Book Review: Scarlet

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The second book in the Lunar Chronicles series that began with Cinder.

I tried to temper my enthusiasm for this book after falling hard for Cinder, but it was difficult not to get my hopes up too much. Overall, I still really like the series, but I did prefer Cinder just a bit.

Scarlet is also lots of fun, but it feels a bit darker. I also missed Cinder and Kai’s interactions. My biggest issue with the book was because of its structure – Meyer flips between the tales of Cinder and Scarlet, and I hated being pulled from one story to go to another one; I liked them both and would be involved with whichever one I was in when suddenly it was time to go check in with the other one.

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Book Review: Cinder

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“Fractured fairy-tales” are one of my favorite sub-genres. I love when an author takes a familiar tale and morphs it into something new. Still with familiar elements, but altered into a new story.

So of course I had to read Marissa Meyer’s book Cinder. It’s the first in a dystopian series, and they are all going to feature some familiar characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White.

I feel like I shouldn’t have liked the book as much as I did. A lot of it is predictable (even knowing that obviously some things will be predictable when it’s a retelling of a familiar tale), but it was just so much fun to read that I didn’t mind.

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Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce

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Reviewing them together because if you read and like the first, you’ll want to read the second. And you’ll enjoy the second a lot more if you’ve read the first.

I’m a big fan of Tamora Pierce’s fantasy sagas, and she didn’t disappoint in this pair. If you’ve never read her Song of the Lioness quartetTamora Pierce Song of the Lioness quartet, the Trickster’s books are sequels to those. It’s not essential that you read the other series first, but these do end up spoiling some events from the first series if that’s an issue for you.

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Book Review: The Dragon’s Tooth

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Remember how I said last week that Dead Man’s Hand read like it was written to target fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson seriesPercy Jackson Series? Well, Wilson’s book also seemed like it was written just to target that market.

The action starts almost immediately and never lets up throughout the entire book. The pace is breathless. There are supernatural characters and artifacts of all sorts, and Wilson clearly has a good imagination.

    Unfortunately Wilson also includes several of my biggest fiction irritants:
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Book Review: The Blue Door

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I love fantasy tales, and I read lots of children’s and young adult books, so the first book in a new series by Christa Kinde sounded like a perfect fit for my tastes. Unfortunately, the book itself didn’t live up to my hopes.

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Book Review: Blackout / All Clear by Connie Willis

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I like historical fiction and fantasy, so combining the two into time-traveling historians from 2060 going back to study World War II in person? Oh, yeah, I’m all over that.

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