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!



#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!

Robin Bissett Cinder robin Bissett Scarlet Veronica iko keychain

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.

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!


#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 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.



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


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



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!





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


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


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



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.


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


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.



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!



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…


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!



“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.


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!!


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.)


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…



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 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!

In Memory of Titan (aka “Wolf”)

2 - AWE JB, i love this -Rae

Remember the adorable husky that portrayed “Wolf” in our Lunar Chronicles’ Looks From Books post? He went by the name of Titan. He belonged to a friend of mine, Lyne, and we loved him dearly. JB and I work with children through a team called ROCK, and Lyne and her husband were the leaders of the team for many years. Titan became our mascot. He even made a guest appearance in our drama this summer. Like most furry creatures, he enjoyed a good belly rub and for you to share your food with him (especially peanut butter crackers). He did not like baths. He also was an excellent escape artist.

This Sunday he escaped the yard for his last adventure.

So please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to send his family a letter or card, send us an email and we will help you out!

Thanks so much,

-Liz (aka Rachel)

titan Collage

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 (;

2 - AWE JB, i love this -Rae



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!

Rae approved--show off the glory

Rae approved

Rae approved

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?!?!


*sigh* yes, I know I’m in a bathroom…

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



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: Scarlet

Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Age: Young Adult

When Scarlet’s grandmother disappears, she sets out to find out what happened to her. The only person who seems to have any idea about her grandmother’s whereabouts is the new stranger in town who calls himself Wolf. As the two search for Scarlet’s grandmother, they find themselves crossing paths with Cinder, a cyborg and escaped criminal, and they must work together to stop an attack issued by the Lunar queen Levana.

The second book in the Lunar Chronicles does not disappoint. It picks up right where Cinder left off and introduces us to Scarlet, Meyer’s idea of Little Red Riding Hood. When I first read Cinder I thought it would be really weird to include other characters and really thought it would take away from the original story. It didn’t.

I love all the new characters introduced in this book: Scarlet, Wolf, and also Captain Thorne. The book switches between the stories of Cinder and Scarlet every few chapters, and it’s awesome to see how the stories and characters are connected. I loved guessing throughout the book about what would happen next and if this small piece of information is somehow connected to this big piece of information and so forth. There are lots of things happening that will keep you on your toes.

A 5 out of 5 stars for sure, and I’m anxiously waiting for Cress!

UPDATE: Check out some of our other Lunar Chronicles posts:

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