“I will accept any amount of monsters my mind wants to give me, but I will not become a monster myself.”
Title: Stars Above
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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.
Stars Above is a compilation of short novella prequels to most of the main character’s in the Lunar Chronicles – apart from Levana as she has her own novella compilation Fairest. As a whole, I really enjoyed this book as a whole! However, I’ll also review each individual novella as well:
The Keeper (3.5/5)
This novella gave us the back story to Michelle Benoit and how she came to be the keeper for young princess Selene – or as she later is known, Linh Cinder. This story was extremely interesting to read as it gave a bit more depth into how Cinder’s life came to its place in the first book. However, it did feel like we were told some of the information in this novella already in the Lunar Chronicles’ main book so it was a bit repetitive.
I loved this one! Glitches took place during Cinder’s first few days at the Linh household in New Beijing. We got to see just how horrible Adri was from the very beginning; and also how amazing, Peony was. It was just really lovely to see Peony again…
The Queen’s Army (4/5)
This novella was again a bit repetitive for me. This novella tells the story of how Wolf became one of the Queens’ guards and although it was interesting to see his reactions and story in more depth, it did feel like we’d already been told this story.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (5/5)
This was one of my favourite novellas! I love Thorne so much! He’s one of my favourite characters and somehow finds it in himself to keep up his amazing sense of humour throughout the books. Trust me, this novella shows a teen Carswell and his sarcasm in all of its glory. I just wish this one was a bit longer.
After Sunshine Passes By (3/5)
If anything I love the title of this novella. This novella told the story of how Cress came to live in her satellite. It was interesting to see how she landed herself in that situation – but otherwise this novella just a felt a little too short for my liking.
The Princess and the Guard (5/5)
THIS WAS AMAZING. I’ve always loved Winter as a character – she was so strong despite everything she’d endured and I admired that. This told the story of her childhood with Jacin and them growing up together. We also got an insight into why and how Winter got the Lunar sickness and the events that led to her refraining from using her power. This story was sad but beautiful – I loved it!
The Little Android (3.5/5)
This story was so sad. There wasn’t really a happy ending, to be honest, but I think that’s what made it so good. It stuck to the theme of the Little Mermaid’s original story and was amazingly written. However, for the first few pages, I was so confused as to what was going on and a lot flew right over my head which I had to reread…
The Mechanic (3/5)
It was interesting to see Cinder and Kai’s meeting from his point of view but I didn’t really see the point in this novella? The meeting was essentially the same just with a bit more back story right before and some extra lines that Kai thought but otherwise it was extremely similar.
Something Old, Something New (5/5)
This was so cute! When I was told there was a wedding novella in this book I knew automatically when I got to this one that this was the novella with the wedding. For some reason, it didn’t occur to me that it was Wolf and Scarlet’s wedding. Despite that, this was adorable and so cute and I loved it so much! It was lovely to finally see all the characters happy and living a sort of normal life again.