Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cress by Marissa Meyer [Joint Review!]

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)5 out of 5 Robots!

Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #3
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release: February 4, 2014
Hardcover: 560 Pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Julia and Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

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

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia and Shannon's Thoughts:
1.  What was your favorite part?  Least favorite part?

Julia: My favorite part is that we're introduced to Winter in the end- I'm totally fascinated with her character! I didn't really have a least favorite part, this whole book could be my favorite part and it keeps a quick pace and I really enjoyed reading it. 

Shannon: There were several for me.  I loved this one scene told from Throne's POV at a hotel.  I loved it because while Thorne is a really fun character, he is a bit engimatic.  You get the sense there is more to him than he lets on and this scene proves it.  Can we please be in his head a bit more?  I also loved meeting Winter!  She seems a fox.  I can't wait to learn more about her in the next installment.  I honestly couldn't say there was any least favorite part.  I guess maybe seeing Wolf suffering and being out of commission for a chunk of the book.
2.  Who is your favorite character?

Julia: Thorne. Thorne. Thorne. He is just a great character. He has some difficult obstacles, but overcomes them and he rolls with the punches. Maybe every scene he is apart of could be my favorite, actually...

Shannon: Oh yes, Thorne.  Thorne really gets his due in this book.  I loved watching him deal with mounting obstacles and I love how sweet he was to Cress.  

3.  How well do you think the author handles the expanding cast of characters?

Julia: This blows my mind a little. Marissa does an excellent job intertwining all the characters' fates and keeping track of everything. They always end up in the same place, in totally different ways but nothing about it feels too easy. It all makes sense. 

Shannon: Man, hats off to Meyer. We know have 3 heroines who story lines weave in and out from each other.  And Meyer sometimes throws the POV to supporting characters too.  The smartest thing she did was to write in third person I think.  But I love how everything intertwines together.  There is no extraneous material.  Everything has a purpose, but it feels very organic and not overly planned.

4. How do you feel about the various romances?  Do they add or subtract from the storytelling?

Julia: The romances are great- they aren't overpowering the plot but they're there to add a little spice to the story. Thorne and Cress are adorable, they such a sweet couple and they don't even know it yet.

Shannon: I agree that the romances are handled well.  I'm not normally a fan of everyone pairing off, but it really works in this series.  And while the romances do take a back seat to the main action, I think they add just a little more fun to the story.

5. How did this book compare to the first two books?

Julia: All the books are brilliant, but this one stands out from the other two in my opinion. There is a lot of action, awesome dialogue and lots of Thorne :)

Shannon: It fits right in!  I think each book gets stronger.  I feel like we are just on an upwards trajectory with this series. Basically...there is no sequel syndrome here!

6. What do you think about this series overall?

Julia: Just like all my other favorite series, I wish this one was a TV series or was getting made into movies! 

Shannon: I think it is an amazing series.  I reeeaaallllyyyy didn't want to read the first book, Cinder, but then started seeing all the good reviews roll in.  So I dived it and loved it.  And then promptly read the second, Scarlet, and loved it even more.  It has the right mix of adventure, romance and intrigue.  Plus some truly fun characters.

7. Who would you recommend this to?

Julia: Anyone who loves the old fairy tales and doesn't mind a little twist put on them!

Shannon: Fairytale lovers and Sci-Fi Lite lovers. 

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Cinder
2. Scarlet
3. Cress
4. Winter (expected publication 2015)

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