Monday, 9 January 2012

Quick Reviews: Glitches - Marissa Meyer & Tomorrow is Today - Julie Cross

Today I have a couple of quick reviews for you, both of these are short story prequels to 2012 debut novels and can be read online for free on the publisher's websites. I have included links so you can read them yourself.

Glitches by Marissa Meyer:

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In “Glitches,” a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch....

Lunar Chronicles Series:
Glitches (free prequel short story can be read online here)
The Little Android (free short story can be read online here)
The Queen's Army (free short story can be read online here)
Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky (free short story can be read by signing up for Marissa Meyer's newsletter)

Visit Marissa Meyer's blog for more information

Quick Review:
Glitches is a great prequel to Marissa Meyer's debut novel Cinder. This is set 5 years before the beginning of the book and tells the story of Cinder's adoption by Garan and Adri. I actually read this story after I'd read Cinder but I think it would be a good way to get a feel for the authors writing style if you're not sure whether you want to try the series or not. I loved Cinder though so would definitely recommend giving it a try! You can read Glitches online for free here:

Tomorrow is Today by Julie Cross:

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy . . . he’s in college, throws lots of parties, is interested in a girl he can’t have, and oh yeah, he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

Tempest Series:
Tomorrow is Today (free prequel short story can be read online here)
Titles and release dates for further books in the series TBC

Visit Julie Cross' website for more information

Quick Review:
Tomorrow is Today is a free prequel short story to Julie Cross' debut novel Tempest. I have to admit I found it a little confusing because I haven't read Tempest yet so I didn't know who the characters were. I would also have liked more information on how Jackson was able to travel through time but I'm sure I'll get that when I start the main book. I did like what I saw of Jackson though, especially his friendship with Adam (I'm not so keen on the fact that he seems to be chasing a girl who is in a steady relationship but I'll see how that plays out before I make a judgement against them both). This story did get me really excited about starting Tempest, I'm looking forward to reading a story about time travel since that isn't something I've seen much of. It'll be nice to read something completely different! You can read Tomorrow is Today online for free here:

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