Lunar Ball (Winter Release Party)

Calling all Lunartics!

As many of you have read on past posts, I (Rachel) am working at the library now and helping out with some events. Since Washington state is such a long ways away, us Louisiana TLC fans cannot make it to the Lunar Ball Marissa Meyer is throwing. Our library is throwing our own Lunar Ball. All local fans are invited! Brush up on your Lunar Trivia, don your fancy Ball Gown, and come for a fun time!

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Review: Cinder (a male perspective)

Once again, we’re welcoming Rachel’s boyfriend Brody to the blog! Thanks for your thoughts on Cinder, Brody!

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Hello Readers!

Rachel invited me into the world of Cinder. We had the idea to read it together with Rachel reading from female characters’ perspectives (such as Cinder’s pov) and me reading from the male characters’ perspectives (such as Prince Kai’s or even the Doctor’s pov) whenever their appearances would permit us to do so! Which made it extra fun for me, not only because I wasn’t just reading it by myself, but also because I was reading it with an experienced Cinder Lunar Chronicles reader, and so she was able to point things out by saying things like “pay attention to that” or “this is important.” And then there were those loud and surprising “I never caught that before” moments that would catch me off guard where she would then refuse to spill the jar of spoiling beans on what she was talking about, because she’s a firm believer in not supporting the said action known as spoiling. Unfortunately, our schedules got too busy that we weren’t able to incorporate Cinder into our Skype dates (seeing as how we are at this present time “geographically challenged”), so I had to embark on the rest of the story by myself while still filling her in on the things that intrigued me, surprised me, made me laugh, or made me miss her when it got to the sappy stuff.

See, I wasn’t just being a loyal boyfriend. As avid book readers, you all understand how you’re not just reading about a world, but you’re in that world, immersed by the smells floating down the streets of New Beijing into the grease stained floors of the garage where Cinder’s eyes met Kai’s for the first time. You can feel the anxiousness in Cinder’s stomach regardless of her persistent denial. That’s what gets me, I get invited into this world, into Rachel’s world, so that I can better understand…

I’m not sure if it’s sad to say that I couldn’t recall ever really watching Cinderella as a 22-year-old young man. As a kid I was probably too busy watching Power Rangers, TMNT, or Bruce Lee movies. Woah. (I just noticed a weird pattern of Kung-Fu there, I think I learned something new about myself.) But any-who, by dating Rachel I’m pretty much dating Cinderella, so on our last visit, as a 22-year-old young man, she sat me down on a warm Christmas night with a few members of her family and we partook of Disney’s animated classic of Cinderella.

That’s probably how a lot of people see the story line unfold, as an elegant fairy tale. I guess partly because of my biological make-up and partly because I hadn’t seen Cinderella, I visualized the book from more of an anime perspective. Any of you who watched the real anime on Adult Swim know what I’m talking about. One in particular stands out, FMA (Full Metal Alchemist). But only as a visual of the character because of Ed’s auto-mail arm and leg, like Cinder’s hand and foot. Howbeit he may not be a cyborg, they both try to hide their true identities by covering these features.

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When I think of New Beijing, I get this very busy futuristic-Chinese setting. When I picture the city of New Beijing I see it looking something like this.

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Especially Cress… for obvious reasons.cress

– Brody

#CelebrateCress: CRESS RELEASE DAY

You guys, it’s HERE! The day we’ve been waiting for… the release day of CRESS! Walk, don’t run, to your nearest bookseller to buy. this. book.

And while you’re buying Cress, make sure to take a photo and share it with us on twitter or instagram to be entered in our giveaway! (See rules and how to share it with us here.)

We’ve had a ton of entries for our contest. We’re loving your fan art, Cress cuisine, outfits, fanfics, fan casting. So we wanted to share some of your submissions! Here are a few of them:

1 ) Cinder Nails from @ambirheart via Instagram | They so perfectly match the cover!

2 & 3) Robin’s Cinder and Scarlet outfits | I love the details of Cinder’s ever-present ponytail and Scarlet’s little wolf. 🙂

4) Iko keychain from Veronica | Veronica turned this cute drawing of Iko into an adorable accessory!

