JUNE WRAP-UP + JULY TBR!

And here we are again… Back for another wrap-up/tbr post. This month was quite honestly the busiest month of summer so far. I spent the first week of the month working and packing for my trip to Cuba. I left for Cuba on the 11th of June and got back on the 18th really late at night. I was sick for the last two full days in Cuba/for the first two days of me being home.. and the weekend I came home was Father’s Day weekend, which is the busiest weekend at Dairy Queen (yes, I work at a Dairy Queen)… I’m the ice cream cake maker, so the weekend was insanely hectic selling cakes.. and then I worked straight through the next week and had to catch up on all my summer school work! I even worked yesterday on Canada Day, which is a holiday for most people but I got extra pay so it’s all good! However, now I’m completely stressed out because I have my final essay for my summer school class due in two weeks and all I do is work!!

Nonetheless, I still managed to finish a few books… Not as many as I’d hoped… but a few!

June Wrap-Up

1. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

I definitely thought that I wouldn’t be able to finish this book in one go with it being multiple separate stories, but holy crap, I couldn’t stop! I liked that all of the stories began right where the last one left off. It was almost as if I was reading one book instead of multiple novellas. I loved meeting all of the different characters that Celaena came in contact with, but OH MY GOD SAM…. I mean it’s not a surprise what happens, but I didn’t expect it to be so awful. 5 stars for Mrs. Sarah J. Maas.

2. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

This was the first book I finished in Cuba and oh my goodness gracious. I almost started bawling on the lounge chair at the pool… Miles’ back story is so freaking tragic. I could not stop reading until I figured out what happened in his past. The ending was absolutely amazing. 5 stars for Colleen Hoover!

3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

This was the second book I read in Cuba and I honestly don’t really know what I was expecting going into it, but I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely like nothing I have ever read before. It was vulgar and hilarious and so real. I laughed so hard out loud at some passages that my friends made me read them aloud so they could laugh too. At this point I’m just giving away 5 stars!

4. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

This was my third book that I completed in Cuba and my first book by A.S. King. I hear nothing but good things about her books, but honestly I was a bit disappointed. I liked the story and I thought it was an interesting concept, but the end was a huge let down. It builds you up so much to want to know the truth about what happened and once you find out and Vera talks to the police it’s just like .. “okay, now what?” and it’s over! 3 stars for this one.

5. Allegiant (62%) by Veronica Roth

After my amazing experience listening to Cress on audiobook I thought getting this on audiobook would be a good way to force me to get through it. Unfortunately, I’m still not done. I’ve been listening to this on and off for the last 3ish weeks and I’m just getting so annoyed at the readers’ voices! Tris and Four just don’t sound like this in my head!

6. House of Many Ways (32%) by Diana Wynne Jones

This was the fourth book I started in Cuba and I probably could have finished it and the last one I took (Shadow and Bone) if I didn’t get sick. Usually being sick doesn’t prevent me from reading, but I was completely nauseous and out of commission for a solid 48 hours. I think I got sun stroke, it was awful. I want to finish this because it’s a companion novel to Howl’s Moving Castle and I love that book.

July TBR

My July TBR looks pretty similar to my last few TBRs… Finish up series/books I’ve already started.

1. Finish Allegiant and House of Many Ways 

2. Four by Veronica Roth

3. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

4. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

5. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

I’m not sure how much reading I will be doing this month considering I have my final paper/final exam for my summer school class in the next few weeks. However, I seem to always be able to find time to read so I’ll see what I can do. I’ve also been really obsessed with Netflix lately and I’ve watched the first and second season of Orange is the new Black in about a week so… I definitely need to chill with the TV and start reading/blogging. But it’s just so funny!!

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I need to start making use of the different tools on WordPress so I can write a few posts when I have time and set them to upload later… I also just need to better organize my life. I can’t wait for this class to be over so I will finally have one full month to do nothing before back to school!!

What have you been reading this month? What are you looking forward to reading/doing/watching in July?

For all of you that still read my pathetic one post per month, thank you!

Cheers

Jacqueline

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BOUT OF BOOKS 12.0!

