Jacin Clay | A Lunar Chronicles Playlist

Read By Dev’s playlist inspired by characters from Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles!

I’m back at it with another Lunar Chronicles playlist! This time, I’m featuring everyone’s favorite emo, Lunar Soldier Boy – Jacin Clay. If you’re looking playlists inspired by some of the other Lunar Chronicles characters, you can find them here.

The Breakdown

Jacin Clay is DEFINITION emo boy. He wears his hair in a pony, has a spiky attitude toward everyone, and has a secret soft side only for Winter. So, you can imagine that all his songs are based on my love of emos. Seriously, if you are an emo kid, let’s be friends.

“Know Your Enemy” – Green Day

All Jacin wants to do is protect Winter. And he will literally do whatever it takes, even working with people he doesn’t like – or betraying people he might.

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Notable Lyrics: “Bringing on the fury
The choir infantry
Revolt against the honor to obey”

Vindicated, Dashboard Confessional

Every emo boy’s anthem. That is all.

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Notable Lyrics: “Vindicated. I am selfish. I am wrong
I am right, I swear I’m right. Swear I knew it all along and
I am flawed, but I am cleaning up so well
I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself”

She’s Out of Her Mind, Blink 182

OKAY – I seriously think there are tons of celebs out there who are writing songs specifically for TLC, because hello, Jacin is LIT-ER-AL-LY in love with a girl who is out of her mind.

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Notable Lyrics: “I’m in deep with this girl but she’s out of her mind.”

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What did you think of my picks? What songs would you add? Do you have any playlists you’d want me to create?

TL; DR | May Speed Reviews

Check out Read By Dev’s mini reviews of her May 2019 reads!

Hey, look – I actually remembered to post my monthly wrap up! 10 points for Gryffindor! I spent a lot of May reading NetGalley Arcs to bump up my review score and then the rest of the month binging my highly anticipated releases. It was definitely a good few weeks of books. (Yet, how I’m still 2 books behind on my 2019 reading goal, I cannot figure out.)

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By: Margaret Rogerson

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

If you enjoyed Margaret Rogerson’s first novel, An Enchantment of Ravens, you will LOVE Sorcery of Thorns. There are magical books, evil (and not-so-evil) demons, sassy sorcerers, and a strong-willed heroine. The feminist themes, slow burn romances, and unlikely friendships will leave you bewitched and wanting more.

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By: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (ALL THE GOLD STARS)

The Verdict

When it comes to modern sci-fi stories, I didn’t think I would find anything that I loved as much as The Illuminae Files, but guess what? Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman knocked my socks off with Aurora Rising, and it’s my favorite read of the year so far. It’s sassy, humorous, fast-paced, full of amazing characters, and just 100% SPACE-TASTIC. If you love any of the following, you’re sure to love Aurora: The Breakfast Club, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Dramas/Soap Operas (BUT IN SPACE). Do yourself a favor and read this book as soon as humanly possible. And then recommend it to everyone you know!

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By: Amy Harmon

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

If you enjoy epics, Norse mythology, magic, and rich world building, you’ll definitely want to pick up The First Girl Child! Spanning 30ish years, the novel is centered around Dagmar & his nephew Bayr. Bayr’s mother is a woman scorned, and places a curse upon the land of Saylok. There won’t be any baby girls born to the men of Saylok and Bayr will be the land’s savior. There’s an evil king, a precious princess, and strong supporting characters you’ll love.

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By: Stephanie Garber

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

Ooookay, so Finale wasn’t the best series ending that I’ve ever read, but it was definitely a solid book. There were twists, turns, high-stakes gambles, love, hate, magic, gods, and even a Legend POV! While I’m still salty about that Legend reveal, I can say that I 110% love Jacks and he needs his own story ASAP. The world of Caraval is mystical, fun and you won’t ever want to leave. If you decide to start the series be sure you have all the book in hand, because you won’t want to stop reading!

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By: Victoria Aveyar

Overall Rating: ★★★

The Verdict

In all honesty, I pretty much only read this for the Cal/Mare and Maven stories. The Barnes & Noble special edition has a family tree in the back and information on Cal and Maven, too, which I love. Did I find out that Cal’s favorite song is come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners? Yes. Does that make me love him even more and realize he is the f*ckboy of my dreams? 100% YES. Was this entire book worth the read? No, which is why I skipped through and read the bits and pieces I wanted. If you’re looking for some Red Queen in your life after finishing up War Storm, definitely pick this up. It’s fun, light, and you don’t have to read in order!

