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Book Recommendation; Winter

Lise —  March 6, 2018 — 1 Comment

13206900.jpgWinter is the fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles series. It is also the longest and it concludes the Lunar Chronicles. I had a bittersweet experience with this one, bitter because the series ended, sweet because we got to know exactly what happened. In this book we get to know princess Winter, who is basically Cinder’s cousin. She is a troubled soul who has visions of her castle bleeding, and is always being watched over by her friend and guard, Jacin Clay. He ended up being one of my favorite characters in the whole series, mostly because his behavior is quite interesting. He goes from being one of the Queen’s guards to doing anything he can to keep Winter safe, no matter the cost. Jacin was also featured in the previous novels, he was, for example, one of Levana’s guards who tried to bring Cinder back to Luna.

The novel is full of action, drama, betrayal and love and it was the perfect ending to the series. It is over 800 pages long and it did feel a bit dragged out sometimes but I wouldn’t have wanted anything to be cut from it. If you’re interested in Young Adult fiction, especially one loosely based on fairy tales, I’d recommend this series.

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

Have you read this series? What did you think of it?

Previous Lunar Chronicles reviews:

Cinder | Scarlet | Cress

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5297“The picture of Dorian Gray” is a novel that is both hated and loved by readers all over the world. Some hate it because it’s not their style of writing, some hate it because it hits too close to home, and some love it because it resonates so well with them. I, myself, love it because Dorian himself fascinate me so much. I want to know what makes him tick, what makes him act the way he does. That’s why I loved reading this one. The story telling was good, I could do with less of Lord Henry’s ramblings, but the rest worked for me. It takes quite some time for anything to actually happen, but once it does it goes downhill for Dorian quite fast. The novel is a tale of love, treachery, murder and suicide, it’s simply a beautiful mess. No, I’m not saying any of these horrible things are beautiful, it’s the way the novel is put together that is, just to make that clear.

I would recommend this if you’re into classic literature and novels that show just how sick and twisted, narcissistic and evil people can be if they’re influenced by the “right” and oh so wrong people. It left me contemplating a lot, and I really love when books do that. I know it has been made into film too, but I don’t think I would want to watch that. I have built up my own image of Dorian and I am sure he would be visually portrayed differently in any films that could be made about it.

I don’t want to say too much about the novel because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything, so this one will be a bit short, I suppose.

Here’s a summary of the book if you’re interested in reading that:

In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde’s most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.

Have you read this one? What did you think about it?

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11949576.jpgAsunder is the third book set in the Dragon Age universe, following and expanding upon the lore of the video game series. The book is written by David Gaider, lead writer of the video game series. He isn’t the best at writing engaging stories, but I do appreciate being fed more lore about my favorite characters. I would recommend reading this before playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, because you learn about one of your party members in the game, Cole. Cole is also one of my absolute favorite characters because he is really interesting. He’s not a demon, not really a spirit but still he has possessed someone and is trying to help everyone to not feel pain anymore. His actions are both sweet and horrifying, because often the solution is to take their life.

The novel is set three years later than the events in Dragon Age 2, and it is set in the Orlesian Empire. It is however before Varric is questioned by the seeker Cassandra Pentaghast.


A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.

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The book summary doesn’t reveal much of the plot, but it’s basically a story about Cole killing people, Rhys wanting to protect him. They go on a journey to solve some mystery, Cole follows, things gets resolved and all that. I don’t think you would like the book if you haven’t played the games or read any of the other novels. It’s not the greatest work of fiction but it is an amazing addition to the lore if you’re interested in it. I might just be biased but that is my opinion, you are very welcome to disagree with me. I just feel like Gaider’s novel characters fall a bit flat sometimes, meanwhile in the games they are wonderful and have proper personality to them.

I’ll include a video of one of your possible first encounters with Cole, depending on which route you choose in the game. It gives you more of an idea of what kind of person Cole is.


Have you read the book? Or played the games? What did you think of them?

More Dragon Age book reviews:

The Stolen Throne | The Masked Empire.

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Book Recommendation; Cress

Lise —  January 25, 2018 — 3 Comments

13206828Cress is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series. We are nearing the end of the saga and it just gets more and more action filled with each book. The first was a bit slow, the second was just right, the third was perfect. The book is mainly centered around a Lunar shell named Cress. She was taken away from her family when she was young and was made to be a computer hacker living in a space pod all by herself. Following Cress’ story we notice some similarities to Rapunzel because her hair has been growing out in the same way. Cinder finds a transmission that was sent to Cress and that’s how their paths cross and she gets tangled up in the mess too.

I really liked this one, most people do just because they like Captain Thorne so much, I’m still a huge fan of Wolf instead. He’s just my kind of person. Jokes aside, it is a great book, a great third installment and I recommend it for anyone who has started the Lunar Chronicles and don’t know if they want to continue it. It gets better!

I’ll include the blurb from it’s page on Goodreads.

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 higher 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.

I don’t really know what else to say about it without spoiling it, honestly. It would be way better for you to actually read it without me ruining the story for you. It’s worth it, definitely. I just wish the series was longer because when I did finish it in July/August I felt devastated for a while that it was over. I’ll probably talk more about that in my post for Winter in the future.

Have you read the Lunar Chronicles? What do you think of it? 

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In my ‘to be read’ shelf.

Lise —  October 27, 2017 — 3 Comments

I’m always looking for new books to read and I like to alternate between books in my actual bookshelf and books in my Goodreads “To-read” bookshelf. The reasons why I haven’t read these can vary between not having time yet and not having funds or not having found a legit pdf version of them to download. But I will get to them as soon as I can. What is on your to be read list?

Yes please by Amy Poehler


Poet Anderson: The Dreamwalker by Tom DeLonge


Sekret Machines: Gods by Tom DeLonge & Peter Levenda


Fairest (Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer


Cathedrals of glass: A planet of blood and ice by A.J Hartley


There are plenty more but I suppose this is enough or else I would be here pretty much all day writing this list.

Check out Lisa’s Endless blog challenge posts for more ideas.