Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

*If you haven’t finished The Lunar Chronicles, then this review will contain some spoilers.*

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Synopsis from GoodreadsThe 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.

Below, I included my rating and wrote a mini-review for each of the novellas:

  1. The Keeper – 5 stars [I loved this! It was great to see things from Michelle’s POV and to get a glimpse of what it was like when Scarlet was younger. This was a great way to start this collection!]
  2. Glitches – 4.5 stars [Peony! *insert cry face* I thought this story was really interesting! I’d wondered what it was like for Cinder when she first arrived with the Linh family and this story fit that bill, answering all my questions.]
  3. The Queen’s Army – 4.5 stars [Wolf! i love how these stories are giving me a little more face time with some of my favorite characters. Getting a little bit more of his background info was helpful to really round out his character.]
  4. Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky – 5 stars [Thorne! Young Thorne, you dog, you. He’s so clever and determined, this story telling us just how far back that part of him goes. I remembered something from one of the previous books where Thorne said he’d defended a girl in high school and been suspended, so it was like AHA! to read about that.]
  5. After Sunshine Passes By – 5 stars [Cress! (are you sensing a trend, here?) I love Cress. She’s so naive and innocent, going along for the ride, seeing the best in everyone around her. This story shows us how she ended up on the satellite and gives us a glimpse of her early relationship with her Mistress Sybil.]
  6. The Princess and the Guard – 5 stars [Jacin ended up being a surprise favorite for me when I finished reading Winter. I loved his devotion and patience to/with Winter and enjoyed seeing their relationship develop. This story gave us a sweet picture of their friendship at a younger age and gave us insight into what made Winter decide to suppress her gift.]
  7. The Little Android – 4 stars [I’d heard ahead of time that this was a retelling of The Little Mermaid. I wouldn’t have guessed that, if I hadn’t known it before I even started reading. I saw the connections in that she saved the guy, and there was a necklace, and she couldn’t speak…but beyond that, I don’t see the similarities. I didn’t love this story, but it was interesting, even though the ending confused me a little. I liked the little Cinder cameo!]
  8. The Mechanic -4 stars [Kai! I really liked seeing Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from his POV. I wasn’t sure how he felt about her in the beginning, so it was really telling to have his thoughts and feelings right there, written out. It wasn’t terribly thrilling, but it was short and cute.]
  9. Something Old, Something New  – 5 stars [I picked up on the whole wedding thing pretty quickly, but it was not the wedding I expected! This should have been the epilogue to Winter, honestly. I was kind of frustrated with how that book ended and this novella made me feel better about Cinder’s decision regarding her political future. Plus, Scarlet & Wolf 5Ever!]

Final thoughts: I’m so glad I read these novellas! I love Meyer’s writing style and I so enjoyed getting some more time with so many beloved characters! If you’re a fan of The Lunar Chronicles, you should definitely read this collection!

Goodreads rating: 4.41/5 stars

Amazon.com rating: 4.8/5 stars

My overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

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