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By: Claire Legrand

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

The Verdict

Excuse me while I go cry in a corner over this book. This feminist fantasy is filled with magic, time travel, multiple POVs, and some of the most intriguing characters I’ve ever met. It starts of with a bang and only gets more intense as it progresses. If you aren’t a fan of switching between character chapters or having multiple storylines happening at once, you may want to put this aside. But, I promise you if you give it a try you will fall in love. The main characters are broken, vulnerable and you won’t be able to stop yourself from rooting for their redemption. The second book in the series, Kingsbane, is out now. So, if you do decide to pick this up, know that you can keep continue the story as soon as you want!

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Winter Hayle | A Lunar Chronicles Playlist

If you love fairy tales, Disney princesses, space, or all of the above, you should definitely read The Lunar Chronicles! If your favorite princess happens to be Snow White, you’ll love Winter – the final book in The Lunar Chronicles series and the main protagonist of this book. If you’re already a fan, keep reading to see what songs remind me of this Lunar Princess. If you’re looking for some of my other playlists you can find them here.

The Breakdown

Due to *reasons* (unsaid here for anyone who hasn’t read the series yet), Winter isn’t always all there. She’s often in her own mind, saying things others find crazy, but somehow manages to make friends wherever she goes. I tried to capture this with the songs I picked for her. Check out a few of my faves below.

“Dear Winter” – AJR

So, I’m pretty sure this song was written about Winter. Is AJR secretly reading Marissa Meyer books? Do they actually know a Winter?? I need answers, but I’m glad this song exists. It was made for her.

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Notable Lyrics: “Dear Winter, I hope you like your name
I hope they don’t make fun of you
When you grow up and go to school, okay?
‘Cause Winter is a badass name”

Fireflies, Owl City

Winter loves animals and for some reason (you know, since she does tend to have conversations with things in the menagerie & hallucinates) I can totally see her in her room, imagining there are ten thousand lightning bugs trying to give her hugs.

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Notable Lyrics: “I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep
‘Cause everything is never as it seems”

You’re My Best Friend, Queen

Winter just wants to be friends with EVERYONE. She even gets prickly Scarlett to be her friend, and if that’s not an accomplishment, I don’t know what is.

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Notable Lyrics: “You’re my sunshine and I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
Oh, you’re my best friend”

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What did you think of my picks? What songs would you add? Do you have any playlists you’d want me to create?

Cress Darnell | A Lunar Chronicles Playlist

The only way to follow up my Thorne Playlist from last week is obviously with Cress-Inspired music. Once again…let me express my love for anything related to Tangled, Rapunzel, or Flynn Rider. It’s my favorite Disney movie of all time and I. Will. Die. On. That. Hill. Rapunzel is one of the better fairy tales and I had so much fun putting this set together.

The Breakdown

Cress has been holed up in her space station, hacking her way through life. She has a bubbly personality, is incredibly shy, and only has rose-colored glasses when it comes to love, romance and her dashing hero. The songs I chose are definitely show off all of the above. See some of my favorites highlighted below!

When Will My Life Being – Mandy Moore

It would have been a crime not to include this song on Cress’s playlist. Imagine her stuck in her space station hair hacking computers, playing cheese, doing her exercises, and just being the best Rapunzel she can be.

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Notable Lyrics: “And I’ll keep wonderin’ and wonderin’
And wonderin’ and wonderin’
When will my life begin?”

Be My Baby, The Ronettes

Cress is in love with Thorne and she listens to innocent, oldies loves songs daydreaming about the day she can make him hers. *SWOON*

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Notable Lyrics: “The night we met I knew I needed you so
And if I had the chance I’d never let you go
So won’t you say you love me”

Crescent Moon, KT Tunstall

THIS SONG. It was the closest (and most amazing) thing I could find that reminded me of her sweet crescent moon lullaby. Just listen and tear up.

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Notable Lyrics: “I’m a crescent moon
Looking for a place to lay my head and settle in
Never found a refuge up there in the sky
But never thought it would be you and I

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What did you think of my picks? What songs would you add? Do you have any playlists you’d want me to create?

Carswell Thorne | A Lunar Chronicles Playlist

Check out Read By Dev’s Spotify Playlist inspired by Carswell Thorne. A character from Marissa Meyer’s best-selling series, The Lunar Chronicles.

I have seriously been neglecting my bookish playlists, so I thought I’d make a comeback and start off with one of my all time favorite f*ckboys – Thorne! He’s the cutest wannabe space pirate of the future. And, let’s be honest, I’m a sucker for anything Rapunzel, Tangled, or FLYNN RIDER related. Carswell Thorne can fly me to the moon any day.

