics, the intrigue were absolutely mind-blowing and I was continuously on the edge of what was going to happen next. This book did a fairly great job of maintaining a certain amount of mystery which made this book unpredictable and which is something I absolutely loved.

The family aspect of this book continued to amaze me. I loved how much Mor, Cassian, Azriel and of course Rhysand were a family to each other and comrades later. Rhysand and Feyre were so amazing! I loved them even more in this book and the romance between them was explosive as hell!

“I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that I do not love with everything I am.”

Also, Nesta and Elain were definitely another interesting aspects in this book. I loved the fact that things finally became the way it was supposed to be between Feyre and Nesta, although not fully but it was a start. I seriously didn’t expect that blow from Elain in the battlefield but it was kickass and also how afterwards Nesta finished the job! Simply mind-blowing.

The only one negative aspect of this book, which I felt was that the middle portion dragged a bit. And it started to feel that the main execution of the war would fall short but I am glad I was proved wrong. I admit, I kind of wanted a bit more action from Feyre in the actual war but overall, it was simply devastating (in a good way!) and executed perfectly! Tamlin’s change of side didn’t make me forgive him, in fact when the actual meeting started before the war, I didn’t loathe him more in that one particular moment when he understands Feyre’s truth and that was also the moment I loved Rhysand the most and how he defeated his mate as well as his High Lady’s honour.

“I blinked at my mate. Then grinned, not bothering to hide the savagery within it. “Hybern has no idea about the hell that’s about to rain down upon them, do they.” “Here’s to family reunions,” was all Rhys said.

Everything came down to the war. They were facing Hybern, who were undefeatable especially with the help of the Cauldron. Although with so many allies and a few of their hidden weapons, they still fell short. There were a few moments my heart nearly gave out, especially in the one where I thought I would lose Cassian for real. Amren kinda reminded me of Calypso (from Pirates of the Caribbean) and with the stunt, she pulled but I was so happy for everyone in the end and my heart soared with joy when the unexpected allies rolled in. Feyre’s story may have come to an end but I am definitely up to know more about Nesta and Cassian. There was undeniable chemistry between them and I definitely hope to see more of them in the future. Also, Elain and Lucien are on my list too! Ah, basically I want books for every character!! ❤

Overall, A Court of Wings and Ruin was a fantastic read! I couldn’t get enough of it. The plot waas executed neatly and the characters kept me on my toes. I loved the character developement and the romance between Feyre and Rhysand. There were so many amazing aspects of this book. The writing was beautiful and smooth and it was fast-paced throughout the book! I can’t wait to read more books in this series!!

Recommend it?

Duh. Yes!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Did you love it as much as I did or was it just meh for you?

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Saraj J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, book 2

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 624 pages, Paperback

Published: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Source: Purchased

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.


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Ooookay, so first of all, my ship saaaaailed!

(I’m sorry, I couldn’t control plus I can’t stop laughing!)

But honestly guys, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SURVIVE AFTER HOW EVERYTHING ENDED!! I need the next book now! *sighs*

Anyway… this book was everything! I loved it so soo much! Feyre is back with Tamlin in the Spring Court but she knows she can never be the same again after what happened in Under the Mountains. Everything feels different and she’s suffocating until Rhysand comes to take Feyre away as promised to keep the end of his bargain. At first, everything is the same until Feyre is forced to make a choice that changes everything. Also there’s a big war coming. How will she handle everything?

A Court of Mist and Fury is a retelling of Persephone and Hades and it was so perfectly done. I enjoyed the plot so much. I’m so glad I was team Rhysand from book 1, I did like Tamlin but that was it, I didn’t feel anything more for that guy plus he didn’t do much back when Feyre was treated like crap and given so many challenges to perform by Amarantha and after seeing how he treated Feyre in this book like she was pet or something, I wanted to strangle him myself! Nonetheless, so freaking many new details were exposed in this book that simply left me in awe. And can we talk about Rhysand, how completely flawed yet perfect his character is! And when I learnt about his full backstory, I was quite surprised because I was definitely not expecting that but oh well it was pretty awesome nonetheless!

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

-Feyre

I loved Feyre. Although she was broken and didn’t know how she was supposed to move on but with the help of Rhysand she slowly started the healing process. I’m so glad she stood up for herself and decided to do what she thought was right. The chemistry between Rhysand and Feyre was undeniable! And the romance… it was perfect. Just perfect! I just loved these two so much!

