December 2, 2011

Cinder

Title ~ Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book One)
Author ~ Marissa Meyer
Release Date ~ January 3, 2012
Publisher ~ Feiwel and Friends
Source ~ Around the World ARC Tours
Summary: 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. 

My Review: Psst... let me tell you a secret! I hate the story of Cinderella. It is with out a doubt horrible! Think about it... Cinderella goes around her whole life letting her horrid excuse for a family boss her around and acts like a real "doormat," as my father would say. The story teaches us that even if you don't stand up for yourself you'll still get a "happily ever after," when that is not the case in real life.
   You'd think that since I hate the story this book is based on, I'd probably hate this book. That, my friend, is simply not the truth. I loved Cinder to death! Unlike Cinderella, Cinder did not bow down to her family's every whim. She did what they asked, but there was always a rebel in her, waiting for the right moment to break free of her stepmother's tyrant! And when that chance shows up in the form of the pretty flipping awesome Prince Kai, she's ready. 
    The dystopian world in this book is one of the best I've read. It felt a little bit like Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence because it was a world where humans and robot (or robot like beings) coexist... mostly peacefully, but there are a few A.I. haters who are mean to Cinder for something she had no control over. The mythology surrounding the alien Lunar people was quite 
    I think the romance in this is nice and sweet. I admired how Cinder wanted to be with him from the start, but chose not to in honor of her sick sister dying of the plague. I don't think many other heroines in YA have the self restraint to do that!
   Meyer's writing style was very beautiful, I found it very hard to believe that this is her debut novel. She crafted a story that few out of many could, and I really enjoyed it!
   Cinder has become a new favorite of mine, and I can't wait for book two! You MUST, hear me MUST read this book! 
5/5
Cover Comments: This book cover combines the classic and the new. I like it! 
   

33 comments:

  1. Well I have to admit, I didn't like the sounds of this book very much but since you gave it such a good review I might give it a try. I don't normally base my reading on reviews, but I do take them into consideration on occasion. It definitely sounds different and unique.

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  2. Hmmm...I would ordinarily never pick this book up. However, that being said I really liked your review so I think I will have to borrow this one from the local library and give it a whirl.

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  3. I loved this book too! I can't wait till it comes out, I'm buying an actual copy and re-reading it.

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  4. I have this book to read but haven't gotten to it yet. I may have to move it up on my TBR list after your review! Thanks!

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  5. this book looks so amazing! can't wait to read it! thanks for the review! (:

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  6. Great review! I had my doubts with this book, but I´m going to add it to my TBR list 2012.

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  7. I'd actually read a review of Cinder where the reviewer doesn't like it. Saying stuff and stuff. So I thought of giving it up but your review makes me want to read it too! Nice review! Keep them coming. :)

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  8. Thanks for the review. I have an ARC of this one and I am going to try to get to it in the next week or two.

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  9. I was a little iffy about this, but I've been seeing a few good reviews floating around, so I may try it. :) It certainly sounds unique! Great review!

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  10. New one for me. Thanks so much for the review and excuse me as I race off to add to my wishlist.

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  11. Hah, "pretty flipping awesome Prince Kai."
    Love it. This sounds like a great book, and with a cover and plot like this, the book can't go wrong!
    Great review!

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  12. Cinder sounds like an awesome book! I love fairy tales and I love dystopian novels so this book is definitely something I would read. Yeah, the original tale, Cinderella is not a strong heroine, but that's awesome that Cinder is in this book! Of course, any romance is always a plus for me!

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  13. YES!!! I totally loved Cinder, too, and can't wait for the next book to come out!!! Love your review! Mine is at http://burgandyice.blogspot.com/2011/11/cinder-by-marissa-meyer.html

    I'm a new GFC - thx for the great Giveaway!!

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  14. Can't wait to read cinder. Great review!

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  15. Loved the review. I like the fact that Cinder isn't a typical Cinderella. That she's a rebel. Got me really interested. Going on my TBR list. :)

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  16. I've been dying to read this one. Glad to see that other posters enjoyed it too!

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  17. Okay, I see your point. Cinderella was a really doormat. But hate it? Why! It's a love story. You have to at love the part where she gets the guy. Otherwise, thanks for the review. it was great. :D

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  18. I keep seeing this book around in the blogsophere, and it sounds really good! Maybe I should pick it up soon, once I finish my already huge pile of TBR books haha :) Thanks for the review!!

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  19. I love your review I have been seeing this book everywhere! I will have to read it soon sounds very good I was not to sure at first but with so many great reviews will have to read it now! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I really want to read this book! I can not wait until it comesout. I like Cinderella, though it is not one of my favorites. This story seems to have an interesting twist to the original though.

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  21. sounds like a book I might have initially passed on but will now have to check out again.

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  22. Fantastic review! I actually just had the pleasure of reading Cinder, and I agree with everything you said. I loved the unique take on the familiar story, I love its original elements, and I loved Cinder as a heroine. She was far more interesting and compelling than Cinderella, and way stronger. I can't wait until this book is published this coming January!

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  23. I've had this one on my wishlist for since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  24. I'm so glad that you liked it. I have it on my IPad to read next.

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  25. I too am a hater of Cinderella. I just find her so eh as a heroine. But Cinder caught my attention with the fabulous cover, and now your review sold me on reading it!

    Thanks for the awesome review,
    Elisquared

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  26. I am so excited for this book to come out. Cyborgs + Dystopia is pretty much a win all around, as far as I'm concerned. I will definitely be picking it up and maybe even pre-ordering a copy.

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  27. I must, must read that book? Then I certainly shall! I adore the idea of a merging of Cinderella and robots.Sci-fi Cindy! I'm really, really looking forward to the release of this book! ^^

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  28. awesome review deff have to check this out for sure and it comes out on my birthday a double plus ty for the review!

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  29. I have been wanting to read this book for so long. I think that I will have to pick it up when I get through some of my TBR pile! I love your review, and it is good to know that while based on Cinderella it has its own unique take on it.

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  30. I love this cover! great review :)

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  31. Yay sci-fi, yay A.I., and YAY Cinder!

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