"You say you want a revolution. Well, you know we all want to change the world..." La la la. Okay, Winter, you can't come soon enough.
The Lunar Chron"You say you want a revolution. Well, you know we all want to change the world..." La la la. Okay, Winter, you can't come soon enough.
The Lunar Chronicles had me at Cinder, and with the addition of each volume, my love's only deepened. So...for anyone out there looking for a series chock-full of fairy-tale re-imaginings, science-fantasy deliciousness, all wrapped in merriment, then look no further. ...more
2.5 stars The first half of this Cinderella re-imagining started out fairly strong, but unfortunately by the 50% marker the plot began to peter out, an2.5 stars The first half of this Cinderella re-imagining started out fairly strong, but unfortunately by the 50% marker the plot began to peter out, and by began I mean rapidly. Almost felt like two different stories. The first half was intrigue-y and exciting, I eagerly jabbed the next-page button on my Kindle. The second half, oh geez, the second half, what the heck happened to you? It was as if all life, passion had been zapped from the story. Might sound strange, but that's exactly what it felt like. Which is evidenced by me struggling to finish this book.
And for being a Cinderella re-imagining, there were slivers of hints of said fairy tale, but that was about it.
What I did enjoy: The darker aspects encapsulated within this book, i.e. cutting and abandonment. Told you it was dark. It's not that I enjoyed them per se, just a nice change of pace. Know what I mean? The setting, an alternate Japan. I mean, talk about delicious. Also, a form of magic called Shadow-weaving was introduced. And that's about as far as it went.
Now on to what I didn't care for: The about as far as it wents. Would've liked more pieces to the story. Why was the protagonist's mother a piece of shit? Was there a reason? Didn't make sense whatsoever. I kept thinking the husband shadow-weaved her mind, memory. Where did shadow-weaving come about? Who possessed this strange ability? Can everyone possess it with training? Why was the protagonists the most special of the special? Why did she have fairy-godmothers/godfathers? Does everyone? How did Otieno - the prince character - gain his ability? I know it was briefly touched upon, but is he the only one in his family? Why archery? Why? Why? Why? Where did Akira come from? And the moon ball, that came out of nowhere. And honestly, what did that have to do with the rest of the book?
All in all, there were so many story introductions, but never delved deeper, were never explored. Only skimmed the surface. Then bam! The ending came out of nowhere. THE END and Author's Notes glared back at me. Huh, what happened? Never felt satisfied with with any bit of the story introduced. Not with the magic. Not with the mother. Not with Otieno, or Akira, the step-father, Youta. So for that I wasn't at all enchanted by this tale. Kinda disappointed, because again, the book started out fairly strong. ...more
4.5 stars Disclaimer: I am a sucker for Cinderella re-imaginings. Ever After? Love it to pieces. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched said4.5 stars Disclaimer: I am a sucker for Cinderella re-imaginings. Ever After? Love it to pieces. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched said movie. I lost track after 20. Remember when Danielle de Barbarac rescued Prince Henry and carried him on her back? Now that was a real Buffy/heroine in action. But back on point, er somewhat, I’ve also viewed every Cinderella re-imagining ever made. Even the Selena Gomez one. *shudders at the very thought* But hey, I’m keeping it real and it is what it is. Point blank, I’m a sucker for romance in the form of this timeless classic. So, basically my point with sharing this slice of my life is to let y’all know that I was bound to like Cinder from page one. Add in my fondness for sci-fi and it was bound to be love. With that said . . .
Love it was, which is evidenced by me devouring every delicious word of Cinder in a day's time. However - and it makes me sad to have to mention this, and this is the only reason I didn’t grant Cinder 5 stars - I wish there had been more world building. *sighs* I'm fascinated with Asian culture, so the locale, New Beijing, was an added bonus, right up my alley. But I’m afraid that the descriptions were scant, at least for my liking. And what's up with the Lunar race? How exactly do they travel from the moon to the Earth and back? What are these so-called vessels like? How do they even live on the moon? And what is this magic that they wield mentioned?