The Breakdown

While Thorne doesn’t wear boat shoes or popped collars, he’s still the epitome of what it means to be a f*ckboy. He does his best to act hard and be the dashing, suave mystery man, but in reality he sits in his captain’s chair on the Rampion singing Taylor Swift, JoBros, Notorious BIG, and The Beastie Boys. Check out some of my fave picks and the lyrics that stand out to me!

Feel It Still, Portugal The Man

Thorne wants to be the Han Solo of the galaxy. He rebels against everyone and everything and walks to his own beat. *Swoon*

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Notable Lyrics: “Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now…
Might be over now, but I feel it still”

Primadonna, MARINA

He also wants to be rich, famous, and loved by all. He knows he’s adorable & witty and definitely does want to kill everyone with his smolder. *Double Swoon*

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Notable Lyrics: “Primadonna [boy], yeah
All I ever wanted was the world
I can’t help that I need it all”

Fly With Me, Jonas Brother

When Thorne finally realizes he loves Cress and wants to fly her to all the places she’s never seen before. But of course he can’t pick a normal song. It HAS to be the JoBros.

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Notable Lyrics: “If it’s you and me forever
If it’s you and me right now…
If we chase the stars to lose our shadows…
So won’t you fly with me”

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Review | Aurora Rising Is The Breakfast Club In Space

Check out Read By Dev’s review of Aurora Rising, the first book of the Aurora Cycle, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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By: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

“They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.”

It’s the year 2380, Tyler Jones finds a derelict space craft and manages to rescue one Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley from the wreckage. Auri is 200+ years old, has some freaky mind powers, and apparently, her only hope of survival is to hitch a ride with Ty and his crew. Ty’s crew isn’t the optimal squad. So, naturally, there’s in-fighting, tons of drama, sabotage, teen feels, and all the sarcasm one can possibly want in 400 pages.

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TL;DR:

When it comes to modern sci-fi stories, I didn’t think I would find anything that I loved as much as The Illuminae Files, but guess what? Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman knocked my socks off with Aurora Rising, and it’s my favorite read of the year so far. It’s sassy, humorous, fast-paced, full of amazing characters, and just 100% SPACE-TASTIC. If you love any of the following, you’re sure to love Aurora: The Breakfast Club, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Dramas/Soap Operas (BUT IN SPACE). Do yourself a favor and read this book as soon as humanly possible. And then recommend it to everyone you know!

The Good

Squad 312 – The Delinquents You Didn’t Know You Needed

THIS BAND OF MISFITS IS LITERALLY EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN LIFE. Okay, enough of the caps, but I needed to get my point across. Squad 312 is a mix of the Breakfast Club gang, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and every Star Trek crew out there. Which means one thing: they are the most sarcastic, lovable weirdos to fly across the galaxy. There is a character for everyone to root for (and mine are Tyler and Finian just so we’re clear.)

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Was I Actually Watching A Space Soap Opera?

This book starts off with a bang – literally – and does not slow down. It’s so action packed, I felt like I was watching a space drama. There are space battles, human vs. alien fist fights, squad drama, heists, and some glitzy intergalactic paaartaaayys. It had me on the edge of my seat from page one and I fell off said metaphorical chair multiple times.  Then I died at the end and was revived by thinking of book 2. If you’re looking for something to keep you reading into the early hours of the morning – you’ve got it!

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The Intergalactic World

The Milky Way is a big place and Kaufman & Kristoff make it their own. There’s a new first contact, new alien species (hallelujah for hot space Legolas), crazy space languages, and a fresh take on Warp Speed and space travel! To my fellow space nerds, be sure to keep an eye open for other Easter eggs I’m sure I missed.

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The Ending

Jay is notorious for not believing in happy endings and some of that shines through at the end of book 1 (Amie must be the ray of sunshine in this duo). The bittersweet cliffhanger gave me a heart attack and who knew it was possible to have ALL THE FEELS  in less than two pages.

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The Bad

Angsty Teen Romance

*Le sigh*. Am I getting too old for the angst?! I found myself not digging the romance elements of this story. I’m going to blame this one on me, though because everything else is just SO. GOOD. But, still. This would have been a 5-star read even without the bizarre love stuff.

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The Ugly Truth

I have one thing to say: READ AURORA RISING. It’s an amazing beginning to a sci-fi series and I need book 2 like yesterday!