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Thank you ladies for your entries!

There’s still time to enter our #CelebrateCress contest, and there are a ton of ways to gain entries! See full details here. Giveaway is closed.

We hope you all enjoy Cress as much as we do. Come back on Friday and fangirl with us in a spoiler-free zone—we’ll also be announcing our giveaway winner!

 

Criss Cross: Cress Predictions

CrissCrossHalfFullRachel: Good Morning fellow readers! Today is day 5 of #CelebrateCress and we are so glad you came to join our VERY FIRST CRISS CROSS discussion. Since it’s #CelebrateCress, we want to talk about predictions for Cress! Just FYI, there are spoilers for both Cinder and Scarlet in this post, so if you haven’t read those books, STOP HERE. And also, GO READ THEM.

First let’s re-cap Cinder (read our review here). At the end of Cinder we were left with:

-The cyborg draft was meant as a way to find Cinder.
-Iko was dismembered by the evil stepmother, and Cinder rescued her personality chip.
-Nainsi contained a Lunar D-Comm chip that Queen Levana has been using to spy on the Emperor.
-A girl with long blond hair was on the other end of the D-Comm chip.
-Cinder is actually Princess Selene (and is therefore both Lunar and Cyborg).
-Kai makes an agreement with Levana to return Cinder to her (so Levana could take her “prisoner”—i.e. kill her) in exchange for Levana agreeing to not wage war on Earth.
-Dr. Erland gives Cinder a new hand and foot, and gives her instructions to escape and meet him in Africa.

Julianne: Scarlet (review here) recap:

In Scarlet we meet the goodhearted but tough, headstrong, and slightly abrasive Scarlet.  She is quickly swept up in a tumultuous and thrilling series of adventures, and joins forces with our old faces from Cinder, along with new ones.  At the end we have been nudged out to the edge of the story and left hanging at the edge of the cliff…. ahhh

– Kai is still in danger of becoming subject to Levana by marriage (poor thing, probably getting grey hairs worrying about it…)
– The entire Lunar army hot on the tails of the ragtag rebels.
– I’M GOING TO HAVE TO REREAD…

Rachel: Haha, Ok Juju! I’ll help you out! At the end of Scarlet we were left with what Julianne listed above and:

-Wolf is actually part of the Queen’s secret service, the LSOP, a team of genetically modified humans with wolf-like qualities.
-Levana DESPERATELY wants Cinder.
-Scarlet’s Grandma had a love child with a Lunar while in the military.
-Grandma actually housed and protected Cinder until she was 11 yrs old and Mr. Linh picked her up.
-Grandma has the same blocking chip that Cinder had, and the LSOP tortures her to death trying to find out how she’s immune to glamour and where the Princess Selene is. (Tough lady gave them nothing.)
-The attacks of the LSOP force Kai into a marriage agreement.
-Iko becomes the Rampion causing some great interactions between her and Thorne. 🙂
-Cinder and Thorne rescue Scarlet and Wolf right in time!
-Cinder has better glamour skills at the end of the book than the beginning—she actually was able to control a LSOP.
-Scarlet and Wolf get all mushy (according to Iko).

Julianne:  haha thanks Rae…  it melded so perfectly with Cress I had a difficult time recalling where Scarlet ended!  And we actually learn what LSPO means–Lunar Special Operative!

JB: According to the blurb for Cress, we know the following about Cress:

-Cress is a hacker.
-Levana orders Cress to track down Cinder and the handsome Captain Thorne.
-Cress escapes her satellite.
-The team gets separated.
-Queen Levana won’t let anything get between her marriage with Kai, which suggests that something/someone is trying to stop it.
-The earth’s fate rests in the hands of a bunch of misfits.

Questions we want/need answered:

How does Cress escape?
-Why/how is the group separated?
-Will Kai be able to get out of marrying Levana? (And will he end up with Cinder?)

