The Lunar chronicles 

I had never heard of the Lunar Chronicles before. I came across the first book on Filter Copy’s list of “Books for those who love fantasy fiction but want more than just Harry Potter”. 

A futuristic world of cyborgs and androids and third era countries and Luna – the moon – colonized and ruled by a Queen!! 

I had to dig in to read further. I love the fact that the author Marissa Meyer has based each book in the series on a fairy tale. 

Imagine this: a classic fairy tale as we know it happening in the future world!! 

Cinder 

As the name suggests Cinder is based on Cinderella. 

We have Cinder who is 36.28% cyborg and living with her stepmother Adri and her step sisters Pearl and Peony. Adri and Pearl hate Cinder and treat her nothing more than an android servant while Peony is kind to her. 

We have the charming Prince Kai who falls for Cinder when he visits her booth in the market to get his android fixed but however he doesn’t know that she is a cyborg. 

Meanwhile Peony becomes a victim of the plague leutomosis and Adri and Pearl blame Cinder for it as surprisingly Cinder is immune to the disease. 

Meanwhile the Lunar queen Levana is threatening an attack on Earth unless Prince Kai agrees to a marraige alliance with her. 

Cinder turns up at the annual Peace ball  in Peony’s gown and wearing the beautiful white gloves gifted by Kai to warn Kai of Levana’s intentions. Things turn all wrong and Cinder has to flee dropping her cyborg foot on the stairs. 

Scarlet 

Is based on Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlet ” bcoz of her hair” Benoit is in search of her grandmere who she learns is held captive by a pack of wolves  – or rather the Loyal soldiers of the Pack. 

Scarlet is helped along by a street fighter named Wolf and together they trail the breadcrumbs all the way to Paris. 

Meanwhile Cinder joins forces with a convict Carswell Throne and Scarlet and Wolf and together they plan to stop Levana from taking over Earth. 

Cress

Inspired by Rapunzel, Cress with long flowing tresses is a shell, kept captive by Mistress Sybill in a satellite orbiting the earth. She has a huge crush on Carswell Thorne who eventually rescues her from the satellite. 

He rescues her in a lot many ways and on lot many levels and even cuts her hair off to use it as ropes in the desert 😁

Cress then joins Cinder’s team and aboard Carswell’s spaceship Rampion they plan to put a stop to the Royal wedding by kidnapping Kai. 

Meanwhile, the plague has mutated and has started infecting Lunars too. 

Fairest

Fairest is actually Queen Levana’s  story so it is a sort of a prequel to the entire Chronicles. 

This, for me, has been the best book so far in the series.  

It explains why Levana grows up to be the cruel hearted monarch that she is and how she aspires to one day be the Fairest Queen in the Galaxy. 

Levana’s character is based on the Evil Queen in Snow white. 

Winter

Winter, based on Snow white, is the stepdaughter of Queen Levana. More beautiful than the queen and loved by the people of Luna, Levana loathes her. 

Seeing Levana control people her whole life with her glamour, Winter resolves never to use her own glamour, causing her to become mentally unstable. However, Winter might actually have the power to start an entire revolution and overthrow Levana’s rule on Luna, thus helping Cinder. 

Remember the bite Snow white takes from the poisonous apple and falls into an enchanted sleep. Well it is recreated with sweet and sour apple petite candy and one bite infects Winter with the plague. 

I love this world that is created by Marissa Meyer. It captivated me so thoroughly. I love each n every character even Queen Levana. 

I was so intrigued by the glamour of the Lunars – they can manipulate people to make them see what they wish u to see, to make them do things they wish u to do – beautifying their own features and putting their own words in people’s actions. I can just see why such a power could be so dangerous. 

I loved the romances between the characters. 

The best part for me was every time the Earth was described as seen from Luna’s sky – a blue green orb glistening in the Luna sky so near reach but still so far. 

Artemisia – The capital city of Luna

So beautiful!! I would love to see it in real if it was possible 😍

I would urge everyone to give this series a try and absorb yourself in this world. I would never be able to truly explain it. 

