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My Latest Bookish Addiction [8] – The Lunar Chronicles

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

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Original fan art: The Lunar Chronicles — Created by The Book Addict’s Guide, Sept 2013

I was fortunate enough to win an ARC of CRESS, the third book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, from Macmillan. CRESS isn’t officially published until February 2014 and usually I wait until closer to the pub date to read my advanced copies but I honestly could not wait to dive in and completely devour this book, and GUYS. It. Was. Amazing. Don’t worry — there will be a full review coming close to the pub date with ALL THE FANGIRLING but I absolutely needed to talk about some of the feels NOW and share them with my fellow bloggers!

I was already a fan with CINDER, and SCARLET totally amazed me but CRESSCRESS was just out of this world! (No pun intended. Okay, pun kind of intended.) Each main character that gets added to this story,  I get more and more hooked and never overwhelmed. Each one feels unique to me as well, providing their own voice and adding another layer to an already amazing story.

Without any spoilers, I wanted to share with everyone what I love so much about The Lunar Chronicles AAAAND what you have to look forward to in CRESS! (Spoiler-free! Cross my heart!)

THORNE

In The Lunar Chronicles: Throne brings an awesome comic relief to some pretty serious characters with pretty serious agendas! I love how his personality fits in with this cast of characters and the humor is greatly appreciated! He’s also extremely important as the owner of the Rampion which is frequently essential as a mode of transportation! Also? He’s my Han Solo. (And probably Marissa Meyer’s too? *nudge* *wink*)
In Cress: Thorne is dreeeeeeamy. We get to see a LOT of Thorne in CRESS and a lot of his dazzling charm. I said no spoilers so I won’t get into details, but I love how prominently he was featured and how he really became a main character instead of just Cinder’s current sidekick/assistant. Oh, and did I mention he’s dreamy? Because yeah. Serious swoons!!!

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LUNARS

In the Lunar Chronicles: The Lunars fascinate me. I love what Marissa Meyer has done with the Lunar race. It’s so interesting that they live on the moon and they’re different than humans but UNLIKE so many sci-fi series, the are NOT aliens. I love that their powers and glamour aren’t just magic either. There are actual explanations and they have a whole world of their own that I am LOVING exploring.
In Cress: We get to see a lot more of… dun dun dun…. LEVANA. Dude, Levana terrifies me. We also get to see: more life on Luna, more thaumaturge interaction, more info about shells, another glimpse at Lunars on Earth, AND more Lunar characters.

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THE ACTION

In The Lunar Chronicles: The action in this series is FANTASTIC. Marissa Meyer does a really great job making each of these scenes detailed, exciting, and CLEAR. I feel like too often I read actions scenes that get confusing really quickly because so much is happening, but I never feel lost in this series! There’s also a wonderful balance between action scenes, dialogue, and information. Everything seems to have the perfect balance to keep the reader engaged in pretty much every type of way at all times.
In Cress: I legit gasped and shouted my way through CRESS. Remember all those surprises in SCARLET? There are MORE SURPRISES in CRESS!!! I also literally felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading this book. I could see everything in my head as it was happening which actually is kind of difficult for me sometimes. I could picture each one of these action scenes and as I was reading, I was trying to decide where I need to start petitions and pleas to make these books in to movies ASAP.

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THE ROMANCES

In The Lunar Chronicles: Everyone is pairing off and I am swooning big time! I actually didn’t feel a lot of spark between Cinder & Kai in CINDER but I loved Scarlet & Wolf in SCARLET. I think Cinder & Kai was actually more of a slow development for me, personally, but I’ve loved watching how this relationship develops!
In Cress: So, so, so many swoons. We’re looking at THREE main romances with a dash of crushes and I loved every single one of them. And when I say loved, I mean I was OBSESSED with every single one of them. Each one of them grows stronger in CRESS and I can’t wait for everyone to experience ALL THE FEELS.

