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review 2020-06-23 07:51
Fun read
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

This is just a really fun adaptation of Cinderella. It's been on my list for ages and I found it enjoyable with a strong female protagonist and fun world-building.


It definitely ends with you wanting to read the next installment right away though but overall this is a fun read that brings up interesting questions regarding The Other given the status of cyborgs in this society. 

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review 2020-01-01 18:35
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

I have a new book boyfriend and he hangs around in markets chatting up girls covered in engine grease. He's a dream honestly.

Okay, so I did originally try and read this a couple of years ago and I couldn't get into it? This time I picked it up and read The Whole Thing in two days and now I basically need to read the read of the series immediately. Unfortunately for me, I do not have the next book and I'm waiting for the gorgeous new editions to be released in February. It's a difficult time, but I'm sure I'll get through it somehow.

Cinder incorporates so many elements it should be a whole ass mess. Beijing in the future? Check. Androids/Cyborgs? Check. Aliens? Got those too. Fairytale retelling? You betcha. Wanna throw in a plague to make things spicy? Yeah go on then.

Honestly all of this somehow works in unison to make a near-perfect debut novel. I'm not sure I've ever read a debut novel this good which just makes me even more excited about reading her future books.

KAI AND CINDER. I've been so spoilt with couples getting together within a few chapters I was practically waiting for their wedding by the end of the book AND I DIDN'T EVEN GET CLOSE. I have to wait WHOLE BOOKS to see if they even get together?! How dare you. I love Kai though and honestly, focusing on his character development in this book was A Very Good Idea, if he gets any better he might just hit the top spot on my list of Book Boyfriends.

Just one teensy little problem that I refuse to rate this book down for because I am NOTORIOUS for this - I guessed the entire plot my page 100 and I think I know who Cress is too. My bad.

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review 2019-10-28 11:54
"Cinder - The Lunar Chronicles #1" by Marissa Meyer - this one lived up to the hype.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer,Rebecca Soler


"Cinder" got on to my TBR pile because I gave in to the hype. Everyone said it was fun. So I bought but didn't read it because, well it's a retelling of Cinderella. It's an affirmation of the Patriarchy. Handsome Prince rescues poor-but-worthy girl. In space! How exciting could that be?


A few chapters in and I knew the hype was right, it was a lot of fun. This mostly because it kept surprising me in amusing ways that kept the story fresh and because the writing is well done


"Cinder" reimagines the Cinderella story in a way that changes the dynamics of the relationships and offers new challenges.


Cinder isn't waiting to be rescued. The Prince is charming in cute but in a charismatic and self-deprecatingly egalitarian way.


Then there's the evil Queen, far, far more evil than any stepmother, gifted with the power of compulsion unfettered by conscience and amplified by narcissism.


And the relationship with the stepmother and the steps sisters isn't so black and white, it's a complicated mix of love and pain and deep damage, the way families can be.


And there's the plague and the death and suffering it brings.


And the stigma of Cinder being a cyborg and the examination that brings of what it means when some lives are judged less worthy than others.


And the relationship between Earth and Luna. And the mystery of Cinder's origins.



And and and...


It was a book I stayed up late with and returned to eagerly. It was fun but not silly fun. It was creative and humane and dramatic.


I'll be back for the rest of the series.


I recommend the audiobook version performed by Rebecca Soler. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.





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review 2019-09-24 14:20
A Grimm Tale
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) - Marissa Meyer


I thought the step mother in the original was horrid. Geez Adri's a bitch.
Is the dr supposed to be the fairy godmother?  Every time a new character was introduced I kept trying to assign them a role from the original story.  


I would like to know why cyborgs are looked upon with such contempt.  If it was mentioned, I missed it.



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text 2019-09-20 00:23
Reading progress update: I've read 83%. - this is much more exciting than I'd expected.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer,Rebecca Soler

I mean, it's a retelling of Cinderella. It's an affirmation of the Patriarchy. Handsome Prince rescues poor but worthy girl. How exciting can that be?


Except this re-imagining changes the dynamic. Cinder isn't waiting to be rescued. The Prince IS charming in cute but charismatic and self-deprecatingly egalitarian way. Then there's the evil Queen - far more evil than any stepmother, And there's the plague and the death it brings and cyborg stigma and and and.


And now it's approaching midnight. The Prince is in danger. Cinder is in motion.And I'm too tired to stay up until 01:30 to find out what happens.


But tomorrow... all will be revealed.



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