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”

There were some new characters introduced who belonged to the Night Court. I adored Mor, she was so awesome and a great friend, she made Feyre feel like she was family from the very beginning. Azriel and Cassian were two unique and great characters. Last but not the least- Amren, I was confused about what to feel about her and hontsly, she scared me a bit at first but then I understood, she is as trustworthy as anyone can be.

Overall, A Court of Mist and Fury was a fantastic read! I loved how the plot was executed though I did feel the middle portion was a bit draggy. Nonetheless the characters definitely made up for it because they were pretty awesome! The chemistry and the romance between Rhysand and Feyre was amazing, The writing was beautiful and addictive as always and the pace was even throughout the book. The last portion of the book was so awesome and I could barely breath as I breezed through it! I really, really can’t wait for the next book and I don’t have a freaking clue about how I’m going to survive till then!

Recommend it?

Duh. Yes!


So guys, what did you feel about this book? What did you love the most about it? Have you read this book yet? Or are you still waiting for it? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Star-Touched Queen

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Standalone

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook

Published: April 26th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.


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This book was really, really good. The Star-Touched Queen is inspired by Indian mythology so yup, of course being an Indian I wanted to read this so badly! And I was ecstatic when my request was approved in Netgalley.  I’m glad I got to read this book because I enjoyed this hell of a ride!

Maya is cursed with a horoscope that has spread fear in everybody’s mind in her kingdom. Everyone tries to keep their distance from her. But her father, the king arranges her marriage despite her reluctance but what he tells her to do is next to unimaginable. Despite everything she agrees but on the day of her marriage when a war break out Amar, the king of Akaran saves her. From there begins a new journey. Maya finds herself slowly falling for him but she understands that he is keeping deep secrets that he’s unwilling to share. Despite his warnings, Maya is keen to unravel his secrets which unleashes chaos. Will she be able to save herself or will she destroy everyone in the process?

The plot, the concept, everything was really intriguing. Though the starting is a bit slow, nonetheless it picks up its pace soon enough. I loved the world-building and how everything was so elaborately described. There is not a dull moment in this book. The concept of Akaran was literally awesome. Like Maya, I didn’t really think of it first but when it was finally revealed, it was a big OMG moment! Amar was really an interesting as well as a mysterious character. I wanted to know more about him as I read the book. I really liked Maya and Amar together and their chemistry was really great. However, there is a bit of insta-love thingy but it didn’t bother me much, especially after we got to know the truth.

I liked Maya’s character, she was a curious and a brave person but she made a lot of stupid decisions at the beginning. . But I liked her character development throughout the book. She grew more brave and bold and I liked how she handled things maturely. There are a lot of interesting aspects in this book, there were even references from the Indian epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana which was really awesome. I liked how all the terminologies were explained as I found most of them were in Hindi, I even found one or two Bengali terms. But I think there were too many references that needed more explanation, I was familiar with the terms and myths but I think a glossary or something like that would have been helpful for those who are totally unfamiliar with the Indian culture of the time during the reign of the kings.

Overall, The Star-Touched Queen was a great and an interesting read. The plot kept me hooked from the very first page and the characters were pretty intriguing. I liked the romance between Amar and Maya. I was really satisfied with how everything was executed. The writing was lyrical and beautiful. I couldn’t stop reading it. I look forward to read more from this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Sooo, guys have you read The Star-Touched Queen yet? What were your experience about this book? Did you love it or was it just meh for you? Or are you waiting to read this book? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Princess of Athelia by Aya Ling

Author: Aya Ling

Tittle: Princess of Athelia

Series: Unfinished Fairy Tales, book 1.5

Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Retelling,  [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 80 pages, Ebook

Published: November 15th 2015

Source: I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Kat has now moved into the palace, determined to make the most of her time with her beloved prince. Being princess, however, is no bed of roses. She must learn how to behave like a royal, prepare for the upcoming engagement, and defend herself against hostile relatives. And knowing that her time with Edward is limited, Kat isn’t so certain that she wants to be princess anymore…


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Time for a little recap: The Ugly Stepsister (book 1) is a unique retelling of Cinderella where Kat ends up in the story world as one of the ugly stepsister after accidentally tearing the pages of her book. She could only go back to her realm if the happily ever after occurs, so she plans a mission to make Cinderella and Prince Charming, i.e. Prince Edward fall in love but she falls in love with the prince instead. You can read my review for The Ugly Stepsister here.