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THE TWISTS

In The Lunar Chronicles: I think CINDER just had one really major twist for me and that was where SCARLET totally blew me away — there were SO many surprises in SCARLET that I was like, “Marissa Meyer, HOW DO YOU DO THIS?” I am honestly astounded with how well Marissa weaves in these plots and subplots and twists and… seriously. Truly, truly amazed.
In Cress: You know how I said that SCARLET blew me away with all the twists? Hold on to your pants, my friends. CRESS is a wild ride full of reveals and shock and delight and gasps. Once again… totally dumbfounded (in a good way) with how well all the pieces of the puzzle fit together — and pieces I never even thought to question! It’s SO SO GOOD.

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In short, CRESS is amazing, folks. There’s no doubt that fans of this series will be over the moon (har har. I’m actually really not trying to do this…) with CRESS. There was not one thing I would change about this book or this series as a whole. My obsession with this series maaaay be borderline unhealthy because I honestly can’t stop thinking about how awesome it is and everything I read about it just makes me want more more more.  I was already loving The Lunar Chronicles, but CRESS easily sealed its fate as one of my favorite series OF ALL TIME.

Have you been lucky enough to read CRESS yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings and fangirling!!!
Super excited to be able to read CRESS this winter?? What are you most excited for? Is The Lunar Chronicles series your Latest Bookish Addiction too?

My Latest Bookish Addiction [5] – Fantasy. The RIGHT kind of fantasy.

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Fantasy. The RIGHT KIND of fantasy.

I always used to think I didn’t like reading fantasy. With the exception of Harry Potter (because come on… It’s Harry Potter), I was convinced it was just a genre I wasn’t ever going to LOVE. I tried reading LORD OF THE RINGS and it just never caught me. Everyone loved Julie Kagawa’s THE IRON KING but it just wasn’t for me. I had basically given up on fantasy unless it had involved wizards.

When I started blogging and reading YA, I gave fantasy a few more tries. THE IRON KING was one of them and I got more and more settled in my ways. But then I picked up GRACELING by Kristen Cashore thanks to some suggestions from my fellow bloggers and I LOVED it. SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo convinced me that I was not giving fantasy a fair shot — I mean, amazing world building AND magic galore. This was totally what I loved! I just hadn’t figured out which types of fantasy I should be going after and which were not quite for me. I finally started figuring out the type of fantasy that I enjoyed and it’s somewhat specific: I enjoy mostly high fantasy with a medieval-type feel. Books that helped me realize this? GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers, RIFT by Andrea Cremer (I had not read any other part of the Nightshade series), and then finally, picking up George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series for #SOIFRA.

     

I’ve figured out I don’t like a lot of fantasy that deals with different kinds of “creatures”, especially in modern times. For some reason, all of my fantasy needs to feel somewhat historical. I guess I don’t believe that it would happen in present day? I’m not totally sure how my brain even works… But my fantasy has to be somewhat… believable, despite the fact that it’s fantasy. I can wrap my brain around magic, spells, and some creatures like dragons but when it comes to fairies, elves, and hobbits, somehow I’m just not buying it.

I also love fairy tale retellings. THE LOOKING GLASS WARS by Frank Beddor was one of the first fairy tale retellings I read, followed by CINDER by Marissa Meyer and TIGER LILY by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I already have the basis for those stories in my head since these are the stories (and Disney movies) I grew up with. If things start to get a little fantastical there, I basically already have a general idea and concept that the book may stretch my imagination a bit more than I’m used to.

 

The one exception to ALL of these rules was DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor. Chimaera? In present day? Totally not my thing… But Laini Taylor did such a great job with this book that I really ended up loving everything about it! I was really transported into this world and somehow it all felt totally real to me. I guess sometimes I just have to throw my rules out and trust some recommendations!

Now I’m trying more fantasy books than ever. It turned from a genre I almost never read to one that I’ve become really, really interested in. I’m always looking for new recommendations so if you have any favorite fantasy books, throw ’em at me!

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa MeyerTitle: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Publishing Info: February 5, 2013 by Macmillan
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: June 21, 2013
Related Posts: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1), , Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5), The Queen's Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5), Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky (Lunar Chronicles #3.1), Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2), Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3), Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4), Stars Above (A Lunar Chronicles Collection), Heartless, Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve #1), Renegades (Renegades #1)

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.  