I’m excited to announce I’ll be participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon! I meant to make this announcement post a while ago and then just lost track of my life. Thank goodness I don’t start school again until January 13th. For whatever reason my university gets an extra week off compared to most other universities in Ontario, but hey, I’m not complaining! This means I have loads of time to read, read, read! Hopefully I’ll make a significant dent in my TBR pile just in case I start falling behind in the coming semester.

bout-of-books-12The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.
I’m not going to make a TBR list or anything for this read-a-thon. I’m just going to focus on the shorter books I have on my TBR and see how many I can knock off the ever-growing pile of books! However, I will be actively tweeting. You can follow me here and I will be doing updates on this blog as well.
Who else is participating? What do you plan on reading?
xx
Jacqueline

2015: GOALS, RESOLUTIONS, CHALLENGES!

It has taken me a couple of days to let it fully sink in that it’s January 2015… Now that I’ve accepted it I decided to figure out my bookish/reading/blogging goals and resolutions.

BOOKISH

  • With the exception of 2015 releases that are continuations of series and of comics/graphic novels, I want to STOP BUYING BOOKS! This is probably a goal most of us book lovers want to achieve, and for the sake of our bank accounts and our sanity, I hope we do. I’ve been seeing on Booktube and Twitter that a lot of people are doing this #0by16, which is essentially reading all of the physical books on their TBR until they have 0 left by 2016. I don’t know that I will be able to get completely down to 0, but I am damn well going to try.
  • I set my Goodreads Challenge to 60 books. I think I have between 60-70 books on my physical TBR pile, but this isn’t including 2015 releases that I will definitely be picking up, so I don’t know that I can get to 0… but honestly I’ll be happy if I get close enough.
  • I want to start to diversify my reading. New Adult, Adult, Non-Fiction even? Who knows. I have a huge variety of books on my TBR shelves right now it’s just a matter of getting through them. This kind of leads me to my next two challenges.
  • I want to read more Classics but I don’t want to force myself to read like 50 or something absurd. So to accommodate I want to read at least 1 per month.
  • I also want to dive into Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series! However, it’s kind of intimidating seeing as he has written like 40 books. So again, I’m going to aim for one a month!
  • Continue to make my way through the Rory Gilmore Reading List!
  • Lastly in my bookish section, I want to participate in as many Read-A-Thons as I can! Starting with the Bout of Books 12.0 that runs from January 5th to 11th!

BLOGISH

  • I definitely want to get more active in commenting and interacting with other bloggers. I started this blog to connect with other readers and make new friends and I’m really hoping to make good on that this year!
  • Keep up on the blogging even when school gets busy! I want to post at least a few times a week and review more!
  • I also really want to spruce up the image of my blog and figure out how to become a bit more blog/tech savvy. I kind of just started blogging without having any idea how to make it look like a book blog.

LIFEISH

  • Stop being so boring! Get outside my comfort zone. Even if this means taking my book and computer to Starbucks or a park… But mostly start saying “yes” instead of “no”. I’m constantly saying no to things that I think will be scary and anxiety-inducing but the truth is I think I need to start facing those things. I’m never going to get anywhere cooped up inside hiding from strange situations.
  • Travel more! Explore more! Not necessarily to places half way across the globe (seeing as I’m currently unemployed and broke) but even places in my own country or city.
  • Take better care of myself. Exercise my body and my mind. Eat healthier. You know, those typical resolutions everyone always starts in January and then forgets about a few months down the road.

Well, I think I covered just about everything. What about you guys? Do we have any similar resolutions? Also, for those of you who have been blogging for a while, any tips or advice?

xx

Jacqueline

TOP 14 BOOKS OF 2014!

This list has literally taken me so long to compile. I didn’t really read as much as I would have liked to this year, however, I read a lot of amazing books. The hardest thing was putting them in any sort of order. Although I did come up with some sort of agreement with myself so let’s get to it.

14. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout Obsidian_cover1600-300x457

This may not be the most well written or edited book I read this year but it was so much fun. I read this one and then immediately had to pick up the next one. These were the first two books I have read by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I’m really excited to start discovering her other series. Any recommendations?

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13. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

This book!! Oh my goodness. This book was so much fun, really unique and interesting, and also laugh out loud funny. I could not get enough of the characters and their Southern world. I’m so exited to continue this series and see how the drama/love-triangle-ish thing plays out.

