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Friday, January 11, 2013

My Lunar Chronicles Extravaganza (With Exclusive Content, A Giveaway & Witty Commentary by Yours Truly)

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?  

In case you've been living under a rock (or in a fortified bunker stuffed with canned food and zombie-fighting gear), let me tell you a little about The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  This genre-bending series (dystopian + sci fi + fairy tale retelling) stars Linh Cinder, a 16-year-old cyborg who lives with her stepmother and stepsisters in the bustling metropolis of New Beijing.  As a robot/human mix, she's an outcast who (according to her adoptive family) is only useful for her mechanical skills.  With few friends, a deadly plague threatening the city's human citizens and an alien queen hovering above Earth just waiting for her chance to enslave whatever's left of the planet's population, Cinder doesn't have a lot to get excited about.  Except running away.  Then, Prince Kai stops by her stall in the marketplace and everything changes.  For the first time, Cinder feels seen.  And valued.  Suddenly, she has a purpose, one she could never have imagined.  So begins Cinder's desperate quest to save her planet, her future, and the only man she's ever loved ...

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.

Now for the good stuff ...

-- 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):
The Queen's Army (the story of a soldier in the army of the lunar queen):

-- 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


  1. I want Cinder because it sounds and looks amazing! I have read so many great reviews!

  2. Oh it's one i've been wanting to read for awhile now! I'd love to win! my email:

  3. Cinder blew me away when I first read it. I mean, I thought it would be good but this was AMAZING! I don't usually buy books because then I'd be broke, so winning it would make my life!

  4. I've been wanting to read Cinder for a while now. I've heard so many good things about the book!
    jenifersamaha @ me dot com

  5. I would love to own this because of the great book and exciting bonus features!

  6. I just LOVED this one. I got mentioned in the new PB version for my review. Cannot wait for Scarlet!!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  7. I've been wanting to read the book since you reviewed it! I just keep forgetting to get it from the library, so winning would solve me problem! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I heard so many great things about this book and I never got a chance to read it!

  9. I want to own Cinder because I read it when it first came out, loved it, but couldn't afford to buy it at the time. And now the paperback is out, and it has my blog's name in the back! I must show my mother, you know. :)

    shelver506 at gmail dot com

  10. Awesome! I look forward to Scarlet very much!

  11. I am currently reading Cinder. I had to borrow it from the library. I would love to own my own copy for my personal library! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  12. I'm so excited for Scarlet!

  13. Loved Cinder when I read it! Would love to own it!

  14. I borrowed it from a friend and couldn't put it down! I would love to have a copy of my own, along with the extra content :3

  15. I'd love to win Cinder because it is a fun and a unique story and it is much more convenient to win my own copy than to go to the library every time I want to read it - and it may not even be at the library because someone else is enjoying the awesomeness!

  16. It sounds incredibly whiny to say "everyone's read it but me!" but, I'm afraid, that is unfortunately the case. I've wanted to read this book for the longest and I literally keep hearing nothing but amazing things about it, and now that the sequel is coming out, I want to read it more than ever. There ya have it. :D

  17. I would love to get my hands on this book. I just haven't had the opportunity yet. I keep hearing nothing but amazing things about it and now that Scarlet is out and I keep hearing amazing things about that one too, I want to get a move on this series even more than before! :D

  18. I love Cinderella themed books/movies! I've been dying to read this book, but I wanted to wait until it came out in paperback.

  19. I've had Cinder on my TBR list for a while. What attracted me was the cover, and I love a mix of sci-fi and romance!

  20. I am going to order/pre-order both books on Amazon right now... so if I win, I will give the winnings away!!! Thanks for the intro to a new series!

  21. My teen is dying to read this and I haven't purchased it yet for her! She loves dystopian books and keeps reminding me that I still needto get it for her...LOL!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  22. I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings! I haven't had a chance to read this book yet, but really want to!!!

  23. Oops forgot!

    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. I found Cinder from the library thinking that the cover was pretty and the summary was interesting and I was blasted away after I started reading it and I just really want this book.

  25. I so want to read this book. It truly sounds AMAZING!

  26. Okay...because of you I went right over to Changing Hands and preordered Scarlet. Never let it be said that I am NOT obedient!

    You rock my dear. I love your recommendations.
    Stay warm.

  27. I'd like to read it because it sounds interesting.

  28. ArieL Lola Goldberg (sorry it was being difficult with the name thing grr)

    I'm a MAJOR bookworm and when I say MAJOR I mean MAJOR just ask anyone I know!
    why i want this book?
    well I absolutely LOVED (<--- Underline, underline, underline, UNDERLINE x like 20) this phenomenal twist on cinderella and I would like to spread the experience of reading this heart pacing futuristic book with EVERYONE (<---- Underline, underline, underline) I know!!!!!! Which probably means me going to my friends (and teacher we read the same books) commanding them to read this awesome book (like I do with every book I read, which is A LOT!!) Me: "YOU ARE READING THIS BOOK *shove cinder in their face and slamming it onto their desk or hand depending on location* READ IT READ IT READ IT READ IT" or something like that......people like ALWAYS trust me on books *nodding head* .........
    okay getting off topic Why else?
    I borrowed the wonderful book from the public library (pshaw they don't have these books in the school library) and I would enjoy having a copy I can read again and again AND again and again (yeah I reread books soooooo many times)so yeah... thats why!!!
    oh email:
    (shhhhhhh its a secret!!!!!)

  29. Sounds like a great new series! Can't wait to read it!

  30. This is a very easy question. Because I NEED it in my hands and on my bookshelf RIGHT NOW so I can read it whenever I want! Simple as that :D

  31. I really REALLY want to read Cinder AND Scarlet!

  32. I'm such a fan of Cinder, and need to give a copy to all of my friends!!

    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. I just found your blog through this giveaway, but I was excited to see your list for Arizona authors as I recently moved away and miss it. Can't wait to read Cinder, all these character profiles are getting me even more excited.

  34. Looks like a fabulous book!

  35. This book has been on my TBR list probably since it came out and I would love to read it. phansenp at gmail dot com.

  36. This book has been on my TBR list since probably about the time it came out and would love to read and then share it with my daughters.

  37. I really enjoyed Cinder, and can't wait for more. Thanks for the recommendation!

  38. When I first heard that Marissa Meyer was taking on the challenge of trying to give a fresh take on Cinderella, I rolled my eyes... However, I have been most pleasantly surprised with her cool twist on the future. Twists and turns of the characters and the plot captured me. I have to know what she will think-up next!

  39. I'd love to read Cinder because it's gotten great reviews and it sounds like a perfect book for me. It's been on my TBR list for far too long. I'm just dying to get my hands on a copy.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  40. I borrowed Cinder from the library and loved it. I'd love to have my own copy, so I could share it with my friends and re-read it whenever I want :)

  41. I love practically anything fairy-tale related, and I love to share them with my girls too!

  42. I read Cinder and I loved it! I had to borrow it from the library though. :( It'd be nice to have it on my bookshelf and be able to read it over and over and over again. :D Thanks for the giveaway!


  43. I'd love to read Cinder because I picked up Glitches on Amazon LOVED it! I love fairy-tale retellings, and this one sounds so unique (plus the flow of the story in Glitches just pulled me in).

    ktray_2002 at hotmail dot com

  44. I know this is an old post, but I'm looking for the source of the picture you used to represent Thorne. Do you know where the picture came from or who the man might be? He's exactly how I imagine Thorne, but I can't find him anywhere. Thank you!

    1. The photo was actually sent to me by the publicist who was handling this particular campaign. I don't remember any mention of the model's name. Sorry!


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