Today’s book review is a guest post from Mel of Novels, News, and Notes from your Northwest Neighbors. She also works at University Bookstore in Seattle, Washington.
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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 admit, I have yet to read Winter. Or the prequel, Fairest. I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately due to stress and illness. So when I was asked to read Stars Above I thought I’d change it up a bit and see if it would pull me back into the Lunar Chronicles. Sure enough, reading through the short stories in Stars Above has me excited about re-reading the ending of Cress to prepare myself for Winter. So, let me tell you a bit about what I loved about Stars Above. No spoilers I promise. In fact, since I have yet to read Winter, I didn’t read “Something Old, Something New,” which I have been told is the epilogue to Winter.
I started off by reading “ The Keeper” which is the first short story in the book. Not only do you learn more about Scarlet and her father, but you also learn the backstory of Princess Selene. I was immediately transported back to reading Scarlet when I read this story. I really enjoyed reading more about Grand-mère Michelle and how she ended up living on the farm with Scarlet. I loved learning the history of Scarlet’s parents as well as how some things were covered up for the good of the world. After reading this story, it was easy to continue reading the other stories.
Next up was “Glitches” which was the story about Cinder moving in with the Linh family. This story gave some incredible background in a very short amount of time. Marissa writes amazing stories, and this is no exception. It did not take long to understand the family dynamics. Plus, I haven’t read Cinder for a couple of years, so there were nuances to the story that I caught in this story that I had not caught in the original book. The only thing that threw me off was the fact that Cinder calls Linh Garan her stepfather. That had me confused for a minute. Did anyone else catch that? She ends up calling Adri her stepmother which also threw me off.
I have to say, one of my all-time favorite characters has always been Wolf. Which is why, when I came to “The Queen’s Army,” I squealed and immediately dug in to the story. It felt, at least to me, that there was a lot revealed in this story about Wolf’s background. His early life, family, and what happened when he joined Her Majesty’s Army are all included and show you another side of his personality and what he has gone through. Basically, the story had me adoring Wolf even more than I already did. He would totally be my pick for book boyfriend. Who would your book boyfriend be in this series?
I admit, reading “Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky” did not endear me to him more, although I really wanted his story to be longer. I found myself wanting more information about his life and see more of his thought process. So, overall, I really enjoyed his story and would have gladly read a couple more chapters!
As I said before I’m not reviewing the full book, and I hope I have intrigued you enough to pick up a copy of Stars Above! In fact, you should pick up the whole Lunar Chronicles. I can honestly say it’s one of my all-time favorite series.
Check out this website for a chapter teaser. Stars Above is in stores now.