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Top 5 Fantasy – Sept 18

Yes, another Top 5 Tuesday! I’ve been loving these September topics!! …OKAY FINE, if you’ve been following this blog for some time, you’re not going to learn anything new, because I’ve already raved about these books loads of times on this blog (because that’s what bookish blogs are for, right?) – but at least your suspicions will be confirmed, and perhaps you’ll be even more convinced to read these books if you haven’t already…

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The Lunar Chronicles Tag

Hey guys!

So if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you would know that I recently finished The Lunar Chronicles and I loved loved loved it, so I decided to do the Lunar Chronicles tag, which I found somewhere on WordPress Reader but I am unsure as to who originally made this tag, so if you have made this tag please be sure to let me know so I can give the due credit 🙂

Anyways before I jump right into the tag I just want to share this amazing fan art! It’s absolutely beautiful, and here it is. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the artist’s page or anything, but there is a watermark so I’m assuming that is the artist’s, so all credit is to the artist, of course.

From the top left hand corner: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter. From the bottom left hand corner: Kai, Wolf, Thorne, Jacin.

Favourite book?

Cress! It is just bursting with action with the turn of each page, and I was on absolute tenterhooks. It wasn’t unbearably long, or short, just the right length. The characters are all totally amazing. We are introduced to my favourite character in the book… Cress. I just… I love it so much! Check out my review for it here.

Least favourite book?

Fairest. It was just… I found it really disturbing/creepy/more disturbing. I get that this is the book on an evil queen so what can we expect, right? But it just didn’t work with me, personally. You can read more about this in my review here.

Favourite cover?

Cinder! The cover is stunning and what totally caught my eye when I first spied it in the library and urged me to go and have a look, which then led to a quick search, which led to me borrowing it and ultimately falling in love with this series, although I didn’t particularly love Cinder (see my review here) I liked it enough to want to continue with this series, which I’m super glad about.

Least favourite cover?

Cress. It’s just that in the cover her hair is so silky and smooth while in the actual book it’s all knotty, so it’s not particularly realistic.

Favourite character?

Can I choose a favourite from the two genders?! My favourite female character is Scarlet just because she’s such a kickass female character and who doesn’t love those? I know Cinder is pretty kickass too, but I just love Scarlet – her dedication towards her grandmother, her rough survival instincts and generally tough personality. My favourite male character is probably Thorne just because he is so absolutely hilarious!

Least favourite character?

Aimery. Ugh.

Rather be an Earthen or a Lunar?

Lunar, of course! Transforming into whatever appearance you like? Guys, I would love to have pink hair, but the dreaded thought of messing it all up keeps me from that… with the Lunar gift, not anymore! I can enjoy whatever look I like without having to worry about any permanent damage!

Favourite ship?

Um. I guess logically speaking Cinder and Kai would be a good alliance politically, so I’ll go with them 😉

Least favourite ship?

Again, logically speaking this would have disastrous consequences for so many innocent lives, so I’m going with Kai and Levana 😉

Best friendship?

Iko and Cinder! Why does everyone manage to forget Iko? Why? Why? I think their friendship is awesome.

Favourite quote?

I know this is a really typical thing to say, but I just love it so much.

“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

-Iko, Winter

Favourite kiss?

Can I pass?? No seriously, I prefer to stray from any of that physical romance stuff because… it’s just a personal thing 🙂

Favourite minor character?

Wolf’s mother (is it awful I forgot her name?).

Least favourite minor character?

Channary! Again, really typical thing to say but it’s true (for me, anyway).

Least favourite main character?

Levana. Even though (if you see my review for Fairest) you’d see that I was pretty torn about her evilness, it is clear in Winter that she’s just… an awful person.

Favourite antagonist?


Favourite Lunar?


Least favourite Earthen?

Lihn Adri. Or is it her oldest daughter? Can I say both? They both really annoyed me.

Saddest death?

Peony! I’m so glad none of my favourite characters decided to die.

Cinder or Scarlet?

Mmmm… well, technically I’ve already chosen Scarlet as my favourite character, so it should be easy to choose Scarlet here. But I still feel bad, because I do love Cinder! Blatantly picking one over the other, here, is too hard. I love them both, even though I generally love Scarlet over all of them. I don’t care if it doesn’t make sense, because it probably doesn’t make sense, but… never mind 😛

Cress or Winter?

I caaaan’tt! They’re both shy and sweet and Lunar and innocent and… yeah, you get the feels. I love them both.

Kai or Wolf?

Kai? I love his knack with words, and as much as I like Wolf, I just, I like Kai more.

Thorne or Jacin?

Thorne! He is so funny.

Character to marry?

Can I pass?? I know romance is a part of this series but it really isn’t my thing.

Character to kill?

Aimery. Spoiler>I know it would typically be Levana, but she deserves to be killed by Cinder<

One thing to change in the books?

If only Peony had lived to see such a wonderful ending. That would have been nice.

Most relatable character?

Mmm… I’m genuinely stuck somewhere between Scarlet and Cinder (not that I’ve had any experience with all the fighting, tough experiences, or anything at all).