Even in the future the story began with Once Upon a time 💗

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The Magic That Is Harry Potter 

It’s been 20 years since Harry Potter first walked into our lives, but it still continues to work it’s magic on me, every single time, always! 😊

I am currently in the middle of my nth Harry Potter Marathon and I’m still as awed as I was when I first read it.

They say that Harry Potter walked into Joanne Kathleen Rowling’s mind when she was struck on a train in 1990. She spent the next five years constructing the plot for the seven books.

Interestingly, nobody wanted to publish the first book as they didn’t believe “magic” to be a substantial topic. Finally, Bloomsbury agreed to publish the series and on June 26, 1997 the first book was published.

And after that, we were all surrounded by magic 😍

I decided  to do a quick Harry Potter tag, the questions for which I nicked over from the net😜

Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 🔥

This is my copy of the book which was a present from Dad on my 16th birthday 😊

Favourite movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 😁

Bcoz that’s the only HP movie I saw in a multiplex!!



Favorite quote
: Always!! 😊 The simplicity and the deep feelings behind this beautiful quote always makes me smile




Favourite professor
: Lupin!!

He was undoubtedly the best Defense against the dark arts professor they had!



Which house would u like to be sorted into?

Gryffindor!…. Though I would also like to be in Ravenclaw😜

Which class would be ur favorite?

Charms😊 Professor Flitwick’s classes always sounded like light hearted fun and oh, I would love to try the charm, ‘Win-gar-dium-levi-o-sa’ 😁😊

Which spell would be the most useful to learn? 
Accio 😀 Everything would literally come to you

What would your patronus be? 
I would love for it to be a wolf!

If u were an Animagus, which animal would u transform into?
A cat!! Quick, light and speedy 😸

If u could own one of the Deathly Hallows, which could it be?
The Invisibility Cloak – I could sneak around anywhere with it😁

If u could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
Dobby!! I loved that character and I was really touched by the way he died by saving Harry’s life.

If u could have one thing from the wizarding world, which would it be and why? 
Butterbeer 🍻

Always wanted to taste this drink😋

The Girl Who Stupefied Me

When I heard about Steig Larsson’s novels, it was that they were already a craze. Believe me, I made two attempts to read. Both times I downloaded a pdf and tried to absorb myself in it but my tired eyes protested. 

Flygirl finally managed to convince me to give the series one last try and I borrowed the books from my colleague and started to read. 

I was addicted!! 

I couldn’t seem to take my eyes off it. I spent the weekend in a daze – subconsciously doing all my jobs with one hand while the other held the novels. 

From Book I – hooked

To Book II – amazed

To Book III – officially impressed!!

Lisbeth Salander is a paradox!! This is a character that has intrigued me and annoyed me in equal measure. I have read many characters in many novels but Salander is a character which is complex as well as really easy to understand at the same time. 

I am amazed with the strength of her character and the courage that she has displayed. This is one character that is hard to match up with – from her eccentric attries to her extraordinary skills as a computer hacker. 

It is said that Larsson drew  many inspirations to base this character on. 

One story is that he described the character as what Pippi Longstocking  – a red haired, freckled girl in a children’s story book – would be like if she was an adult. 

Another inspiration was his own neice, Therese. She was a rebellious teenager who sported lots of makeup and wore only black. She also told Larsson several times that she wanted to get a tattoo of a dragon done. 

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander

That is how Lisbeth looks in the books and movies. She is also described as anorexic looking and expert at boxing, something which his neice was also known to be.

Some say the character was named Lisbeth after a friend of Larsson’s by the same name was gangraped by three of Larsson’s friends. The teenage Larsson wasn’t able to help her. He begged for her forgiveness later but she refused to forgive him. 

This incident is said to haunt Larsson and Lisbeth in the books too is a rape survivor. 

Lisbeth and Mikeal Bloomkvist make a superb team!! 

Daniel Craig as Mikeal Bloomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander

Larsson had planned a 10 book series for this dynamic team. 

Unfortunately, Larsson died before his novels hit the printer. David Lagercrantz took on his novels after his death and is said to be adding two more novels in the series. 

The fourth book called as The Girl in the Spider’s Web was released in 2015.

I will surely like to read this one just for Lisbeth Salander. To trace along the journey of The Girl who Stupefied Me!!