This book takes place between the time when Kat moves to the castle as the to-be bride of Prince Edward till her departure from that realm after her marriage kiss in The Ugly Stepsister. This book was indeed short and sweet. We learn more about this realm, i.e. how the story world was actually created and how things function here. Kat had to face real difficulties here as she had to learn and be accustomed to the manners of a princess and be prepared for the royal wedding, it was pretty fun to read because she’s the total opposite instead of a princess material. As much as she wanted to be back to her mother and sister, she also didn’t want to leave Edward behind. It was a tough choice she had to make but she made it nonetheless.

This book reminded me why I loved Kat so much, she’s one of my favourite female protagonists. The social issues were present in this book as well and she continued to fight for them. And Edward, was as charming as ever, he was caring and so supportive of Kat. I loved their romance so much, it was just so sweet! I already knew how the first book ended, so I braced myself for the ending but I’m really very exited to see what happens in the next book!

Overall, Princess of Athelia was a short but a great read, it was fast paced and the writing was smooth and easy to read. Though I’ve already had a glimpse of the next book but I literally can’t wait to read the whole finished product! It’s going to be epic! 😀

Recommend it?

If you loved The Ugly Stepsister, then definitely yes!


So how many of you have read this novella? Have you started this amazing series yet? If yes, how’s your experience and expectations for the next book? And if not, are you going to start it? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer

Tittle: Winter

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, book 4

Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, Retelling, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 538 pages, Ebook

Published: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends

Source: Purchased

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?


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*SPOILERY REVIEW*

This book was FREAKING AWSOME!! I was a bit worried at first considering the page length but it definitely lived up to my expectation. I started Winter in November, but had to stop reading because I realized I had Fairest and wanted to read that first and then I got kinda side tracked. (Blame it on the review copies!) Then I finally started reading it this weekend and wooosh! Finished it in two days! Fair warning, this is going to be a very “quotesy” review! 😛

Winter starts right from where it was left off. Cinder and her crew have kidnapped Kai resulting in the cancellation of the marriage between Kai and an enraged Levana. Cinder knows she can’t delay it any longer, it’s time to claim her rightful place in Luna and to free it’s people from Levana’s slavery. But the task is not that easy as they have to cross numerous barriers before they can reach their goal. Will Cinder and her friends with the help of Princess Winter be able to finally defeat Levana or will all hell break loose?

“She’s our lost princess. And she’s coming home.”

I loved the plot. I did doubt for a bit that how it was going to play off after seeing the bulky page length but the plot was definitely stable and strong, it didn’t wither for even a second. There were numerous ordeals that Cinder and her crew had to face. One thing or the other was constantly happening but it was very difficult to stop reading, specially the last part where I was practically racing to know what was going to happen next. The action was one of the things that I enjoyed very much in this book. As we all know Winter is a retelling of Snow White but Marissa Meyer complete weaved a unique storyline but the major incidents of Snow White were still there which was pretty awsome! Everytime, when I realized that a particular thing similar to Snow White was going to happen, I was left gasping in surprise.

The characters… where should I begin with.. were all simply awsome! I completely LOVED Winter. She was weird and different which made her a unique kind of character whom I absolutely adored. Her mental state was very affected because she refused to use her Lunar manipulative gifts but she was the most normal in the presence of Jacin, her childhood friend and her guard and the person she was in love with. Although I didn’t like Jacin much in Cress but he warmed upto my heart in this book. He was caring and very protective of Winter which was simply very sweet. I liked their relationship, a lot.

“There is no safer place for me than at your side.”

Also the relationship between Scarlet and Winter was pretty fun to read. Although Scarlet didn’t like Winter at first but it was pretty clear in this book how much they both cared about each other. But the banters between them were so funny-

“They are going to laugh at you and mock you and then they are going to—”
“Eat me. Yes. I understand.”
“You don’t seem to be grasping the meaning behind the words. This isn’t a metaphor. I’m talking about huge teeth and digestive systems.”
“Fat and bones and marrow and meat,” Winter sang. “We only wanted a snack to eat.”
Scarlet grunted. “You can be so disturbing.”

I loved Cinder more in this book. Although she was nervous as hell but she knew where she stood, she didn’t back off even after the numerous threats but fought back to save Kai, the enslaved people and to save herself. She was definitely more confident in this book which I liked very much. Although we have only a few scenes of Cinder and Kai together, their chemistry remained perfect and I loved the romance between them. And how can I forgot, the banter between Cinder and Thorne was one of the things I was most looking forward to and hell it didn’t dissapoint! 😀

“Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”
“Do you even know what you’re saying half the time?” asked Cinder.”

