Mini Reviews : Luna, time-travelling and lovely relationships

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends! Friday is usually reviewing day, and since I am a teensy tiny bit late on all of the reviews I need to write, I thought I’d change things up a bit…So today marks the first day I am doing mini-reviews. I hope you’ll enjoy this new format !

Stars Above, Marissa Meyergoodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5


I’m not such a fan of novellas of sorts, actually I think I could count how many I read on one hand. That being said, after falling in love with The Lunar Chronicles series, I was recommended -read: screamed at. But I’m not mad. THANK YOU for screaming at me- to read Stars Above. This collection of little stories, set before everything that happened in the series, giving more perspective into the events, the characters’ minds and back stories.

Some stories felt a little unequal, and unfortunately I didn’t fall in love with every single one of these. I think I had a hard time grasping the whole interest and connecting to the characters in The Little Android story, but that’s probably the only complaint I got here. Otherwise, everything felt well-rounded and thought-of. I appreciate the author’s want to complete the story with some necessary and very, very interesting back story: Michelle Benoรฎt’s side of the story was, by far, the more interesting one, because this is where it ALL BEGAN. However, all the important characters get their own moment to shine in this, which I appreciated so, so much, and only contributed to make my love grow for this little crew.

My rating : 4 drops !

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Short stories, Science-fiction, swoon worthy romances, crew goals, incredible world-building.

This is not a necessary read, but if you loved The Lunar Chronicles so much and are having a hard time saying goodbye to the characters, read that one. It’s the perfect farewell to this gorgeous series, and it filled me with happy feelings of contentment.

My reviews for the series :

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The Last Beginning, Lauren Jamesgoodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

last beginningI haven’t read tons of time-traveling stories, though I love the concept. After really enjoying The Next Together, I couldn’t help but need to get the next book in the series, mainly because I had so many questions that still needed answers.

If there’s one thing I really enjoyed about this series, it’s the whole concept of time-traveling. That book is an adventure, it’s fast-paced and taking you from the 1700’s to 2052 in the blink of an eye, leaving you with familiar characters to love and a whole universe to discover, still. If the world-building could have been shaped a bit more, I was thrilled to get back into this adventure with the author. It was a bit predictable at times, but that didn’t take away any of my enjoyment. However, the back and forth in this story were a bit head-spinning, at times.

I quickly grew attached to all of the characters in this series, despite the fact that it was 90% of new characters. Clove was determined, sometimes a bit too stubborn, but she felt like a real teenager, which I really appreciated. The relationships were developed enough, and I loved seeing the dynamics between Clove’s parents develop along with all the struggles inherent to the story. Also, the romance side of this story was really good to follow, because it didn’t take over the plot. It was just there, built with time and on the side of the main story.

My rating : 4 drops!

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Time traveling, historical novels, parents and children, science-fiction, f/f romance.

You enjoy time traveling stories, the in-between historical novels and sci-fi because it got these two things, fast-paced books, diverse romances and tight parents/children relationships.

My review for the first book :

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Did you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them?

If not, would you be interested in reading them? Let’s chat in comments! ๐Ÿ’ฌ

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39 thoughts on “Mini Reviews : Luna, time-travelling and lovely relationships

  1. I have yet to read The Next Together, even though I’ve heard great things about it (and it sounds amazing as well)! And I also need to catch up on all the TLC novellas. I’m so behind. ๐Ÿ˜…

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  2. I still haven’t picked up The Last Beginning because it is kind of not a priority right now. You know how I had mixed feelings about the previous book. But I do want to get to it at some point in the next months.

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  3. Hey you my kindred spirit! I am writing quick reviews for three books I’ve been stuck with, haha!
    Sometimes teens in books sound so much younger or older than they are, it’s nice to have real teens in stories too!

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    1. ….We are twins maybe ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ I thought it was a good way to still write reviews without having to think too much about it ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ and I’m glad, I had fun writing these mini reviews, I hope you will too while writing yours ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. The Last Beginning looks just like my cup of tea. Time traveling stories are easily my favorites so I’ll surely look out for this. You should try out Lauren Beauke’s The Shining Girls if you’re in the mood for time travel. It’s about a serial killer who could travel through time and one of his victims who survived. Really intriguing.

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  5. I love this new addition of mini reviews; enough to get an idea of the book but not too much to take up a lot of time writing I’m assuming. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad you read Stars Above Marie, I think whether you enjoy anthologies or not it’s a must for fans of The Lunar Chronicles series. Also I’m really glad you enjoyed The Last Beginning, did you find it answered a lot of questions you had left over from The Next Together? That’s how I felt about that book, and I loved Clove’s relationships with her parents as well, both sets of parents actually. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great reviews for both these books Marie.

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    1. Thank you Beth! I’m glad you enjoyed this, and it took me less time to write as well ๐Ÿ˜€
      Yes, I thought that many questions were answered, which I was happy for. After finishing The Next Together, I thought there were way too many questions left, and I didn’t enjoy that feeling haha. I’m glad that it was resolved ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you!

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      1. Ha, that’s great. Gives you more time to blog hop and read other people’s posts I guess. Oh that’s great to hear, that’s one of the reasons I enjoyed The Last Beginning a little more just because there were so many more answers in it than in The Next Together. ๐Ÿ™‚
        That’s all right. โค

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  6. I’m glad to see you enjoyed these books! I felt the same way with Stars Above, while I really enjoyed some I didn’t get too much attached to the others! (I did especially love the last novella though! <3) I have yet to read the Next Together and the sequel but when I do, I'm going to have to come back and read both your reviews on the books!

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  7. STARS ABOVE OMG YESSSSSSSS. Like the last story? = โค โค โค โค โค . I have to admit, I'd read The Little Android on Wattpad before, so when I encountered it in Stars Above I actually just skipped it. I read The Next Together last year and really liked it. I should try to find The Last Beginning!

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  8. I didn’t really like The Next Together when I read it (actually I kind of disliked it) but I was super intrigued by the time-traveling element! I still am, actually; I’m just not sure I like the writing style enough. I assume from your mini-review that Kate/Matthew made quite a bit of appearance in The Last Beginning? I’m still undecided on whether or not I should finish the series – I enjoy the idea but the writing didn’t really work for me. :/

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    1. Oh I understand, and it’s annoying to keep on reading if you can’t really connect with the writing…I’m sorry that happened :/ Yes they do make an appearance, and it was nice to get answers to questions left behind in the first book. I do think however that if the writing style isn’t for you, no need to push it, maybe you’ll just end up dislinking the whole series even more :/


    1. Ohhh yes, that story about Michelle was so interesting, I was glad to discover a bit of what happened at the very beginning of Selene’s story! I can’t wait for you to read it ๐Ÿ™‚

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