Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Author: Marissa Meyer  website | twitter
Published: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Nook Ebook (275 pages)
Source: Purchased, $9.99

Cinder is set in a futuristic world where all of that lovely future tech you see in Hollywood movies really exists. Cinder is a young, teenage cyborg who is also a gifted mechanic. Because of her mechanical parts, she’s considered a second-class citizen and the property of her evil stepmother. Her life is nothing glamorous -- at least, until Prince Kai enters the picture -- but she is by no means a meek, subservient type of character.

Some of the things I love about Cinder are her: sarcasm, selflessness, bravery, and strength. There are insecurities that she struggles with, but she doesn’t let them get the best of her. The romance between Cinder and Prince Kai is one of the highlights of the book. He’s charming and kind, torn between duty and his own desires. No love triangle in sight.

The worldbuilding is fascinating, but I can tell this is a novel that aims to set the scene for more novels in the same world without giving too much away. Some of these questions, I believe, will be answered in upcoming installments in the series. The Big Reveal is very obvious and though I found myself guessing the outcome from the very first clue, I didn’t mind. It was still interesting to find out how the characters discovered things that the reader already knows and how they react to them. I will definitely be checking out the next book in this series.

Extras
Prequel to Cinder: Glitches
Read the 1st chapter of Cinder: Chapter One FREE!


Do you like re-tellings? What are some of your favorite re-tellings or reboots?

21 comments:

  1. Very cool post. I like how you described the book. Made me want to read it. I'm a new follower and look forward to reading what you post.
    My link, if you want to know more about me is: http://www.dreamwritepublish.blogspot.com/

    Thanks! :)

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  2. Hi, Jade! It's so great to meet you :D

    Thank you for the follow and thank you for reading my review. I love this book a lot so it's hard not to babble on and on about it.

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  3. A sarcastic main character and no love triangle, I'm hooked!lol

    I love fairy-tale retellings, some of my favorites are the ones by Jackson Pearce (Sisters Red and Sweetly) and the Once Upon a Time series is pretty good too.

    Great review! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

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    1. I just love the sarcasm, but I know it will probably not be to everyone's taste.

      I've been watching Once Upon a Time and I love it so much! That is one of my favorite retellings too. I will have to check out Sisters Red and Sweetly.

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  4. Great review! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!]my grubby hands

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    1. Thanks, roro. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

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  5. Great review. I agree, I saw the big "surprise" coming as well. :-)

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    1. I know, haha. I'm now suspecting that she wanted everyone to guess the ending.

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  6. I just bought this one today! Yay me! I can't wiat to get into it! I have heard elsewhere that it was easy to guess the end but I usually expect that anyways haha.

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    1. YAY NEW BOOKS!

      Yeah, there are a lot of clues about the Big Reveal, but at the end you might be like "Where's the next book? Must read now!"

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  7. Excellent review! You hit on all the points I want to know about (no love triangle--good!, character's personalities, obviousness of the big reveal--and that it didn't matter), without giving away any spoilers. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you :)

      I kind of agonized over this one and how much detail to include. Sometimes it felt like I was being so vague I had convinced myself it would never be helpful to anyone. So I'm glad all those things worked without spoiling anything.

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  8. Hiya! I love your blog, and this is a great review! Can't wait to read this book!

    Jessica from Booked Up!
    http://bookedupbloggers.blogspot.com/
    xxx :)

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    1. Thanks, Jessica :) It was very exciting and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  9. I love this sort of story, and will definitely be looking for this one. Thanks your review!! :) .btw new follower

    ♥ Book nerds are pretty too

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    1. Hi new follower :D

      I'm glad you enjoyed the review and I hope you enjoy the book as well. Thanks so much for the follow ♥

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  10. Hi, I'm a new follower! I've heard so many good reviews about this book! I will have to read it some time soon!

    Beverley
    a-reading-daydreamer.blogspot.com (mind checking out my blog?)
    xxx

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  11. Hey Eden, wanna join in a friendly game of tag? You're it! Just visit my blog (krazyelfsbookshelf.blogspot.com) to find out how to play. It's a fun way to draw visitors to your blog and to meet other book bloggers!

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  12. I love this book. So friggen much. Definitely my favourite of the year.

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  13. Great review!! I added it to my TBR list. I'm a new follower and just wanted to drop by and say hi :)

    Feel free to check out my blog & follow too!!

    -Riya :) (The Teen Book Guru)

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