Sunday, April 23, 2017

Crown Review #42 - Winter

Winter - Marissa Meyer

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #4
Length: 823 Pages
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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.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Crown Review #41 - Cress

Cress - Marissa Meyer

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #3
Length: 582 Pages
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Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Crown Review #40 - Scarlet

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2
Length: 452 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Crown Review #39 - Secret of the Sphinx

The Secret of the Sphinx - Samuel Bavli

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 134 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Thank You Samuel Bavli & NetGalley for giving a copy in exchange for an honest review.

The place is ancient Egypt. The year is 2558 BCE. Two of the king’s three sons have died in an apparent accident. Neb, who is the king’s vizier and a great magician, is the only one who realizes that their deaths were not accidental, and he tries to prevent the death of the king’s third son. The murderer, an evil sorcerer who fears Neb’s powers, has Neb abducted and casts a magic spell over him, imprisoning Neb’s soul in a great stone sphinx.

Four and a half thousand years pass, and Neb’s sphinx is on display in a museum. A teenage boy named Jon is visiting the museum on a class trip, and Neb immediately senses that this boy could be the key to his freedom. The sphinx speaks to Jon and tells him to return that night; but when Jon returns, the spirits of long-dead kings and demons try to prevent him from reaching the sphinx. After narrowly escaping the spirits, Jon finally reaches Neb. Intrigued by Neb’s story and by the prospect of adventure, Jon climbs onto the sphinx’s back, and flies back in time with Neb to search for the secret that will release Neb’s soul from its stony prison.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Crown Recaps - March 2017

March 2017

Yes, I know, this is a bit late than usual. Normally, the recaps come out at the beginning of each month. I've been a little busy mixed in with procrastination for posting it. Finally, the time has come and this recap is finally out.
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The Secret of the Sphinx - Samuel Bavli - A story inspired by Egyptian Myths about a boy who stumbles upon a Sphinx that could communicate with only him. Together, they travel back in time by the Sphinx's power to solve a mystery and end a curse. 

Ice Massacre and Ice Crypt - Tiana Warner - The first two books of a series about a fight between mermaids and humans on a fictional land. Every year, a group of warriors are set out on a mission to fight the mermaids, but never come back. A new group of warriors, female, go out this time to fight the mermaids, but secrets and history and enemies come along to stir things up even more.

The Gauntlet - Karuna Riazi - Inspired by board games and Jumanji, a group of friends get teleported into a board game to rescue the protagonist's brother and beat the game once a for all. The challenge proved tough, but are they able to defeat the game and opponents once and for all?

King's Cage - Victoria Aveyard - The third book in the Red Queen Series tells as Mare continues to fight her battle while stuck with the wrong side. The Red Bloods continues to fight without Mare, but the war is not quite done yet. How does the battle lead to an end?

Scarlet and Cress - Marissa Meyer - The Second and Third Book of The Lunar Chronicles. Scarlet and Cress come into the story as Cinder's battle with Levana continues. As each character brings in a specific role to the battle, the battle between Earth and Lunda continues on. Is Cinder able to stop the battle once and for all?

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir - A slave and soldier against an entire system. One to save her brother, one to avoid his destiny. In a secret rebellion group, Laia volunteers to go undercover to gather some information in order to get help to free her brother. Elias wants no part of the system he's in and he rather leave it all behind but gets caught up in the Empire when something rare happens. Together, they might just have what it takes to do everything they need to, and the Empire could change along with it.