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Intertwined Review

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Intertwined Review

By: Rae

 

“Wouldn’t you rather play the game? Learn why I was cast to begin with? There is a reason. I promise you that.” – Jenn Marie, Intertwined

 

Sometimes plans just go awry. 17-year-old Elizabeth Parker expected the usual when she went to spend the summer with her aunt and cousin April. It was supposed to be relaxing, danger free, and full of laughter. When adventurous April reveals a secret hazing invite she received to spend a night in at a local haunted plantation, Elizabeth freaks. Taunted and teased as fearaphobic, Elizabeth worries herself to the point of intervening to protect her cousin. Mistaken as April, Elizabeth is blindfolded and gagged – soon finding herself locked inside the mansion. As the residual haunting starts, Elizabeth encounters Adam and the real nightmare begins. When the haunting deviates from the cycle, Elizabeth soon finds herself facing curses, reincarnations, and a secret that has taken centuries to come to light.

From the start of Intertwined, readers are thrown into the drama and horror of a residue haunting with a twist. The opening encounter was dizzying with a lot of open ended concerns and questions that are later answered throughout plot reveals in the story.  At first I worried the opening was an info dump, but later saw how nicely the story progresses at a speed that needs to match the timeline involved. Tidbits are given to keep a reader interested and that ending… I didn’t even know there was a book two. Now I have to wait to see what else is in store for Elizabeth and Adam.

Elizabeth I really want to reflect on because of her relatability and changeable qualities. While I’m partial to Adam, the bad boy with anger issues, black clothes, and desire to protect Elizabeth, I connected with Elizabeth on a more personal level. I could understand her through her fears, determination, and desire to protect the people she cares about. Anything she questions, while nerve-wracking at times, proves the fact she is just a teenage girl trying to deal with way too much. I’m back and forth on her introduction though. I keep thinking her ability to work through her terror at being kidnapped and locked in a haunted house didn’t quite mesh with the emphasis on her fear of danger, that perhaps then she adapted too quickly. But aside from her initial start Elizabeth blooms into a dynamic character that is at war with her ghostly self. Ghostly self you ask? Read Intertwined to find out. J

The supernatural elements of Intertwined also intrigue me. The flashbacks were a nice touch, having been written through personal everyday objects with memories attached to them. Also, their explanation and length were just right to keep the suspense going but help the reader understand what was going on. Plus, personifying a curse into a dark entity… Yes! But I can’t say more without giving anything away.

A supernatural, paranormal, romance with a twist, Intertwined left me questioning the logistics of curses, the power behind family ties, the madness of revenge, and a desire for answers.

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Interview with Elizabeth Holloway

Meet Elizabeth Holloway

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Elizabeth Holloway is a writer of young adult fiction living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children and their growing number of pets.

In addition to writing, she is a registered nurse, an avid reader, an out-of-practice artist, a karaoke singer, and music lover. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

Now onto the interview!

 

This quote from Tempting Death: Book One of the Grim Trilogy gave me chills, His icy eyes penetrate mine and a chill prickles over my arms despite the early summer heat. I don’t believe in ESP or mind reading or crap like that, but there’s something deep in his eyes. He knows something. More than he should.” How important is word choice to you when during your editing process?

“I’m so glad you like that quote. It’s one of my favorites from the book!

To answer your question, I think word choice is very important. I find it’s usually better to use as few words as possible to get the idea across and that makes good word choices imperative. Of course, there are exceptions. Sometimes, to express a characters voice for example, I’ll be a little more verbose, but I like to think I do that as an exception and not the rule.

I also have to think about the tone I’m trying to build. Different words will express different things, even if they’re synonyms. In the example above, I used the word “penetrate” to describe the way he looks at her. I could have kept it simple and said he just looked at her, or that he stared at her, but that didn’t set the tone I wanted. Libbi felt like she was being read, like her innermost thoughts were laid bare to this guy. “Penetrate” expressed that feeling best, in my opinion.”

Looking on your website I see you are also a registered nurse and mother of two. How did you get involved in writing?

