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

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4 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews: Glitches, The Queen’s Army

  1. For some reason, I didn’t know that Marissa Meyer had written these short stories related to her Lunar Chronicles world. CINDER totally surprised and delighted me with how much I ended up enjoying it, so I bet that these short stories would do it for me as well! Thanks for the reviews!

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