If you've been paying attention to what's been going on here at BBB in the last little while (and if you haven't, what's wrong with you?), you know I recently found myself a new favorite YA series. You've probably heard of it because, as it turns out, lots and lots of other bloggers adore it, too. Usually, I shy away from series that get this much hype, but, this time, I'm glad I didn't. Why? Because, y'all, this series just plain rocks. Really. It's true. It's fun, it's original, it's engrossing, it's clean—I mean, seriously, what's not to love?
I know, right? And the series is just as good—if not better—than it sounds. The first book, Cinder, is available now. Scarlet, which introduces intriguing new characters and conflicts, releases on February 15. Those of us lucky enough to have read it already can tell you that it's even better than Cinder! The last two books, Cress and Winter, will be published in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
-- I mentioned fun, new characters in Scarlet. One of my favorite is Carswell Thorne. To introduce the engaging Mr. Thorne, here's what Marissa Meyer herself has to say:
“Captain” Carswell Thorne only ever reached the rank of Cadet in the American military before
he stole the spaceship on which he was stationed, abandoned his commanding officers, and took
off on a sprint of worldwide thefts that he was sure would lead to an early, luxurious retirement.
His ambitions were cut short, however, when he was captured and imprisoned in New Beijing.
His luck changes when another inmate stumbles into his cell during a jailbreak attempt and
Thorne forms a fast alliance with the infamous Linh Cinder herself. Thorne and Cinder may
not hit it off right away, but Thorne is nothing if not confident in his ability to win the hearts
and loyalty of his crew. Plus, he and Cinder have one important thing in common: they’ve
unwittingly become the most wanted fugitives in the galaxy.
Trust me, the man's a charmer! You're going to love him and the rest of Scarlet's cast.
-- If you want to give the books a try before buying them (although after reading a little bit of the story, you're going to need the whole thing, trust me), you can download the first five chapters of both Cinder and Scarlet to your e-reader for free by using the following links:
(P.S. If you do decide to pre-order Scarlet—and you should!— you can send in your receipt to get a free Scarlet-branded lip gloss using this link.)
-- If you—like me—can't get enough of The Lunar Chronicles and want more, more, more, you can download the following short stories for just .99 each:
Glitches (a prequel; the story of Cinder's adoption): http://goo.gl/ggtcJ
The Queen's Army (the story of a soldier in the army of the lunar queen): http://goo.gl/bmX4z
-- And, now, the most exciting news of all: You can win yourself a paperback copy of Cinder, thanks to the generous folks at Macmillan. All you have to do is use the handy-dandy Rafflecopter form below (please note: this is my first time using Rafflecopter, so if something's screwy, let me know). The contest ends on January 31. It's open to readers with U.S. and Canadian addresses only. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway