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April 22, 2014


Hi guys, sorry its been so long since I've posted but I've been so busy with school that I haven't had the drive to blog. Because of this I am going to take an official hiatus until May 10th. By then I will be done with finals and will have gotten a few days of rest. Thanks for understanding and even though I won't be on the blog I will still be on twitter!

March 18, 2014

Desecration blog tour and Giveaway!

Today I have the pleasure of having Hadly Holt, author of Desecration; The Wizard Queen at Sixteen to talk about some songs that she feels fit with her book! And be sure to stick around for an awesome giveaway! But first some about the book!

In a hidden world of wizards where only men hold the power of magic, one girl arises with the power to change everything, if she isn’t killed first…Adriana Victoriana Evangelista (Addie), daughter to the High Chancellor of the Wizard’s Council, has always been the perfect wizard girl. She never questions why men possess magical powers and women have no power at all, magical or otherwise. Male wizards blend into the modern human world, leading huge corporations while wizard women are sequestered away.  On her sixteenth birthday, Addie discovers she possesses magic. Under wizard law, she is a desecration. An ancient prophecy surrounds the emergence of a girl magic-wielder, the wizard queen, who is destined to bring about the downfall of the wizard-kin.Addie has long had a forbidden crush on a human boy who lives in the wizard stronghold, Rory Devlin. As she delves deeper into the dangerous mysteries surrounding her own destiny, she suspects Rory might be more than just human.Addie’s fate sends her straight into the path of a powerful and evil sorcerer, but the worst danger of all may come from right inside her own home.

I love music! In fact, I love it so much that if a favorite song is playing, it pulls me into the song and I can’t write anything. While I write, I have to listen to instrumental music which is often Celtic or soft classical music. My DESECRATION Spotify Playlist is filled with songs that make me think of the characters in the book (mostly my main character, Addie).

Morning – by Beck: “Woke Up This Morning…” This song makes me think of Addie from
a conceptual standpoint of “I woke up this morning…” and things are different than they
used to be. The song is more about a change in a relationship, but it makes me think about
how Addie wakes up to a day that changes her life forever. She can’t ever go back to the
way her life was before.

Dark Horse – Katy Perry: “So you want to play with magic…Boy, you should know
what you’re falling for…coming at you like a dark horse…are you ready for a perfect
storm… once your mine, there’s no going back…” “Play with magic” reminds me of Addie
finding her magic and then, “are you ready for a perfect storm” reminds me of the big
trouble coming at Addie.

Counting Stars – One Republic: “Lately I’ve been losing sleep…dreaming about the things
that we could be…I’ve been praying hard- we’ll be counting stars…Young but not that
bold - Just doing what we’re told…I feel something so wrong doing the right
thing…” Addie has always done what she’s been told to do, but she finds out that it isn’t the
right thing anymore.

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons “Waking up…breaking in and shaking up…this is it – the
apocalypse…welcome to the new age…it’s a revolution…” In the end, Addie is the
coming revolution.

New Soul – Yael Naim: “I’m a new soul – I came to this strange world… find myself
making every possible mistake.” Addie finds herself in a strange world and she makes a
lot of mistakes along the way.

Secrets – One Republic: “I need another story…tell me what you want from
me…I’m telling you all my secrets…” Addie believes she would have been happy with
the status quo, and the changes in her life create a lot of secrets, dangerous secrets…

Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s: “What’s it like in New York City…don’t you
worry about the distance…I’m not there…oh, it’s what you do to me…I know that times
are getting hard…” Addie has to go off to New York City and she leaves Rory behind and
wonders if he’ll ever care about her again. Things are definitely getting really hard.

Somewhere Only We Know – Keane: “I walked an empty land…I felt the earth beneath
my feet…I need something to rely on…tell me when you’re going to let me in…why don’t
we go - somewhere only we know…” Addie has her own place in the orchard where she
goes to be with Rory and her best friends.

You and Me – Elizabeth & the Catapults: “Just look at me…I’m broken-hearted for
you…I don’t care what anyone else believes- I only care about you and me…”
Sometimes, it comes down to just Addie and Rory.

