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Stars Above

(The Lunar Chronicles #4.5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  72,124 ratings  ·  8,682 reviews
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an excerpt ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I liked this quite a bit! There were a few stories that I felt were just filler & I didn't really care for, but it was fun seeing some familiar faces throughout it. IKO4EVER. ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
And they lived happily ever after.

Except the girl-who-read-too-much, aka Katerina, since she cried her eyes out, sniffled, hiccupped and then cried some more.
“The first time, he had wondered why she liked books so much, and if it had anything to do with why he liked spaceships. Because they could take you somewhere far, far away.”

But mind that they were happy tears (mostly). The tears you shed when your babies that went through pain and difficulties find love, happiness, joy and fri
Miranda Reads
I desperately need a sequel to this prequel

Every one of them was just fabulous - seriously!

While there aren't any major spoilers, you won't appreciate these short stories without finishing the series. Nearly every story is based on a key event mentioned in one of our 8 main character's backgrounds.

The keeper - This is the earliest prequel of the series - we follow Scarlet's Grandmother as she travels to Lunar as a young army piolet and meets a strange doctor. This doctor avoids using glamours
Emily May
2 1/2 stars. I was disappointed with this collection. It works as a way of giving us fangirls and fanboys something to read while waiting for Heartless, but the stories don't really add anything.

Aside from one story - The Little Android - it's almost a stretch to call these "short stories". They are all little snippets, filling in the blanks behind the main story of The Lunar Chronicles and never really taking us to new places. Of course, this book is meant for the fans and it reunites us with o
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Re-Read through audio! I have one more to go and I will have re-read - er, listened to the entire series and it's still one of my favorite series ever!

MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List


This book is soooooooo good! I loved weaving back through the Lunar World. Some of the stories we have heard before, but they are still great.I'm not going to go into each little tale, I do want to add things from a few of them. All of the Lunar Chronicle fans should lo
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This was really fun! I loved going into the past and of course the future for some of my favourite characters. The short story format was really fun, there were some I enjoyed more than others but as an average they were 4/5 stars!
Darth J
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series

Both have great covers, but maybe not every new YA book needs to have a crown on it?

I found Stars Above lacking, to be honest. The one story I was looking forward to (The Little Android) was so lame. I mean, it was nothing like The Little Mermaid at all, and there was no Ursula character to keep it interesting.

The rest of the stories don't really flesh things out or add much backstory that couldn't have been inferred while reading the other books. While it's great to have them all in one h
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Update: I accidentally deleted my original review, so I had to upload it again.

This review contains *spoilers*.

I had to take a few hours off from my life after I finished this book so I could recover enough to review it.
When I read Winter back in November I had prepared myself to say goodbye to the wonderful characters in this book. The closer I got to that dreadful last page the longer I tried to make it last- I realized that I was not ready to say goodbye and was immensely grateful when I fou
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Perfect epilogue is perfect. I am SO happy Marissa wrote this for her fans!

Natalie Monroe
"The room was full of white crepe paper and tulle, unburned candles and glass lanterns, streamers and small silk bags overflowing with sugared almonds.

Iko gasped and trailed a finger over an enormous tulle bow. "Is this all for the wedding?"

Ah, the wedding. Admit it, nine and three quarters of you bought Stars Above just to see who's getting hitched.

I enjoyed it less than I thought it would, but it has nothing to do with the characters chosen. (view spoiler)
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016

The Keeper - 4 stars
Glitches (reread) - 4 stars
The Queen's Army (reread) - 3.5
Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky - 4
After Sunshine Passes By - 3.5
The Princess and the Guard - 4
The Little Android (reread) - 5
The Mechanic - 4
Something Old, Something New -5

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:
- 24. A 'between the numbers' book
Andreea Pop
This book made me tremendously happy. Especially the last novella - perfection.


Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I could easily give this a 5 stars based on the last novella alone but the majority were 3 or 4 stars so I gotta give the overall collection a 4 star, BUT THAT LAST NOVELLA OH MY HEART.
My favorites of this collection were The Princess and The Guard, The Little Android, and Something Old, Something New (OBVIOUSLY)
It was really fun visiting these characters again and also getting some back story on all of them! Overall fantastic read.
Long overdue but finally finished with the help of the audiobook! My favorites were Carswell's Guide To Being Lucky, After Sunshine Passes By, The Mechanic, and of course, Something Old, Something New!

"Stars Above was originally going to include two original stories, and four that had been published elsewhere — but Meyer went above (get it?) and beyond, writing five brand-new stories, including a prequel and epilogue to Winter."

Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4 Stars

(It actually averaged out to like 3.2 but I loved some of these so much I’m rounding up)

The Keeper


This story focuses on Michelle Benoit and her role in saving Princess Selene; all things referenced in the original series. However, I really enjoyed seeing how it all played out, and young Scarlet was a delight.



Young Cinder meeting her new family (and of course, wicked stepmother) was actually really boring. We’re already aware of how awful Ardi is. We’re aware of Cinder an
Let the record show that I would happily read a grocery list if it was for the Cress-and-Thorne household...but, like, everything else about this was reallyreally soso boring.

I enjoyed:
- the Thorne story
- parts of the last story

And...that's it.

Again this was just so boring. And I'm really not sure why every Marissa Meyer romance is either utterly swoon-worthy, completely meh, or supersuper creepy.

But I'm not a huge fan of it.

