Cinder | Marissa Meyer | Review

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

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RATING:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


SYNOPSIS:

A forbidden romance, A deadly plague, Earths fate hinges on one girl …

Cinder a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.


REVIEW:

WHY HAVE I NOT PICKED UP THIS SERIES BEFORE?!?! Omg, I am hooked. I actually went into this book thinking that I would not enjoy it, but Cinder definitely proved me wrong. I loved it!

Cinder, is a Cinderella re-telling. In this version, Cinderella is a cyborg! A CYBORG. Let me reassure you, Cinder is badass. She is such a sassy, strong female character who I grew to love so much throughout the book. Also, I love that Cinder is a mechanic. Yes a female mechanic. How dare you Meyer. Absolutely brilliant, I love it when authors challenge gender norms and roles.

The romance! I generally roll my eyes at romance within books and it isn’t something that I particularly enjoy reading. BUT I definitely shipped this relationship. I found myself so connected to both characters and constantly routing for them. I am intrigued to see whether this is continued in the next few books. Even I could feel Kai charming me and I am a self confessed heartless cow. Cinder, if you’re not interested pass him my way! I would still give this book a go if you do not like romance books as it was a very subtle plot that can easily be ignored, but personally I did like reading about it.

The side plot of the deadly plague really had me hooked. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. Obviously, I don’t enjoy the idea of the plague, that clearly came out wrong. But I did find reading this part of the book very interesting. It is deadly, and lets just say Meyer isn’t afraid to be brutal with characters you would rather stay alive. I’ll leave that with you … let that be a warning. Alternatively, I do dare you to try not to build a connection with characters in this book.

I could not put this book down. The world, the characters, and even the magical system had me hooked. I read this book in 24 hours and immediately requested the rest of the series from my local library. I may actually reread Cinder whilst I am waiting for the others to arrive. I NEED MORE FROM THIS WORLD!

I did knock a star off, maybe that’s me being harsh. However the reason that I did this was due to the fact that I guessed the plot twist at the end fairly early on within the book. It didn’t necessarily hinder my enjoyment of the book but I would have preferred to have  not guessed so early on in the story.

Despite the plot twist Cinder was left on a real cliffhanger and it made me want to pick up the next book instantly. This was a book that I actually went to work thinking about, urging home time to hurry up so I can get home and finish reading the book. Unfortunately I need to wait for the rest of the series to come into my library however I am super excited to see what happens next. You can guarantee I will be binge reading these once they arrive.

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