2030917512. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

I’m honestly so happy that this book exists. It is the perfect holiday book. Even though I liked some stories more than others, the book as a whole was fantastic. There was romance (duh), a little bit of mystery, magic and humour. It was the absolute best blend of everything you need during the holidays and it will certainly be a new staple for me at Christmas’s to come.

1333503711. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I read this book in March immediately before the movie came out. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but I was so pleasantly surprised. I just finished reading the second one but the first is definitely superior (and I’m too terrified to read the third). I also can’t wait to pick up Four sometime soon ;). If you’re passing up this book because people refer to it as “just like The Hunger Games” I urge you to give it a try.

1574918610. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This book was adorable, funny, sweet and had such a beautiful family aspect as well as a romantic one. This was the first book I’ve ever read by Jenny Han, but will definitely not be my last. I have The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and now I’m just waiting for the right time to start it. I’m so glad there is going to be a sequel to this book because I couldn’t believe it was over when I finished it.

9781595147585_p0_v3_s260x4209. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

I bought Vampire Academy on a whim in the summer because I had heard good things about it. Little did I know as soon as I finished the first book I would be ordering the boxed set. I’m not someone to marathon books, but I could not put these down. I was so invested in the story and the characters lives that I found myself thinking about them even when I wasn’t reading… I have heard only better things about the Bloodlines series so I cannot wait to sit down and marathon those hopefully sometime soon.

157043078. Saga Volume 1-4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Ahhh! This was the first graphic novel series I picked up for pleasure and I was immediately addicted. I’m not yet finished the fourth but I don’t doubt I’ll give it 5/5 stars. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait for the next trade… I might have to start picking up the single issues in order to satisfy my need for this story.

84901127. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

This book legitimately broke my heart and somehow put it back together and then broke it again. I love the characters, I love the story, I love the world. There is nothing more that could have been added to such an amazing story. Laini Taylor has a gift. Well, of course every author on this list has a gift, but ugh I just can’t get enough of these books. I’m so nervous for the finale.

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132067606. Cinder + Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I couldn’t make a decision. A lot of people say Cress is their favourite but seeing as I just got it for Christmas I haven’t read it yet. I loved both of these books so much and Marissa Meyer is just amazing. I didn’t know how to feel about a Cyborg Cinderella and the Sci-Fi setting, but it is FANTASTIC. Highly, highly recommend these books to just about everyone.

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5. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Don’t get me wrong, I loved A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings, but A Storm of Swords was just magical. I haven’t yet started the next book because I am trying to make them last, however I definitely need to get on those before the next season. George R.R. Martin is a god. I never thought I would be able to tackle books that were over 800 pages, but here we are.

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4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

*Sigh*. This book. I WEEPED on a beach chair in Mexico because of this book. I don’t even think I can explain why it is so amazing. Just read it please.

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3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

As much as I loved this book and thought it was the best ending to an amazing series, it was not quite number one. However, it still placed in the top three of course. Cassandra Clare is a goddess and somehow was able to end this book perfectly without completely ruining my life. Thanks Cassie.

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2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Beautiful, wonderful, terrible. This book was a roller coaster of emotions that I could not get enough of. It was difficult to put this in second place but it is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. If you have not yet read this book, what are you waiting for? Your life will change, I promise you that.

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1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Pure perfection. I don’t even know what else to say. I laughed, I cried, I cried harder. There is no doubt that this is the best book I read this year and possibly in my life. It has a very special place in my heart. Honestly, Rainbow Rowell can do no wrong and I cannot wait to get my hands on Attachments and Landline.

Well that just about wraps up 2014! I’m heading over to my bestfriend’s house to have some bacon wrapped filet mignon and lobster 😉 I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I guess I’ll see you in 2015! Whatever your plans stay safe and have fun ❤

xx

Jacqueline

SNOW DAY!

The first thing I said to my brother this morning was “I’m gonna see how many books I can finish today”.

Okay, it wasn’t actually a real snow day. I’m already done exams so even if it was it wouldn’t matter, and my brother who is in highschool didn’t get a snow day either… BUT, it snowed like 15cm so I’m dubbing it a snow-y day.

Anyways, yes, so my brother who clearly has a lot of faith in me said, “I bet you can finish 4 books”.

HOW MANY BOOKS DID I FINISH?

