Saturday, 28 November 2015

'Fairest' by Marissa Meyer (2015)

Synopsis: Fairest is the prequel to The Lunar Chronicles. The story is set on the Moon (now called "Luna") and takes place about twenty years before the start of the first book, when Queen Levana is only 15 years old and is still a princess. Both of Princess Levana's parents have been recently assassinated and her older sister Channary is now about to take the throne. Levana is bitterly resentful about this as she's much more intelligent and politically engaged than her cruel and spiteful older sister, who cares more about making sexual conquests than ruling. Levana is also extremely lonely and has developed an intense infatuation with a kind and handsome Royal guard called Evret Hayle. Levana becomes determined to have Evret for herself even though he's ten years older than her and is deeply in love with his beautiful, pregnant wife Solstice...

I'll keep this short. I've enjoyed the previous books in The Lunar Chronicles but this book was a huge disappointment. It adds very little to the series and could have been quite easily edited down into a short story and put on Marissa Meyer's Wattpad page. The book tells us practically nothing about the Moon's history and culture and (although we do get to learn more about her relationships with Cinder's mother and Winter's father) tells us very little about Levana that we didn't already know. This book certainly didn't need to be over 200 pages long and I feel annoyed that I had to spend as much time cringing over Levana and Channary's behaviour as I did :(

The only two things that I liked about Fairest were: 1) the brief glimpses that we got of Cinder, Winter and Jacin and 2) the fact that Meyer doesn't try to excuse Levana's behaviour in it. Yes, terrible things were done to Levana but that still doesn't excuse all of the terrible things that she then went on to do to other people. She's still an unrepentant murderer and rapist who deserves to be punished for everything that she's done.

Rating: 2/5

Thursday, 26 November 2015

'The Eyre Affair' by Jasper Fforde (2001)

Synopsis: The Eyre Affair is the first novel in the Thursday Next series and takes place in an alternate universe. The year is 1985. England is still fighting Imperial Russia in the Crimean War and its government is being heavily influenced by the powerful and morally shady Goliath Corporation. Wales is a socialist republic, cloned dodos are popular pets, certain individuals can travel through time, and literature is taken deadly seriously. Thursday Next is a woman in her mid 30s, is a Crimean War veteran, and is now working as a literary detective. Thursday's job is usually rather dull and mainly involves checking copyright. However, Thursday's life then becomes considerably more exciting when a powerful super villain called Acheron Hades steals the original manuscript to Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit. Thursday is then recruited to track Hades down and retrieve the book. To complicate matters even further, Thursday's ex-fiancĂ© Landen re-enters her life and she finds herself being tailed by an obnoxious man who walks for the Goliath Corporation. Meanwhile, after faking his death, Hades then kidnaps Thursday's aunt and eccentric uncle Mycroft in order to get his hands on her uncle's new invention "the Prose Portal" - a device which allows one to travel into the world of books. Hades then brutally dispatches a minor character from Martin Chuzzlewit, imprisons Polly in a William Wordsworth poem, and has one of his henchmen travel into the original manuscript of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre to kidnap Jane. Thursday must then team up with Jane Eyre's Mr Rochester in order to rescue Jane, prevent literary homicide, and keep the ending of the novel intact.

I bought The Eyre Affair sometime last year and I'm kicking myself for taking as long as I did to finally read it - because it's got to be one of the funniest and most inventive books that I've come across in years! The book is set in this delightfully fun and quirky world in which everyone is obsessed with literature. If it wasn't for the Crimean War and the Goliath Corporation I think every book-lover would want to visit its world! And I don't think I've ever come across another book which spans as many genres as this book does either. It's a sci-fi novel, it's a fantasy, it's a police procedural, it's a thriller, it's a comedy and it's a literary satire. There's also a little bit of a romance and even a slight horror element to the story (since vampires and werewolves exist in its world and there's a pretty suspenseful scene where Thursday has to confront a vampire).

The characters are a lot of fun in this book too. The main character, Thursday, is clever, resourceful, funny and badass and I really enjoyed her exchanges with her uncle Mycroft and her work colleagues Bowden and Victor. Having said that I'm not sure if she was my favourite character in the book, I think that might actually have to be Hades because he was suave and smooth and got some of the most hilarious lines in the whole book :D He actually reminded me a little bit of Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber from Die Hard.