Speculations from around the interwebs:

-Cress is actually Crescent Moon, the (supposedly dead) shell daughter of Dr. Erland.
-Cress and Thorne get together.
-Cinder and Thorne get together.
-It will take place in the Sahara desert.
-Lunars drink the blood of shells to become immune to the glamour of other Lunars.
-Levana has been using Cress’s blood to spread Letumosis among earthens in order to weaken Earth’s ability to fight back.
-Earthens create a weapon to destroy Luna.

Rachel: Marissa has included the iconic scenes of the classic fairytales in her retellings. A lost foot, a wolf disguised as grandma, etc.

What iconic scenes of the Rapunzel story do you think she will include? If you are not familiar with the classic tale, check back Tuesday for a post on the history of Rapunzel!

Aside from that, what do you think will happen in Cress? How will the tension play out between the characters and Lunar vs. Earth? Will there be kissing?

Julianne: Who are we kidding… of course there will be kissing…

Rachel: We hope!! Let us know your predictions in the comments below!

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#CelebrateCress Day 3: Lunar Chronicles Dream Cast

We love the Lunar Chronicles so much and believe it could be a wonderful movie. Even those who haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles would love it (but, of course, we would tell them to read it anyways). In our dream world, the movie would be just like the book and would star these awesome people.

Cinder

Cinder is a cyborg mechanic living with her evil stepmother and stepsisters. We think this actress would be perfect—she could easily portray Cinder’s spunk and determination.

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Kai

On Marissa Meyer’s Pinterest board is this picture that portrays Kai wonderfully. He is even in costume!

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Sadly we do not know who he is… so we picked this guy! We think he would be great!

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Scarlet

Scarlet is a passionate, caring girl with a fiery personality. Choosing someone to portray her is hard. While I imagine Karen Gillan in her role of Amy Pond, she is too old. The Girls in Plaid chose these three young actress and couldn’t really decide who was best. Let us know what you think by leaving your thoughts in the comments below!

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Wolf

Marissa Meyer has said she imagined Wolf looking like Tarkan, a singer.

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I like watching Australian shows sometimes and thought this actor could pull off the role wonderfully. (H2O & Legend of the Seeker anyone?)

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Craig and Tarkan resemble each other and besides, Craig is just adorable!

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Thorne

So, when I read Thorne…he sounds like Zachary Levi (Flynn Rider, Chuck, Louisiana native). While I would love for him to play Thorne in a TLC adaptation…he’s too old.


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Ok, so this maybe the Zachary Levi I imagine..

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However, The Girls In Plaid agreed he was too old, so we picked this guy. We agreed he was adorable enough to earn the role of Thorne.

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Cress

Cress is a dramatic, cute, naive, short young lady who has been locked up in a satellite. The actress we chose is so perfect that she must be Cress if TLC makes the big screen!

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Jacin

Jacin is describe in Cinder as “a young man as handsome as Sybil was beautiful, with blond hair pulled into a low ponytail and sharp features that Kai had yet to see an expression on.”

We went between two actors, one being Chris Hemsworth and the other one being…

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Alex Pettyfer. He will do nicely.

Lunar Thaumaturge

These lackeys to the evil Queen Levana must be beautiful…and sly with a dash of crazy. We believe these Hollywood stars will fit the bill!

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Levana

“She was indeed beautiful, as if someone had taken the scientific measurements of perfection and used them to mold a single idle specimen. Her face was slightly heart-shaped, with high cheekbones barely flushed. Auburn hair fell in silken ringlets to her waist and her unblemished ivory skin shimmered like mother-of-pearl in the sunshine. Her lips were red red red, looking like she’d just drunk a pint of blood.”

The Girls in Plaid easily agreed who should be Levana.

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WHO Shall he be?

The following actors are ones we want included in a TLC adaptation, but we are not sure who they
should be. Thorne? Ran? Thaumaturge? Lunar guard? LSOP? Help us out guys!!


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Do you agree or disagree with our choices? Let’s know by leaving your thoughts in the comments! We love hearing from our readers!!

Also remember that leaving a link to your TLC dreamcast (via blog, pinterest board, etc.) in the comments counts as 3 entries in our TLC giveaway! Giveaway is closed.

– Liz (aka Rachel)

#CelebrateCress and a Lunar Giveaway! [CLOSED]

Today marks the first day of… #CelebrateCress!

