Wrapping up The Lunar Chronicles *No Spoilers*

So, earlier this week Marissa Meyer released the last installment of the best selling hit The Cinder Chronicles. I was lucky enough to meet Ms. Meyer last year at Yallwest, the first book festival of its name on the west coast! My team totally kicked her butt at Trivia 😉 (not kidding actually, that is a true story!)

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I was so excited about this upcoming book that I purposefully didn’t do much digging about it. I wanted to be fresh and open minded for this last book. I re read the three books leading up to it, Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, and I was totally ready!

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This book did not disappoint! If you are looking to read this one, be ready for over 800 pages of awesome!

The uprising has been building for three books now. Alliances have been formed, and all the characters are in place for the final show. Now this is a precarious place to be, many times this is when authors slip up and rush us to the end. Thankfully Marissa Meyer is not one of those authors. In no way did I feel like a plot line was rushed heading towards this ending. Each character gets nicely wrapped up, and while not everyone is safe, overall you will close this book with a smile on your face!

This book is exciting and suspenseful, it pulls at your heart strings, and makes you gasp in horror. I was just so darn glad it was so long! I loved the descriptions of the lunar world, the clothing and the aristocracy. I want to tell you so much more, but for anyone who hasn’t read the series, I would just be giving away huge spoilers!

I hope the next time you find yourself wondering what you should read, you think about picking up this series. The Cyborg Cinderella tale that is so much more. It deals with themes such as mental illness, discrimination, first love, relationships, family, and more.

Also I cannot stress this enough, if you are anywhere near the west coast you need to make the trip to Yallwest in April. April 30-May 1 to be exact!

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Happy Reading Yall!

Katie

What the heck does ARC mean?

So when I was first starting to think about writing this blog I started to do some research. I read other book blogs, I read how to write a blog blogs, and I watched some youtube vloggers who talked about books and blogs. and down the rabbit hole I went… lol. Overall though, it made me realize I have a whole new list of slang to learn.

What the heck was this ARC everyone was talking about?? I heard the term ARC books over and over again. So,Google, here I come.

ARC: advanced reader copy.

OH! Got it. I want some of those!

How in the world does a person get an advanced reader copy of a book? My answer? Go to book festivals, and book signings or find a website (netgalley) that gives out ebooks to professional readers (bloggers, educators, and book reviewers).I was lucky enough to have found myself with my first ARC when I went to Yallwest in Santa Monica earlier this month. (let me tell you, if you love books, and book themed things, you need to make sure you get yourself to the next Yallwest next year) There was an Epic Reads tent with a fun wheel spin for free books. Yes please! I left there with two new soon to be released novels gleaming from my cute new tote that I would fill with signed copies of books I got throughout the day.

One of those advanced readers copies was The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak.

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This book is set to be released 5/19/2015 so those of you who are interested won’t have to wait long, and Brian Katcher’s story of first love isn’t one you want to miss, especially if you’re a Con lover or practically nerdy in every way 😉

I don’t want to lie to you, but my first impression was that there was a huge typo on the back cover. Washincon. That is not how you spell Washington… But it didn’t take me long to realize my mistake. WashingCon was a much bigger deal that plain old Washington. This story takes you through an epic night that practically doesn’t have enough hours in the day, but could also reasonable be done at such an epic convention as WashingCon.

You follow Ana and Zak (mortal enemies, or so they think) through the crazy world of a Convention, with Cosplay battles, card game tournaments, and multiple people after them, all the while searching for Ana’s little brother, who escaped for a night out on the town. The two find strength in each other and a little more emotion than the nasty feelings they had for each other before they got there.

While not all the events seem plausible to a non convention goer myself, they are entertaining as all hell. This book makes you laugh, and feel for the characters as they get deeper and deeper into chaos and mayhem.

As a first, advanced readers copy, I really enjoyed myself reading this book! and it had me searching for more advanced copies of books. Netgalley has become my new favorite thing! I am sure I will get more reviews to you about books to look ahead for, so keep an eye out!

Happy Reading,

Katie