TITLE: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
FORMAT: Hardcover, 387 Pages
Cinder has a reputation for being one of the best mechanics in New Beijing. She has a gift for fixing what’s broken, even if that talent doesn’t seem to extend to her personal life. Being cyborg means limited rights and high tensions with the only family she has left, not to mention disdain from the majority of the population. But there is more to Cinder than being part human and part machine, and the mystery of her past might just be the key to securing Earth’s future…
… FIGHTING EVIL BY MOONLIGHT! WINNING LOVE BY DAYLIGHT! NEVER RUNNING FROM A REAL FIGHT — oh, we’re NOT singing the Sailor Moon theme song right now? Well, boo. I guess I’ll go back to writing this review then…
I absolutely loved Cinder, and not just because it brought back fond memories of watching Sailor Moon every morning when I was a kid. It’s a refreshing, original take on the Cinderella fairy tale that effortlessly incorporates new twists with familiar details. Besides, there are cyborgs. And a Prince. And diabolical mind manipulation powers…! What more do you need in life??
TITLE: Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)
AUTHOR: Melina Marchetta
FORMAT: eBook, 400 pages
PRECEDED BY: Finnikin of the Rock
The throne of Lumatere has been restored, the dark curse lifted at long last. Three years after liberating their kingdom, the people of Lumatere are still in the process of healing. Froi, once a slave and now one of the King and Queen’s most beloved friends, has come to see this land as home. But blood sings to blood, as he discovers when he is sent into Charyn on a mission that will endanger his life and make him question where ‘home’ truly lies…
So since I’ve become semi-famous in our little corner of the book blogging universe as the official Finnikin Ambassador, you should not be surprised by my enthusiasm for the second book in the series. GUYS. So much love for this world and the people in it. I can’t even articulate it properly. Every time anything related to the Lumatere Chronicles is mentioned I seriously just fall apart into a mess of lovestruck babbling. (Also, every time I see someone I know adding these books to their TBR pile it makes me feel all kittens-and-rainbows for at least the next 24 hours.) Anyway, I must warn you that it was really pretty impossible to write this review without including massive spoilers for Book I, so please run away NOW if you haven’t read Finnikin of the Rock yet!!!
#2PersonBookClub is pretty simple: every month weâre picking out one book for both of us to read. There will be a post at the beginning of the month announcing what this book will be, and then a post at the end of the month with our opinions and commentary on what we read. One book + 2 different perspectives = everybody wins!
TITLE: Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
Â (From Goodreads) No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first timeâand to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.
Okay people, here’s how this works: Alix and I both weighed in with our opinions on this book by sharing our first impressions and then answering a few discussion questions. We are using adorable little thought bubbles to denote which of us is talking. Please note that this post is pretty long since we’re both offering responses to the questions and also because we were pretty much dying of the lolz the entire time we were writing this on Google Drive earlier in the week… you have been warned.
My first thought was âoh no this book is in 1st person narrative and this particular first person is pretty annoyingâ. I want to understand and sympathize with Juliette but her emoness is just too much! If sheâs not having a mental breakdown for the millionth time, sheâs emoing about everything. I had to take a break about 50 pages in Â because she was exhausting to be in the head of. Plus side, I hope there are more pages where the text is completely struck out.
Juliette is officially FULL OF FEELS. She is ALL FEELS, ALL THE TIME. Â Itâs kind of exhausting already. I kind of canât believe the number of meltdowns sheâs already experienced and Iâm only on page 65. I feel like I need a nap now.
TITLE: Poison Study (Study, #1)
AUTHOR: Maria V. Snyder
FORMAT: eBook, 376 Pages
Yelena is a murderer. There’s nothing to prove, no need to present evidence or a trial, because she’s never tried to assert her innocence. Five years ago, she readily admitted to committing the crime of killing a man with her bare hands. For this, she was locked in prison with no hope of ever tasting freedom again. Until the day of her execution, when she is offered an unexpected method of eluding her fate: she can choose to accept the position of food taster to the Commander, who also happens to be the one man in all of Ixia in the most danger of being poisoned at breakfast. Yelena takes the job, reasoning that she has a higher chance of surviving by tempting fate than allowing a noose to be tied around her neck. Of course, as she finds herself entangled in one conspiracy after another, it begins to seem like being executed might have been the easier option…
So, the first thing I should say about Poison Study is that I definitely liked it better than Touch of Power, which I reviewed earlier this month and is by the same author. Most of the good things about Snyder’s writing can be found here, too: she tends to have decent, capable heroines and some interesting concepts for the fantasy genre. However, the same problems cropped up again for me and (once again) added that ‘meh’ quality to the experience.