Book Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Date Read: November 7, 2016

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Number of Pages: 369 Pages (Paperback)

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The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

[blurb from Goodreads]

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Marissa Meyer is my queen of fairytale retellings and I thank the stars that she compiled all her novellas in one gorgeous book. Stars Above contains 9 novellas from the original series. The novellas are: The KeeperGlitches, The Queen’s Army, Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky, After Sunshine Passes by, The Princess and the Guard, The Little Android, The Mechanic and Something Old and Something New.

Stars Above came out three months after Winter was published. If you’re a fan of the Lunar Chronicles (like myself) this is a book you wouldn’t wanna miss. The amount of stories it contained, was like meeting old friends after a long time. Each novella tells the story of the main characters in the world of The Lunar Chronicles, from Cinder to Jacin’s.

The Keeper tells the story of Scarlet’s Grandmother, Michelle Benoit, and how she kept Princess Selene safe from the world. It was told in her perspective and it felt like Michelle was the mother that Cinder never had. (3/5 stars)

Glitches was Cinder’s tale. An origin story that somehow didn’t make the cut to the first book. It was a prequel on how Cinder’s stepfather, Linh Garan, adopted her and introduced her to his family. In Glitches, it’s where Iko was first introduced. (3.5/5 stars)

The Queen’s Army was obviously about the greatest weapon Queen Levana ever had, the genetically modified wolves.  Here, we discover how Wolf of Ze’ev became a Loyal Soldier to the Order of the Pack. We get a glimpse on how he made his way in becoming the Alpha of his pack. (3/5 stars)

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky was by far my 2nd favorite novella. I love Carswell and in this story we get to see a twelve-year-old boy who dreams of buying his own Rampion with his hard-earned money from every “business transaction” he makes at school while being a hero to the girl he liked. (4/5stars)

After Sunshine Passes By was the saddest one for me. My heart ached for Cress. This was the prequel on how Cress ended up being held up in the satellite and being a slave to her Mistress, Sybil Mira. (4/5 stars)

The Princess and the Guard was the most intriguing one for me. Plus I also get to see Levana again. This is a prequel to how Winter got sick (crazy), and how immensely insecure Levana had been that she had to hurt Winter just to be hailed the fairest one in the land. Also, seeing little Winter and little Jacin start to fall for each other was quite a treat. (4/5 stars)

The Little Android was a surprise treat. I was in the middle of reading this novella when I realized that it had many resemblances to The Little Mermaid. If I hadn’t checked the blurb, I would have never clarified my guess. Like most of Marissa Meyer’s creation, she made a very unique spin of the classic tale. (3.5/5 stars)

The Mechanic was told in Kai’s perspective. This was the first time Kai and Cinder met. If you haven’t read the series -spoiler ahead-, it was when Prince Kaito went to the Town Market to find the best mechanic in New Beijing. Kai’s charming narration brings out that lovable character Kai really is. (3.5/5 stars)

Something Old and Something New was the epilogue I never knew I needed. This was obviously my favorite. I couldn’t help but feel giddy and excited for them. Someone in the gang was getting married and it was the perfect novella to the end the book. The squad all together, celebrating the love of two of their friends (yes, I wont tell you who) and just being happy in each other’s companies. . (5/5 stars)

Reading Stars Above really was a delight. Marissa Meyer never disappoints and this was a book for the fans of The Lunar Chronicles, made from love and gratitude. I knew from the beginning that I would be having a smile on my face the moment I turn the last page of the book. Seeing them again was a great way to end the series. Each story was a prequel that didn’t make it to the original stories and now that we get the chance to read them, it somehow completes the puzzle.

“They had stood against all adversity to be together, and now they would forge their own path to love. She would be Kai’s wife. She would be the Commonwealth’s empress. And she had every intention of being blissfully happy for ever, ever after.”
― Marissa Meyer, Stars Above

Rating: stars_4

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