“Yes! I’m a nurse and I have two teenagers, ages 15 and 17.

I’ve been writing since I was a teen myself. I still have a book of angsty poetry, several short stories, and a (terrible) novel that I wrote in high school. But then life and kids got in the way of my writing. I didn’t pick it back up until I started working night-shift as a nurse. On my nights off, I couldn’t sleep. I’d always wanted to pick up writing again and, since there isn’t much to do at 2am, I decided to go for it! I’ve written 4 complete novels, two of them have been published, and I have 2 other novels in the works.”

Do any of your experiences as a nurse end up or influence scenes in your novels?

“I don’t have any scenes that came directly from my nursing career, though my knowledge of medicine has certainly helped. In Tempting Death, for example, Libbi has asthma and I don’t. It helped a lot to know the symptoms of asthma and to be able to describe it without having to do too much research. Fingers crossed I did a good job.”

What do you believe is the most important element in a supernatural YA novel?

“I think any story, whether it’s supernatural YA or something else, must have three elements: compelling characters, conflict, and an intriguing plot. Without any one of those things, I feel a story will fall apart.”

Can you share with us today what other fun projects you are working on?

“Currently, I’m working on book three of The Grim Trilogy, Reaper Rising. I also have a YA thriller waiting in the wings, tentatively titled Drive. It’s about a petty thief who breaks into a van and finds an unconscious girl tied up in the back. Unable to call the police, the thief decides to follow the van. As soon as I’m finished The Grim Trilogy, I’ll set my sights on finishing Drive.”

 

Where Beth is hiding…

Website: www.elizabethhollowayauthor.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eholloway300

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/e_holloway_author/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7827610.Elizabeth_Holloway

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August Author’s Gallery Piece

Adapted from the blog WRITERS AT WORK

December 6, 2011

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REGARDING THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES

By Sandy Asher

 

Back in the day – you young’uns need to know this – writers wrote.  Editors acquired, edited, guided, supervised, and championed books, thereby building careers, their own and those of their writers.  Designers designed.  Publishers published.  Marketers marketed.

 

Writers, the foundation supporting everyone else’s work, could be hermits living on mountaintops and delivering revisions by trained burro.  Writers could be old, young, attractive, homely, or complete mysteries writing under pen names.

 

While children’s writers were rarely sent on book tours, they were encouraged to visit schools and libraries, present at conferences, and lead writing workshops.  (“Encouraged” is the operative word here; not “forced” or even “expected.”) A book that garnered three or four good reviews got an ad in relevant journals.  Often, invitations to present came through the publisher’s marketing office, and the publisher paid the author’s travel and lodging expenses, especially to large conferences, where autograph sessions at the publishers’ booth were a given.  So was dinner.

 

Children’s books stayed in print for many years because publishers knew it took a long time for reviews, awards, and word of mouth to move a title from shelf to librarian to teacher to parent to child.  Publishers also knew there’d be a new audience every few years as each group of children aged and moved on.  Backlists were valuable assets.

 

Enter the corporate “tailors.”  (Young’uns, here’s what you’re up against.)  Writing, editing, and reading have remained pretty much the same.  Librarians, teachers, parents, and children haven’t changed either. But publishing has been turned upside down.  Marketers now make choices formerly reserved for editors – and writers are expected to do their own marketing.

 

Writers now maintain websites, blogs, and Facebook pages, create bookmarks and postcards, tweet, produce trailers, hire publicists, and/or join speakers’ bureaus. Publishers pay for none of this, no matter the expense or time involved.  Oh, and there are still those school and library visits, conferences, and workshops, also unsupported by the publisher — except for best sellers, top award winners, and celebrities, who get the ads and dinners as well.

 

Titles that do not immediately sell briskly go out of print in the blink of an eye, and writers who don’t generate enough “firepower” with their first and second books don’t get to build careers.  So writers-who-market are under far more pressure than marketing departments ever were to get the word out and to get it way out, in front of the hordes of other writers attempting to friend, blog, and tweet their way to . . . survival.