*drum roll please*

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ZERO! I finished no books today. He is going to be very disappointed in me. I did, however, get a nice chunk into Insurgent. I could have stayed in bed and read it all day, I mean I wanted to, but if my mom came home and saw that I hadn’t shovelled she would have shanked me. So I shovelled twice, took my dog on an adventure with our neighbour and her dog (they are best dog frenemies), watched some anime, perused the YouTube, went to the mall briefly, watched Grimm… and here I am.

I really had no intention of going outside, but the ravine by my house where we walk our dogs looked like Narnia… so why wouldn’t I go? The walk kind of went like this (fyi Bella is my dog and Cassie is my neighbour’s dog):

*cue squealy voices we use when we talk to our dogs slash pretend to be them talking back*

“Bella, STOP RUNNING! I CAN’T KEEP UP!”

“HOLY SH*T CASSIE LOOK IT’S NARNIA”

“Bella, where’s Aslan? Do you wanna find Aslan?”

“F*ck Aslan, DO YOU WANNA BUILD A SNOWMAN?”

“Do you wanna go AND PLAAAY?”

*Cassie starts barking at Bella*

“HAHA, look Cassie is Anna and Bella is Elsa”

“Yeah, look Bella is like ‘go away Anna‘”

“YES, and Cassie is like ‘okay byeee’

*Cassie starts barking more and chasing Bella*

“Nevermind, Cassie-Anna doesn’t give up so easily”

…..

This is literally how most of our walks go, so I’m actually not too disappointed I didn’t get much reading done. So yeah, that was my day… Sorry this wasn’t very book related! I’m gonna get ready for bed and fly through some more of Insurgent before my eyes close from exhaustion!

Did you guys do any reading today? What do you plan on reading this weekend? For those of you who have pets do you have a voice for them?? I want to know!

xx

Jacqueline

finals.

So here I am thinking I would be posting everyday in December… then I wrote my second exam and was like

why is this my life…

why am I majoring in psychology

why are my required readings 50 pages per chapter

why didn’t I read my required readings in the weeks they were required 

why am I on YouTube instead of studying 

why am I searching for Disney soundtrack playlists instead of studying

why whY WHY 

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Tomorrow I’ll be doing my Advanced Statistics exam which I am super excited for (not even being sarcastic) and I’ll throw up a Top Ten Tuesday. Then Wednesday morning I have my psychological disorders exam and I’ll be back on track hopefully blogging, reading, and baking everyday!

xx

Jacqueline

DECEMBER TBR!

I missed the winter to be read topic for top ten tuesday the other week as I was too busy crying under a rock over school… So here is my very ambitious december/christmas holiday tbr list. I’m in my exam period right now for school and have three more to go so I probably won’t be doing too much reading, though I do want to finish Insurgent hopefully this weekend. However, I then have a month off of school. Yep. From December 10th to January 12th I will be FREEEEE!!!! Aka much reading, much baking. So here we go!

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle 

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins 

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Saga Volumes 2, 3, & 4 by Brian K. Vaughan 

Maus II by Art Spiegelman 

Honestly, I don’t know how much of this I will be able to accomplish… Like I said, very ambitious. I’m just really hoping to make a good dent in my unread books and what better time to do it then when it’s cold, snowy and I’m off school?

What’s everyone else reading this winter? If you’ve read any of these books let me know which ones I should make a priority!

Happy reading!

xx

Jacqueline

November Wrap Up

At some point in November I came home from school and completely gave up. I literally walked into the house like this: tumblr_m06urlAZME1r3u6f7

Then I just kind of decided not to get up unless absolutely necessary. I’m typically not someone who gets stressed out over school work. My friends are constantly telling me how tired they are from their lack of sleep and consistent all nights, but I have genuinely never felt that way. I procrastinate, yes, but to an extent. I have never left something so late to the point where it has caused me to lose sleep. This is not to say I’m an exemplary student, because I never said the papers and tests went well, I just don’t ever get less than 8 hours of sleep. Ever. If you try to make me, I will hurt you.

That being said, this semester has been the most emotionally exhausting one yet. I was just so caught off guard when September rolled around and I certainly was in no state to board the roller coaster ride that is third year university. I also didn’t think keeping a blog, nevermind reading, would be so difficult during the last few months. It would get to the point where I was so tired from school and doing textbook readings and studying and writing papers that the last thing I wanted to do was try to read and process more information than necessary.

