Review : Cinder, Marissa Meyer

Read Cinder, they said. It’s great, it’s awesome, you’ll fall in love with it, it’s totally worth the hype, they said. I caved. I did it. And yes, I admit it, it was great. Forever thankful for the sweetness of Joan @ Fiddler Blue for sending me a copy of this book, telling me to join the hype. I DO NOT REGRET IT, PEOPLE.



β€œThere’s no story,’ I say. ‘I saw you one day, and I just knew.”

The world Cinder lives in is completely different from ours. First of all, because she lives in a city that doesn’t exist -well, Beijing exists right now, but believe me, NOT as it is in the book-. Second, because this world is threatened every day by the plague, a sickness making your skin turn strangely blue, and that no one found a cure for in years. And third, well, because she is an android, and she’s not the only one. Weird, right? Fantasy, dystopia, a little mystery and a whole lot of WHAT IS HAPPENING is going on in this book, but the most impressive has to be the world-building. It’s different from anything I’ve read before, and I loved how we always get deeper into details as the story goes on. It goes from the emperor ceremonial to the tools and everyday technology they use, but it’s just amazing to see to what extent the author imagined the world. And Cinder, especially.



β€œDo adults realize how lucky they are? Or do they forget that these small moments are actually small miracles? I don’t want to ever forget.”

As an android, well, Cinder is no ordinary character to read about, and it did take me some time to get used to the flash info, warnings and stuff she can have into her brain, unfolding before her eyes, like she’s a computer screen. I mean, it’s weird, right? Yet it’s very impressive, once again, how the author manages to think such details for her main character. Despite this MASSIVE difference between me and Cinder, I could relate to what she felt and could really care about this character. I was scared I wouldn’t be able too, because it was too far off. Well, she’s an android, but she’s human, too. She has feelings, emotions, desires to leave this stupid step-mother and this messed-up world, she just wants things and she felt completely real to me. I loved her. She’s not the only character I fell in love with, to be honest. Prince Kai was really awesome, as far as princes go, he wasn’t only handsome in my mind, but caring, thoughtful, and oh, his ways of flirting with Cinder all the time just made me smile. Okay, I am a marshmallow even in books like these, can’t deny my true nature now, can I?



β€œI’ve always thought the best relationships are those that are as happy and content in silence as they are in action.”

I’ll be honest here, Cinder wasn’t what I was expecting to read, AT ALL. I was told this was a loose retelling of Cinderella, and I was wondering just HOW that would work after reading the synopsis. I now get the references to Cinderella in the book, and it was good to see, but this definitely is no fairy tale. It’s way too crazy and different to be, and I think that’s good. Unlike the old fairy tale you’re thinking about reading on old, yellowish paper, Cinder unfolds before your eyes just like a movie, a movie you’re not sure you want to watch, but end up anyway, and then you can’t stop. ’til it reaches the end, and you’re left wondering YES, but what next?!


One more book to cross of the β€œhyped books I need to check out list”, and with a big heart right next to it. Because now, I can see why you all told me to read it. The world-building, the characters, the plot and the twists, it all makes up for a great tale I loved, and, if you haven’t yet, you’ll love to read, too.

Final rating: Β 4 drops!

Did you read Cinder? Do you want to read it? Should I buy the next book in the series RIGHT NOW? Share your thoughts in comments!


Marissa Meyer, Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), Β Published by Feiwel & Friends, January 3rd 2012.

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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.beloved series.

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93 thoughts on “Review : Cinder, Marissa Meyer

  1. Awesome review! I loved this book too, but the whole series just gets better and better with every book. And if you turned into a marshmallow over Kai, just wait till you meet Captain Thorne *swoons* ❀ ❀

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  2. I’m soooo glad you loved Cinder! I absolutely loved this book and it gets better and better. Hope you love the rest of the series! Great review! πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book so much! I recently featured it in a list of books I don’t want to read, but now it actually sounds quite good! I’m not sure on the retelling element, and the cyborg part, but I love the idea of disease. This sounds super weird (and obviously I don’t want this to happen in real life or anything), but I actually really like reading books about disease infecting the entire world. It’s so interesting and scary! That aspect of Cinder kind of makes me want to read it, but I think I’ll still need a little more persuading, haha πŸ˜€