 

It is what it is, and it’s not going back.  I understand that.  But I still have to ask whether the emperor is wearing any clothes.  Is this furious effort on the part of writers actually selling enough books to keep work in print and careers on track?

 

I fear not.

 

But even if so, how much time and energy are left for writing more books?

 

Hello?  We’re writers.  Writers write.

 

Check out the interview with Sandy here!

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by 
Michael A. Rothman

Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 1st 2016
M & S Publishing, LLC

Summary from Goodreads:

In a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a Governor who is both feared and worshipped, Willow is a seventeen-year-old girl who is just trying to get through her last year of studies. But when her father dies, she experiences strange dreams that change everything about how she looks at the world and at herself. 

Haunted by the tragedy, Willow begins pushing herself beyond anything she could have imagined she was capable of. It’s only when she catches the attention of some of the Governor’s minions that her world is turned upside-down.
  

 

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Inspiration for Dispocalypse

I’m not 100% sure what got me going in the direction of Dispocalypse.

I’d recently read Divergent, a good dystopian story and it probably partially inspired me.

I’d been writing some experimental urban fantasy type stories and wondered, “Where might I go with this if this world failed? What would it be like 500 years later?”

Most people don’t realize that many of our Fantasy stories come in a time after a disaster.

In my mind, I’d always thought of the the backstory of The Lord of the Rings. I’d imagined that the Middle Earth we read about was a view of our own distant future, 1000’s of years from now after a cataclysmic war that devastated the land. From it was born the new races and the great good and evil that we read about in Tolkien’s classics.

With Dispocalypse, I wanted to write something that answered the question, “What if the bad guys won and we saw the post-apocalyptic world where the first signs of a change are in the wind?”

People who read Dispocalypse may be left with a few questions. I purposefully made it as a mashup of concepts that hopefully will entertain the reader and make them hungry for what might happen next.

 

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Michael A. Rothman – Author, Engineer and Cat Herder.

In a nutshell:

  • First-born American in my family
  • Multilingual
  • Hard-working
  • Accepts no excuses
  • Despises self-importance in himself and others
  • Loves Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers
  • Engineer/Scientist

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August Author’s Gallery Interview

Good morning everyone! Each month I will post a two part feature. The first part will be an interview with the month’s author and include a short bio. The second part of the feature is a sample of the writer’s work. Sounds fun right?

Everyone give a big welcome to August’s writer. *claps*

 

 

Meet Sandy Asher.

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Sandy Asher is the author of 25 books, including the award-winning Too Many Frogs and its companions What A Party and Here Comes Gosling (all Philomel).  She’s also the editor of seven anthologies, among them With All My Heart, With All My Mind, winner of the National Jewish Book Award in children’s literature (Simon & Schuster) and Writing It Right: How Successful Children’s Authors Revise and Sell Their Stories (Writer’s Institute Publications).  Her stories, articles, and poems have been featured in a variety of anthologies, journals, and magazines, most recently Highlights High Five. Sandy’s plays have been performed across the country and abroad, and have been honored with a National Endowment for the Arts playwriting fellowship grant, three American Alliance for Theater and Education Distinguished Play Awards (for A Woman Called Truth, In the Garden of the Selfish Giant, and Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story, all Dramatic Publishing Company), AATE’s Charlotte Chorpenning Award for a distinguished body of work in children’s theater, and an Aurand Harris Fellowship grant from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. Six of her plays are included in Tell Your Story:  The Plays and Playwriting of Sandra Fenichel Asher (Dramatic Publishing).  Sandy’s most recent publication is a stage adaptation of Here Comes Gosling, available in both traditional and interactive versions from Dramatic Publishing.  A Philadelphia native, Sandy now lives in Lancaster, PA, where she was named Lancaster County’s first Children’s Laureate.