And finally yet another great thing that this book of course is its connection to Jane Eyre! To enjoy this book a love of Jane Eyre is by no means essential but it will certainly enhance your enjoyment of the story. Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favourite books and although neither Jane or Rochester got a huge amount of page-time in The Eyre Affair I still thought Jasper Fforde portrayed both of their characters extremely well. Unlike some authors out there I could care to mention (glares in the direction of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea), Fforde clearly loves and respects Charlotte Bronte's book.

This book was hilarious, clever, imaginative, suspenseful, and a lot of fun. I loved it :)

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, 19 November 2015

'Whose Body?' by Dorothy L. Sayers (1923)

Synopsis: Whose Body? is the first book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries. Lord Peter Wimsey is the middle child of the Duke and Duchess of Denver and lives in an expensive new flat just opposite London's Green Park. Peter enjoys dining out, playing the piano, collecting expensive rare books, and solving crimes. He does the latter with the assistance of his personal valet Bunter and his best friend Charles Parker who works for Scotland Yard. Peter's mother then telephones to say that Alfred Thipps, an architect hired to do some work at her local church, has found a naked male corpse in his bath. Mr Thipps is a timid man and has no idea who the corpse is or how he could have possibly come to be in the bathtub. But since a wealthy financier called Sir Reuben Levy has also gone missing, the bullish Inspector Sugg of Scotland Yard suspects a possible connection. Both Thipps and his maid Gladys are then arrested on suspicion of murder. However, Peter and Charles both believe that there is far more to this case than meets the eye and decide to investigate the matter...

After finally finishing off the Sherlock Holmes canon, I've now decided to make the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries my next detective series project. I've read one of the books in this series before (The Nine Tailors) and I remember quite enjoying it but that was many years ago and for some reason I just never got around to reading any of the other books.

Although I've read a few reviews from people who have said that Whose Body? is fairly weak in comparison to the later books in the series, I still really liked this book for the most part. Sayers' descriptions are excellent and the mystery is decent but I enjoyed the book more for its deliciously witty dialogue and characters than anything else. Lord Peter himself is a hugely interesting and loveable character! He's warm, cultured, witty and sarcastic and is fiercely intelligent and endearingly vulnerable (he's suffering from PTSD). His friends Bunter and Charles are wonderful characters as well and I loved Peter's bromances with them! :D

I wouldn't class Whose Body? as being one of the very best mystery novels that I've read. There are a couple of very jarring and confusing switches from third to second-person narration and the book loses it way towards the end. Not only is the murderer obvious, their method of getting the body in the bath is extremely far-fetched and their written confession pretty tedious. But, again, I did still really like this book overall and I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series which I hear are better. Rather than going reading the entire series in a year (as I did with the Sherlock Holmes canon) I've decided to give myself up to 18 months to finish off these books - simply because there are more books in this series than there are in the Sherlock Holmes canon.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. 10 is just a suggestion to aim for if you can hit it -- do a list of 3 or 5 or 20 on your list. Your post, your choice!

Today's Topic: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

Here are quotes from some of the books that I've loved reading this year :)

“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W. I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never.”  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
*sigh* The most romantic love letter in fiction! If anyone's failed to be moved by it, well, I wouldn't go so far as to say that you're dead inside but are you quite sure that you're alive?!

"It isn't possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal”
2. A Room with View by E.M. Forster

“Each time you happen to me all over again.”
3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

"[he was] bursting with the belated eloquence of the inarticulate.”
4. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
I tried to include only one quote for each book but I couldn't help myself here! I love this quote, I often feel this way.

“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me.” 
5. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Kvothe is an absolute badass!

"Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“Love you! Girl, you're in the very core of my heart. I hold you there like a jewel. Didn't I promise you I'd never tell you a lie? Love you! I love you with all there is of me to love. Heart, soul, brain. Every fibre of body and spirit thrilling to the sweetness of you. There's nobody in the world for me but you, Valancy.”
7. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

“A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.” 
8. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
9. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

“You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over. You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”
10. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Friday, 13 November 2015

'The Graveyard Book' by Neil Gaiman (2008)

Synopsis: The Graveyard Book is a middle-grade fantasy novel and coming-of-age story that was inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The story begins with a man called Jack who has just murdered a family in the middle of the night - apart from the boy toddler who had climbed out of his cot to do some exploring. The toddler then ends up slipping out of the front door of the house and into the local graveyard where he's found by a ghostly married couple called the Owens. Wanting to protect the child from Jack, the Owens decide to adopt the boy and name him Nobody which they then shorten to "Bod". Bod is then granted the Freedom of the Graveyard, which gives him some supernatural powers, and a mysterious man called Silas (who is heavily implied to be a vampire) is appointed to be his guardian. Bod then spends the rest of his childhood in the graveyard and has many wondrous and eerie adventures. He gets tutored by a Hound of God, is taken into the creepy realm of Ghulheim, witnesses a danse macabre, and befriends the ghost of a witch called Liza Hempstock. But meanwhile Jack is still out there and still wants to kill Bod. And Bod finds himself torn between wanting to stay with Silas and his adopted parents and wanting to go out into the land of the living where he really belongs...

Regular readers of this blog should probably already know that Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors. I love his prose, his characters, and the wonderful, fantastical worlds he creates. I've read almost all of Gaiman's adult novels by now and have loved most of them very much but my personal favourite of Gaiman's works is this magnificent children's book of his. I love it so, so much! :) I re-read it recently and I loved it even more than I did during my first read. The synopsis probably makes it sounds like a rather gruesome and macabre book and not at all suitable for children - but it won both the Newbery Medal and the Hugo Award and it's absolutely delightful! It's charming, funny, sad, suspenseful and beautifully-written. I don't often cry while reading books but I had tears in my eyes while reading its final chapter... it was just so wonderfully bittersweet and moving :')

The characters in this book are a delight. Bod is bright, resourceful, inquisitive, quiet, funny, brave and sweet - an extremely likeable and well-developed main character. His guardian Silas is also fascinating as he's stern, brooding and deeply mysterious but clearly loves Bod very much and as though he was his very own son. The Owens, Liza and the character of Miss Lupescu are all very endearing as well. In fact I think the only non-evil character that I didn't much like in this book was Bod's human friend Scarlet who I found quite bratty, but thankfully she wasn't so annoying that she dragged the book down for me in any way.

Of course another great thing about reading this book are its fun and interesting parallels to The Jungle Book. I've never actually read Kipling's novel and have only seen the classic Disney film adaptation (which is one of my favourites by Disney) but it's obvious that Bod is based on Mowgli, the ghosts on the wolves, Silas on Bagheera and Jack on Shere Khan. Re-reading The Graveyard Book has definitely made me want to read The Jungle Book even more as I'm sure that there are even more parallels between the two books that I've missed. And then there are those two upcoming Jungle Book adaptations that are coming out in the near future: the new Disney version starring Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Bill Murray and the Warner Brothers version starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. Yep, it definitely seems like a good time to be reading The Jungle Book alright...

The Graveyard Book is an absolutely beautiful book, is definitely a favourite of mine, and I would strongly recommend it. The book has some sinister scenes and deep, mature themes so I wouldn't say that it's suitable for very young children (i.e. children under five) but it would be a wonderful book for older children to read and I would love to give it to my own hypothetical children some day.

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. 10 is just a suggestion to aim for if you can hit it -- do a list of 3 or 5 or 20 on your list. Your post, your choice!

Today's Topic: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch.

My first Top Ten Tuesday post! I've been wanting to do another book blogging meme/challenge for a while now (in addition to the Classics Club and Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts). And since I'm very fond of making lists and have seen quite a few of the bloggers that I follow do TTT posts in the past I thought this particular meme would be fun to do. I'm not going to be doing these posts every single Tuesday though, I'll only be doing them when the particular topic of the day happens to interest me as today's did. To anyone who's reading my blog for the first time: Hello! :)

I thought I'd tackle both of the questions in today's topic but to split them in two. To start with I'm going to do Eight Book to Movie Adaptations that I'm Looking Forward To. I've cheated a bit though by including miniseries adaptations! In no particular order:

1. War and Peace. This is a miniseries adaptation of Tolstoy's novel which has been written by Andrew Davies and co-produced by the BBC and the Weinstein Company. I haven't actually read the book yet but it's been on my TBR list ever since I read and loved Anna Karenina and I'm hoping that I can at least make a start on the book by the time the miniseries comes along. Nevertheless I'm really looking forward to this one! The trailer looks stunning, the cast is great (Lily James, Paul Dano, James Norton, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, etc...) and some of it was even filmed on location in Russia! It looks like it's going to be sooo much better than the recent big-screen Anna Karenina adaptation (which I found extremely disappointing).