Time (We All Fall Down) – Elizabeth & the Catapults: “Time will bring you back to
me…safe as one…safe in love…take me to a wishing well…light within…in the end, we
all fall down…” Addie and Rory are both broken-hearted and we hope they come back
together. In the end, there’s a chance that they won’t be strong enough to fight the evil
coming for them, they will…fall down.

Somebody Loved – The Weepies: “Stars turning high up above…you turned me into
somebody loved…we danced together alone…we never said what we were
dreaming…but you turned me into somebody loved…” This is one of my all-time favorite
love songs. Don’t we all want someone to turn us into somebody loved? Addie does.

Mykonos – Fleet Foxes: “footsteps follow, down to the hollow sound, torn
up…shadows of the mess you made…it ain’t often you’ll ever find a friend…” This
song is mournful and bleak and how Addie feels alone in those darkest moments.

What if You – Joshua Radin: “What if you could wish me away…what if you spoke those
words today…I wonder if you’d miss me when I’m gone…For tonight, I’ll stay here
with you…” This is about possibly losing someone, and Addie goes through this with Rory.

Rolling in the Deep – Adele “There’s a fire starting in my heart…finally I can see
you crystal clear…don’t underestimate the things I will do…we almost had it all…we
could have had it all – rolling in the deep…” This feels like a fighting song to me. It makes
me think about Addie getting mad enough to fight back.

Winter Song – Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson: “This is my winter song to
you…the storm is coming soon…is love alive…” This is another dark song that is about
whether or not love can survive the storm – and Addie is absolutely caught in a storm,
literally and figuratively.

Ride – Cary Brothers: “You are everything I wanted…to take my hand tonight…if I told
you the reasons why…would you leave your life and ride…” This song makes me think
of Addie and Rory leaving everything behind to be there for each other and face incredible
danger together.

Dream – Priscilla Ahn: “I was a little girl alone in my little world…I played pretend
between the trees…and laughed in my pretty bed of green…I had a dream that I could
fly…I had a dream…I asked God who I’m supposed to be…” This song has a lot of
meaning for Addie. It reminds me of everything Addie thought her life would be and how
her world came crashing down on top of her, and nothing was like it was supposed to be.

Little Wing – Christopher Young: This is a very pensive instrumental piece of
music. It reminds me of dawn breaking slowly after a long dark night which feels right after
the final climactic clash at the end of DESECRATION.

If you want to listen to this whole playlist be sure to check it out on Spotify! https://play.spotify.com/user/12132761025/playlist/5YmjPJ7Eq2KDVNKBGjiPAR 

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Be sure to check out the rest of the tour at http://www.inkslingerpr.com/2014/03/15/desecration-the-wizard-queen-at-sixteen-blog-tour/

February 25, 2014

Tin Star guest post!

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Cecil Catellucci as part of the Tin Star blog tour. But first a little more about Tin Star!
Title: Tin Star
Author: Cecil Castellucci
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Synopsis: On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.
When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula's desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind. 