 

Now onto the interview…

Tell us your latest news.
“Nice things happening on both the book and the playwriting sides of my work. May 15, 2016, saw the public debut of “Death Valley: A Love Story,” a film commissioned by Samaritan Counseling Center, here in Lancaster, PA, to be offered as a DVD and workbook for use in grief counseling. I wrote the screenplay based on my stage play of the same name, which is still in-progress. Meanwhile, over in France, a translation of another stage play, SUNDAY, SUNDAY, is being presented in Paris and on tour by stage and film actors Aurore Auteuil and Beata Nielska. My next picture book, CHICKEN STORY TIME, will be released by Dial Books for Young Readers on December 13, 2016, with hilarious illustrations by Mark Fearing.” 

When and why did you begin writing?
“I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. I was making up plays as early as second grade, encouraged by a theater-loving teacher, Mrs. Lomozoff, who had beautiful rod puppets she allowed us to play with and who also acted out scenes from “Arsenic and Old Lace” from time to time. For second graders! We loved it. I’d rehearse my tiny plays with friends in the cloak room when we’d finished our regular work. We presented them for our class and even went on tour around the school. In the summer, my friends and I performed on the sidewalk in front of my house on Diamond St. in Philadelphia, mostly for our own amusement. There was a movie theater on the corner where we spent many a Saturday in delicious darkness watching two feature films, a serial, cartoons, and the news. Then we’d emerge into the light and recreate the stories we’d seen, fighting over who would play which role. I started taking weekly dance classes at age 4 and began performing in recitals soon after, so that also whetted my appetite for story-sharing and all things theatrical. My final dance performance was as Clara’s mother in a production of “The Nutcracker Ballet.” I was in my early 40s and grudgingly realized I had to give up my life-long dream of playing Clara.”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
“Marketing. I need to write, and I enjoy doing it, even when it’s difficult. I love to share my work and what I’ve learned about writing with others, pre-K to adult. But the never-ending slog of queries, submissions, rejections, long waits even for acceptances, and then even longer waits for publication or production simply wears me out. As does hawking my own work. Cruel and unusual punishment, I think, and growing worse in the current bottom-line driven worlds of publishing and production.”

What book are you reading now?
“SELECTED STORIES by Alice Munro. Superb.”
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
“I have my eye on a young woman named Lindsay Bandy who has just acquired a first-rate agent. I read a sample of Lindsay’s first novel as part of an SCBWI workshop program and have been following her blog, as well as working closely with her on SCBWI programs. She is, I am absolutely sure, the genuine article and I can’t wait to brag that I ‘knew her when.'”

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
“There have been many, teachers, writers, and directors among them, but if I must choose only one, I’d have to say Louisa May Alcott. Before I met her in the character of Jo March, I thought writing was a game. I had no idea one might aspire to do it professionally. In fact, I was brought up at a time when I was expected not to do anything professionally. Young ladies went to college to find a more educated (read: employable at higher wages) husband. Like Alcott herself, Jo strode off in a different direction. Many of us followed her. Imagine being paid to do something you love! She inspired us to dream and to make the dream come true.”

 

 

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REGARDING THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES adapted from the blog WRITERS AT WORK.

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The Last Winter Moon (The Cycle of the Six Moons #3)

by Adelle Yeung

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: November 10th 2016

 

 
Summary from Goodreads:
 
The Goddess of Starrs has vanished… 
Arriscyal has fallen… 
Gediyon is missing… 
Dreana holds the answers to everyone’s pasts…
When Michelle returns to Starrs, the world is in chaos. No one knows who to trust, and even faith in their Goddess has dwindled. Michelle must reveal the truth of the Cycle; only then can she hope to unite everyone.
The Sixth Moon looms overhead. The end of the Cycle is nigh. Michelle and Jayse must stop it once and for all.
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About the Author
Adelle Yeung is the author of The Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, a young adult fantasy adventure.

She is also a voice-over artist who can’t go a day without a cup of tea. When she’s not writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, baking sweets, and escaping on video game adventures. She lives in California with a cat that dreams of eating the pet bird.

She has provided script supervision for the independent animation, Shattered Heaven, and is head script editor and one of the co-writers for the upcoming game Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe.
 