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There has been some serious love for SCARLET out in the blogging world so I’ll admit that I felt a bit of pressure before I started the second installment of The Lunar Chronicles to feel that same amount of love and intensity for this book… What in the world was I worried about!? SCARLET proved to be just as amazing if not better than CINDER.

So SCARLET, as you may know, loosely follows along as a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood whereas as Cinder was obviously Cinderella… With the two girls on opposite sides of the world and seemingly unrelated stories (how exactly do Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood go together…?), I was a bit nervous as to how these two stories would come together to create amazing book harmony. Even though I was thoroughly enjoying Scarlet’s story (and Wolf. WOLF! More on him later…) AND catching up on what’s been happening with Cinder, I still had a small sliver of doubt. Well, if you haven’t read the book yet, I will tell you DO NOT FEAR. Marissa Meyer knows EXACTLY what she’s doing, friends, and she succeeds at bringing these worlds together in the most amazing ways. You know I won’t give anything away, but let’s just say that there are some “OMG” moments and some kick-ass twists and turns that totally knocked me off my feet.

These are loose retellings so it’s not like Cinder ends up as Scarlet’s grandmother or the wolf or anything. Oh, no. Marissa Meyer has her own plot entirely which is fascinating as well as grossly entertaining. I absolutely love how I never lost the feeling of the original characters and general plot from the fairy tales, but The Lunar Chronicles is also incredibly unique in the way that Marissa Meyer has these characters come to life and creates her own unique story. She does some amazing world building with really what I would call a dystopian world and maintaining a sci-fi aspect with the Lunars and the cyborgs that I think most non-sci-fi people will enjoy!

The new characters additions to this series were also incredibly enjoyable! We meet new people who fit into the Little Red Riding Hood part of the story: Scarlet, her grandmother, and Wolf. There’s also Cadet (I mean, Captain) Thorne who if you’ve read Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, I would TOTALLY liken him to a Sturmhond. He was funny, sarcastic, and a great partner in crime for many of Cinder’s misadventures. I loved him as a sort of comic relief for Cinder since she’s got SO much seriousness going on in her world.

If you loved CINDER, you’ll love SCARLET, no doubt about it. Personally, I loved SCARLET even more! Like I fear with so many sequels, adding in Scarlet’s story line really took nothing away from Cinder’s and just added so much more to it and the overall plot of the series. Marissa Meyer sure knows how to build a series by letting the big picture unravel slowly and evenly throughout the books but still keeping us wildly entertained and feeling satisfied at the end of each one. There were so many more things revealed in SCARLET that added to the overall plot that the fire for the love of this series keeps on burning and has fans of The Lunar Chronicles begging for more! CRESS is a highly anticipated read for many in 2014 and I know I will be most impatiently waiting until I can get my hands on it!

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Scarlet: Scarlet Beniot becomes a main focus and she may have even more fire than Cinder does… She’s a no-nonsense girl and I loved seeing her take charge as well as standing up for herself and her friends. She’s fiercely loyal to those she loves and it was nice to see still a strong character like Cinder is, but also strong in different ways.
Screen Shot 2013-06-23 at 10.05.05 AMWolf: Wolf is another new addition to this series and my friends did not let me down when they said I would be swooning for him! I guess you could say he’s sort of a broody character because he’s got a lot of things hidden beneath the surface that you know make him emotional as well as fierce. You can tell there are so many layers to his character — what seems menacing may be innocent… What seems harmless may have a secret meaning… I think it’s definitely a little sense of mystery that had me falling under Wolf’s spell!
Thorne: Thorne is actually a new character in Cinder’s plot line before her story meets with up Scarlet. He’s actually a fellow prisoner and ends up becoming an accomplice & ally. His comic relief was perfect for the Cinder plot line because let’s face it… Cinder has a lot of STUFF going on. Thorne brought a bit of lightness back to Cinder’s world and their banter back and forth was hilarious! I actually compared him a bit to Han Solo because I know Marissa Meyer was influenced by Star Wars (and actually I couldn’t STOP seeing Star Wars parallels!) so then through a little encouragement from Alyssa, I ended up tweeting Marissa Meyer and well… Maybe I wasn’t seeing things after all! 🙂
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BUY IT!