So, in the last month and a bit I have completed two books, watched a few TV shows, listened to some music, and napped.

BOOKS COMPLETED: 

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Both fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed them and I think I gave them both 5 stars on Goodreads. I will be posting reviews within the next week!

CURRENTLY READING: 

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I intend to finally finish this trilogy asap.

TV SHOWS WATCHED: 

  • Completely caught up on Season 10 of Criminal Minds
  • Started but still haven’t finished Season 1 of Vampire Diaries
  • Also either completely caught up on or a few episodes off of:
    • Modern Family
    • Grimm
    • Once Upon A Time
    • The Big Bang Theory
    • The Mindy Project
    • 2 Broke Girls
    • Pitbulls and Parolees

Literally all I did this month was PVR my weekly TV shows and watch them in spurts.

MUSIC LISTENED TO:

Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 – as I’m sure everyone else around the world has been doing to. If you haven’t, you should. It’s fantastic. At first I wasn’t sure about it, now I am totally sure. It’s amazing.

And with that, you have my month in a nutshell. I’m going to try very hard to post once a day for all of December and up until I go back to school January 12th! I also have a very ambitious TBR pile for the month of December/my winter break so I’ll be posting that within the next couple of days. I also do 12 Days of Holiday Baking starting December 12th so maybe I will somehow incorporate baked goods into my blog posts…. Anyways, my first exam is tomorrow.

Tata for now!

xx

Jacqueline

TOP TEN TUESDAY: BOOKS I WANT TO REREAD

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

TOP TEN BOOKS I WANT TO REREAD
(or would reread in an ideal world)

I actually don’t really like rereading books. Sure I would love to revisit stories that I enjoyed in the past, but really I would rather just read new stories and experience them first hand. The thing that bothers me the most about it is that I know what happens. I have such a hard time forcing myself to read something when I already know the ending. It isn’t impossible, and I have done it a couple times for example I saw the movie Dear John when I was actually only half way through reading the book by Nicholas Sparks. I did it, but it took a lot longer than it should have and it didn’t hit me the same way it would have had I read it first. Typically when I watch movies and TV shows that are based on books, before I read the book, I mostly accept the fact that I probably never will.

HOWEVER. Earlier this year I decided to plow through all 13 A Series of Unfortunate Events books and I loved every minute of it. I think it was because I read them so long ago I had completely forgotten what happened and was able to really enjoy it all over again. So I probably will eventually continue to reread things, but it isn’t my main focus. But there are a couple of things that I really would like to try to get to.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I think I am probably the only person in the entire world that has only read the Harry Potter series once. Needless to say, I am long overdue for a reread.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis 

I honestly don’t think I was interested enough when I read these the first time around. I think in order to appreciate them I need to give the series another go.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo 

A lot of people say that Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events or any other well known book or series really started off their reading. This book was mine. In grade 4 my teacher started reading this to us aloud and I remember having to beg my dad to take me to Chapters as soon as I got home so I could continue it over the weekend. I really want to re-experience this book!

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Or any other John Green book for that matter. I haven’t read any of them in years and I would really like to do it all over again.

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak 

I read this book when I was in 8th grade I believe, and all I remember about it is that I really enjoyed it… and also that I cried a lot. So seeing as I have completely forgotten anything about it I think it would be the perfect time to revisit it.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

I actually just read this book at the beginning of September and it’s just something that I feel like I could read a thousand more times because that’s how much I loved it and didn’t want it to end.

The Mortal Instruments The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Do I really need to explain why I would want to read these all again?!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I would be honoured to have my heart broken and sewed back together slowly by Richelle Mead all over again.

Safe Haven and/or A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

These are my two favourite Nicholas Sparks books. They were such emotional rides and I’m just so ready to have the feels all over again.

xx

Jacqueline

Cinder Book Review

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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: January 3rd, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Fairy-tale Retelling
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads 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 centre 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.

