Slightly incoherent musings: The lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The lunar chronicles follow Cinder a lunar cyborg and her friends as they try to save the world.

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Hardcover, 1st, 452 pages

Published February 5th, 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

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.

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Review// Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon is everything I needed

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Author: Nicola Yoon

Published: Published September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: Hardcover, 306 pages

My rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 (3.3)

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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Mini review// The tales of beedle the bard by Queen.

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This was plain cute!

Mel

 A lot of thought went into these fairytales, absolutely loved it!

Fiona

 

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Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Reading time: 1 day ( less than an hour!)

Hardcover: 109 pages
Published: December 4th 2008 by Bloomsbury (first published 2007)

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

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Mini review// Milk and honey by Rupi Kaur in which I share some of the poems

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Her words reached deep inside me and strummed on my emotions like a harp.

Megan, bookslayerreads

I was so surprised as to how much I LOVED milk and honey and how much I interacted with it on a personal level.

Mortal Reader

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But the poems kinda sucked.

Rose Read

Didn’t pack as much of a punch as I would have liked.

Miss abigail

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Reading time: 1 day ( less than an hour!)

Paperback: 204 pages
Published: November 4th 2014 by Createspace
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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Book review//We were liars by E.lockhart was a tragic waste of my time.

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Author: E.lockhart

Published: Published May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Number of pages: Kindle Edition, 242 pages

My rating: 🌟 🌟 (2.8 stars)

A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

A tragic story .. and a tragic disappointment. We were liars is a contemporary mystery with a beautiful prose that promises a lot more than is delivered. Which sucks.

We were liars is a sleepy book that follows Cadence Sinclair. Cadence who is rich, pretentious, privileged and loved. She spends her summers with her family and her closest friends who are also her cousins and the liars, which the book is named after, 4 in total. We become really familiar with the island on which most of the story is based and the map provided is of real aid.

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Cadence is portrayed as broken. We learn about the past a lot in this book to help with the mystery of the future. Cadence wasn’t always broken and that is what we are made to understand. We were then asking why she became broken. The answers don’t come till the books end when all the pieces come together. The mystery which is dull is the main focus and other than that…

The book has no real plot point. The book can really be summarized in a sentence. 

The secrets of a rich pretentious family unravels painstakingly slow on a holiday Island.

Although that makes it sound better than it is.

The book isn’t at all plot driven. There is a main focus on the characters. Their past, their present, their future which as Sin Clairs should be bright, which is why their constant self-pity is borderline irritating.  The book is slow in pace from the start, as the background is set, there is no action.  A lot of the book is dependent on the past and so there are flashbacks etc. throughout. This sets up context really efficiently and is necessary for the character development.

There are some major issues brought up throughout the book like racism, privilege and discrimination and it really made the book TOO INTENSE. The author tried to tackle too much with overused metaphors and witty writing but it ended up a mess.

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The writing was

at times

incoherent and hard to read

there were

many

times

when I

didn’t know what was happening

due to the weird writing style

which

was hard

to digest and

understand.

This is how the book was written mostly.

Although the weird format and confusing metaphors were irritating at times the writing was really the highlight of the book. It was somewhat poetic taking you into the book with descriptions as simple as a pounding headache.

The characters are all different and interesting from the surface but they’re not fully developed and I found it hard to connect. This is probably the worst thing about the book. Seeing as the plot isn’t phenomenal. The characters in this book are the world and they’re the focus but it was hard to focus on them. The main character we understand on another level but that is to be expected.

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The book is labeled romance but it isn’t well done. Due to the lack of connection to the characters, I found myself not caring about the growing relationship. A lot of the relationship is also lived in the past which wasn’t romantic, wasn’t thrilling or at all fun to read. Gat, the love interest, is Indian which became a problem for them of course. Typical ‘I love you but our families don’t like us together’.

There are many things I care about but their love life is not one of them.

The book isn’t bad, but it was a tragic waste of my time. The ending was not satisfying and I found myself more confused than page one. Nothing was explained or resolved fully and I didn’t get any closure.

This book should be read with three things:

  1. An open mind.

  2. Preparation to be annoyed/frustrated/confused.

  3. As little pre-hand knowledge as possible or you’ll find yourself bored.

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Have you read any E.Lockhart books? How were they? Do you plan on reading this one? Are surprised by my negative review of this book? What are your thoughts on heavy metaphor use in books? Share, please… I’d love to know 🙂

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