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Cress by Marissa MeyerCRESS by Marissa Meyer Book Review
Series: Lunar Chronicles, #3
Publication Date: February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |

Book Summary: Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Cress by Marissa Meyer Book Review Overview:

  • Cress is a great addition to the wonderful cast of characters
  • The third book in the series does not lack action, but it does build up to the final installment
  • The Lunar Chronicles is one of the few series that just keeps getting better with each additional book.

One of the dilemmas I face as a book lover is trying to get hooked on a series. These days, I always find myself reading the first book in a series, but I never get around to reading the others. Reading a whole series takes a lot of commitment, and it takes more than just liking a book.  Beyond an interesting plot, the characters and the world-building needs to be spot on. I need to care about the protagonist even after the first book comes to an end.

Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series continues to be a hit with the third book, Cress. A classic fairy tale character inspires each book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Cress is loosely based on Rapunzel.

Cress picks up immediately where the last book, Scarlet, leaves off. I’m always worried that after waiting a long period of time for the next book in the series, I’ll forget just about everything that happened in the previous book. Luckily, I was able to jump back into the world that Meyer has created without much confusion.

Cinder and her friends are still fugitives on the run. Queen Levana of the Lunar colony is determined to catch and kill Cinder before everyone finds out that Cinder’s true identity is Princess Selene, the rightful heir to the throne of Luna. Despite the price on her head, Cinder knows she cannot hide forever. She needs to stop the marriage between Queen Levana and Prince Kai. Though the Queen promises an alliance between Luna and Earth, Cinder knows that she cannot be trusted.

Cress introduces a character that becomes Cinder’s newest ally. For years, Cress has been locked up on a satellite and forced to spy on the Earthens. A master hacker and programmer, Cress is the mastermind responsible for keeping Lunar activity undetected by the people on Earth. But Cress knows that she is being taken advantage of and she knows that she must put an end to Queen Levana’s reign. Cress agrees to use her knowledge to help Cinder overthrow Queen Levana for the exchange of her rescue from her satellite prison.

Cress is a wonderful addition to the vibrant cast of characters. Each character has such a developed back story that readers really get to know each one of them. Despite the large number of characters and alternating perspectives, the narrative does not get confusing. On the contrary, the multiple storylines keep the pages turning. I’m invested in all of the characters and I never find myself skimming chapters not told in Cinder’s perspective.

Being the third book in the series, my biggest fear that all 400 pages would be filled with lots of development and very little action. Despite the fact that the plot does build up to the final book in the series, Cress does not lack action. The plot continues to thicken in Cress with lots of jaw-dropping twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Meyer continues to delve into the origins of letumosis, a deadly disease that has plagued Earth and killed thousands. Dr. Erland gets one step closer to developing a cure. With the help of Cress, Cinder uncovers more about Queen Levana and her nefarious plans to take over Earth.

Marissa Meyer is one of the few authors whose series just gets better with every additional book. Cress is an action-packed page-turner with unforgettable characters. You’ll never want to leave the world of the Lunar Chronicles and you’ll be waiting eagerly for the final installment.

About the Author

Marissa MeyerMarissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf . . .), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was given a small book of them when she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder is her first novel.

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer SCARLET by Marissa Meyer Book Review
Series: Lunar Chronicles, #2
Publication Date: February 5th 2013 by Feiwel and Friends
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |

Book Summary: Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Book Review Overview:

  • Fun new characters that are loosely based on the Little Red Riding Hood
  • As always, the romance is great in Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Fantastic world-building and a twist that you will not see coming!

SCARLET by Marissa Meyer is everything that fans of Cinder have been waiting for. SCARLET by Marissa Meyer picks up where Cinder left off: Cinder is a criminal on the loose. Determined to get away from Queen Levana, Cinder enlists the help of another prisoner and escapes. Torn between doing what is expected of her and learning more about her past, Cinder decides not to meet up with Dr. Erland. Instead, she travels to France in hopes to find out more about her Lunar past.