Most realistic character?

Levana, because I think her whole evilness was portrayed so well throughout this whole series so I really felt that the result was… somewhat natural? I know Levana is anything but natural, but… you get what I mean? I hope?

Favourite Stars Above story?

Ahhh haven’t read them yet! I really need to 🙂

Sooo, that is The Lunar Chronicles tag! I hope you guys enjoyed it – whew that was a lot of questions, but then again, the series is pretty long, so what can we expect?

I tag anyone who is reading this and have read The Lunar Chronicles!

Speak to you all soon!

Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet_(Official_Book_Cover)_by_Marissa_Meyer.pngTitle: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fun fact: Scarlet is based on little Red-Riding Hood

Summary: Our beloved cyborg, Cinder, is back with a new full-of-himself accomplice on a break-neck mission. Half way around the world, stunning Scarlet is on her own mission to find her Grandmother, who’s been missing for two weeks. Accompanied by this stranger (…Wolf!) that she decides to trust, she sets off to do so. These two kick-ass heroines will find that their two missions are surprisingly intertwined.

This book is goals. #bookgoals

I finished this in… 2 days? 3 days? Which think is a pretty impressive feat considering it is a whopping 454 pages long while juggling extra studies simultaneously.

~ the plot ~

“Besides, if you are who you claim to be, that makes you my true queen. Therefore, you have my loyalty.”

Wow. This really was not what I was expecting. If you read my review for Cinder, you would know I wasn’t too keen on it, having to force my way through half of the book and getting very bored in the process.

But I still intended to read the second book, Scarlet, and I’m so glad I did because it is such an immersing and intriguing read. It is jam-packed with plot twists round every page and it’s a proper rollercoaster of a ride with precious characters that enhance every step of the journey.

I had so many doubts and second doubts throughout this read. I tried to guess what would happen next, but I found myself wrong and then wrong again. It’s very surprising. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Cress – because I feel like now we have a proper crew and a mission with a clear purpose (because I feel like before it was a bit hotchpotch and they were like yeah we gotta do something but they hadn’t completed figured it out until the end of Scarlet)  and I love it all!

~ the characters ~

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”

I couldn’t help sneaking a bit about the characters in the plot section above… and I’m sure its already obvious I love them all to pieces!

Cinder, I found is much more likeable in this book than in the first one, probably because she’s less thought and more action, which I prefer. Her beauty, I found, is emphasised a lot more here too.

“I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant.”

Scarlet is by far my favourite. She’s tough and has an undying love for her Grandmother which lead her to risking her life again and again. She is bold and brave. She’s also rash and impulsive, and can be somewhat stupid at times, and I kinda like that. It makes her more of a real character, though there were times were I was just face-palming. But I did relate to her, in a way.

“She sighed, annoyed at her restlessness. “So,” she said, disrupting Wolf in another backward glance.
“Who would win in a fight—you or a pack of wolves?”
He frowned at her, all seriousness. “Depends,” he said, slowly, like he was trying to figure out her motive for asking. “How big is the pack?”
“I don’t know, what’s normal? Six?”
“I could win against six,” he said. “Any more than that and it could be a close call.”
Scarlet smirked. “You’re not in danger of low self-esteem, at least.”
“What do you mean?”
“Nothing at all.” She kicked a stone from their path. “How about you and … a lion?”
“A cat? Don’t insult me.”
She laughed, the sound sharp and surprising. “How about a bear?”
“Why, do you see one out there?”
“Not yet, but I want to be prepared in case I have to rescue you.”
The smile she’d been waiting for warmed his face, a glint of white teeth flashing. “I’m not sure. I’ve never had to fight a bear before.”

Wolf, was the one I was having doubts about again and again. His presence really did bring about an array of questions, suspicion, but a tinge of hope. I try to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible (and if spoilers, I put them in white), so for those of you who have read this book, you know what I’m talking about, those of you who haven’t, well, you gotta read it to find out.

“I lied to you about a lot of things….but I meant every apology.”

Thorne, I found hilarious. I have to admit, a bit annoying at first, but once he proves his worthiness a couple more times you can’t really hate him. I definitely prefer him to Kai. I’m not sure about Wolf.

“He gaped at the controls. “Why is my ship talking back to me?”

Kai… I am annoyed. spoilers> why marry Queen Levana when that is obviously just officially dooming your country? Yeah, I get you feel helpless, but then at least try and work on some kind of… something… instead of officially making it impossible. Hadn’t Cinder warned him? He should’ve taken it more seriously since she risked her life and got thrown into prison and officially made herself Levana’s ultimate enemy?< Why? Why? Why?!

~ the writing ~

The writing isn’t anything too amazing, I think this book is more about the action and the plot than the descriptions and all. But it did a good job of portraying the story in a way that it flowed and all fit together.

I didn’t really have any problems at all 🙂

So that is my review for Scarlet! I hope you guys all enjoyed it!

Who is your favourite… Scarlet or Cinder? Do you prefer how the books begin with the main characters names or not? Kai or Thorne or Wolf?

Speak soon!