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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jaime's Review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

From Goodreads.

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.

Jaime’s review….

I love Fairy Tales and I love modern retelling of Fairy Tales so when I heard what Cinder was all about I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy! Marissa Meyer wrote a beautiful tale once I picked it up I had a hard time putting it down to eat or sleep.

It was really funny though I kept imagining Drew Barrymore as Cinder I know some of you are probably like “whaa?” but if you’ve seen Ever After  you might get it. Drew’s character Danielle was strong and independent just like Cinder trust me go watch the movie.  

I loved the setting of New Beijing and that Cinder was a cyborg I just thought that was sooo flipping cool! Not to mention there were humanoid people inhabiting the moon called Lunars that had bioelectric abilities like sharks! I also loved the part about the plague because it made the story different not just the normal prince meets Cinderella falls in love, she goes to the ball, blah, blah, blah, and then they live happily ever after. Actually the ending of this story left me going “huh?” shit I need book 2 now!!!!!!

There’s no fairy godmother but there is a doctor who is really cool and a total crack up and an android Iko who the story wouldn’t have been the same without! Oh and Prince Kai I really loved him I didn’t fall in love with him; he’s completely for Cinder but, he was so sweet and funny and self depreciating it was hard not to like him. I also loved that there’s a twist so we have more to look forward to and Scarlett (Book 2) can’t get here soon enough. I’m meeting Marissa on Thursday I’m hoping for some spoilers ;)

Ok the teaser scene this time is right after Cinder gets asked to the ball and don’t say “Gah that’s spoilery!” because we all know Cinderella gets asked to the ball ;)

“I-I’m sorry,” she stammered. “Thank you—I…Thank you, your Highness. But I must respectfully decline.”

He blinked. His eyes fell as he processed her response. Then he lifted his chin and attempted a grin that was almost painfully dejected. “No it’s all right. I understand.”

Dr. Erland leaned back against his desk. “My sincerest condolences, Your Highness. In more ways than one, it seems.”

Cinder cast him a frosty glare, but he focused his attention on cleaning his spectacles again.

Kai scratched behind his neck. “It was nice to see you again, Linh-mei.”

She flinched at the return of the formality and made to speak, her voice catching at apologies, explanations, but the prince didn’t wait for them. The door was already shutting behind him.

She snapped her jaw shut, thoughts sparking in her head. Dr. Erland clucked his tongue, and 
Cinder prepared to rail at him with those budding explanations, but he turned away before she could and paced back to his seat.

“What a shame you cannot blush, Miss Linh.”

Cinder is in stores now so go buy a copy or order it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or The Book Depository.

Add it to your Goodreads lists and also make sure o check out Marissa’s website.

A huge thanks to Feiwel and Friends and Macmillan for the Advanced readers copy!


  1. I definitely agree with you! Cinder was an awesome retelling of Cinderella, and I loved how kick ass Cinder is! She's such a cool chick, I would totally love to hang out with her! Great review :))

  2. I love your review! The use of language was totally appropriate because I thought the exact same thing when I read the ending!

    Yes, I'm super jealous you can get spoilers. And I had no idea the second book was called Scarlett. Oooh! I just can't wait. Seriously. I can't!

    And you are so right about Kai. I love him, but he's the perfect boy for Cinder. And Iko just totally made this story.

    I loved that you compared the Lunars to sharks! In more ways than one they are like sharks. :D


  3. I'm so sad that I have to wait for bk 2, I really don't want to. I also need to get Glitch the short story prequel.

  4. Fab review! I can hardly wait to read it!

  5. I'm reading this right now and really like how different it is so far.

    So cool that you get to meet Marissa in a couple days, definitely try to get the dirt on the next books in the series!!!

  6. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series ever! I love your review but you are forgetting that there is a fairy godmother – Iko! (Well, IMO she is) :D
    I just discovered this blog TODAY and it is so AWESOME! I read your ‘About Me’ and I love how you spent a good time of your life doing jobs based on books which is what you love to do!


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