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Review | The Rook Is The Fantastical Story You’ve Been Missing

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By:Daniel O’Malley

Overall Rating: ★★★★

A lady wakes up in a park surrounded by dead guys wearing latex gloves. She doesn’t know who she is, how she got there, or what she should do next. Follow Myfanwy (rhymes with Tiffany) as she finds out ghosts and ghouls are real, she works for the British equivalent of the Men in Black, and that one of her coworkers is trying to kill her.

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TL;DR:

The Rook is a little Men in Black, a little Downtown Abbey, a little X-Men and some Jason Bourne mixed in for good measure. The inspiration was obvious, but I still felt like I was reading something completely fresh, riveting and mind-bending. If you’re looking for a new fantasy series where dragons are real, people have super powers, and the British government is hiding it all from the normal guys like us – dig into the Checquy Files ASAP!

The Good

The Heroine

Myfanwy wakes up as a “new” person and has to learn how to be  her while navigating the ins and outs of acceptable behavior for a superhuman government agent, and she doesn’t always get it right. She’s believable and strong and it’s refreshing to have a snarky character to read about that isn’t high and mighty about the greater good. No cliche “I don’t trust other girls” or “I’m only friends with boys” or whatever else you can think of.

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There’s A Little Something For Everyone

Like, I said – The Rook had scenes that reminded me of so many different pop culture icons, but it still felt new and fresh. This makes it great for a lot of different tastes. You like Supernatural? You British Men of Letters peeps get ready. Prefer some X-Men Xavier’s School for the Gifted? Read On. Looking for some Bourne Identity vibes. This has it! Is Downtown Abby more your style? You’ll love it. There’s even some very sly Greek Mythology references, but don’t blink because you might miss them.

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There’s No Smut!

I’ve been so knee-deep in fantasies with forbidden love, love triangles, unrequited love, etc. etc. that I forgot stories without love aspects exist! It was refreshing to have the focus be on literally everything else (like hello, someone is trying to kill you, WHY would you even bother with dating at that point?). O’Malley got it right.

The Bad

It Has It’s Slow Moments

For some reason it took me longer than usual to get through almost 500 pages. I chalk it up to the lulls in the story. Some of them are necessary, but some points could have been moved along a bit more quickly.

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The Ugly Truth

This is an amazing fantasy/sci-fi read! There’s a rich world, strong characters, and enough mystery to go around. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book, Stiletto!

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Review | This Mortal Coil Is Sci-Fi Gold

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By: Emily Suvada

Overall Rating: ★★★★

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

Her father, Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own. When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

TL;DR:

If you like science fiction involving genetics, human viruses, and post-apocalyptic worlds then this book is for you! I loved it and will be adding it to my favorite sci-fi reads of 2018. Can this just be a movie already?

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The Good

Real Resident Evil Vibes

If you love Alice’s story, anything having to do with Raccoon City, or the Umbrella Corporation (all you Red Queen lovers rejoice), you’ll love this book. Cat is basically a teenage version of Alice and it’s uh-mazing.

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Cole Franklin, Deadly Super Soldier & Man of My Dreams

Cole is programmed and trained to protect Cat with his life. He’s also dark-haired, blue-eyed, and totally swoon worthy. Please join me in loving this deadly, adorable, smol, cinnamon roll.

A Fresh Take On a “Zombie” Virus

There are so many apocalyptic stories that involve virus outbreaks, but Suvada managed to turn something classic into something completely new. The virus infects humans, but instead of turning the infected into monsters, it turns survivors into animalistic rage monsters who need to eat infected flesh in order to survive. WHAT. THE. EFF. (In a Good Way)

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Did Not See That Villain Coming

I honestly could not figure out any of the plot twists that took place in the second half of the book…and I pride myself on my detective reading skills. Not only was I NOT expecting that villain, I was completely thrown when the “real” bad guy(s) show up. Like, completely hit with a train, sideswiped, did not see it coming. OH WHHAAATT???

The Bad

More Virus Please

There are only a few moments in the entire book where we see the virus in action, but if I’m being honest I wanted more. More rage monsters, more virus infections, more creepy ways to stay immune. I want it all!

The Other Plot Twist That Could Have Gone Very Wrong

There’s a point about 100 pages from the end where we learn something very important about Cat and Cole and it threw me WAY off. I had to give myself some space from the story for a day because I was worried Suvada was going in a weird direction with their relationship and I just wasn’t having it. LUCKILY, she took it in the right direction, but still deducting a tenth of a point for giving me funky vibes for a quick minute.

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The Ugly Truth

This is such a good sci-fi read. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book. If you like post-apocalyptic worlds with human viruses and science talk, you should give this one a go!

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