Mini Book Reviews: Glitches, The Queen’s Army

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Young Adult > Fantasy

(Luna Chronicles 0.5)

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In “Glitches,” a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch…

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… So, I finally met Cinder’s stepfather. You do know what happened to him in the fairy tale, right? 😦

Glitches showed how Cinder came into her adoptive family. It also narrated Cinder’s initial struggle over her being a cyborg. And she discovered her gift on tinkering at this time.

This e-novella has a sad tone. But to her stepmom’s credit, Adri was not at all bad at the start. She really loved Cinder’s stepdad. And it was love at first sight for Peony on Cinder. I liked this part, such a simple take on one’s kindness towards someone who lost everything.

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GLITCHES by Marissa Meyer

Ebook, 16 pages

Published December 5th 2011 by Tor

3/5 stars

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Young Adult > Fantasy

(Lunar Chronicles #1.5)

It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.

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…Whoa whoa whoa. Ze’ev!!!

I love reading stories about strong heroes who are humble. Here in The Queen’s Army, that humility was realized in Ze’ev’s character (more apparent in Scarlet). And the fact that Ze’ev does not delight in hurting other people is a major plus (even if he just needed to defend himself). My man here is the freakin’ perfect soldier!

The Queen’s Army highlighted Ze’ev’s beginnings in preparation for his role in Scarlet. I think this is my favorite e-novella so far, among all I’ve read. Man, I was half in love with Ze’ev already! He’s strong, smart, and takes action when the situation calls for it, no matter how brutal the outcome may be. I firmly believed that this should be more than just an e-novella. Full story please, Marissa Meyer? 🙂

I guess I have a new book boyfriend? Oh, yeah. *winks*

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THE QUEEN’S ARMY by Marissa Meyer

Ebook, 18 pages

Published November 23rd 2012 by Tor

4/5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday [2]

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[Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.]

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Genre: Young Adult > Mythology

(Gods and Monsters #3)

Hardcover, 320 pages

Expected Publication September 17th 3013

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The Wicked Within has no blurb yet, so let me give you a glimpse of what the first two books were all about. Simply put, this series has a kick-*ss heroine, a (sometimes) swoony love interest, and a very menacing villain. Exactly what I’m looking for in action-packed books!

Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters #1)

darknessbecomesher2Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters #2)

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Myth and mayhem inhabit a richly reimagined New Orleans in this sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.After the epic graveyard battle at the end of Darkness Becomes Her, Ari and her friends know what they’re up against: Ari is facing the Medusa curse and is haunted by the image of what she will become. To make matters worse, the heinous goddess Athena has kidnapped young Violet and is threatening to destroy Ari.

Ari, along with the superhot Sebastian, is doing everything she can to learn more about Athena and to get Violet back. But the battle of good and evil is bigger than she realizes, and she’s about to be pulled into a world more horrific than she could ever imagine….

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Woot! I cannot wait for The Wicked Within to be released!!! I expect that it will be as fast-paced and action-packed as the first two. Yeeees!

So, what book excited you this week? Link me up in the comments section. 😉

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maria