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Don’t Let Romance Hijack the Plot

By: Adelle Yeung

I’m browsing the teen section of a bookstore or library, and I come across several books with great premises. Strong heroines galore in fantastical worlds! A girl with mutant abilities must escape her prison, a princess must conquer an opposing kingdom, a skilled genius must hack into the government database to protect her family. Who doesn’t love a strong heroine?

Excited to embark on new adventures, I take a book home and begin my journey. Excellent first chapter. Gripping. I understand the main character’s plight. This is going to be so great.

Enter Pretty Boy.

Suddenly, our strong heroine devolves into a blubbering mess. Mutant girl falls for her captor, the princess becomes infatuated with her enemy prince, the genius has the hots for a fellow hacker. She’ll do anything to be with Pretty Boy, even forget her main goal, because Pretty Boy becomes her main goal. She’ll even make out with him amidst gunfire on a battlefield.

It’s so distracting and unrealistic that I’m pulled out of the story, and I find flaws in everything that ensues. What happened to the badass I was promised? Is Pretty Boy really worth giving up her goals? How could readers possibly idealize their relationship?

Sure, a little romance can enhance a story and deepen relationships between characters. I agree that romance is important to a lot of teen readers who’ve yet to experience their first romance. Of course, there are plenty of great contemporary young adult fiction that focus on the romantic relationships of teens and all the hardships that come along with them.

However, so often I’ve come across promising premises of high-concept young adult fiction that do a bait-and-switch and turn into a full-fledged romance instead of the action-filled adventure that I craved from its blurb. I wanted to cheer on the heroine to reach her goal, but instead I find myself wishing for divine intervention to separate the heroine and her new boyfriend, so the more interesting plot can continue.

To an extent, I feel that this bait-and-switch is even harmful to young readers who’ve yet to begin their own first romantic relationship. I’m afraid that it teaches young girls that it’s okay to give up their hopes and dreams, if it means that they can be with the one they love. It’s not okay to change and give up everything that you are just so someone else will fall in love with you.

Great fiction will present heroines that young girls can idolize. They lead their own stories, reach their goals despite obstacles, and sure, maybe fall in love with a hot guy. Reaching your goal—whether it’s to overthrow a corrupt government, or even become a kindergarten teacher—is not mutually exclusive with being in a romantic relationship. You can have both.

What I would love to see more of is a love interest who doesn’t hijack the plot, and instead supports our badass heroine with all of her goals. He shouldn’t be an accessory to her, of course; I would love if it he were fleshed out with his own goals, and they could support each other equally in pursuing what is most important to them.

Yeah, yeah, fiction is an escape, but it’s the realism behind the characters, their relationships, and motivations that keep me grounded in the story and believe in the plot. All I ask is, please, unless your genre is romance, don’t let it take over the story. Your premise deserves so much more than that.

 

About the Author

Adelle Yeung

Adelle Yeung is the author of The Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, a young adult fantasy adventure.

She is also a voice-over artist who can’t go a day without a cup of tea. When she’s not writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, baking sweets, and escaping on video game adventures. She lives in California with a cat that dreams of eating the pet bird.

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Website: https://adelleyeung.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdelleYeungBooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/adelle_yeung

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AdelleYeung

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Adelle-Yeung/e/B014U3W2O4/

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By Kristy Cooper
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: July 6th 2016

Summary from Goodreads: 


What if someone tried to fake the rapture?

When hundreds of thousands of people disappear in the middle of the night, including sixteen-year-old Gwen’s best friend Lana, no one knows why. Some believe they were taken in the rapture, while others are convinced that it can’t be true. Doomsday prophecies abound that involve horrifying tales of plague, famine, earthquakes, and more.

At first, Gwen doesn’t know what to think. While she is busy mourning Lana, many people around her are getting taken in by the cultish True Believers Temple, including Gwen’s dad and her friend Mindy. It is clear that more and more people are going to be pressured to join this church, as it starts taking over the media and the government, gaining zealous followers all over the world.

Then Gwen starts receiving emails from Lana. She claims to have been forced into hiding with thousands of others in an underground compound. Gwen is convinced the emails are real and the only other person who also believes her is Isaiah, her moody crush. Together they resolve to find out where everyone is hiding and help set Lana free.

