16 July 2015

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Publication:  2012

# of Pages: 390

Source: Books-A-Million

Favorite Quotes:

  • "Even in the future the story begins with Once Upon A Time."
  • "Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth."
  • "I heard that when citizens are unruly, there's usually a good reason for it." 

Goodreads Summary/Blurb: "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.


My Thoughts/Review:

Imagine a world in which your favorite fairy-tale characters become futuristic cyborgs and heroes determined to fight an evil by the name of Queen Levana. Welcome to the world of the Lunar Chronicles brought to you by Marissa Meyer. Her first novel Cinder introduces readers into a fast-paced, intriguing take on the traditional Cinderella.

What was most rewarding about this novel was its ability to keep the reader intrigued in its plot development. Although no major action occurs until around the middle of the book, Meyer keeps and leaves the reader wanting more. Her ability to creatively build Cinder into an astonishing and charismatic character is beautiful in itself. The reader is graciously given insight to Cinder's development from meek and calm to a strong, readily determined individual.

Personally, it was truly the creativity of Marissa Meyer's writing that kept me so enthralled. To write a fairy-tale retelling, a good one at that, takes skill, ability, a talent to understand what will entice your readers. Meyer does just that. Cinder is no longer a simple re-telling of Cinderella with a few plot twists, but a breath of fresh air; an introduction to a new world meant to expand and test the boundaries of our creativity. With that being said if you are interested in a beautiful re-imaging of a classic do not hesitate to pick up Cinder.

Rating: 5/5


  1. I'm so glad that you really enjoyed it. I can't wait to see what you think of the other books in the series.

    1. I'll definitely be reading those soon and posting reviews! I'm just trying to get it done before Winter comes out.

  2. Great review, Ashley! I'm really looking forward to starting the series.

  3. Nice review. I also really liked reading this book.