#GiftOfCinder - Why I Love Cinder


I loved reading Cinder last year! (You can see my review on Goodreads here.) I loved it for its creativity (it's a very unique story and spin-off of the classic fairy-tale of Cinderella), it's characters (seriously, Cinder is just awesome and Kai is very dashing), and its plot (pulled me in and never let me go). In fact, I loved it so much that I wanted everyone to read it. I've loaned out my copy several times over the past year (including recently and along with the second book, Scarlet), bought a copy for a friend last month, and gave away another copy here, on my blog.

Haven't read it yet?  (*gasp*) Want to find out more? Here's some information about the book and what one of my friends thought: 

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder
(Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer
YA SciFi
January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

Goodreads 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.


Catherine's Review:

Marissa Meyer's Cinder is an imaginative, engaging story that ultimately could have been even better than it is. Meyers does an excellent job with her characterization and with the romantic elements in the story: it's refreshing to have a heroine who is mechanically inclined, not to mention a cyborg, and it's refreshing to have a love story develop out of genuine liking between two characters. I have absolutely no quarrel with the romantic elements in the story or the characters. However, Meyers could have made this novel much more than an engaging romance had she developed the backstory a bit more in the plot and had she brought in more cultural elements of China, where the story is set. In the end, I think Cinder is a fun read with some untapped potential that could have brought more depth to the book.

This is what I love about reviews - that everyone has a different perspective. I agree with Catherine. I think this is one of the things that Meyer does a little more in Scarlet, where we do see more of the cultural setting. I still loved Cinder and how it is such a unique and creative story with characters I love.

I have been dying to read Cress!!! Maybe I'll be lucky and win one of the ARC's they'll be giving away. :)

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