By: Melanie | March 1, 2013 | (6) Comments

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA, science fiction, fantasy
Series: Lunar Chornicles #1
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Pages: 387 (hardcover)
How I Got the Book: Borrowed it
For More Information: Goodreads Link

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.

After not reading a fairy tale re-telling for a loooong time, I picked up Cinder with a bit of a clean memory, nothing to really compare with. I was uber-excited to start reading this. The reason it took me so long to bother borrowing this was because I was warned of annoying cliffhangers…so now that I have Scarlet, I began.

As far as I know, fairy tale re-tellings can only go two ways. 1) Epic fail, too cliche and predictable, not original in any aspect. And 2) Holy cow! Amazing, just filled with beautiful writing. Fortunately, Cinder falls in the latter. Cinder, not only promises a fantabulous re-telling/premise, but also offers a strong female character, cute romance and killer world building. I guess Cinder is what you get when dystopia and fairy tale re-tellings clash. BOOM! There is a smashing book awaiting.

Cinderella has always been a big favourite fairy tale of mine at a young age, so I set the expectation extremely high. Even so, Marissa Meyer manages to pull of something breath-taking! And just something else…I love this cover!!!!!!! O__O I really love the red shoe and how we can see through the foot to the mechanical parts. So awesome!

Cinder is one excellent kick ass heroine. Yeah, she has quite a lot of bad karma and misunderstandings throughout her life but she stays strong, clear minded, and most importantly, pure to herself. I feel like I cannot describe her exactly, because she is pretty much one of the best feminine characters I’ve ever come across, sometimes, I just wanted to grab her out of the book and give her a good big hug. Prince Kaito should not be thought of as stuck up, sophisticated royalty. Kai is in fact the most adorably caring and thoughtful person EVER. Especially to Cinder. I love you both!! *kisses book*

Let’s talk about world building, and plot planning. Both get two fat, sloppy ticks next to it. Though I felt the world building could have had some dusting up, both were stunners. This book is set in New Beijing, with a world of cyborgs and Lunars, which are really well thought out, I loved the ideas that Ms. Meyer created to make this book so successful.

Here is a book with cute, yet awkward romance that has no stupid love triangle. Kai and Cinder are a match made in heaven, really. It was most certainly not over powered and it also didn’t seemed forced or too icky. Heart-breaking and beautiful romances are totally down my ally.

Before, I said Cinder had bad karma, and she does. Thanks to lovely twists and unexpected shocks, I was left unguarded with shockers every now and again, just when you are starting to think that it’s boring, BAM. Right there. It really makes this book more loveable.

If you are looking for something to amaze you, Cinder will be the best choice I can think of right now. It contains everything from romance to plotting which are set to perfection. Now…I’m coming for you Scarlet!

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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.
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6 Responses to Cinder By Marissa Meyer

  1. I totally agree with you on Cinder. She’s totally bad ass and what I really like about her most is her built-in lie detector. I mention this on my review of Cinder

    Great review!
    Your new follower,
    Erleen @ Books For YA!

  2. Thank you for such a great review, that was most interesting to read. There is so much positivity surrounding this book, partly due to the release of Scarlet and so i can’t wait to read it!

    GFC Follower: lfountain1

  3. mariusreads says:

    Great review! I loved reading Cinder and I’m glad you did too!

  4. Ash says:

    Loved your review. Cinder was good, but I hear Scarlet is even better, so cant wait to read that.

  5. I absolutely can’t wait to read this! I usually don’t read a series until all the books are out, but I think I will break my own rule for this one. I have heard nothing but great things about these books!

  6. Adira says:

    I’m super bummed that Cress doesn’t come out until 2014. I loved Cinder because she was not the typical “princessy/girly” type. Meyer’s gave Cinder’s character an edge that can sometimes be lacking from YA main female characters. Even though the book was a tad predictable, I was happy that the author fulfilled my predictions in an unsuspecting way.

    Great Review! I did a review of this book too. If possible, please check mine out:
    http://dotdotdotontheshelf.blogspot.com/2013/03/reading-fairy-tales-as-adult.html

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