But my favourite part of the book was definitely Thorne and Cress. Things were awkwardly cute between them in the previous book but I wanted more. And my wish was fulfilled in this book. Cress was definitely more bolder than she was ever was and I was so glad to see her speaking her heart. The romance between Thorne and Cress was actually hawt and made me swoooon! It was bloody damn prefect! I wasn’t expecting this much but omg… it was so, so good! *cries happy tears*

Scarlet and Wolf had very little time together in this book, I admit I wanted a bit more. I think they were the one who suffered the most in this book and poor Wolf, he had to face unnecessary torture but still in the end his love for Scarlet kept him sane. I loved their relationship as usual and I definitely loved it when Wolf was all awkward and stuff infront of Scarlet, it’s kinda cute! And oh! How can I forget my favourite character, Iko. She was a blast in this book as well! She remained sarcastic, funny and fiercely loyal to Cinder.

Winter started to clap. “Brilliant speech. Such gumption and bravado.”

“And yet strangely lacking in any sort of actual strategy,” said Scarlet.

“Oh, good, I’m glad you noticed that too,” said Iko. “I was worried my processor might be glitching.”

Overall, Winter was a satisfying ending to The Lunar Chronicles. It was sarcastic and laced with humour which made it an enjoyable read. The plot was executed neatly and perfectly. And all the characters were memorable and simply awsome and unique in their own way. Although I do believe the length could have been a bit shorter but nonetheless I don’t regret a moment of it, it was quite necessary because we get to read the POVs of all the main characters. I absolutely loved the romance in this book, it felt perfect to me. The writing style was simple and beautiful and although the pace varied in some portions, it mostly remained fast paced. I didn’t face any problem and fell into the comfortable rhythm of this book. So, Winter is definitely a must read for all The Lunar Chronicles fan, it definitely was an epic conclusion to this series.

Recommend it?

Duh. YES!

Read my review of the previous books in The Lunar Chronicles:

Book 1- Cinder
Book 2- Scarlet
Book 3- Cress
Book 3.5- Fairest


So how many of you have already gobbled up this book? And how many of you are eagerly waiting to? Never heard of this series? Omg, then you need to go back to book 1 and read this series asap! And those of you who have already completed this freaking awsome series, who was your most favourite character or pair in this book? Any special scene or particular aspect which you enjoyed the most? Share your awsome thoughts with me!

Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer

Tittle: Fairest

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, book 3.5

Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopia, Retelling, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Trigger Warning: Abuse

Page Count and Format: 142 pages, Ebook

Published: January 27th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

Source: Purchased

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.


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I was already into a few chapters of Winter when a review of Winter popped into my email, I decided to skim through it a bit and that person said reading Fairest was a good idea before reading Winter. Then I realised I already had Fairest, so I paused Winter and started reading this book. And O M G, I was completely blown away! Although this book is not necessary to read before diving into Winter but I would whole-heartedly recommend it because this book was creepily perfect!

“Love is a conquest, love is a war”

This book tells us the story of Levana, of what happened before any of the incidents in The Lunar Chronicles actually happened. We get to know a lot of things about Levana from this book, we get to know about her unfortunate childhood, how she got her scars and why she wears glamour, how Winter came into the picture and about her real mother, what happened to Princess Selene and how Levana actually became this way.

I really, really felt bad about Levana and how she was treated during her childhood but at the same time I couldn’t stop but loathe her as well because no matter what she always had that twisted sort of mind. I needed time… okay a lot of time to process this book after finishing it because honestly, despite how cruel Levana was, I just felt bad. Only if there was some kind of hope or if she actually received love, ever, things might have been different. I was actually hysterically towards the last portion, what happened was nerve wrecking.

I absolutely hated Channery, Levana’s older sister. I mean, how could anybody be that cruel. She played a major role in turning Levana this way. Also her parents never cared about her. She understood a long time ago that she could only rely on herself. The romance was creepy, very very creepy. Levana was literally obsessed with Evret, who was Winter’s actual father. I felt uncomfortable reading that but that was the motive of this book.

Overall, Fairest was an incredible read which turned me into a mess. Everything was handled perfectly in this book. I didn’t ever think that I would love reading an antagonist’s story this much but Fairest proved to be that book. The writing was beautiful and it flowed smoothly and the pace was even throughout the book. This book was quite short and addictive so I finished it quite easily in one sitting.

Recommend it?

Y E S !!


Eeeeep guys! I finished Winter today so I thought it would be appropriate to post the review of Fairest today. So how many of read this book or decided to skip it and directly read Winter? What were your thoughts about this incredible book? Share it with me!