Monday, March 14, 2016

Guest Book Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer! (@marissa_meyer)

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Published: Feiwel & Friends
Reviewer: Lametria

My Rating: 

The enchantment continues....
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 exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

I usually hate prequels, because they’re so predictable and boring. Especially after the clich√© and really annoying Fairest novella, that told the tale of how evil Queen Levana claimed the throne. However, this prequel was far from annoying, because all the beloved characters from the Lunar Chronicles are back, and we finally get to find out what happened before the events in the series.

We get to learn about Scarlet and how she left her negligent father to live with her grandmother, who was holding young Cinder or as they called her Princess Selene, in her basement. Then we learn more about Winter, and her love with Jace and how she received those awful scars on her face, and we get to see when Cress moves into her satellite. There was also a glimpse into the future, after the events of that took place in the series and that was pretty amazing.

My favorite short story was of course the stories with Scarlet, because Scarlet is my favorite character in the series and it was really interesting to learn more about her past and how she came to be the badass little read she is now. Cinder’s story was really interesting as well, but not really because a lot of her story was explained throughout the series, and I think Cress’s story fell a little short. There wasn’t much detail about her past life, just a little glimpse into what happens to shell children. Winter’s story was good, it was second best to Scarlet, I enjoyed reading about her life as a child and her brave decision not to give into her magic, even though it made her crazy, literally. 

Other stories in the novel were a bit boring, I expected to love Wolf’s story because he is Scarlet’s man, but I surprisingly enjoyed Caption Thorne’s story. It was fun to see him as a high school student, and he definitely lived up to my expectations of being a con-artist and a player. Gotta love Captain Thorn Carswell!

Overall, I did really enjoy reading this, and it definitely exceed my expectations of a prequel novel. I’m so happy with the ending, and how everyone’s story played out and I’m sure fans of the series will love this novel as well. 4 stars!

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