Winter

WinterWinter is the fourth and final book to the series Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I liked this book. I thought that this was a very well done conclusion to the series but it was long, and I mean long. The book was over 800 pages.

So lets talk about the plot. Well to put it simply the plot is all about this small group of people trying to stop the Queen. That has been the plot throughout the series but this book will center on truly getting rid of the Queen.

Alright, now I said above that this book was 800 pages long and even though I liked the book it was a little much at times. Though I will admit that what was written was interesting. Each character had once again a good portion of the book. Now Winter would be the featured character but I felt that was not the case. I think it was still very much Cinder’s story which I didn’t mind as I like her above all the others. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like Winter. She was a kindhearted and compassionate girl who happened to be unlucky when it came to stepmothers.

Now what can I saw without giving any spoilers away. Probably not too much. The one thing that I will say is that Marissa Meyer is a very good writer and I liked that she gave a concrete conclusion to the story for all characters involved, whether it was bad or good.

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Fairest

FairestFairest is a novel, number 3.5, in the series Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I liked this short story. I thought it was entertaining with finding out Levana’s past, which was what this book was all about. You will find out about Levana, the man she loved, the child she cared for (well sort of), the sister she hated, and her sister’s heir she hated.

When I started this I wondered if I would feel compassion towards Levana but truthfully I really don’t, well maybe a little. I still think she was a bad person. Sure she might not have been born that way. It was partially created from the cruelty that her sister had done to her. Levana was tormented when she was a child but Levana kept going with the cruelty. She didn’t stop the cycle. Levana seemed like she lived in her own little world and was good at manipulating things to go her way.

I liked that Meyer added in some scenes with Princess Selena, it was information we already knew but still fun to read. Then there was Winter, which was the first look at her character.

I am reading Winter next, which will conclude the series.

Skin Deep by Mark Del Franco

Three identities, three lives how does a girl do it but Laura Blackstone finds a way to be three different women and a member of the Fey.

“Laura Blackstone, public relations director for the Fey Guild, can spin with ease.  Across town, Janice Crawford works her magic as the druids backup for the D.C. Swat.  Meanwhile, as an operative for an international intelligence agency, Mariel Tate uses her beauty and brains to hunt down terriosts.  Laura, Janice, and Mariel have nothing in common-except they’re the same woman…

Being an undercover agent has its occupational hazards, but Laura makes it look easy.  As a spy for a fey intelligence agency, she uses her magical abilities to create disguises that are skin deep-glamours, or persnas, that must never be compromised.

Now, while Laura publicizes a special fey exhibition at the National Archives, Janice is almost killed in a drug bust gone wrong, and Mariel discovers a connection between the drug raid and threats made against the exhibition’s debut.  Laura’s different worlds are about to collide, and if she can’t keep it together, she’ll have more to worry about than being forced to retire an identity.  She may lose her life.”

“Skin Deep” is the first book to the Laura Blackstone series by Mark Del Franco.  I have to say when reading this book my first thought was that it was going to be strange, very strange but interesting and it was.  I like the concept of the mythical creatures.  I have noticed that there is a steady trend with the Fey being a part in books instead of the traditional vampires, which is a nice change every now and then.  I also liked the use of glamour which kept her appearances up for those she was around.  And most of all I liked the crime fighting and the mystery of the novel.

The character of Laura Blackstone is interesting.  I thought that with her being a complete three people it would be confusing to keep track of them but within the book everything was kept straight.  I did not forget any of the characters, Laura, Mariel or Janice while reading and it was enjoyable to read.