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Where I got the idea for The Departed.

A lot of people have asked me where I got the idea for a book about a fake rapture. I have always been fascinated by the idea of the rapture, and I’ve met a lot of people over the years, who seemed to not only believe it was going to happen soon, but also wanted it to happen as soon as possible. I even had a friend in high school tell me there was no point in recycling, because she was expecting to be brought up to heaven very soon so there was no need to preserve or reuse our natural resources. That was twenty years ago . . .

I began to imagine what it would be like for someone to fake the rapture and how they could convince so many others to go along with them. I always saw this story with teenagers being the main characters, because I still read a lot of YA and I feel like this type of narrative made the most sense for me as a young adult novel. I’ve always considered it a dystopia, but I know it’s not necessarily one in the traditional sense.

This story germinated for years until I finally sat down and made myself write it. When I began figuring out how the entire conspiracy worked, I realized there were actually several layers to unveil for the reader about who was behind it and what their motivations were. At that point, I knew this story was a series and there were a lot of crazy things that Gwen, Isaiah, Mindy, and the rest of my characters could discover on their journeys for the truth.

 

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Kristy Cooper found herself often contemplating unusual what-if scenarios and knew it was time to start writing them down. She worked as a librarian for years and is now busy raising small children and writing YA novels. Stay up to date with her books at kristycooper.com.

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Scarlet Guest Book Review

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A flicker of kindness passed over him and he pointed at his temple. ‘You’ll want to aim for the head. That usually makes for a fatal shot. Or, if your feeling shaky, the torso. Bigger target.’”

— Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

Scarlet Review

By: Claire Rankin

Scarlet was released in February of 2013 so like most of our titles it has been on shelves for awhile. However, that doesn’t mean that it is any less of a quality read. Oh and don’t worry I won’t reveal any spoilers! So here we go🙂.

Scarlet opens, almost immediately, where Cinder left off giving readers very little time to recover from the climatic ending of Marissa Meyer’s first installment of The Lunar Chronicles. While the action begins quickly with Linh Cinder, Meyer does a beautiful job of weaving Scarlet Benoit’s story into the present plot line and while it may seem, at times, slow the reader’s patience will be rewarded in full.

After the buzz surrounding the girl at the ball, Cinder is one on everyone’s mind including the wonderful Kai, who finds her nearly impossible to forget. Meanwhile, Queen Levana is still attempting to make her moves onto Earth, as treacherous as ever. Cinder continues to get a grip on her gift and there is a whole new kind of threat from Luna to worry about. This sequel in The Lunar Chronicles does its predecessor justice by introducing new characters while keeping already beloved ones close to the readers heart.

Cinder returns with a spunky attitude, Lunar gift, and handy new hand. Kai makes an exhausting entrance as his new post wears him down to the bone and a new issues threatens his kingdom. Ike returns in a her body she dislikes though her humor adds much needed fun to the stressed atmosphere abroad the Rampion. New characters such as Carswell Thorne the charismatic American captain of the Rampion add some humor. Meanwhile, Scarlet Benoit the feisty farm girl who finds herself wrapped up in Lunar politics, and Wolf, the street fighter with many secrets, bring new life to the story of the cyborg orphan who yearns for a family.

Scarlet delivers the reader a thrilling new story with humor and romance. As always we wish for you all to get second opinions so please see what other had to say:

“Returning fans of Meyer’s Cinder will gladly sink their teeth into this ambitious, wholly satisfying sequel.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The sci-fi elements are stronger than the fairy-tale allusions this time out, but the story remains just as absorbing. . . . Readers will be thrilled to discover that this steampunky fairy-tale/sci-fi mashup promises two more installments.” ―BCCB

The author has stepped up the intrigue and plot from the first novel, and readers will be eagerly awaiting the next.” ―School Library Journal

If you find the review for Scarlet tantalizing, please check out our review for Cinder as well. Both Cinder and Scarlet can be found in books stores such as Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and others near you. Hope you all have fun reading even if it isn’t Scarlet! Enjoy your books all!🙂

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