Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter.LunarChronicles.MarissaMeyerTypically, when I have to wait for a long while between books in a series, I lose interest and drop it. But I am glad that I powered through to finish Meyer’s Lunar Chronicals (minus Fairest, which is still on my list). With this last book, it became very clear that Meyer had a solid, entertaining, and engaging story arc for the entire series, right from the first chapter of Cinder, and I really appreciate her efforts to (and successes in) reimagine these classic fairy tale waifs (Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White) as strong, capable, heroic leading women. The entire cast of characters, actually, is very well drawn. Not a two-dimensional character in sight.

As Thorne would say, this series is aces. Loved everything about it (except the cover art).

No. 15 on my challenge—best to get the longest book out of the way first.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I purchased this book because nearly two years ago a younger cousin of mine could do nothing but sing its praises. I was skeptical, and the photos of creepy children gave me pause (for real, creepy as hell), but it was on sale and I can’t help myself when it comes to purchasing books. And now, after having read this wonderfully odd tale of peculiar children, I cannot wait to read more. It is most definitely an enveloping read—truly original and unforgettable.

No. 21 on my challenge. “I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.”