#QuickTip #5 – “Lunar Chronicles” (Marissa Meyer)

English Version below

        

Heute will ich euch allen die Lunar-Chroniken ans Herz legen! Jaaaah, wer Märchen nicht so sehr mag oder Märchen-Remakes noch weniger, kann hier natürlich etwas skeptisch sein ABER wie immer: Alles Geschmackssache und von mir bekommt die Reihe eindeutig ein fettes “Muss-Gelesen-werden!
Wer mal genauer auf die Cover schaut, kann sich schon denken, welche Märchen hier völlig neu aufgelegt und ineinander verflochten werden.
Alle drei Protagonisten der drei Bücher treffen im Laufe der Geschichte aufeinander

“Cinder lebt bei ihrer Stiefmutter und ihren zwei Stiefschwestern, arbeitet als Mechanikerin und versucht gegen alle Widerstände, sich nicht unterkriegen zu lassen. Als eines Tages in unauffälliger Kleidung niemand anderes als Prinz Kai an ihrem Marktstand auftaucht, wirft das unzählige Fragen auf: Warum braucht der Prinz ihre Hilfe? Und was hat es mit dem plötzlichen Besuch der Königin von Luna auf sich, die Prinz Kai unbedingt heiraten will?
Die Ereignisse überschlagen sich, bis sie in dem großen Ball, auf dem Cinder sich einschmuggelt, ihren Höhepunkt finden. Und diesmal wird Cinder mehr verlieren als nur ihren Schuh …” (via hier)

Es ist schon eine Weile her, seit ich die drei Bücher gelesen habe, aber mir haben sie außerordentlich gut gefallen. Die Welt von Cinder, Scarlet und Cress hat bei mir sehr viel Anklang gefunden und überzeugt auch durch dreidimensionale Charaktere und einer interessanten Geschichte. Hier gehen natürlich die Meinungen auseinander, aber weil ich so schön subjektiv sein kann, würde ich sie wirklich jedem empfehlen! Ich glaube, ich lese das nochmal, wenn ich im Flugzeug nach Rom sitze. Zeit muss totgeschlagen werden und mit diesen Büchern, geht sie sogar noch schneller vorbei! Wer Interesse hat, kann die Bücher entweder bei amazon bestellen oder bei booklooker stöbern. Hier gibt es immer mal ein Schnäppchen! (Vor allem für die englischen Ausgaben. Die habe ich auch bei mir zuhause liegen. Die deutschen sind zwar schnieke, aber teuer)

5/5 ★

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Today, I’m going to talk you into the “Lunar Chronicles”, because no one should miss them and I’m sure some people out there still haven’t read them … YET. Maybe, you’re not into a fairytale-remake or fairytales at all (what is wrong with you? Okay, true, fairytales are pretty cruel if you read them more closely) but maybe, I can change your mind.
The story about Cinder, Scarlet and Cress is still unfinished (I think, there is one more book to come), but nevermind. The books are amazing! You can kill time if you need to and dive in into a really cool and really futuristic world.

           

“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” (Cinder)

I really enjoyed this series and I hope I could give you a glimpse of what is awaiting you behind those pages. The characteres are characteres you can easily bond with and the world is very realistic (by realistic I mean: I just enjoyed living in another world for a while, I didn’t really questioned much).
Come on, give it a try! You won’t regret it! I’ll re-read it on my flight to Rome, because I have the books in softcover and you should always bring some books when you’re on a plane. Right?

Images via here and here

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Scarlet (A Robin Hood story) – by A. C. Gaughen

4/5 ★

Scarlet is a book I wanted to read for a veeeery long time. So, here we go!

Yes, I’ll admit it … one of the “I-love-the-cover-let’s-grab-it!”-Books. I mean, look at it! Every girl who loves stories about girls disguising themselves as boys because they’re so much smarter than everyone else will take this book back home.

What happens?

Scarlet is a thief, a pretty good one. Working hand in hand with Robin Locksley or better none for Robin the Hood and his two fellows Much and John (John Little), they steal from the rich and give it to the poor – so that they can pay their horribly high taxes to the cruel and mean and very, very bad Sheriff of Nottingham.
We are leaving Scarlet’s obvious eating disorder out and will deal with the real problem here. Some douche bounty hunter was hired by the unforgivingly very bad Sheriff to get the “band”, as they call themselves, caught or killed (killed, I think).
While Scarlet is the “every-time-someone-asks-questions-about-my-past-I’ll-hide-somewhere”-type, Robin tries to figure out how to save the people of this poor little town and how to get Scarlet to unravel herself. Turns out, there are way more secrets that you would’ve guessed.

Opinion

I really had to get used to Scarlet’s slang. I don’t know if this was really regular for the commoners but she was (actually) the only one talking like this. That was quite annoying but never mind, you get used to it very quickly.
Scarlet is a very fascinating character, with fascinating I mean: Sometimes you want to slap her though in some other moments you are just surprised how badly she wants to survive anything. It was clear from the beginning that she was hiding everything about her, but you get to enjoy the journey when she is talking about her past and you are trying to piece everything together.
The interpretation of John little was a bit confusing. In “Scarlet” he’s a lady killer and creeping me out, I can’t really say why but he is!
Robin, by the way, is just perfect. Cute, good-looking, handsome, charismatic, brave etc. but sometimes he has his outtakes (as Scarlet does – that’s why they fit together perfectly!). For God’s sake, tell Scarlet if you like her and Scarlet, get yourself together and figure out what you want.
What struck me most were the brutality and the big amount of blood that was shed. (For a girl’s book, let it be understood) It’s not the lovely tale of Marian and Robin, where you can turn everything into a happy ending – it’s the story of starving, desperate people who need a hero like “Robin Hood.”
I liked it, but I was missing the spark. Sometimes everyone gets so whiny or the story is stagnating and last but not least: No kissing. … and I mean, no kissing of the people who should kiss! … I know, I know, that’s so girly.