What is #CelebrateCress? It’s our celebration of the third installment in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, and it’s being released next week on Tuesday, February 4. We’re kind of obsessed with these books and their lovely author. (Proof.)

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So what all is going on during #CelebrateCress? We have a ton of cool things planned! We will be sharing with you a review of Cress, the history of the Rapunzel story, our TLC-inspired outfits, fan art, food, and fan cast, and our very first vlog! But there’s more! There will also be…

A GIVEAWAY!

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What? A Giveaway? What can I win?! We will be giving away…
-a TLC bookmark signed by Marissa Meyer
-a bookplate signed by Marissa Meyer
-a Cinder mirror
-a paperback copy of Cinder
-a hardback copy of Scarlet signed by Marissa Meyer

Basically, it’s a lot of awesome.

And how can I win this package of awesome? We wanted to give you lots of opportunities to win this giveaway, so we have many ways to gain entries!

worth one entry:
• Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or Bloglovin. Leave a comment on one of the #CelebrateCress posts telling us where you’re following and your username.
• Comment on any of our #CelebrateCress posts.
• Tweet a link to this giveaway or any other #CelebrateCress post. You must use the hashtag #CelebrateCress and mention @thegirlsinplaid. (You can do this once a day for the entirety of #CelebrateCress.)
• When Cress is finally in the wild, take a picture with it and share it with us in one of these three ways:
1) Twitter: Make sure to use the hashtag #CelebrateCress and mention @thegirlsinplaid
2) Instagram: Make sure to use the hashtag #CelebrateCress and mention @girlsinplaidskirts
3) Email: Email us your photo with the subject line #CelebrateCress

worth two entries:
• Participate in our new feature, Criss Cross! Criss Cross is our version of a discussion post, and we want to hear your thoughts! We will premiere this new feature on Friday, January 31. A heads up on our topic… Cress predictions! So be thinking about what you think will happen in Cress and let us know on Friday.

worth three entries:
• Let us see your own Lunar Chronicles creativity. You can contribute once in each of the following categories: fan art, outfits, food, fan cast, and fan-fic. Share your submission in one of these three ways:
1) Upload your submission to twitter using the hashtag #CelebrateCress. You must mention @thegirlsinplaid.
2) Upload your submission to Instagram using the hashtag #CelebrateCress. You must mention @girlsinplaidskirts.
3) Email your submission to girlsinplaidskirts @gmail.com with the subject #CelebrateCress.
(For the fan cast, leave a link in the comments to where we can find it–blog, Pinterest board, whatever.)
• Upload a pic or video of your Cress feels/excitement/fangirling to Instagram. (This can be pre- or post-Cress release.) You must use the hashtag #CelebrateCress and mention @girlsinplaidskirts.

The Fine Print:
• Your creativity entry must be your own original work to qualify.
• By submitting your entry, you give us permission to share your work on the blog. We promise to give you credit! We want to share your hard work with other Lunartics!
• The submission period ends at midnight CST on Thursday, February 6, so all entries must be received by then. A winner will be picked randomly and be announced Friday, February 7, so check back to see if you won! The winner will have three days to email us with their info or we will choose another winner.
• This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. A big apology to our international friends—we’re working on an international giveaway soon!

This sounds like a lot of fun! That’s because it is going to be a lot of fun! We can’t wait to see your submissions and share them with other Lunartics, and we’re super excited to be giving away a prize with some of our favorite books!

So come join the party and help us #CelebrateCress!

Cuddle Up with Cinder

Cinder, The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer,

By now I think it’s safe to assume you know how much we love The Lunar Chronicles and Marissa Meyer. So today I’ve put together the perfect pair of pajamas to wear whilst reading Cinder.

top | Because Cinder is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella, I thought this Cinderella/Doctor Who shirt was more than appropriate. Time lords and cyborgs, anyone? (Also, did anyone watch “The Day of the Doctor” this weekend?)

bottoms | Queen Levana would love to see her country, Luna (i.e. the moon), taking over these PJs.

socks | Red socks are a more comfortable alternative to the red heels on the cover. Though Iko can’t exactly wear socks (she is an android, after all), I’m sure she would love them. I know she’d love those shoes.

mug | Hot chocolate or tea would also be acceptable in this mug, and Cinder is in every way a good book!