2. My Cousin Rachel. This is going to be a big-screen adaptation of the excellent Daphne du Maurier novel and it will be starring Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz. There was a previous film adaptation made in the 1950s with Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland starring but du Maurier wasn't happy with the film because she felt that de Havilland was completely miscast ("too wholesome") and because of that I've never bothered to seek it out. So I was very happy when this new adaptation was announced! Rachel Weisz should make a terrific Rachel (Hey! A Rachel playing a Rachel!) and after seeing Claflin's acting in The Hunger Games I now think much more highly of him as an actor than I used to :)

3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A Harry Potter spin-off, this will be the first in a film trilogy and will feature the adventures of Newt Scamander (the author of one of Harry's text-books) in 1920s' New York! :D I am so ridiculously excited about this one! I'm not expecting this film to be on a par with the Harry Potter books but I'm confident that I'm going to like it much more than the film adaptations. J.K. Rowling has actually written the script for this one, it's got an amazingly cool setting, it's starring Eddie Redmayne (who I love and was J.K. Rowling's first choice for the role), and it will hopefully, hopefully lead to other Harry Potter spin-offs! I'm still holding out for Marauders and Hogwarts Founders spin-offs, J.K!

4. And Then There Were None. This is a new miniseries adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel by the BBC to mark the 125th anniversary of Christie's birth. The book is awesome and the cast for this new adaptation is brilliant! Charles Dance, Aidan Turner, Miranda Richardson, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sam Neill, etc... :D

5. The Kingkiller Chronicle. This high fantasy series by Patrick Rothfuss looks well-set to be the next Game of Thrones as it's recently landed both a film and a TV series adaptation! Some of you may recall my flailing about The Kingkiller Chronicle earlier in the year. The first book in the series, The Name of the Wind, is an amazing novel and although its sequel The Wise Man's Fear wasn't quite as good (as it dragged in places) that book was still pretty darn awesome as well. It's fair to say that I'm excited!

6. Beauty and the Beast. Disney's new adaptation of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. I know that there are a lot of people out there are unhappy with Disney right now because of their current phase of re-making some of their old classics and I can understand why - but that still doesn't change the fact that I flat-out adored their new version of Cinderella (such a wonderful film... so much heart and sincerity and so beautifully-acted!) and that I'm extremely excited about their new version of Beauty and the Beast! Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra MacDonald, Stanley Tucci, Hattie Morahan, Adrian Schiller... the cast is incredible!

7. Oliver. Two years ago I wrote a post about my excitement about this project (and ended up making a great blogger friend out of it - massive result! :D) Now it looks like this project is finally going to happen! Cameron Mackintosh has spent the past two years trying to make a new adaptation of Oliver the Musical (which is of course an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist) and now it's recently reported that Toby Haynes has been approached to direct. I really hope this happens! Haynes is a brilliant director and if he does end up directing a new adaptation of Oliver I imagine it's very likely that Bertie Carvel will have a role in this film somewhere! And since Mackintosh would be involved in this production as well, Samantha Barks would probably be playing Nancy!

8. Brooklyn. This is an adaptation of a book that I haven't actually read but the trailer for it looked so wonderful that I knew I had to see it. In fact I'm seeing it tonight! :)

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And now, Two Book-to-Movie Adaptations That I Still Need to Watch. These are two adaptations of books that I love very much but just haven't got round to watching yet.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). I can't believe I haven't seen this film yet! Not only is it one of my dad's favourite films, the novel by Harper Lee is one of my favourite books and I've read it multiple times. But, yeah, I just haven't got round to this film yet...

