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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

YA Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Rating: - -   (3 out of 5)
“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”

I've been meaning to read this book for some time now. The premise and cover looked and sounded cool, so I finally picked up a copy of my own. Set in a dystopian world where Earth is in a never ending confrontation with the Lunars. With a lot of deceit, sci-fi elements and mystery Cinder by Marissa Meyer takes you on a great adventure.

The Plot
Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairytale of Cinderella with a sci-fi twist. I enjoyed the new take on the classic story so much that it was fun trying to piece together who each character was loosely based off of. The plot of Cinder follows a cyborg girl who the book is named after as she tries to deal with her mysterious past and the connection to the Lunar people that are trying to take over Earth.
With twist and turns, numerous secrets, and a handsome prince, this book had everything I look for in a book. The only issue I had with it was the predictability. I felt like I knew what was going to happen before it actually happened. That is all fine and dandy, I just wish I was surprised by some of the revelations that occurred.

The Writing
Marissa Meyer's writing is tantalizing, descriptive, and just a joy to read. There is no awkward eye rolling cheesy dialogue between characters that makes me cringe. There was humor (especially with Iko), teenage love angst, cockiness, ruthlessness, and sweet character bonding that her writing just accentuated. I just wish there wasn't predictability and the writing would have been absolutely perfect.

The Characters
Cinder, the cyborg protagonist. She is a strong female heroine without being stupid and annoying. She made her own decisions, didn't fall in love with the prince right off the bat, and the relationship she had with her android friend Iko was a complete perfection. She was humorous, and the bickering that she did with Kai was cute as well.

Kai, the prince charming. He is thrust into being the new Emperor after his father passes away and has to deal with the cruel Queen Levana of Luna. He is awesome, humorous, courageous, and not your typical prince. He is down to earth, loving, and a bit cocky! His interactions with Cinder were funny and cute, and the way he made his decisions was brave. I want more of prince Kai in the future!

Levana, the evil queen from Luna.Everything you can hate in a character, Levana has. She is rude, condesending, cruel, ugly, and treacherous. In my opinion she is everything an antagonist should be. She doesn't have any good morals or decisions, she is just be completely evil! She encompasses everything I like in the evil character and it fits well with the story!

The Cover
The cover stays true to the story that it retells, Cinderella. With the glass slipper it adds in fresh elements of the cyborg leg and the red color of the slipper. With a pretty awesome font for the title, the cover looks absolutely gorgeous.

Over all Cinder by Marissa Meyer was not as exciting as I thought it was going to be, but from what I heard it gets better as the series continues. So I am thoroughly looking forward to reading the next installment in this series!

See ya next time, 
  - Jesse Nicholas 
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 Jesse Nicholas, todays guest blogger, lives in Manitoba, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult genre. He currently posts reviews on the YA novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future novel.  You can read other book reviews on his blog at

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