Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's taken me forever to read this series, but since Winter is being released soon I thought it was time I finally read it.
I'm glad that I did! I enjoyed Cinder a lot more than I thought I would. It has it's own unique story even though it's clear that Cinderella was a huge inspiration for this story - but it's more than just a retelling. I enjoyed both the fantasy and sci-fi elements within this story.

All of our characters were interesting.
Cinder is an awesome heroine - I love how strong she is, how independent, and how awkward she is. I enjoyed reading all of her relationships with everyone - including the Doctor and Prince Kai (by the way, swoooon).

Overall, I thought it was a great first book for a series.
I'm excited to find out what happens to Cinder and get to know new characters!
I'd recommend it to anyone who loves unique fairy tell stories, fantasy, or even sci-fi stories because this book has it all!

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok - I didn't think that I was going to care about Scarlet as much as I did Cinder, especially after the first book's ending. When I started the book, I was really anxious to get back to Cinder and find out what was happening with her.. but after the first chapter, I loved Scarlet just as much as I love Cinder!

This book was better than Cinder, in my opinion.. even though each book is fantastic in their own way.
I really enjoyed all of the new characters, the expanded world building, and seeing the characters I love (Cinder and Kai) develop more in this story.

My favorite things though?
The banter and growing friendship between Cinder, Thorne, and Iko.

A relieved grin filled up Thorne's face. "We're having another moment, aren't we?"
"If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are." Cinder slumped back on the floor.
"Although maybe I'm just too exhausted to want to strangle anybody."

I didn't get a lot of swoon worthy moments between my favorites - Cinder and Kai.. but lines like this helped fill my heart.

"I don't see that her being cyborg is relevant." - you tell them Kai!

There were plenty of swoon worthy moments between Scarlet and Wolf though! I did enjoy their romance, too.

"I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you."

The writing is flawless in this series, I am a fan Marissa Meyer. When there are too many different POVs in a book, and when they each have a different plot point being told throughout the story, well it just becomes confusing and boring.. but Meyer does not have this problem with her books. I was actually glad to have the different POVS and seeing the whole story unfold from different places. I was never bored, and I loved how it all came together in the end.

Overall, I really enjoyed Scarlet! It was fun to see how her story came together with Cinder's story. I can't wait to read Cress!
This series is a lot of fun, and just like I said with Cinder - I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a unique take on retellings, with hints of fantasy and sci-fi in the mix!

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Cress by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is brilliant, seriously one of my top 5 favorite series. It just keeps getting better with each installment - I thought Cinder was great, then I fell in love with Scarlet, and now I am head over heels for Cress! If someone asked me which book is my favorite, I don't think I could choose.

Now - let's talk about Cress. She is such a sweetheart, I definitely relate to her the most because she's so shy and adorkable. I really enjoyed reading what she brought to the team. Her romance with Thorne, swoooooon! I love Thorne, he's my favorite character out of the series (well, right next to Cinder), so of course I loved Cress and Thorne. It was just sweet, and I liked that it wasn't this instalove - at first it kind of felt like that, on Cress' end at least, but it actually turned out to be this sweet friendship forming and I think that's what makes this relationship so special.

"Maybe great, epic romances don't just happen. We have to make them ourselves."
^^^ That's right Cress, you go make your epic romance story! I'll happily read ALL of it!

A laugh came from the cockpit and Thorne appeared in the doorway, strapping a gun holster around his waist.
"You're asking the cyborg fugitive and the wild animal to be the welcoming committee? That's adorable."

The whole crew is back - all our favorite characters still being awesome!
I love how each character continues to develop, and we are constantly learning more about them - even if it's in a subtle way, for instance we didn't see much of Scarlet in this book but I still feel like I know more about her than I did before. I love this crew, seriously squad goals. That ending was fantastic, I honestly love how they have grown together and all of them make this series so much fun to read!
We are introduced to a few new characters in this book, such as Jacin who I know will be in Winter. I honestly didn't like him at first, but he kind of redeemed himself at the end - when he FINALLY realizes that Cinder is Princess Selene. Now, I look forward to seeing him along with all of our favorite characters in the next book!

He lifted his gaze.
"Just to be clear, you're not using your mind powers on me right now, are you?"
She blinked.
"Of course not."
"Just checking."
Then he slid his arms around her waist and kissed her.

My #OTP - hitting me with all the feels.. I only waited THREE books for this!

Overall, I loved Cress. The writing was still fantastic, Marissa Meyer's writing is the foundation as to why this series is so brilliant. There were so many twists and reveals, it was such a crazy and fun ride! I can't recommend this series enough, just like the others I'd recommend this series to anyone who loves a unique fairy tell story, fantasy, or even sci-fi story because this series has it all!

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Fairest by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Again, Marissa Meyer writes another intriguing story in The Lunar Chronicles!

This book was crazy. I like diving into the mind of the villain, but Levana is a whole new level of crazy evil. She's just so evil. I thought I would find myself sympathizing with her, but I didn't at all - I just pitied her. Learning more about her story only makes me root for Cinder and the gang more.

The writing was still beautiful though, and it was nice to see some back story on Winter and Luna. Overall, I enjoyed this short story, even if I did find myself hating Levana even more.

I would recommend anyone to read this book, who is already a fan of The Lunar Chronicles just because it gives you more insight into some characters!


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