Worlds collide! Ongoing wildfire stories and wolverine research/recovery/protection efforts find common ground in this week's strip. Heartbreaking -- but uplifting in its thus far positive progress -- is the rescue effort involving Cinder
, a 35lb female black bear who was badly burned in the Carleton Complex fire. She looks pretty good in the photo below, and clearly shows a little spunk in the strip.
In other news, the Fed has reversed its earlier track and decided that the wolverines and their demonstrable (but supposedly hypothetical) reliance on late season snowpack for denning and rearing of kits do not warrant endangered species protection.
I'm with Cinder on this one. Uncertainty my butt!
Cinder, Scarlet & Cress
This review has me torn. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Cinder
. On the other hand, I had a hard time moving from book 1 to book 2 because main protagonists change. Is this a revolutionary way to avoid the sequel slowdown? Or does it kill the reading momentum?
But one thing at a time. First, Cinder
Basic premise: A retelling of Cinderella as a cyborg/lunar girl living in a future Beijing in which the Queen of the Moon threatens to attack and enslave (or destroy) earth. Cinder, a mechanic and adopted daughter of the archetypically evil stepmother and one evil stepsister and one nice stepsister, is (spoiler alert!) secretly the rightful heir to the lunar throne. She doesn't know it yet. She thinks she's just a mechanic, who is also partly cyborg, and thus despised by most. Cyborgs are considered de-humanized by the cybernetic parts. Add to that, earthens suffer a plague caused by a viral strain introduced by runaway lunars.
As Fate would have it, the crown prince, Kai, is looking for the lost lunar heir, and comes to Cinder to repair a broken android that may hold the answers to the lost princess's whereabouts. Cue: meet-cute.
The rest of the book is action-packed unraveling of the plague, who the princess is, the love interest between Cinder and Kai that all lead up to the annual ball where (spoiler alert!) the princess does not get her prince. In fact, he sacrifices her to the Lunar Queen to save earth.
Despite how much is going on in this story, it held my attention and was a fun read. Definitely a dessert book. My youngest loved the book so much, she asked if we could get the second book. We listened to both as audio books. We got it. We almost didn't get through.Scarlet
begins with a wholly different protagonist, namely, a character based on Little Red Riding Hood, with a parallel story about the people who helped Cinder escape from the moon, hide her and transform/heal her as a cyborg. It was very jarring to trade out one main protagonist for another, and in this instance, Scarlet is a very angry 18 year old, which makes it hard to feel empathy for her. She constantly lashes out. But we stuck with it (partly due to a very long car ride) and eventually, about halfway through the book, were able to listen without checking the clock.
I'm not sure I'd have bought the third book, but Scarlet
ended in the middle of said long car trip, so we did. Cress
follows the same pattern as Scarlet
, introducing yet another new main protagonist and another retelling of a fairy tale, Rapunzel.
All of the main female lead's stories are connected and interwoven. The writing is tight and filled with action. And I admire Meyer for coming up with a novel way to avoid the sequel slowdown. I'm not sure introducing a new protagonist as the lead works particularly well. The reader is forced to alter heroes from one protagonist to another, while also following the original protagonist's main story as it unfolds in a sort of b-story role. Clearly, these books have sold exceptionally well, so something is working. Maybe it's my misperception that I'm getting hung up on. This isn't a trilogy. These are chronicles, loosely related stories that are nevertheless connected and do move forward toward a common goal. Still, it was jarring to move from book 1 to 2. And yet, here I am on book 3. Like I said, these books have me torn.
For other great May treasures, click on over to Barrie Summy's website
. Happy reading!
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Reading copy via local library
With one of the most eye-catching covers in awhile, coupled with an awesome concept, Cinder was high on my list of must-reads for 2012. I'm happy to report that it's just as fun as I thought it would be.
Cinder takes the
This hop begins on the day of a full moon and features books with paranormal, supernatural, science fiction or space travel element or books that have something to do with the moon or have a moon on their cover.
We will have one winner
who gets to choose 1 prize from these items:
by Marissa Meyer (YA)
or one of the books from The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
by Maryrose Wood (MG)
- preorder of Book 3: The Unseen Guest (any format)
- Kindle edition
- Audible.com download read by Katherine Kellgren
You can also check out Thuy's review
for Cinder here
1. This giveaway is open internationally for items which are available to you. (For example, I might be able to send you a hardcover or paperback through bookdepository.com
but if you don't have a Kindle or iTunes account, you won't be able to choose a Kindle edition or Audible download.)
2. You must be at least 13 years of age or have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter since you will be sharing personal info with us.
3. You don't get an entry for leaving a comment, but it would be much appreciated! Please DO NOT leave your email or personal info in your comment; it will be deleted.
