Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Cress is the third installment of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicle series and readers dive in to the tale of Queen Levana’s satellite spy, Crescent ‘Cress’ Moon.  The story opens with the fugitive crew slipping through the stars to save Cress and Meyer takes us to Africa, Luna, and Back to New Beijing on an exciting journey to piece together Cinder’s team and stop the royal wedding.

Cress was a fun, fast-paced story that I could not put down; I had my husband laughing as I jumped up and down on the bed in excitement as plotlines fit together perfectly.  But, I had expected a tad more from Cress and my slight frustration resulted from the lack of character development that stemmed from the characters constantly being on the run.  I was disappointed in Wolf’s meltdown, I expected a little more from Cress as the story progressed, and I was disappointed at Cinder’s lack of leadership throughout the entire story.

I still loved it!  I enjoy the world that Meyer has created and she has a talent for re-telling the classic fairytales (Thorne’s lost eyesight is a quirky example).  Cress and Thorne develop a unique and real relationship as they survive the African deserts together and it is entertaining watching Cress react to her new friends.  Readers also get to spend more time with Kai, Dr. Erland, and Sybil Myra, who I just love to hate.  We even get a glimpse at the semi-sane Winter.  I love the fairytale romances and the intricate plotlines; Marissa Meyer is a master in her genre!  it is going to be difficult to wait for Fairest and Winter!

Let me know what you think about the review and Cress.



Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

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. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. 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.

Readers Beware: Here there be spoilers!
(Its just so hard not to have spoilers with a series like this.)

Last weekend we went kayaking out along the beach and of course my copy of Scarlet went with me! Scarlet is the second installment in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series and it is jam packed with an exciting ensemble of characters. Cinder, Thorne, Iko, Scarlet, Wolf, Queen Levana, and the list just goes on and on! Meyer takes her readers from New Beijing to France as the storylines of Cinder and Scarlet merge. Cinder searches for the truth about her past and Scarlet hunts for her missing grandmother.

Cinder is determined, strong, and much more confidant than the girl we met in Cinder. I was thrilled at her growth and the grudging friendship that she develops with Thorne; the American Captain pushes Cinder to open up through his annoying comments and playful jabs. She was just a stronger character which made reading her storyline more enjoyable than expected.

We get to meet the fiery Scarlet, a French farmer who is desperate to find her missing grandmother. Scarlet takes up with the mysterious Wolf (my favorite character) after she discovers he may know where to find her Grand-mere. She convinces him to help in her search, and the two develop an interesting relationship during their trials. I can’t wait to see where Meyer takes the two in the next installment.

I had hoped to see more ‘telling instead of showing’ with Scarlet. Meyer does take more time describing the setting, especially the Paris icons, but it was still a tad lacking. The story may be somewhat predictable because it is a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. My suggestion is to embrace Meyer’s theme and enjoy the ride!

I couldn’t put Scarlet down and the last third of the book had me holding my breath as I turned the pages. Meyer’s writing is just enjoyable for me to read and I hope you find the story as enthralling. Let me know what you thought about Scarlet!


The Queen’s Army

The Queen’s Army
by Marissa Meyer

The Queen's Army (The Lunar Chronicles, #1.5)

It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.

The Queen’s Army is a short story in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles that documents the military training of a Ze’ev, a young Lunar boy, who is chosen to be an elite solider in the Lunar Queen’s war against Earth.  He is horrified to learn his duty requires monstrous physical modifications and mental manipulations, but Ze’ev quickly adjusts in order to survive.  The Queen’s Army, which has me wanting to re-read Ender’s Game, provides detailed descriptions of the gory training received by the Lunar Queen’s elite soldiers and further educates readers on the mysterious lunar colony’s animalist culture.

I enjoy this short story because it introduces fans of the series to Wolf, the man who once was Ze’ev and who will appear in Scarlet.  Readers also get a glimpse of life on Luna, the moon colony, which was just hinted at in Cinder.  I wish we could hear more about the regular citizens, such as readers experience with New Beijing, but Meyer restricts the story to the military training facilities and utilizes the setting to emphasize the cruel mentality of Queen Levana.   The Queen’s Army identifies Ze’ev’s moral conflict with his training and the goals of his queen; readers should remember this point when reading Scarlet.

This story really does not really function as a stand alone piece, but I know that it is meant to be read as part of the series.  Actually, The Queen’s Army is a must read for those continuing with Meyer’s series as it is necessary aspect of Wolf’s character development.  Wolf is one of my favorite characters in the series so far, and The Queen’s Army made me more sympathetic to Wolf’s struggles in Scarlet.  I immediately started reading the next book in the series so expect to hear about it in the next few days.  Let me know what you thought about The Queen’s Army!