TBR >> Katie’s February Reads

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Here is a list of what I’m reading this month.  A bit long, for such a short month, but I’m already flying through them.  Look for reviews soon.  But we’ve been a tad busy lately working on a new look.  You might have noticed the blog change.  We are looking forward to releasing something much bigger soon!  Look for a preview soon!

In the meantime, if you’ve read any of these, leave a comment below!

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) Book Review

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer YA book review

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Across The Universe Book Review

Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) by Beth Revis

A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis

A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) book review

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis

Readdicted Review of Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Readdicted Reviewers Fuse book review Julianna Baggott

Fuse (Pure #2) by Julianna Baggott

Readdicted book review of Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano

Readdicted book review of Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons

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Cover Lover >> Part Two

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Hello my fellow cover whores.  I know you just are dying for this post.  To see if my tastes align with yours.  And if they do, we are all awesome.  And if they don’t, then just I am awesome.  You are ok too though.

Here are my favorite covers out there and why.

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Clean by Amy Reed

I don’t know what it is about this cover, but I always pull this off the shelf. Even though I always pull it off the shelf. Maybe the hand-drawn lines or bright white cover?

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Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Love the illustrations…even though it looks a little crowded. This book also always draws me to it at the library or bookstore.  It says, “Hey, over here…I’m pretty.  You should caress me like only a book lover will.”  This book is kind of a whore.

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Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez

Hello. Hot pink and black. Big thick typography. Need I say more?  No I do not think that I do.

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

This cover is stunning. Who doesn’t love looking up at the stars? If you say…yeah I don’t really do, then you are dead to me.  The silhouettes make me want to kiss somebody.  Pinks, purples, black, blue, white, yellow…..all blended into perfection.  Sigh.

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A Million Suns by Beth Revis

I just love when the covers for a series match AND are gorgeous. This cover is so pretty, although not quite as good as Across the Universe. I love stars. And galaxies. Yummy.

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Fallen by Lauren Kate

The actual book…meh. The cover…be still my heart. The angst, the scraggly ends of her hair and dress, things on her wrist (I love things on wrists), the woods…it is poetic and sad and beautiful. And I love it. This was my favorite cover of the Fallen series.  Was this the first girl in a pretty dress looking sad and you can’t see her face cover?  I doubt it, but it definitely was a trend starter nonetheless.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Um…cyborg leg!  Cyborg leg!  Cyborg leg in heels!

Match that with a pretty font and you have me intrigued. Simple, interesting texture (kind of a creamy matte finish with glossy bits), and just a couple of colors.  I can’t wait to read this book!

{check out Connie’s review of Cinder here}

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Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino

I love this book cover. Saw it in Barnes and Noble one day, and it stayed with me. The book is square, and the cover has a matte finish. The classic evil stepmother/witch half portrait on the front is gorgeous. Adds up to a fantastic cover.  This picture really doesn’t do it justice.  And it doesn’t look square.  Also, the book I looked at had no writing on the front.  Way better.  Negative space is one of my favorite things, yo.

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Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Beautiful lace curtain matched with pretty corner illustrations. The font works perfectly. Then the wording contradicts the pretties, and the girl looks depressed and lonely and sad and I just want to know what is going on in this picture. The title also really draws me in.

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The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

I love photography, so just the picture alone would have drawn me in. But the typography is perfect. I also love it when a title is long but still works, and this is a great title for a book like this. Since it has a nice black and white photo on the cover, with some time-lapse goodness going on, it doesn’t look like the normal cutsy tootsy chic-lit covers and I am much more likely to read it. Even though there is nothing wrong with chic-lit…but like I’ve said, I can’t get past a cheesy cover.

So there ya have it.  I’m sure I missed some good ones, but I do really like these.  What are some of your favorite book covers?

Readdicted Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA Dystopian Science Fiction Fairy Tale Retelling

Goodreads Book Summary:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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 center 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.

Rating: 5 Stars

Who were the Characters?

In Cinder, there are two main characters:  Prince Kai and Cinder of course!   I think Cinder could quite possibly be one of my favorite female characters in YA fiction.  She is strong, but isn’t perfect, outspoken, but not snotty, and vulnerable, but not weak.  The cyborg parts of her make such an interesting character.  The author included little parts in the story where you could see written words that were being typed across her vision, just like a computer rebooting.   Every time this happened, I wanted more.  It made the story more real.   She feels very alone being a cyborg, but personally that is my favorite part of her.  The reader got to see the viewpoint of Prince Kai a few times, but I still feel like I did not get to learn a lot about him.  He is still a bit of a mystery to me.  I do love the relationship between him and Cinder.  He seems to be a very open, caring, down to earth person even though he has a Prince status.  It is also very attractive that he cares for the well-fare of his country and people so much.  I feel as if the relationship between Cinder and Kai is just beginning, and was not rushed like most YA fiction.   There are also many smaller characters which include the evil stepmother and two step sisters which is just like the classic Cinderella tale.  The twist to this is that one of the step sisters actually gets along with Cinder.  They have a close, endearing relationship that was great to see in the story and added many great elements to the plot.  The other three side characters are a silly, comedic android named Iko that adds cute little quips in well placed places, a scientist that helps Cinder out, and of course the EVIL VILLIAN Queen Levana.  One of my favorite things about this book is that the characters are beautifully presented.  I think my second favorite character in this story after Cinder would have to be Iko.  I want more Iko!

What was different?

The thing that was different about this story was the setting.  I have never really read a science fiction story about a cyborg-half human, let alone seen one that didn’t seem corny or stupid.   Through Marissa Meyer’s writing, this idea is a form of genius!  Even though the story was based upon the classic tale Cinderella, the setting of the story was the exact opposite.  The futuristic setting of the story was elaborate and always left me wanting more.  I am usually a reader who likes the setting to be laid out at first, but then often read over those parts in the middle and end of the story because I am so involved in the action and conversation between characters.  In Cinder I eagerly digested every little tidbit of information about the setting that is included like it was my first taste of cheesecake.  I loved it, absolutely loved it.  I have to say I have never enjoyed a setting so much!  Also, the realistic pace of the romance in this story was far different from in other teen reads.

What was similar?

What was similar was of course the basic plot of the story is much like the plot of the original Cinderella.  Going through the story I often could predict what was going to happen.  The thing is, I really didn’t care!  The setting is so well interwoven throughout the story that I didn’t even mind that I sort of knew what was going to happen.  The setting made it a brand new story.

Where was the setting?

The setting was a futuristic New Beijing after the WWIV.  Everything is very computerized with floating cars with most people owning their own android to do their dishes and such for them.  Meyer created such a great view of her world, that it felt like a movie.  Which, in fact, I would love to see.  This book would make a GREAT movie, not just because I love the plot, but because the city and world would be so fun to see created.

When did this story take place?

As I said before, this story is in the distant future.  WWIV has happened, and left many parts of the world including the original Beijing, destroyed.  The city has been rebuilt along with society.

Why did I like/dislike it?

I absolutely loved this book.  The author also gave us the information that there will be a new book in this series of four released what looks like every year.  I am so psyched about this!  I can’t wait to get into the world again.  I don’t know if I would every reread this book because of the plot, but I would definitely reread it because of the setting. As you can probably tell by now, I fell in love with it!  I guess some people may wish that the plot would be less predictable, but I didn’t really mind.  Despite the predictability, I gave this book a rating of 5, because I loved it that much.  Meyer’s writing is so beautiful, and I feel like it will only get better with each installment.  This book was a breath of fresh air to the Dystopian genre, and I can’t wait til the next one.

Review by Connie