Can you tell me:
Who: Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder
What: We'll attend the signing at 7 and then congregate next door at
Rocky Cola Cafe
for munchies. They are open til 10 pm and have great diner food!
RSVP: You don't have to RSVP but we highly recommend that you reserve your copy before May 31 if you are going to buy one*. I'm calling on them tomorrow to make sure they hold me a copy! Call 818-248-9668 to reserve.
*If you already have a copy of Cinder, you will need to at least make a purchase to get a signing line ticket. Once Upon a Time is a local indie bookstore, and in order to stay in business as well as continue to provide you chances to meet your favorite big-name authors from around the country, they need to sell some books!
Contest: The bookstore is also having a contest--bring your best Cinder shoe and you could win a gift card!
Ok, RSVP: I DO kinda want to know if anyone's coming, so leave a comment below :D or email frootjoos at gmail dot com
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Yes, yet another recap. Promise it's the last one for this week. Last week just happened to be an insane week for author events. Right after the Fierce Reads Tour, Marissa Meyer had a date at one of our fave indies, Once Upon A Time
. Even though I had just seen Marissa at Fierce Reads (I'm not stalking her, I swear!) I was excited that she was getting her own date the OUAT.
Marissa started the event off by talking about how she got into writing. She wrote fan fiction for Sailor Moon for a long time (maybe 10 years) before she decided to tackle a full blown novel. Someone asked Marissa if she would ever take one of her old fan fics and re-write it into something new and she said no, but that they were still available on the internet for anyone who wanted to read them.
Marissa let slip a few details about book 2 of The Lunar Chronicles. It's going to be the story of Red Riding Hood (yay!) and Cinder will appear in all four books. Also, the character of Wolf sounds super dark and sexy. Swoon. I really, really can't wait to read Scarlet.
I can't remember what Marissa was talking about here but it's pretty cute. After more questions Marissa got down to business and started signing books. I had my copy of Cinder signed the last time Marissa was in town so I just said hi and fangirled a bit. Marissa is so cool and nice. I had a great time at the event.
CINDER by Marissa Meyer is probably one of the most anticipated titles for us in 2012. And we want to get the buzz going on this fantastic book and series that combines fairy tales, the future and space. This is not your ordinary fairy-tale retelling...
So watch this space for the big cover reveal later today at 5PM EST.
In the meantime, here are some "rejected" covers that we will be posting throughout the day to whet your appetite and for you to guess what the story is all about....
Marissa was able to get some friends to help out with our cover reveal and they drew up some ideas of what they would have the Cinder cover look like.
First Cover: The Pumpkin Carriage Spaceship by Leilani Adams
Second Cover: The Prince Charming Alien Abduction by Kaya Aman
Stay tuned for cover #3!
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CINDER: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Once upon a time . . . a fairytale went sci-fi.
You don’t have to wait until Cinder goes on-sale January 3, 2012 to read this futuristic fairytale. Find CINDER on NetGalley to read an Advance Reader’s Edition right now, for FREE!
Did you happen to miss any of the 18 stops on the Cinder Blog Tour? That's right: 18 stops! Well you're in luck! Below are all the direct links to the blog tour stops! Read through them and find out some cool stuff about Marissa, Cinder, and more! And don't forget to become a fan of the Lunar Chronicles series on Facebook!
#1: Intergalactic Academy
In which Marissa Meyer discusses How the Awesomeness that Is Firefly Inspired The Lunar Chronicles
#2: Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing
The History of the Lunars
#3: The Book Rat
Building a Cyborg: How Cinder Changed Throughout Revisions
#4: Reading Vacation
Marissa Meyer's CINDER Inspiration photos
#5: Working for the Mandroid
A Deleted Scene from the First Draft of CINDER
#6: The Apocalypsies
A video of Marissa Meyer and her friends making Shrimp Wontons and disussing other important matters from the book, such as considering Prince Kai’s favorite foods.
#7: My Bookish Ways
An interview with Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer discusses her road to publication: from writing to getting and agent to getting a publisher!
#9: Mermaid Vision Books
An interview with Prince Kai!
#10: The Fable Faerie
An interview with Marissa Meyer
#11: Manga Maniac Cafe
Another interview with Marissa Meyer
#12: A Backwards Story
An in-depth interview with Rich Deas, the designer of the cover for CINDER
#13: Laura's Review Bookshelf
Marissa Meyer discusses the timesless allure of the Cinderella's Ball
#14: Bibliophilic Monologues
Marissa Meyer provides the CINDER music playlist
#15: The Book Cellar
An interview with Marissa Meyer
#16: Almost Grown-Up
An interview with Marissa Meyer's sidekick: her husband!