2. David Copperfield (2000). David Copperfield is probably my favourite Dickens novel (well, it's either that or A Tale of Two Cities) but up until recently I hadn't even seen an adaptation of it. Then I saw the 1999 BBC adaptation. Even though that version was fairly accurate to the book and had an absolutely superb Dame Maggie Smith as Betsey Trotwood I still found it disappointing. I just found it pretty dull and, honestly, Ciaran McMenamin was a block of wood as adult David. This adaptation looks more promising though I think - I love Hugh Dancy! :) - and I'm planning to watch it once I get round to re-reading the book.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

'Cress' by Marissa Meyer (2014)

Synopsis: Cress is a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale and is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles. Crescent Moon ("Cress") Darnel is a 16 year old girl who has spent the past seven years of her life imprisoned in a satellite orbiting Earth, forced into hacking the planet's computer systems on the orders of Queen Levana. The only thing that's broken up Cress's isolation have been the monthly visits from Levana's sinister henchwoman Sybil. With nothing but her netscreens for company, Cress has become a considerably talented hacker, has developed a highly romanticised vision of the world, and has formed a massive crush on the fugitive Captain Carswell Thorne. Recently Cress has been given the task of tracking down the Rampion - the spaceship carrying the fugitive Linh Cinder and her fellow team of rebels. Appalled, Cress has instead been doing everything she can to hide their signal from Levana. Meanwhile, the crew on-board the Rampion have been drifting through space trying to avoid getting captured and work out a plan to overthrow Levana. Cinder then decides that their best option is to question the girl who warned her about Levana's plot to assassinate Kai and conquer Earth - Cress. When they then manage to make contact, Cress tells them everything she knows and the group offer to rescue her. Cress is elated at the thought of being finally free but the rescue mission then goes catastrophically wrong when Sybil makes an unexpected visit. Scarlet Benoit is captured, Wolf is shot, and Thorne and Cress crash-land in the Sahara. The pair of them are then forced to trek across the desert so that they can find their way back to Thorne's crew and prevent Levana's wedding to Emperor Kai and her invasion of Earth.

Cress isn't my favourite book out of The Lunar Chronicles so far (which is Scarlet) but I still found it to be a fun and enjoyable book overall. Like the previous two books in the series Cress is a clever and imaginative take on a classic fairytale, the story is full of adventure and suspense, and I really enjoyed the development of some of the characters. Cinder continues to go from strength-to-strength, Dr Erland comes back in this one (with his story being unexpectedly sad and touching), and I loved Iko's expanded role in this book. Kai gets some great character growth in this one as well (his decision to end the Cyborg draft) and I loved the fascinating glimpses that we got of Princess Winter and her love-interest Jacin Clay.

There's also the new heroine called Cress who comes into this story and, on the whole, I quite liked her. Cress is a very different character to Cinder and Scarlet as she's much more shy, naive and socially awkward than those two girls are - which makes a lot of sense given her extreme isolation for so many years. Cress's squeaking did get on my nerves at times (it was annoyingly repetitive and helped to make her come across as even younger than her 16 years), and I had a few reservations about her relationship with Thorne, but I did really like how intelligent and imaginative she was.

As I've already mentioned, Cress isn't my favourite book in The Lunar Chronicles. I enjoyed it slightly more than I did Cinder but definitely not as much as I enjoyed Scarlet. Scarlet and Wolf are by far my favourite couple in the series and neither of them got nearly as much page-time in Cress as I would have liked. The two of them had better have major roles in Winter to make up for it! And the other main reason for my not enjoying this book as much as its predecessor was because Cress's relationship with Thorne just isn't working for me yet. I didn't sense any of the chemistry between them that I sensed between Scarlet and Wolf and, well, I don't like Thorne as much as everyone else seems to. Yes he's dashing, gets some funny lines, and has a daredevil attitude towards life but apparently Marissa Meyer based his character on both Han Solo and Firefly's Malcolm Reynolds - and in those characters I see a level of depth and substance that I simply can't in Thorne. I want Thorne to be more.

The final book in The Lunar Chronicles, Winter, will be a retelling of the Snow White fairytale and will be coming out in less than two weeks. I might not be getting round to that book straight-away though because I want to read Meyer's prequel novel to the series and some of her short stories before then and there are a couple of other books that I want to get through fairly soon as well - but nevertheless I'm still looking forward to finding out how the series will end.

Rating: 3.5/5