Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Book Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: February 2nd, 2016
Read: March 1st-2nd, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 1.1,  1.5, 3.1, 4.5
Format: Hardcover, 369 pages
Source: Gift

Description from GoodReads:

   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.

   The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.

   Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….

   The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.

   Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.

   The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.

   After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.

   The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess

   The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.

   Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century... 


   Sweet Crescent Moon, up in the sky...
   I was what I believe, halfway through Winter when I'd heard of the bind up for all the Lunar Chronicles novellas. At first mention, I hadn't really thought anything of it. I had already read two of the novellas, and usually I'm not a novella fan. But when Something Old, Something New was mentioned, holy crow, I needed it. Where I adored the epilogue to Winter, Something Old, Something New was just the little extra piece that my heart needed.
   After finishing all the novellas, even rereading the ones I had already read before, I can honestly say that they were perfect for anyone whose hearts hadn't completely let go of the Lunar Chronicles world yet. From learning the backstories of some of our favourite characters, to seeing old scenes from a new set of eyes. There was a little something for everyone.
   I had two favourites when reading Star Above, those two were The Little Android and Something Old, Something New. With the Little Android we got something completely new, we got a new story, and new characters, it was a refreshing twist to the original series and wonderful to read.
   With Something Old, and Something New I just couldn't contain my excitement when reading it. Starting off 2 years after the epilogue in Winter occurred, we got to see what had happened to all of our favourite characters and what they were up too. Then as you guessed from it's title, we got to experience a wedding and oh boy did I have fun guessing whose it was. Being just as wonderful as The Little Android, Something Old, and Something New was the perfect treat for all fans of the series.
   Where I usually don't enjoy Novellas, Stars Above hit just the spot with the perfect length enriching little short stories. Stars Above is must read for all Lunar Chronicles fans.


Favourite Quote:

"Seeing my princess's smile when she is returned safely home is all the reward that I need." - Jacin, The Princess and the Guard.

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance, Retellings,  Space, Princess's, Star Wars

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