Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles #1
Paperback, 387 pages
Published by Square Fish
Release Date: January 8th 2013

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.

Reese's Review:
Holy freaking SMOKES Cinder is amazing. I cannot thank the blogging community enough for having this book on so many posts. Seriously I don’t think I would have attempted to even pick this book up if not for you all so thank you!

Now of course if you haven’t guessed Cinder is a Cinderella retelling, and let me just say what a beautiful retelling it was. It is no surprise to me that this book has won so many literary awards because this book is beyond fabulous.

Cinder our main heroine is a cyborg and she is treated like crap despite the fact she’s the only one who makes money for her family. Cinder is an amazing heroine and I loved her from the first page. There’s a bit of a mystery that surrounds her which was awesome and I cannot wait to see how it plays out. Cinder is amazingly smart, caring and stubborn. Despite the majority of her family treating her like crap she loves her sister and always tries to do her best. I liked that all the sisters weren’t evil. I know some people may not like the changes to the classical Cinderella story from Disney but I liked the change. I also felt for the “evil/wicked” stepmother. I get she’s coming from a place of pain, and while I didn’t like how horrendously she treats Cinder, I got it.

The whole world surrounding Cinder is well thought out and while desolate, it’s beautiful too. The background was dystopian in that there was a war and a lot of stuff doesn’t work the same, and there is a crazy illness brought about by aliens trying to take over our world. I loved reading about the market and the different shops surrounding the area. The market is where Cinder meets Prince Kai and daaamn he is one fine dude. He had me wishing I knew anything about being a mechanic because seriously wow.

Now he’s the thing about me and Prince Kai, I’m sure all us girls and guys out there imagine Prince Kai differently based on our own preferences. Honestly though he’s so much more than looks. He’s super caring and he cares about Cinder even though most of the time she can’t give him the time of day because she doesn’t want him to know she’s a cyborg. There’s only one time when I may or may not have wanted to punch him in the nose, but I hope we find out more because Cinder and Prince Kai deserve to be happy and I want them to be happy together.

Marissa Meer did an amazing job with this story. I loved it from start to finish and skipped food so I didn’t have to put it down. I definitely need to go on a Lunar Chronicles diet real soon. I am super excited to get my hands on the next book because I need to know what happens next!!!

If you haven’t guessed I loved this book from start to finish. The characters and story line are beyond phenomenal. Can’t wait to read the next one!

One of my first spoken words was “story” (right along with “bath” and “cookie”), my favorite toy as an infant was a soft, squishable book, and I’ve wanted to be a writer since I first realized such a job existed.

When I was fourteen my best friend introduced me to anime and fan fiction—over the years I would complete over forty Sailor Moon fanfics under the penname Alicia Blade. Those so inclined can still find my first stories at Writing fanfic turned out to be awesome fun and brought me in contact with an amazing group of fan fiction readers and writers. As Alicia Blade, I also had a novelette, “The Phantom of Linkshire Manor,” published in the gothic romance anthology Bound in Skin (CatsCurious Press, 2007).

When I was sixteen I worked at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Tacoma, Washington, affectionately termed “The Spag.” (Random factoid: This is also the restaurant where my parents met some 25 years before.) I attended Pacific Lutheran University where I sorted mail that came to the dorm, carted tables and chairs around campus, and took writing classes, eventually earning a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Children’s Literature. Knowing I wanted a career in books, I would also go on to receive a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University (which you can learn more about here). After graduation, I worked as an editor in Seattle for a while before becoming a freelance typesetter and proofreader.

Then, day of days, someone thought it would be a good idea to give me a book deal, so I became a full-time writer. CINDER was my first completed novel, though I have an adorable collection of unfinished ones lying around, too.

I married my husband in 2011, two months before the release of Cinder, and we adopted our two beautiful twin daughters, Sloane and Delaney, in 2015. Reading lots and lots of bedtime stories is most definitely a new favorite pastime.

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