My Thoughts: 

Never in a million years would I picture myself reading a fairy-tale retelling of the famous Cinderella featuring her as a cyborg. Even when I bought it and heard all of the good things being said about it, I still had my doubts. I actually haven’t read too much sci-fi so the thought of this book incorporating these sketchy moon people who plan on waging war against earth was a little questionable for me. When I finished Daughter of Smoke & Bone last week I really wanted to dive into something equally as entertaining, and also start hacking away at my TBR pile, so Cinder seemed like the obvious next choice. Honestly, I don’t know what it is, I’ve either been reading some pretty stellar books lately, or I’ve just been in a really good mood while reading because I don’t remember the last thing I rated that wasn’t 5 stars…

This book was fantastic. It was funny, it had action, it was suspenseful… It was seriously just an awesome read. I took a class last year in University called “Fantasy and Fairy-Tales” and since then I have been on this fairy-tale kick. I’ve watched Grimm, I just recently marathoned all of Once Upon a TIme, and now I honestly cannot wait to continue on with The Lunar Chronicles. It was such an interesting, unique way to retell the classic (sometimes boring) tale of Cinderella. My absolute favourite thing about this book was the characters, so let’s chat about them shall we?

First of all, Cinder is awesome. She is so kick-butt, so sassy and just a really great character to follow. But, not gonna lie, her sidekick and android Iko might seriously be my favourite. Her personality is hilarious, she’s so funny, adorable, and such a good friend. The interesting thing though is people claim she has a “faulty personality chip” because, unlike other androids, she seems to have the closest thing to feelings/opinions that androids can get. She is just so loveable and the book definitely would not have been the same without her. As for Cinders family. I like the idea that one of Cinder’s stepsisters like her. Peony is so cute and you can tell she really loves Cinder, and that Cinder really loves her (contrary to her stepmothers belief). It’s really unfortunate that her sister falls ill with this plague, but I think it made a really good driving point for Cinder. AND AS FOR PEARL AND ADRI. Ugh. UGH. I can’t even. Let’s quickly applaud Marissa Meyer for making characters that are so very, HATEABLE. Every single scene with Adri and Cinder made my skin crawl. I wanted to reach into the book and give her a punch right to the esophagus. I actually have to stop thinking about them for a second because I seriously can’t.

And last but certainly not least, Kai. Prince Kai deserves his own paragraph, and not because he’s royal, but because he’s a pain in my ass. I guess at the beginning I was like aaaah Prince Kai, so cute, so handsome *swoons*. Then I was like hmmm this is definitely not gonna end well. Then I thought it would. Then I thought it couldn’t. Then I KNEW it wouldn’t. And oh dear it didn’t. But seriously, was anyone else like “what a JERK?!”. The boy should be HONOURED to have a romance with a kick butt lunar-cyborg. Are you really SO REPULSED by her metal parts? Because if you are, she deserved better anyways. I seriously hope he has a difficult future because he had his chance and he blew it.

I intended for this to be brief, but apparently I cannot contain myself from ranting. Last thing I wanted to touch on was the fact that everyone seems to rate this book high on predictability. Honestly, I don’t know if I just suck at predicting things or something (I absolutely did NOT predict the ending of We Were Liars), but I really didn’t automatically know where this story was going. Of course after a while with her visits to the doctor and him threatening her to absolutely stay away from the Kingdom while Queen Levana is there because you’re a lunar “shell” oh wait nevermind you aren’t a shell but I won’t tell you what you are. Yeah, after that I kinda understood who she was, but still it’s not like you knew how it was going to end. Maybe Marissa Meyer wasn’t trying to be sneaky and hide it, because whether or not you suspect Cinder’s true identity, it doesn’t change the crazy, action-packed ending. Also, I do like a little bit of predictability, because it kind of makes you feel like you’re in on a secret, like you know but the other characters (sometimes even the main one) don’t, so you get to be excited in the background like “COME ON DOCTOR JUST TELL HER” or “COME ON KAI, SHE REALLY DIDN’T KNOW”. It’s just fun.

Clearly, if you haven’t noticed this book gave me a lot of feels. So if you haven’t yet read it, or you weren’t too sure about it, I suggest you pick it up and give it a go. Even if you don’t LOVE it, it’s a really entertaining read and you definitely won’t be disappointed. Also, since I’m on such a fairy-tale kick, if anyone can recommend any other good retellings I would appreciated it!

xx

Jacqueline