Top 5 Wednesday : Characters You’d Invite to Your NYE Party

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube. And this week’s topic is Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party. This is a super fun topic and one I had quite the bit of trouble narrowing down to five. But all in all I think I really do enjoy the people I’d want to spend New Year’s Eve with me. 

1. Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter
Known for all their mischief and constantly looking for fun, I think this dynamic duo would be a great way to end the year off with a bang.

2. Kenzie from Shatter Me
Oh my goodness, I think Kenzie would be such a snarky and awesome person to ring in the new year with.

3. Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles 
I feel like my whole party is just going to be a bunch of snarky, trouble seeking miscreants but…I kind of don’t care. I love Scarlet and she’s someone I’d love to hang out with if I got the chance.

4. Nina and Jesper from Six of Crows 
Do I even need to explain this? They seem to be the only two characters in that duology who actually wanted to and enjoyed having fun.

5. Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass series
She seems like a bad ass bitch who knows when and how to have a good time.

And that’s all I got for this week! Let me know who you’d like to ring in the new year with and if you think my list is sufficient enough.

Review : Winter by Marissa Meyer

13206900Winter by Marissa Meyer
Published : November 10, 2015

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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Putting this series down was difficult for me and I needed to continue reading it. So once I put Cress down I didn’t hesitate to pick up Winter and it’s kind of bitter sweet for me because…it was hard to let go of this series, but I have to say I’m super impressed on how this series was so well wrapped up.  I’ve loved the adventure that Marissa Meyer has lead me on and I can’t wait to read Heartless by her when it comes out in November.

I have to say Winter wasn’t my favorite but her character was great, and I really loved that she was a bit more cooky just because she doesn’t use her glamour. And I just think she really rounded out the group really well especially when it came to the LSOP wolves.

But overall I really enjoyed the way this book was worked out. I think all the political movement and the action was so strategically placed within the book, it just made for a really great read. I absolutely adored Wolf’s background and learning more about him and meeting his mother. and Ugh there were so many feels in the book! Especially the end with Cress and Thorne (they’re my favorite pairing ) I have to say each character really found a special place in my heart.

I have to say though, the consistency of Lavana being completely terrifying through all four books is something really impressive. I usually tend to fade with whatever strong feelings I have for villains, but Lavana was such a strong and terrifying villain throughout and I think that REALLY takes a lot skill.

I can’t explain how wonderfully the action was peppered through this book that it kept me so engaged and so hooked, I really wish there was more, but then again there’s Fairest and Star’s Above!

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Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

13206828Cress by Marissa Meyer
Published: February 4, 2014

In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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The Lunar Chronicles has easily become one of my most favorite series ever. I could easily say Marissa Myer is an absolute genius in the way she constructed this whole series and how absolutely epic it is. Each character better than the last and each book more gripping and more exciting.

Cress has given me a new favorite character. Thorne is so awesome and hilarious and I love his wit and quick one-two punches he throws out there. I enjoyed Cress and Thorne’s growth and interaction with each other throughout the whole book.

I also loved the small looks into Luna and I loved the movement of the plot. Meyer has a way of just really sucking you in to her books with her amazing writing but more-so the consistency and fast pace of her plot lines. And I have to say I love the way she can over-arc all of these character time-lines and plots into each other.

Am I ashamed that the moment I finished Cress I dove right into Winter? OF COURSE NOT. The series literally has taken over my life a bit and I really don’t mind. It’s such a great series and I love the world building and seeing these awesome characters interact and grow and become this great group of misfit friends and companions.

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

11235712Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3rd 2012

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

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. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


When I finally finished Cinder, I was in awe. I couldn’t believe I got through that book so quickly. Granted I know it’s not the biggest book out there but it’s got a bit of heft to it. I loved Marissa Meyer’s writing. It was just so whimsical and she managed to blend together so many elements just flawlessly.

The first character I fell in love with was Iko. Absolutely. No questions asked, hands down. I love how she wasn’t supposed to have feelings but she has the personality chip that makes her so snarky and so adorable and lovable I couldn’t get enough Iko! Honestly!

But other than Iko being my absolute favorite, I have to say I did really enjoy Cinder and Kai. I didn’t think I would, I thought maybe it’d get a bit too cheesy but it didn’t! I loved their playful romance and their coyness with each other. It was great. I think one of my favorite romances in a while, they weren’t completely down each other’s throats and didn’t just insta-love. Which also made me wish we had a LIIIIIITLLEEE more Kai?

But who did I not like? Is that even a question? UGH LAVANA. WHAT A CREEP!! I think the thing that freaked me out the most was the whole mind manipulation and glamouring. I think the glamouring freaked me out more. But how could someone be so cold to kill their own sister?! She’s awful and I can’t tell if it’s justified or not or whether she’s just straight crazy.

Just going to drop these names here under the “Ouch, my feels” category : Peony and Iko.

But there were a few things that were kind of well…obvious and for the sake of spoilers I won’t say what was so obvious.

But I loved this book. I loved it so so so much. And can easily hand over 5/5 stars to Marissa Meyer for doing such a wonderful job a great whimsical writing style, easily read, wonderful pace, great humor and wit and a great bit of romance. Ah! I could go on and on for hours on how amazing it is. Definitely picking up the rest of The Lunar Chonicles.

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