The Bees by Laline Paull

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Published: May 6, 2014

The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut.

Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And while mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is reassigned to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. Then she finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. Enemies roam everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. But Flora cannot help but break the most sacred law of all, and her instinct to serve is overshadowed by a desire, as overwhelming as it is forbidden…

Laline Paull’s chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, The Bees is the story of a heroine who changes her destiny and her world.

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This wonderfully dramatic story is told from various bees points of view and it was such fun to read (or listen to, in my case)

The reader quickly becomes invested in the lives of the bees and their various “jobs” and learn that Flora 717, who was  born a sanitation bee, wants a better life for herself. She goes so far as to break the most sacred law of the Hive, but don’t ask me exactly how she did it, because I’m unclear and it will take some research on my part.

She changes the lives of the bees around her and changes her entire world but she doesn’t get to enjoy it. Yes, I cried for a bee!!!

Fantastic book!!!!!

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Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

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Published: January 27, 2015

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

The story takes place about twenty years before the start of Cinder, when Levana is fifteen years old. It starts on the day of her parents’ funeral. Her parents have been murdered by a shell who was not happy with their rule. As a result of their death, Levana’s older sisterChannary is about to be crowned the new queen of Luna. From there, the story goes through about ten years of Levana’s life. The book gives insight into what has made Levana into the person we see later, her relationships with Channary and her niece Selene, how she became the stepmother of Winter and what exactly lies beneath Levana’s glamour.

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I rated this book five stars ***** because it captured my attention from the very beginning and never let go.

The author, Marissa Meyer, does a fantastic job in telling us the back story of the evil Queen Levana of Luna.  We find out about her sad childhood without parents or friends and just her evil older sister to have for company. It’s no wonder she would fixate on Evret Hale, a handsome court guard and after his wife dies in childbirth manipulates his mind into thinking he loves her.  She finally wears him down and he does marry her but never loves her and ten years later she has him killed so she can marry the Emperor of Earth to help her in her take over of the planet. 

She always wears a glamour because when she was six her evil older sister manipulated her into going into a fire and her left side was horribly disfigured, but about the same time she has Evret killed she decides to just wear a veil instead of worrying with the glamour.

The next installment in the Lunar Chronicles is Winter. Winter is the daughter of Evret and his first wife, Solstice and the step-daughter of Queen Levanna.   It will be out in the Fall of this year.  Can’t wait!

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The Runaway Queen(The Bane Chronicles #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Book Description

Publication Date:May 21, 2013
Magnus Bane has a royal role in the French Revolution—if the angry mobs don’t spoil his spells. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…
This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. This story in The Bane Chronicles, The Runaway Queen, is written by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson.
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I didn’t enjoy this installment as much as I did the first one but I will continure on with the series because I don’t give up when it comes to books.


Into the Dreaming (Highlander)by Karen Marie Moning

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Publication Date:April 24, 2012
For the first time in hardcover, here is #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s novella Into the Dreaming, a tale of Highland fantasy, star-crossed lovers, and the timeless manipulation of the ancient, immortal Unseelie king. This is Moning at her romantic, funniest finest. Free him from his ice-borne hell . . . Stolen from his beloved home in the Highlands of Scotland, imprisoned in the Unseelie king’s dark, frosty kingdom, Aedan MacKinnon endured centuries of torture before becoming the icy, emotionless Vengeance, the dark king’s dispatcher of death and destruction in the mortal realm. And in his century you both may dwell . . . Aspiring romance novelist Jane Sillee has always believed that she was born in the wrong century, but she’s managed to make a decent enough life for herself—if only she could stop having those recurring dreams about a man too perfect to exist. In the Dreaming you have loved him . . . Haunted every night of her life by a devastatingly sexy Highlander who comes to her while she sleeps, Jane tries to write him out of her head and heart. As a child he protected her, as a woman he loves her. Now in the Waking you must save him . . . When an ancient tapestry bearing the likeness of her beloved Highlander arrives on her doorstep, Jane is whisked back in time to fifteenth-century Scotland, to the castle of Dun Haakon on the isle of Skye, where she is given one chance to save her dream lover . . . or lose him forever to the Unseelie king. Caught in a deadly game between the light and dark courts of the Fae, Jane must find a way through the ice to the heart of her Highander. But will the love of one mortal woman be enough to defeat such ancient and ruthless immortal enemies?  From the Hardcover version.
Review-

I chose the audio version of this book and I loved listening to the narrator speak with a Scottish accent. (Swoon) The story itself was very short (only three CD’s) but it was very good and since this is the first time I’ve tried a Highlander storyline I was quite pleased. If you’re a fan of Karen Marie Moning you should give this a try. Warning: There is sexual content.

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