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?

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

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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Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be adding it to your TBR?