Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Title:  Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: January 3, 2012

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My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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.


“Do your kind even know what love is?
Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?”

Exciting, heart-breaking, and mesmerizing... this is the story of Linh Cinder.  Cinder, an unwanted stepdaughter, part-cyborg misfit, and extremely brilliant mechanic in Beijing, catches the eye of Kai, Crown Prince of the Eastern Commonwealth, when she agrees to repair his broken android. With Iko, her trusty and hilariously sarcastic android, and Peony, her younger stepsister, as her closest and only friends, Cinder’s life is no fairytale. But she is spunky, full of snark, and a character I fell very much in love with. With a frightening plague and an even scarier queen, Cinder is a clever, but poignant, must-read novel.

Despite the positive reviews I read of Cinder at the beginning of 2012, I held off reading this Cinderella retelling, or “re-envisioning,” rather. Cyborgs? Lunars? Intergalactic struggles? That is just way too science fiction for my taste. But I really needed to give it a try and read it as my final book in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.

And herein lies the lesson, fellow readers: Never judge a book by its gorgeous, but sci-fi-ish, cyborg-legged cover.

I was nowhere prepared to love this book as much as I did.   A tale so absorbing and captivating that it kept me spellbound until 4:30 in the morning because I could not, for the life of me, put this book down until I reached the final page. My punishment (besides dark circles under my eyes the rest of the day and a slightly sluggish demeanor) was my near breakdown when I reached the final page and I needed more. So. Much. MORE. The world building; the unbelievably beautiful, vivid details; intriguing characters; and Ms. Meyer’s amazing storytelling have turned a book I shied away from into one of my favorite 2012 reads.

Two important things that I learned from Cinder:

1) The book you least expect to love is sometimes the one you end up loving the most.

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)2) You are never too old for fairytales.

The only reason I’m not kicking myself too hard for waiting to read this as long as I did is I won’t have to suffer a very long wait for Scarlet, which will be out February 5, 2013.
“It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful
if you can convince yourself you are beautiful.
But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”


  1. "You are never too old for fairytales."
    ^ Agreed! I adored this book and am really excited about the sequel. :D

  2. Ack! I really need to read this one. I let some of the early reviews scare me off, but I really think I would love Cinder. I'm happy you did! Great review!

  3. Wahoo! so glad you loved this, it actually will appear in my top ten YA for 2012..LOL Awesome review:)

  4. I enjoyed Cinder very much. It didn't feel like a retelling to me but a story in its own. I loved it. Can't wait to read Scarlet. Great review.

  5. I fell in love with that cover and had to have that book. It was one of my first reads of 2012 and I really enjoyed it and it ended up on my best of list that posts next week. I loved the retelling and the love story and everything else. but the cliffhanger of course irritated me. I am looking forward to Scarlet.

  6. Ha yes! The wait for the sequel won't be too long for you at all. :) That's always the good thing about reading a book months after everyone else.

    Lovely review, Michele! I liked this too so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. :)

  7. Heh! I loved it too. That's true, now lucky you doesn't have to wait so long. This will probably be on me 2012 favorites list.

  8. Fabulous review!! Now I know I have got to read this. I've had it on my wish list for a while, but just haven't gotten there.

  9. Okay, okay... I'm gonna go buy it right now. I had the same feelings as you, and I really didn't think this was the book for me. Though the way you described it and the fact that it's now one of your favorite 2012 reads have convinced me to give it a try - thanks for the insightful review!

    --Mikayla xo

  10. This was a beautifully written review love! I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts and I you made me more excited to get my hands on this one. I may wait until the next one comes out though so I don't have to wait hehe. I always love the quotes you pick. I also agree that you are never too old for fairytales, I love them! I love Disney :) I have missed reading your reviews! Keep rocking them girl!


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