Cinder by Marissa Meyer Releases in Paperback

Cinder by Marrisa MeyerI have seen Cinder a hundred times and looked at it and thought, ‘next time I am getting this one’. Well, now that the paper back is out and the sequel is on the way I’ve ordered my copy. I need to read this! Also, the author, Marissa Meyer is doing a signing near me that I’m planning on going to.

Cinder is book one in the Lunar Chronicles a young adult sci-fi series. The paperback was released yesterday and has bonus materials to entice you to check it out. It has a preview of Scarlet, book 2, and a short story called Glitches which you can also check out for free here.

Cinder is also available from Macmillan Young Listeners in audiobook format.  You can listen here to the first chapter.

Summary of Cinder (via Amazon):
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.

Get a free sample Cinder: Chapters 1-5

ScarletScarlet book 2 comes out February 5, 2013 so you have enough time to read Cinder beforehand.

Summary of Scarlet (via Amazon):
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Marissa Meyer will be in my area, Houston Texas, February 12 at 7pm at the Blue Willow Bookshop. I’m excited to go, and hoping to get a book signed to give away. Check back here for more details closer to Scarlet’s release date.

To buy Cinder (Lunar Chronicles 1) in paperback:
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To buy Cinder (Lunar Chronicles 1) in audiobook:
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To pre-order Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles 2):
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Through the Ever Night Review

Book Cover for Through the Ever NightThrough the Ever Night
By: Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins

My Rating:
star

Spoiler free if you’ve read Under the Never Sky

Summary (via book flap):

It’s been months since Aria learned of her mother’s death. Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It’s a moment they’ve been longing for with countless expectations. And it’s a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don’t take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry’s control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. but does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

The Story:
Wow, Through the Ever Night grabs you immediately and doesn’t let go. I had trouble even putting it down in the hours it took to read. It starts with Perry right where Under the Never Sky left off, I’m always happy when authors continue the story so seamlessly. Alot of sequels fail to be as engaging or progress the story as well as the first. Veronica Rossi doesn’t make this mistake. The story moves forward, questions are answered but there is still a way to go before the final conclusion, leaving me just as anxious as I was for this installment.  I felt myself rushing over the words trying to find out what was about to happen. I felt tense at areas, scared something bad was going to happen to someone I love. The book has a sadder feel overall than its predecessor, but in no way does the book make you feel bad.

The Characters:
Through the Ever Night adds a few new characters, some I liked but others, one in particular, I can’t stand. Not because the writing was poorly done but just because I hate the characters actions. All of our main cast deal with a lot of inner and outer turmoil as they struggle to find the answers they seek. Its not an easy ride for any of them but it never was. Rossi’s characters continue to grow and you are even more invested in their futures. Perry struggles with his new role as Blood Lord of the Tides and his promise to help Aria, who is half dweller. Just as the Dwellers don’t trust and dislike the Outsiders the Outsiders distrust those from the pods. Automatically, this puts Aria in a postion of distrust with the Tides. Aria is getting used to being an Aud and figuring out where she belongs in this new world. She has no question of her mission though, she knows what must be done and is willing to do it.

Final Thoughts:
Veronica Rossi didn’t let me down, Through the Ever Night was worth the year long wait and 2014 can’t come soon enough for the next. Fast paced filled with action yet a touching sequel that leaves you even more in love with the cast of characters.

Buy this book:
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Neverfall Releases Today via E-readers

Brodi Ashton’s Neverfall, a novella in her Everneath Series releases, via e-reader today, December 26th. I’ve got it waiting for me to read but haven’t started it just yet. I’m excited to see where she takes this series. I love the cover! I’m so happy more and more authors are doing novellas to hold us until their next book hits the shelves.

Summary via Amazon:

Jack is trapped for eternity in the Tunnels while Nikki has managed to evade Cole’s grasp . . . for now. But Cole is more desperate than ever to find answers about Nikki, his best chance for taking over the throne of the underworld. How did she survive the Feed? Can Cole find another Forfeit like her who can survive it too?

Cole’s quest leads him to the other side of the world, to a mysterious, dangerous society known as the Delphinians, whose price for information might be higher than Cole can pay—a price that could destroy Nikki. But when Cole attempts to steal the answers instead, his mission ends in disaster. Faced with centuries in a Delphinian dungeon, Cole is confronted with questions he’s been too scared to ask himself: Is he really obsessed with the throne—or is he obsessed with Nikki? And can she really give him a new beginning as the Everneath’s king . . . or will she instead bring about his tragic end?