Bottom line: So concludes my Lunar Chronicles reread!!! Overall mildly
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
“I will accept any amount of monsters my mind wants to give me, but I will not become a monster myself.”

I guess and I dread that this is the last we will hear from the Lunar Chronicles. But I still can't keep myself from hoping for more. Apparantly there's going to be a series of graphic novels, though, featuring Iko as the main character.

It was so amazing returning to this science fiction/fantasy universe, to all my beloved characters, to their bantering and giggling and being actual cinnamon r
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly selected and strung together short story collection that will have any Lunar Chronicles fan emotionally drained upon finishing. Beautifully written, every single story had me euphoric from happiness and sense of adventure and wonder. Stars above, this was epic. (For people starting the series, I highly recommend reading this collection after finishing Winter.)
Rereading because a certain someone is making me feel all the feels!

6 Stars!! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

《《"And they all lived happily ever after"》》

The Epilogue.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"... I think she was a little concerned that i never made very many friends. And now look. I have so many friends, i need a cargo ship to keep you all in." <-- AWWW!

It was everything and more!! It was the closure i didn't know i needed! I still find myself randomly hugging this book, or just reading the bits of it when I'm bored. I
Sarah DiMento
It's over D: and it's very appropriate that this is my 300th book read on Goodreads!

The Keeper- 3/5 stars
Glitches- 4/5 stars
The Queen's Army- 3.5/5 stars
Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky- 4/5 stars (Thorne <3)
After Sunshine Passes By- 3/5 stars (This story felt included just because there had to be a story about Cress? It seemed short and pointless and full of information we already knew. Still heartbreaking though)
The Princess and the Guard- 3.5/5 stars
The Little Android- 4/5 stars (Probably my f
Simona B
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
"But she was already vast and bright and endless."

It would be more logical to list the ones which are not my favourites, but, however cynical and pragmatic I may be, I always like to see the glass half-full. So don't be surprised if my favourite stories list features practically all the stories but three or four.

So, favourite stories:
The Queen's Army because WOLF.
Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky because THORNE.
After Sunshine Passes By because LITTLE CRESS. I've alw
~ approximately 3.28 stars ~

Stars Above is a complation of short stories and an accompaniment for The Lunar Chronicles. While I found that it didn't necessarily give much new information it was still a fun read, and I loved diving deeper into this world and following all the characters so beloved to me. I don't like all of the stories though, and I though some were just okay or mediocre but nonetheless, overall a good experience.

Here are my thoughts and ratings for each story:

The Keeper: 3
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
*hugs myself* PLEASE tell me Iko is going to get her own little novella someday. I need more of these characters and this world :(
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it

Jesus Christ.

This is exactly what I needed.


I might have said this numerous times already but Lunar Chronicles is one of the very few series that’s so close to my heart. I didn’t exactly cry after Winter but I remember having such a heavy hangover because it has all come to an end.

Oh my God I’m emotionally unstable.

The reason why I have
Laurie –Read Between The Skylines–
I’m finally rating and reviewing this book! I know it’s been 7 weeks since I’ve finished it, but I’ve been caught up by the A Court of Mist and Fury wave, and I was drawn in one of the worst reading slumps in my life. I postponed this for too long, I have to pull myself together and move forward. Starting by reviewing this.

After reading two thousand eight hundred and five pages of the Lunar Chronicle I can tell that I’m fully satisfied with this series. This book answered the question I had, it
May 12, 2014 added it
Startled by some random woman crouched down in an isle of Target, reading the back of a book with a child as a lookout? Don't worry about it. Just turn and walk away.

I will go through considerable lengths to read this. I won't mind about the looks I get. To be honest, I'm sort of used to them by now.

Stars Above is a collection of short stories that connect with The Lunar Chronicles. It is snippets of the past, future and retellings of scenes we already know from the series. It is a series of novella's that capture your attention and desperately make you want to re-read the series all over again.

I loved most of these novellas. I didn't like a few due to them feeling pointless or ruining my perspective on characters I loved. I felt the most unnecessary novella came from The Android and the b
Kelly Brigid ♡
EDIT: February 2, 2016

IT'S OUT! IT'S OUT! IT'S OUT!!! I have it pre-ordered, and it better come in today! ^.^

EDIT: December 1, 2015

Whoa, whoa, whoa! FIVE new stories!? FIVE! WHEN DID THIS CHANGE!?!


June 30, 2015.

Glitches. Loved it.

The Queen's Army. Been there, done that.

Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky. I know every word in it.

The Little Android. Fun times.

The Princess and the Guard. ...

"A never-before-released prequel to Winter, chronicling the friendship between
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a delight. I loved all of the novellas. There were 4 from Marissa's Wattpad that were included and 5 new ones. I think my average rating is around 4.75 stars! Absolute must-read if you love The Lunar Chronicles :) ...more
My overall rating rounded up is 3 stars.

The Keeper: 3 stars
This short story is about Scarlet's grandma and how she took care of Cinder. It was surprisingly not boring and we learn a lot.

Glitch: 4 stars
It was so fun to learn about little Cinder, but that ending...

The Queen's Army: 2 stars
This was boring as fuck, but we learn lot's about wonderful Wolfy.

Carswell's Guide in Being Lucky: 3 stars
A fun story about little Thorne and his flirting skills.

My overall rating is 2.88888888888888888888 rou
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