Ugh, I just loved this book. It was SO great. Such a fantastic follow-up to CINDER and I love how it built upon the existing story and also started its own.

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     Siege and Storm      Of Triton

PROJECT FAIRY TALE: Cinder – Marissa Meyer

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CINDER by MARISSA MEYER

How can you possibly deny that CINDER may be one of the best retellings out there? Yeah, I went there. OF THEM ALL. All right, maybe I’m getting a little carried away, but CINDER is certainly the best Cinderella retelling I’ve read. It’s fresh, exciting, romantic, creative, and a ton of other adjectives I won’t bog you down with.

THE STORY

CinderHumans 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. (From Goodreads.com)

HOW WAS IT AS A RETELLING?

Umm, phenomenal! I loved every bit of Cinder, from how original it was to how well the original Cinderella characters and themes were woven into the story. You know what surprised me the most? How much I loved the sci-fi aspects of it. I never in a million years though that I would be on board with a cyborg Cinderella, androids, robots – you name it – but Marissa Meyer does it so well that it doesn’t really feel super sci-fi. I KNOW I caught Star Wars references in there and that really added an extra layer to the story – I feel like the people who get the references get an extra little laugh in there, which was definitely a lot of fun.

Another thing I really enjoyed (which I don’t usually) was that CINDER can’t really be defined by any specific genre. It’s sci-fi, it’s dystopian, it’s fantasy, it has some romance… There’s something in there for everyone, and I really think that’s part of the reason it’s been so successful! Yes, it is a retelling, but it’s so unique in its own right and Marissa Meyer does a great job of brining in new ideas (like the Lunars, the concept of cyborgs being the reason why Cinder is treated so poorly, taking place in New Beijing, etc).

I can honestly say that CINDER is my favorite Cinderella retelling by far. I’d honestly recommend it to anyone, even those who doubt sci-fi (because you know I did)!

Discusson: Communication Breakdown

So I need to talk to you guys about something. Lately, I’ve been having some issues as far as genres go for the books that I’m reading. I just read a great post from The Housework Can Wait about clarifying the proper definition of each genre (and it’s great – you should go check it out!) but I’m talking about something a little different.

Lately I’ve been have problems where I pick up a book thinking in falls into one type of genre and turns out, it has a twist that crosses the line into a second genre. What’s my issue with this? I go into the book thinking it’s going to be one thing and then I almost feel betrayed when this plot twist pops up and completely changes the whole feel of the story.

WHO’S TO “BLAME”?

Okay. First things first. I in no way mean to bash these books or these authors!!! They’re actually really great works, but the genre confusion that I personally felt directly affected my comprehension and overall opinion. I would never say don’t read these and actually there were a lot of things that I did like about them, but there were just some things I did not see coming and for some reason, it left a sour taste in my mouth.

(Please note, I’m going to mention some specific books, so if you don’t want any mild spoilers (I’m only talking about genres, not plot) look away!)

So am I to blame for this confusion? Did I bring this upon myself? Well, yeah, sometimes. I’m the kind of person who hates spoilers SO MUCH that I will avoid reading a full summary on Goodreads OR on the dust jacket OR a full blog review because I have that big of an averson to spoilers. Just the tiniest thing gives away part of the plot and then the lead-up to it isn’t exciting anymore. So yes, I’m partially to blame. SOMETIMES.

Time When I Was To Blame: LEVEL 2. 
LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans. I actually enjoyed the book – I did – but why did I think that this was more of a dystopian book? Well, first off – the cover. Right up until I actually received the book, I thought that girl on the cover was wielding a sword and not just slouched over. (Because how cool would that be?) I had started it by thinking of Felicia as caught in Level 2 in an almost sci-fi/dystopian way more so than, “Hey. She’s in the afterlife. Maybe that issue’s gonna come up, huh?” It never once crossed my mind that religion would be tied into this book or that we’d even be talking about a limbo between Heaven and Hell (I know. Don’t ask why that thought didn’t cross my mind). True, it still does have kind of a futuristic feel a lot of the time, actually, but there’s that … how can I put it? Sacredly paranormal aspect that somehow I just never thought of.
How Did It Affect My Opinion? I got mad at this book. It kind of took a twist I wasn’t expecting which dove more into the “sacred paranormal” (pardon my improper terminology) and I was actually frustrated with how much religion was tied into the book because well, that’s just not my thing. I went to a Catholic school for 10 years and somehow that turned me off to religion instead of strengthening my faith. Go figure. So I almost ruined parts of it for myself because that twist wasn’t blatantly obvious (to me. Somehow).

