I may not be big on the cooler weather, but, I absolutely do love the month of November just the same. This one little month has My birthday, Thanksgiving and an entire day of shopping for some of us all wrapped into one. Plus I just discovered that’s November is a month completely dedicated to writer’s and books! November is: National Novel Writing Month, Novel-ember, Non-Fiction November, and Family Literacy Month. In anticipation for the month and to feed my book collecting addiction, I completed purchasing two series I’ve been waiting to buy since returning to my love of reading and books. I’ve heard rave reviews about both The Wicked Years and The Lunar Chronicles and I’ll finally get to see for myself.
The Wicked Years
I borrowed a copy of Wicked by Gregory Maguire over a year ago. As a theater kid I love The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, and I definitely remember Defying Gravity as sung by Idina Menzel from Wicked: The Musical. Yet, I hadn’t been aware the musical was originally a book. Wicked, is an adaptation of the Wizard of Oz, as told from the perspective of Elfaba the Wicked Witch of the West.
I was reading the book during a time when movies like Dracula: Untold and Maleficent were being made, and everything fictional seemed to be trying to give us the “villains” perspective. It was surprisingly a good read though and it did give me a new perspective on the wicked witch of the west. I even did a review for the book which you can read here.
The Wicked Years, is a four-part series starting with Wicked and ending with Out of Oz. The world-building in this series is amazing. Maguire manages to give us an in-depth look at the world of Oz, while uniquely stitching together familiar characters as well as creating brand new ones. The second book picks up shortly after Elfaba meets her fate at the hands of Dorothy, with Son of a Witch.
The Lunar Chronicles
I’ve seen The Lunar Chronicles, on bookshelves but I personally haven’t read the series. I’m not sure how long it’s been on my TBR list but before 2019 rolls in I will have checked it off.
I like to keep away from outside opinions of books before I read them, so beyond a few conversations with people who’ve said it was “good”, I have little to go on. I did skim the description of Cinder, prior to buying the whole set. Just from viewing the covers we get a fairy tale theme, and I was advised there was a cyborg involved. There is a spoiler-free review of the series from Booktuber Between Chapters states some of the scenes gave her a Panem flashback which means I’m in for a dystopian read.
I’m not sure if I want to attempt a Binge read of the series to finish out 2017 or if I ‘ll be adding it to my 2018 reading list but, I definitely plan to get into this series soon.
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