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Book Review #98: Cress by Marissa Meyer

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 24/08/16
My 13th book this year.)

Cress has been imprisoned on a satellite for many years. Queen Levana has been using her hacker skills to infiltrate Earth, to make their Lunar spaceships invisible to Earth’s radar and to spy on Earth’s Emperor. Having spent over a decade on liasing with the former King, she is now putting all her efforts on to the newly throned King Kai. Forcing herself into the commonwealth and manipulating herself into marriage with Kai in return for an antidote for the Letumosis plague and control over Earth.

Cinder and Thorne are wanted fugitives with a plan to stop the wedding, put the rightful Princess Selene back into power on Lunar and to stop the imminent war between Earth and Lunar.

With time ticking away, everything must be handled efficiently, precisely and discreetly. At every turn they risk being captured by both rulers, risk their lives trying to uncover the truth to both planets and all they want is for peace, for happiness and for unity.


This book is the third of the Lunar Chronicle series. I am fully drawn into this series and am eager to find out what happens to Kai, Cinder and the rest of her crew.

I love the relationship between the innocent Cress and bad boy Thorne. I love how every character has been thrown a major obstacle and somehow they work together to fight for what they believe in. Cress is in a whole new environment upon her release from imprisonment, Thorne’s confidence is tested as he has been blinded, Iko has found an android body to adjust to, Wolf has lost his meaning to life. So much drama in every turn but none of it feels over the top nor out of place.

I love the storyline with Lunar invading Earth. I love how Queen Levana utilises her skills to manipulate everyone in her sight. The best part of all is how the most unlikely crew have formed, have learnt how to accept one another and to fight to save Earth and to fight against Queen Levana.

A must read series. Highly recommended.

Written by Ling Lee (24/08/16).

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Book Review #97: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 16/08/16
My 12th book this year.)

This book is all about the next generation. Harry and Ginny have children, as do Ron and Hermione.

Albus feels the social pressure of being Harry Potter’s son, made worse by being a friend of Scorpius (Draco Malfoy’s son. Rumour has it Scorpius is actually Voldemort’s son).

Boys being boys find a mission to accomplish involving a time turning device. As they travel back in time, they realise every change makes a drastic change to the present day. They now need to figure what to do to fix one of these dire outcomes.


I would have much preferred this story to be laid out in the usual novel style.

I loved the idea of time turning because as the reader we can explore the different outcomes of the story. It was great because Rowling managed to fill in the gaps and everything fit together for me.

However having being written for the stage, this story felt extremely stripped of detail and depth. I would probably prefer to watch this production on stage rather than to read it. That is why I only gave 3.5 for this story.

I found the relationship struggle between Harry and Albus to be uncomfortable yet it makes sense why this was the best ending for the story.
The relationship between Scorpius and Albus touched my heart.

I would recommend this book to all Harry Potter fans only because we should all know the ending. But I wouldn’t recommend it with the usual enthusiasm I would give for most other books.

Written by Ling Lee

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Book Review #96: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 04/08/16
My 11th book this year.)

Cinder is now a runaway fugitive who has accidentally let loose another prisoner who gets caught up in her dramatic life.

Meanwhile, Scarlet’s grandmother is missing and she thinks a man who goes by the name “Wolf” definitely has something to do with it. She has no choice but to believe him when he says he can help. She follows him to France, throughout the journey, something feels not quite right but she can’t quite work it out.

Cinder realises she needs to find the woman who saved her and kept her hidden on Earth in order to save the planet that she knows as home.

Cinder and Scarlet’s problems bring them together. They must stay on the same side and help one another otherwise the evil Queen Levana will destroy everything that matters to all Earthens.


Not even sure where to start with his book. 2nd book of the Lunar Chronicle series.

So Cinder’s life is both traumatic and dramatic as ever. But life somehow manages to get more complicated when she realises she has to find the woman who brought her to Earth when she was only a young child. The woman happens to be Scarlet’s grandma and this is where the journey finally makes sense.

I love how the “Red Riding Hood” fairy tale has ever so slightly been woven  into the book. With Scarlet and her red hooded clothing, the Wolf who has taken grandma, and of course grandma herself!

Cinder is still growing and trying to adjust and to believe she is THE Princess Selene. Now everyone just needs her to find a way back to her rightful place on the throne and to save Earth from the evil Queen Levana.

This is a highly recommended read. I have enjoyed both books in the series so far and am very much looking forward to book 3

Written by Ling Lee

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