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Monday, February 6, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Ahhh!!! I could barely stand to wait for this book, I was so excited! I could have only looked at the cover and have known that I was going to read it. Yes, I judged a book by it's cover, but I can't help it. Throw in a little fairy tale, and I'm a goner.

Did you know that Cinder was available as an audiobook from Macmillan Audio? I love listening to audiobooks, they just make books come alive for me. This clip of the Cinder audiobook was provided to me from Macmillan audio, to share with you all! Check out this clip and then visit Macmillan Audio or to purchase the full audiobook!

Here's the summary 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.

What I Liked: 1) Cinder. Cinder is a strong character with a unique personality that's strong but quiet. I definitely related to her in that she did what she needed to do to keep the peace in her family, as it was. 2) Correlation with Cinderella. Funny in a very ironic way, but what I thought was great was how obvious, yet unique they were. She's got two stepsisters, and a stepmother who is wretched. She's caught the Prince's attention, but he doesn't know exactly who she is. It's familiar, but unfamiliar at the same time. How can you even do that? Marissa Meyer managed to! 3) Her relationship with Peony. Peony is the younger of the two stepsisters, and she and Cinder have a good relationship. I think Peony looks up to Cinder as more of a big sister than she does Pearl (the other stepsister). I liked their familial relationship and I liked Pearl a lot too. 4) The story. The science-fictiony space aspect really brought a new dimension to this story. Everything about the plot was fascinating, it was filled with intrigue and mystery, and of course what I think all good fairy tales should have: Hope. 5) The humor. There was a lot of humor, and much of it was ironic. Which is my favorite kind! 6) The setting. A post apocalyptic setting where we stay primarily in New Beijing, though we learn some about the Lunar settlement. There was so much imagination and creativity in the setting that it really helped everything come alive.

What I Didn't Like: I didn't like the way Cinder was treated, but that's all part of the story, right? You aren't supposed to like the way she's treated as a second-class citizen.

Overall thoughts: This unique debut by Marissa Meyer brought a creative twist to a familiar story. Truly dynamic characters come to life and a the plot sparks the imagination to keep readers engaged from the first page. I positively devoured this book and recommend it to anyone who loves fairy tales and creative and unique re-tellings!

My rating: 5 shots

This book was read as part of my DAC 2012!


  1. 5? So little disliked? I can't wait to listen to my audio of it. Thanks for the review.

  2. I got this right when it came out and I still have to get to it. I am hoping to soon. I really want to read it. Lovely review hon!

  3. Wasn't this an amazing book?? I love retelling and this one was 100% awesome. Great review!

  4. JuJu - You'll have to let me know what you think of the AB! I love ABs!

    Amy - Oh, so good. I didn't even want to put it down at all!

    Kate - Agree! It was 100% awesome. I'm looking forward to the next books!!

    Thanks for stopping by!


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