The thing about writing about deep space Science Fiction is that we don’t yet have faster than light travel to get anywhere.  Even the planets in our own solar system have only been begun to be explored.  We’ve got a few rovers on Mars.  We’ve got humans orbiting us.  But space is very large and even objects close to home are slow to get to and still sort of out of reach.  Voyager One still hasn’t even left our solar system and it’s been traveling for over 30 years and while in the past few years we’ve discovered thousands of planets orbiting distant suns, some with water, some within the goldilocks zone, we still have no evidence of extraterrestrial life.  No one has contacted us.  We have received no signals.  We are still alone and very far way from being able to go explore any alien planet for ourselves. So when you are writing science fiction, while we have so much to swing our science on, there is a lot of room for making things up.  That is what is exciting and fun about it.  You are trying to make things make sense when we’re telling stories that we cannot even live right now. 
But there are a few things that we can look to give us inspiration and ideas for making the science in our sci fi feel plausible. And here are some that I’ve done to kickstart the creative juices in order to help me build the world of Tin Star, create the aliens and let the story unfold while Tula Bane is forced to survive on the Yertina Fera  space station.  It helps that I’m a big space buff and will gladly listen to anyone wax poetic about our space program and what we’re studying out there. 
First I’ll talk about travel.  Right now, as I said, we don’t really have a way to go to any other sun in any quick manner.  I was not interested in writing a story about an intergenerational space ship, so I had to come up with a device that allows the characters to travel quickly in space.  In my book, they lightskip, which to me means some kind of faster than light travel point so that voyages are cut down and the story can take place in one time period rather than over generations.   I had read something about solar sails and using a sling shot around a planet, the Juno spacecraft just swung around Earth to give it speed http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-360 and NASA is currently experimenting with solar sail technology. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/solarsail/solarsail_overview.html#.UvQSYva587U
I used these things as the basis for my imagined way of travel.  The solar sail is why I imagine Tula Bane, thinks that the ship that is leaving her behind looks like a Tin Star.  If you google solar sail, you’ll see why.
Another thing that I had to consider was how to create aliens.  Astrobiology is the study of the origin and evolution of life both here on Earth and elsewhere.  So I actually took a class on from the University of Edinburgh on astrobiology through Coursera, which is a place where you can take massive open online courses, It was fascinating to study the building blocks of life on Earth and how we might look for it elsewhere.  This class sparked my imagination and got me thinking about the different kinds of environments where life could be.  Of course the main takeaway is that life not on Earth will be very different than life on Earth.  So the aliens that I created had to be very different than human or else it would just feel like Tula wasn’t really in such a bad situation.  And trust me, Tula is in a bad situation being abandoned on that space station and being the only one of her kind.   I really wanted the aliens to be comingling and creating a society together like an old west town.  But when you consider aliens living together, you have to think that their planets would be different, they would breathe different mixtures of gases, their gravity would be different, their sun would be different.  All of these things are overwhelming.  How can you make such a variety of beings come together and be in the same place and easily interact?  When I was at the Launchpad workshop, which is a crash course in space science developed by Dr. Michael Brotherton from the University of Wyoming, I started thinking about all these kinds of questions.  The solution I came up with was nanites that regulate how a species breathes the base atmosphere on space stations and space ships and amplifies translation in the brain to facilitate language and communication.  It’s not a perfect solution, but it was a way for me to get all of my aliens in the same place and interacting in a way that we humans are familiar with. 

What it really boils down to is that writing science fiction is fun and having a healthy appreciation, respect and understanding of science is essential.  As for me, I like to springboard from a real place in science and stretch it out to the plausible imagined.  Because until we actually go there and meet up with aliens, how we get there and interact is all up to you!   
Tin Star Blog Tour Schedule

Monday February 17

Tuesday February 18

Wednesday February 19

Thursday February 20

Friday February 21

Monday February 24

Tuesday February 25

Wednesday February 26

Thursday February 27

Friday February 28

January 30, 2014

Rumors that Ruined a Lady by Marguerite Kaye

Title: Rumors that Ruined a Lady
Author: Marguerite Kaye
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Received From: Netgalley
Amongst the gossip-hungry ton, no name has become more synonymous with sin than that of Lady Caroline Rider, cast out by her husband and disowned by her family. Rumour has it that the infamous Caro is now seeking oblivion in the opium dens of London!
There's only one man who can save her: notorious rake Sebastian Conway, Marquis of Ardhallow. Soon Caro is installed in his country home, warming his bed, but their passion may not be enough to protect them once news of their scandalous arrangement breaks out.
I love historical romance novels. They are so different from my typical YA reads so they add some variety to my reading schedule. I have read a couple lately that are composed of flashbacks to when the man and woman first met and I really like that style. It shows that these fictional characters go through rough patches even after they get together. Rumors that Ruined a Lady is one such novel.

 Caroline and Sebastian knew each other before the start of the novel and so the book is littered with flashbacks of when they met previous times. Each flashback brings more clarity to their situation and there are just enough to explain everything but not too many that reading it become laborious.