Us readers learn that Lunars are able to cloak their true selves. I must say, it was very reminiscent of Jasmine from Angel season 4. Remember how Jasmine was able to glamour millions? When people viewed her they saw a beautiful creature, but it was merely an illusion? Well, the Lunar people in Cinder employ some kind of Jasmine trick. A trick I wanted to know more about. Perhaps we'll learn more about them in book 2. I’m sure we will.
And as far as the overall mystery. Well, I was 100% certain I puzzled out said mystery around page 100. It’s definitely not The Sixth Sense worthy, but that’s okay. It’s all good. Truth be told, the story didn’t peter out for me as a result of my amazing Sherlocking skills. I was still engrossed, invested, loving every delicious word.
All in all, I am a fan of Cinder. Love the cyborg idea. Very unique. Love all the characters within. And I do hope (fingers crossed) that more descriptions and explanations of this world will pop up in future books in this fabulous new series.
So yeah, if you’re looking for a different read, if you’re a Cinderella junkie like moi, if you're a fan of the movie A.I., if you want to be swept away and escape the cares of the world, then this is the book for you. And Cinder herself would’ve made Danielle de Barbarac proud, for she is no damsel in distress....more
The Book of Lost Things started out interesting enough, but my attention petered out towards the middle, once David, the main character, crossed intoThe Book of Lost Things started out interesting enough, but my attention petered out towards the middle, once David, the main character, crossed into fairy tale land. From that point on, the tone of the book felt lackluster and didn't seem to flow as well as the beginning. I eventually lost interest and skimmed over the rest of the book. I was expecting to read a completely different book from what I read on the jacket cover. Here's the gist: David escapes an unhappy life via a portal and finds himself in a world where all the fairy tale creatures live, i.e. Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Woodsman, dwarves, trolls. . . Even the revised fairy tales themselves were humdrum. For example, Snow White is described as a plump, whiny, conniving bitch who wears way too much white powder. Sounds funny, but didn't quite come off that way in how it was presented. The book kind of zapped the energy out of me, hence this dullsville review. So to sum up, I was bored, it was a boring read, nuff said. ...more
Princes embarking on quests, defeating evil sorceresses, rescuing damsels in distress, locked away in tower. The down-on-her-luck servant girl being wPrinces embarking on quests, defeating evil sorceresses, rescuing damsels in distress, locked away in tower. The down-on-her-luck servant girl being whisked off into the sunset, her life of servitude a thing of the past. Living happily ever after.
All except 21-year-old Elena, who's barely existing in her monotonous so-called life within the Seven Kingdoms. Singing “Some Day My Prince Will Come” fell on deaf ears for she waited and waited and waited for her happily ever after, dreaming of her prince to rescue her from a life of servitude at the hands of her evil stepmother and bitchy stepsisters; yes, Elena is Cinderella, but her prince never came. She waited for a miracle on her 16th birthday, because that’s when all dreams come true. She even thought her 18th would be life-changing. Yeah, not so much. She watched in agony as every one in her village eventually partnered off in wedded bliss, but she refused to settle. As time passed, even the ugliest, rottenest of girls were betrothed, but not Elena. For she was invisible. Until one day a Fairy Godmother rescued her. In a flying carriage. From that moment on, Elena was taught the ins and outs of Fairy Godmothering, and after drinking dragon’s blood, was able to understand and converse with all the animals in the kingdom, including unicorns.
She was taught what’s called The Tradition, i.e., how damsels ended up in the tower in the first place. The Tradition is like fate - only sometimes it can go wrong. Elena was meant to marry her prince a long time ago. That clearly didn’t happen. So Elena, taking over the reins of the Seven Kingdoms’ Fairy Godmother, sets out making sure The Tradition stays its course, having to pretend to be an evil witch, putting a quest in place for a few princes, etc., along the way. Every fairy-tale cliche is covered and explained, kind of like a behind the scenes look in a way. I have to give Mercedes Lackey major credit, because this book took a whole lot of thought and planning.
To say The Fairy Godmother was clever would be a vast understatement. There were times when the explanation was a tad confusing, bogging down the overall whimsy, but all in all, this is exactly the fairy-tale, whimsical, enchanting read I thought it would be. And then some. ...more