In case you haven’t read Cinder yet, here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

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. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Don’t forget to check out our other fun Lunar-inspired posts:
Review of Cinder
Review of Scarlet
Interview with Marissa Meyer
Looks from Books: The Lunar Chronicles

Looks From Books! Day 2: Lunar

Day 2 of Looks From Books is inspired by the world of the Lunar people from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The first two, Cinder and Scarlet, are out, with the third, Cress, due in February!! (Click the links to read our reviews.)

If you have not read any of The Lunar Chronicles books … you should (and today’s outfits won’t have quite the same “sqweeee!” effect they would if you were Team Kai or rooting for Iko). If you have read the books, but not our interview with Ms Meyer… you should. (Click here

JB’s outfit is from the character named Scarlet, the incredifabulous super-future version of Little Red Ridinghood. And she has a thing for this guy named Wolf (;

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Rachel is the beautiful and smart, but stowed away in a satellite, hacker version of Rapunzel, named Cress.

Since she lives in a satellite, she doesn’t need shoes, but she will definitely use her portscreen!

neat shoot JB!

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My inspiration came from Cinder’s bestfriend/android, Iko. Although she isn’t an actual person, she has a serious thing for shoes (; and I feel she would also have a thing for sparkles. And these tights… well how can you not love them?!?!

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*sigh* yes, I know I’m in a bathroom…

I accidently ran off on my photographer so I had to settle for back up :/

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P.S. these tights will show up again later for a very special event (;

Hope yall like the outfits!  Tomorrow’s gonna be super cute too! (well I mean what day isn’t)

Review: Cinder

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Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Age: Young Adult

Content Advisory: Mild Cussing, brief mention of escort droids

Synopsis:

(from Goodreads)

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

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. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Rachel’s Rambles:

Sorry Julianne for taking so long to read your signed copy of Cinder.

I have two excuses.

1: I was busy with college and reading LOTR.

2: I was scared.

Cinderella is my childhood favorite fairy tale and princess. I had Cinderella nightgowns, bed sheets, figurines, purses, toys…you get the idea. Sometimes when I read these retellings, I feel like throwing the book across the room because they ruined my precious fairly tale. They turn her into somethings she isn’t, or deny true love with the Prince. I was worried Marissa Meyer would evoke those same feelings.

I was wrong. Sure, it was weird at first. But once you get acquainted with the Lunarverse, it is kinda awesome. I loved, LOVED this story. While Cinder is the main character, it isn’t just a retelling of Cinderella. It takes place in another world, so the characters and plot can stand on their own. It’s a story of its own that just has the familiarity of the old fairy tales; that way we can welcome the stories into our hearts easier. Humans like familiarity. Marissa did a wonderful job!!

A 5 out of 5 stars for sure!!

-Liz (aka Rachel)

Check out our other Lunar Chronicles posts:

Review of Scarlet (book 2)
Review of Cress (book 3)
Interview with Marissa Meyer Part 1 and Part 2
Looks From Books character-inspired and galaxy-inspired
Dream Cast

IMPORTANT NEWS BREAK!

Hello world,

It seems there is this interesting bookish gathering commonly referred to as ATBF (Austin Teen Book Festival, for those not in the know–or in Texas) coming up in a few days. In regards to this gathering, The Girls in Plaid Skirts would like to announce an exciting opportunity we have been given.

Are you ready for this?

Are you SURE you are ready for this?

WE WILL BE INTERVIEWING MARISSA MEYER!!

She is author of Cinder and Scarlet, and if you have not read them-you should! (Take it from somone who just finished Cinder 10 minutes ago! –Rach)

Isn’t that cool?! We meet her last year at ATBF12 and were very happy she was returning. We are even happier she that she agreed to an interview! So, PLEASE stay tuned for more news on the interview and to see how it goes!

Thank you, you may now go back to your lives.

-Liz (aka Rachel) coming to you live from The Girls in Plaid Skirts!

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