Meyer introduces new characters to the Lunar Chronicles, mainly Scarlet and Wolf. I love how Meyer based these characters loosely on the Little Red Riding Hood. Those familiar with the fairytale will notice the subtle references sprinkled throughout Scarlet’s narrative. I had an instant liking to both characters. Scarlet is feisty and there is no denying that she has chemistry with the elusive and possibly dangerous Wolf. Of course, there ends up being some romance between them and I was more than happy about it. Wolf captured my heart. I had no doubt that there was more than meets the eye when it came to Wolf.

At first, I was a little confused as to why Meyer suddenly takes us to a rural village in France in SCARLET by Marissa Meyer. But I had nothing to worry about; Meyer seamlessly connects the alternating story lines and it builds up to an action-packed adventure with a surprising twist. The world-building also continues to be a highlight in SCARLET by Marissa Meyer. I love continuing to learn about the Lunars and how Cinder is slowly learning how to use her powers.

Prince Kai isn’t in SCARLET as much as he was in Cinder, which is the most disappointing part of the book. Though still important to the overall story, his role is much smaller in SCARLET by Marissa Meyer. His presence was missed and I can only hope that he and Cinder will be reunited in the next book.

SCARLET by Marissa Meyer is a sequel to watch out for.

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About the Author

Marissa MeyerMarissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf . . .), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was given a small book of them when she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder is her first novel.

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CinderCINDER by Marissa Meyer Audiobook Review
Series: Lunar Chronicles, #1
Publication Date: January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |

Book 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.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Audiobook Review Overview:

  • One of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. Rebecca Soler is an awesome narrator!
  • You can’t help but cheer for Cinder
  • Prince Kai is absolutely swoon-worthy

Too many good reviews on other blogs make me wary of picking a book up. But since I was craving some ear candy, I finally decided to pick up CINDER by Marissa Meyer. While it was hard to assimilate to listening instead of reading at first, when I finally got into the CINDER by Marissa Meyer audiobook, I could not stop. CINDER by Marissa Meyer is made of pure awesome.

First of all, Rebecca Soler is a fantastic narrator. Soler can fool you into thinking that the audiobook is done by more than one person because she is that good of a voice actress. Furthermore, she can do accents quite well. I really enjoyed listening to her voice, and I will definitely check out if she’s done any other audiobooks.

But of course, we have to give credit to Marissa Meyer who created this world. At first, I didn’t want to let go of the Cinderella story I know and love because this one was just too different. But I quickly warmed up to the science fiction elements. I thought that the integration of cyborgs and androids among humans to be fascinating.

Cinder is one character you can’t help but root for. She’s the kind of character who was dealt with the worst hand of cards, but still manages to make the best of everything. If something bad can go wrong, it will happen to Cinder. You cannot help but cheer for her and to finally see something good happen to her.

Readers are totally going fan-girly all over Prince Kai. While I am amused that a character has the same name as my dad, I hardly ever believe it when other readers say that a character is swoon-worthy. But I was wrong. Oh my gosh, Prince Kai is definitely a prince charming. He knows how to melt a girl’s heart. Furthermore I love that his character is flawed. Even though he is royalty, Marissa Meyer does not make him invincible in CINDER. The emperor, Prince Kai’s father, is also sick with the disease and it is so heart-breaking to read about Kai’s struggling with the news of his dad’s health.

The romance in CINDER by Marissa Meyer is absolutely heart-melting. Some scenes between Prince Kai and Cinder are just so awkward, you can’t help but give an awkward giggle. Sometimes, I wanted to just smack Cinder and say, Oh my god, how could you do that?! Marissa Meyer keeps readers on their toes when it comes to the romance.

Lastly, I did find the biggest plot twist to be a bit predictable. I honestly saw it coming in the first quarter of the book, which is a bit unfortunate. However, CINDER by Marissa Meyer as a whole still had a ton of shocking twists and turns that literally had me gasping out loud.

CINDER by Marissa Meyer is definitely worth the hype. Meyer takes a classic fairy tale and adds a spin to it that makes it ten times better. Pick up the audiobook if you can because it is honestly one of the best I’ve listened to. If not, I’m sure the book itself will be just as good.

I highly recommend CINDER by Marissa Meyer to fans of fairytale retellings, such as those by Alex Finn, science fiction, and novels with strong female protagonists.

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Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her fiancé and their two cats. In addition to her slight obsession with books and writing, she is big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. Meyer is represented by Jill Grinberg.

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