Caroline has been married for about five years when her loser of a husband kicks her out and her dick of a father disowns her (I hate them both). The whole book is basically her getting up the guts to stand up to them and find a way out of her horrible arrangement. And it doesn't hurt that she has a handsome friend in Sebastian. Unlike many other romances I have read there are a lot more painful consequences and at the end of the book we get a resolved ending but there is still some trepidation on what will happen. I kind of liked that semi-open ending though I would not like if all the books I read had them.

I think Rumors that Ruined A Lady is a different look at a historical romance which brings up some thoughts about the marital laws of that time period and how unfair they were.

January 28, 2014

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion  
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Received From: Bought  

Synopsis: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.
I loved this book. I had heard so many good things about it and I thought it sounded interesting but now I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I read Alexandra Bracken's first book Brightly Woven and loved it so I was excited to try this new series!

One thing that is different about this book is the fact that the government/leaders are not the only bad guys. EVERYONE is a bad guy. From the bounty hunters to a secret group that wants use the kids to even other kids. Everywhere you look there is a new threat to be discovered and to hide from.

When Ruby was a child she was able to trick the camp into thinking she was a green. Which basically means she is harmless. But once they discover that she isn't a green she has to run for her life. She meets up with the greatest people you will ever meet (:P) Liam, Chubbs, and Zu are amazing characters and I would totally read a prequel with just their adventures.

They are all running to a mystical camp that is supposed to be a safe haven for kids. But of course nothing is as it seems. I loved getting to know this world and all the amazing characters. Liam, Chubbs, and Zu all have their different personalities and various traits that will endear you to each one in turn. There is even a little bit of a romance.

As I mentioned before this book is harrowing and it continues to get more and more intense until the final pages which will have you yearning for the next book. (Which lucky for you is already out.)

I really enjoyed The Darkest Minds and am excited to read the next installment Never Fade. 

January 22, 2014

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: September 17. 2013
Received From:  Publisher in return for an honest review

Synopsis:Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.
Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.
I loved Leila Sales' first book Mostly Good Girls which my best friend introduced me to. While I haven't read Sales' second book I was still really excited to read This Song Will Save Your Life. 

I think most people deal with the feeling of wanted to be accepted. Especially in high school or middle school. I know I struggled with it a lot, and still do. But when you find those people who understand you and your weird loves it is a wonderful thing. Elise realizes this throughout this wonderful book of self discovery.

I really enjoyed watching Elise come into her own. She changed so much from the beginning of the book to the ending. While I did not really like her relationship with Char I can see why she would fall for him.

This Song Will Save Your Life is an important book for teen and other people who are suffering with finding thier place in the world. Especially if you have hobbies that are different than the other people who are around you. I found it to be fun but also to have a good message that made me think about my identity and how it was tied to others. Leila Sales has really outdone herself with this new book.

January 21, 2014


Hi guys,
So I am going to be starting a new schedule here on A Reader's Adventure. Hopefully it will keep me accountable and posting more often. Starting next week I will be posting at least 3x a week.
Tuesdays will be new releases or just plain YA book reviews. Wednesday will be waiting on Wednesday posts, and Thursday will alternate between YA book reviews or Romance book reviews. I will try to post on Sunday what will be going up that week so you know what to look out for.

Also some Mondays will be middle grade Mondays where I review a MG book I have read, or it will be a mystery book I have read. This will not be weekly but if there is a review on Monday it will be either of those two things.

Finally I wanted to see if there was anything you guys would like to see, be it discussion posts or more book reviews, whatever. I'm not necessarily going to do all of them but I would love suggestions!

January 10, 2014

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando Giveaway

Everyone has heard about the what can happen when you get your new roommate. Sometimes they are awesome and other times they are your worst nightmare well Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando which came out in late 2013 is a new book that explores that relationship. 

The countdown to college has begun.
When Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: TV, microwave, mini-fridge. She can't wait to escape her New Jersey beach town, and her mom, and start life over in California.
The first note to Lauren in San Francisco comes as a surprise; she had requested a single. But if Lauren's learned anything from being the oldest of six, it's that you can't always get what you want, especially when what you want is privacy.
Soon the girls are emailing back and forth, sharing secrets even though they've never met. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives...and each other.
With humor and heart, Sara Zarr, National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl, and Tara Altebrando, acclaimed author of The Pursuit of Happiness, join forces for a novel about that time after high school, when everything feels like it's ending just as it's beginning.

