I read so many books and don’t get the chance to read them all so I’m going to be posting a few mini reviews every fortnight or so now so that I can share the books with you and not be weighted down by reviews.
The Bane Chronicles: What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.
I’m a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s books and so I was really pleased when I heard that she would be releasing monthly installments written about Magnus Bane.
I liked seeing more of Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss, who aren’t major characters in The Mortal Instruments series. Ragnor, particularly, stole my heart. I do love that little green warlock!
I loved this first installment and couldn’t stop laughing when reading it. I think the majority of lines had parts highlighted on my Kindle and I raced through it really quickly. I’m very excited to read more installments now.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
I loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer so had high hopes for the sequel.
This was spookier and more disturbing than the first novel and there was a lot more action. It kept me on the edge of my seat and it ended on such a cliffhanger that I thought I was hanging from a cliff. Seriously.
I need The Retribution now!!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I thought I’d reviewed Cinder a long time ago but then realised that I hadn’t, so here I am! I loved the world that was created in Cinder. Meyer has given the reader wonderful world building that makes it easy to understand the world that is written.
I really liked Iko and she was probably one of my favourite of the minor characters.
There were so many twists and turns and I was interested throughout. I can’t wait to read Scarlet now!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.
aliceinreaderland.com10 May, 2013 at 4:45 am
I loved Cinder and Iko was my favorite character; I hope you enjoy Scarlet too! Loved the mini reviews! 🙂
Alice @ Alice in Readerland
Lectus Read10 May, 2013 at 11:58 am
I am still waiting on Cinder from my library…
I haven’t read the other two. I will probably give Bane a try, though.
So Many Books, So Little Time10 May, 2013 at 12:41 pm
I loved, loved, loved Cinder and Scarlet and The Bane Chronicles was great fun.
Cate EC10 May, 2013 at 3:16 pm
These reviews are really good, I think it’s nice to just get a quick glimpse into what a book would be like!
Have a look at my latest book review and follow back if you like it!
Zoe Crook10 May, 2013 at 4:22 pm
Great mini reviews, Lucy! I agree with what you said about What Happened in Peru, I really do love Magnus. It has also made me want to read The Mortal Instruments even more – if that’s possible 😀
I am desperate to read Cinder and Mara Dyer. I won Cinder from a giveaway, and should hopefully be reading Mara Dyer soon as I have it from the library 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Cait10 May, 2013 at 6:53 pm
Lovely lil mini reviews, sometimes it’s hard to be so concise about a book. I LOVED WRHiP so much, cannot wait for the next instalments!! Mara Dyer was so good as well, not quite as good as book 1 IMO but cannot wait for the final book!
Jack Dwyer12 May, 2013 at 11:16 am
I really want to read Cinder! Ooh, and the Evolution of Mara Dyer is intriguing as well… Great reviews! I like the idea of mini reviews. 🙂