BUT other times, that second genre is not mentioned. I’ve checked. I went back and looked through the summaries and if I hadn’t read the book yet, I wouldn’t have known at all. There were the tiniest of hints that I wouldn’t have picked up on when reading just the description and boy, did that twist take my by surprise.

Time When Twists Are To Blame: DANCE OF SHADOWS (this one’s probably a mild spoiler. Maybe)
So I’ve heard quite a few mixed reviews about DANCE OF SHADOWS. Just check out the reviews on Goodreads – they’re seriously all over the place – So I wasn’t quite sure where I would fall in line with that. Usually when the reviews are all over the place, I tend to fall on the side that doesn’t like the book, but I still wanted to give it a shot. So I did. I started it and all the ballet lingo totally reminded me of Center Stage. When it started to turn darker, it reminded me of what I picture Black Swan to be like (anyone seen it? Is that accurate?) and I was like, “Wow this is interesting!” I was actually digging the beginning and I loved the mystery. Keyword: mystery. I was thinking this was about Vanessa going back to school to investigate her sister’s disappearance. BUT there’s a twist (which I will not divulge) that’s a definitely genre change-up and I was just put-off by it.
How Did It Affect My Opinion? To be fair (or maybe unfair) there were already things about the book that were kind of annoying me, so once the this plot twist came along and totally switched the genre on me, I wasn’t happy. For some people, I bet they’d be like “Whoa, that was an awesome twist in this story! I totally didn’t see that coming!” And that’s where I got upset. I totally didn’t see that coming. Because of that, it seemed like a far reach to me and made the end a little too cheesy instead of totally awesome. *shrugs* I feel that that’s the make-or-break factor of the story and the people who are coming up with great reviews liked it and the people who end up with disappointed reviews obviously didn’t. Like I said, that wasn’t the only thing that didn’t quite sit right with me, but that’s to discuss later in my review!

BUT WITH THE BAD TIMES COME THE AWESOME TIMES

Now. There are also times when the mix of genres turns out to be TOTALLY AWESOME. Three different genres? Four different genres? SURE. YES PLEASE. And other cases where there I totally misinterpreted the genre, but the book was so much better than what I thought it was supposed to be!

Time When I Mixed It Up… But It Was Even Better! HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME
If you guys haven’t read HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME, I highly recommend it. When I first read the summary, it said that it was a school for the criminals – A place to learn the darker sides of life and to fit in with other kids in a world where you never fit in before. For some reason, the way it was worded, I thought it was going to be a superhero-type story. Maybe it was the cover (sheesh, apparently that has a lot to do with how I perceive a book) or just the way the summary was written, but turns out there are no superheroes in this book. We unite with the broken, the corrupt, and the criminally insane and it makes for an amazing and gripping (and violent) story.
How Did It Affect My Opinion? I was actually a little relieved that it wasn’t a superhero story. I loved that all of this was happening in the here and now. Not some dystopian or future world, not where our characters have supernatural powers – This could all really happen and we would never know it. It was exciting, thrilling, and at the same time, horrifying. I absolutely loved it and loved how I felt like this could really happen (although I really, really hope it doesn’t).

The Time Where Tons of Genres Came Together To Form a SUPERBOOK: CINDER
I loved CINDER. Who would have thought? You can say cyborg Cinderella any day and I would never, ever have picked up this book. Thanks to my fellow bloggers, I did, and I’m so happy I listened to them! To me, CINDER was a crazy but perfect mix of genres. There’s the fantasy aspect from the fact that it’s based on a fairy tale, the dystopian element of New Beijing, the sci-fi aspect of cyborgs and androids (and subtle Star Wars references), AND there’s a romance. Phew. That’s a lot, but so perfectly blended that it created one giant ball of AMAZING.
How Did It Affect My Opinion? Clearly, I loved it. The different genres and different feels definitely came together so well and really enhanced the story instead of distracting from it. Now I neeeed to read SCARLET!