In honor of Roomies I am going to share my freshman roommate story and courtesy of Hachette I have a chance for you to win a copy of Roomies down below.

My freshman roommate experience was not that bad. I was going to be living on an engineering floor in my dorm so I figured my roommate was going to be a fellow engineer. Luckily I was right and both my roommate and suite mate were both engineers. When I first got my assignment obviously I did not know my roommate and so I reached out so we could decide our room colors etc. It was very pleasant and I was excited to start school.
Neither of us was from Boston so we relied heavily on each other for the first couple of months. We ate dinner together and talked to each other, mostly about our classes. We made a list at the beginning of the semester outlining who would clean the bathroom and when and everyone followed it pretty much to the tee, the only issue was with my suite mate which I will get to in a bit. My roommate joined the dance team and so she was gone a lot which I liked because it meant I got to have the room to myself. Overall after getting used to living with another person it was a good relationship.
Now, to my suite mate. She had her own room attached to ours and she shared a bathroom with us. She had to be reminded more than my roommate to clean it but she did her part. For the most part we all got along and it was good, until the second semester. I don't mean to sound fatalistic it honestly wasn't that bad, but during the second semester my suite mate got a boyfriend at our school. Before that both my roommate and my suite mate had long-distance boyfriends but all that changed. Suddenly we couldn't go take a shower because she was in the shower with her boyfriend, and I who shared a wall with our suite mate was being woken up at dawn to the noise of well... I mean go ahead do that, but don't do it so loud when I am trying to sleep please?
But I cannot complain, I had a pretty good experience compared to lots of people. Both my roommate and my suite mate were nice and we had no big issues.

If you are interested in seeing how Elizabeth and Lauren's roommate situation turns out be sure to check out Roomies. And if you are interested in meeting the authors be sure to see if they are coming to your city!

  • January 12, 2014 – New York, NY: McNally Jackson [venue link]
  • January 15, 2014 – Salt Lake City, UT: The King's English [venue link]
  • January 16, 2014 – Provo, UT: Provo Library [venue link]
  • February 4, 2014 – San Francisco, CA: Books Inc, Opera Plaza [venue link
  • February 5, 2015 – Petaluma, CA: Copperfield's Books [venue link]
Now for that giveaway. 
I have one copy of Roomies to giveaway to a U.S. address (sorry no P.O boxes) 
This giveaway will only last for two days so be sure to sign up!
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January 9, 2014

Erased by Jennifer Rush

Title: Erased (Altered #2)
Author: Jennifer Rush
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Received From: Netgalley
Synopsis: They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she's learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.Then a figure from Anna's childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth -- before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned.    


If you like thrillers that will keep you guessing and you like hot boys than this series is for you. If you have not read Altered yet then you should stop reading this review and get on that because it is awesome. Now on to Erased.

I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed Altered so while I was excited to read Erased I was not as thrilled as I should have been because it was AWESOME. This is a really fast read because there is no dead time. things just keep happening and like Anna I never knew who to trust. Should she trust the boys? What if they were changed in the facility? And what about Trev? All these thoughts went through my head and while I was right in some aspects in others I was totally wrong.

I think this is the last book in this series but I could be wrong. Even if it is I think it had a great ending that did not give away too much. That is not saying that I would not read another book about Anna and her boys if Jennifer Rush decides to write another one.

Speaking of the boys I like how  we get to know more about them and their pasts in Erased. The flashbacks kept me on my toes and I liked understanding their personalities even more than before. I also liked getting to know more about Anna's past and what happened to lead to their current predicament.

Overall this is a great series and it is supremely underrated. Go pick up your copy today. You will not regret it!

January 8, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is

Title: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Synopsis: Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.
In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
Why I'm Excited!:
Cress is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series. The first two are Cinder and Scarlet. All three books are fairy tale retellings that take place in a very different future. I loved both Cinder and Scarlet so I cannot wait to find out what happens to them as well as meet Cress! There are four books in this series so Cress is not the end.