Okay friends, now it’s time for some feedback. Has this ever happened to you??? Am I the only person who’s suffered from the phenomenon of genre miscommunications? I can’t wait to hear what you think about my cases and what books you’ve felt this with!

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa MeyerTitle: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Publishing Info: January 3, 2012 by Macmillan
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: January 5, 2013
Related Posts: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2), , Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5), The Queen's Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5), Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky (Lunar Chronicles #3.1), Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2), Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3), Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4), Stars Above (A Lunar Chronicles Collection), Heartless, Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve #1), Renegades (Renegades #1)

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.

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Yes, I FINALLY read CINDER, you guys!!! It’s about time, I know. I had put it off so long because come on. Cyborg Cinderella? Moon people? No way was I going to like that story. It just seemed impossible. But thanks to all of the encouragements and gentle aggressive prods from my fellow bloggers, I knew this was one that I really had to try before judging so quickly!

So, Cinder. Yes, she’s a cyborg. I’m not a big fan of sci-fi as far as robots and the like go so I wasn’t really sure how this would come off, but really it seemed quite natural in the story. I guess I also wasn’t really clear on what a cyborg actually was because it’s not like Cinder is a robot (which is kind of how I was picturing it) – No, she was once a fully living and breathing person, all whole and intact until after a tragic accident (which she can’t remember), a scientist put Humpty Dumpty back together again (oops, wrong fairy tale) with robotic parts, from limbs to internal wiring. Now you’d think everyone would be like “Hey, cool, you’ve got these awesome abilities!” but not in New Beijing. Cyborgs are treated as less than human, so not only does Cinder have to deal with her wicked step-mother, but everyone else treats her like dirt too.

Hey, I just met you and this is crazy.... But call me Cinder - I'll comm you, maybe

Hey, I just met you and this is crazy…. But call me Cinder – I’ll comm you, maybe

Okay, enough plot recap. Now let’s talk about how I felt about it.
Ummm. Wow! I admit, maybe it was the hype about the book that I didn’t quite make it to the five-star rating that a lot of people have given it, but CINDER truly stands on its own as far as retellings go. I was really impressed with how much we see of the classic Cinderella tale we see in CINDER, but also how original it is in its own right. I was actually really impressed with the science fiction aspects of the book — like Cinder’s cyborginess (shh, that’s a word) and even the presence of the androids seemed totally natural. I was incredibly wary about the Lunars at first – I mean, a moon nation? Nuh uh. No way — but the way they were so different yet so similar to the Earthen people made for some really interesting plot turns and even villains. There IS a lot of sci-fi in the book, but it’s done so well (and I may have even caught a Star Wars scene tucked in there?) that I think it’s absolutely enjoyable by people who don’t like science fiction or dystopians.

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The ending of the book was brilliant and really got me gripped in the last 100 pages or so. Now I cannot wait for to read Scarlet (secret: I’ve heard it’s even better than CINDER) and good thing I have amazing friends who are sending me their ARC copy to borrow!! YAY!

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AUDIOBOOK: Although my review isn’t for the audiobook, I’ve heard so many great things about it! As a little incentive to check it out, here’s a clip from the audiobook, courtesy of MacMillan (thanks!) – Just click on the image to the right to hear the sample from the CINDER audiobook! UPDATE: I’m actually planning to re-read the entire series via audio so I’ll definitely let you know how it goes!!

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Cinder: Gosh darnit, Cinder, you really impressed me! And one thing I totally wasn’t expecting was  her sarcasm and snarky attitude (although not always and not overly so because that gets tiresome) but hell yeah, Cinder you tell ’em! She was the perfect Cinderella redone and I like her new attitude and determination!
Kai: Yes sir, I can’t wait to see more of Kai and Cinder! I love the relationship that develops between them. Super impressed by the way Marissa Meyer weaves their interactions without revealing all of Cinder’s secrets to Kai.
Queen Levana: I’m supremely creeped out. And that’s that. 

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What a great first book in the series! I loved so many things about CINDER and it really had it all: romance, action, adventure, magic… I can’t wait for more!

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