    Lovely review, as always, Marie! ❀
    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    1. Aww thank you so much Denise! Well I’m glad you’re a little more into reading this book after my review. I get why it’s not a book for everyone, and I was kind of reluctant about the cyborg part, because well, it seemed so weird, but it turns out that it wasn’t that weird or unsettling. Well, I hope you’ll still give this book a try maybe someday, or read an excerpt to convince yourself? πŸ™‚ Thank you so, so, so much Denise! ❀


  4. I’m glad you enjoyed it Marie! I’ve heard many things about the series, and even though I’ve only read the first one, I heard the series gets better and better with each installment. Maybe it’s time I picked up book 2? πŸ˜€

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  5. Oh this is such an amazing review! And I am so so glad you liked this book as well, although now you’ve read the first one I’m probably gonna be bugging you to read Scarlet next! I completely agree with you about the world-building, it’s amazing, and yes Prince Kai is definitely awesome. He is my second favourite male character, he was just edged out by Thorne!

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      1. I think I’ve brought enough this month to cover my book buying for the next three months. And I still have about five pre-orders I’m waiting on arriving in the next few weeks! Oh yes I’ve been meaning to do some re-reads at some point this year, guess this is the perfect time πŸ˜€

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      2. Yeah it was probably more than I’ve brought in a month before. I’m gonna do a book haul post when the last of them finally arrive. I’m still waiting on some I pre-ordered being dispatched and delivered to me! Let see, pre-orders were The Raven King, The Rose and The Dagger, A Court of Mist and Fury, Bone Gap and The Star-Touched Queen because I loved it so much! πŸ™‚

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  6. OMG Cinder is the actual best and I’m so glad you liked it and isn’t it just so freakin’ fabulous! And Kai and Cinder are such and amazing ship and Kai is so mazing (Search for cinder fan art, btw, there is some amazing art out there, including beautiful beautiful pictures of Prince Kai. He used to be my desktop background) So glad you liked this, Marie!

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  7. Yes! You should buy the rest of the series! And let’s buddy read Scarlet together β™‘β™‘β™‘ I hope it only goes upward from Cinder πŸ™‚ And yes, swoon over Prince Kai so bad. Cinder is a great fairytale retelling with just the right twists and turns. Just amazing πŸ™‚

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  8. YAAAAAS ! This makes me so freaking happy ❀❀ (Cinder is a cyborg by the way πŸ™ˆ Iko’s the android)
    Now go read Scarlet AND Wolf by Wolf 😍 I’ll keep bugging you until you do, I’m warning you πŸ˜‚

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  9. I am so glad you enjoyed it, Marie!
    I also just recently read this and I loved it so much. I’m much more used to falling in love with the male characters, but how could I when Cinder was a sweetheart that must be protected at all costs? She was definitely my favorite character!
    I can’t wait to read the other books as soon as possible! πŸ’Ÿ

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  10. after reading your review and everyone’s comments, wow! Everyone seems to love this book! I have no idea about what books are hyped or not, so I actually hadn’t heard of it but the premise of the book sounds so interesting! Will definitely put it on my reading list πŸ™‚

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    1. Well, the hype definitely is something you find out when getting into book blogging. I had NO idea such thing existed before, either, ahah. But once you start looking at book blogs and Goodreads and everything, you’ll find out that there are books that EVERYONE just can’t stop talking about. It’s crazy!
      I hope you’ll decide to read this book, it was really good, I’d love to know if you like it! Thank you so much Josephine ❀

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  11. Your review and the comments in this thread are making me think I NEED to read this book. I’ve seen it floating around for a while, but you may have just been the one to convince me! Is it similar to any other books? Would you say it’s more fantasy or magical realism?

    I may review this book haha, so here’s my blog in case you’re interested:

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    1. Oh YES, you really should! I’m so, so happy if I could convince you! It’s really quite unique, I couldn’t think of anything really similar, to be honest, the plot is so unique! It’s fantasy πŸ™‚ I really hope you’ll read it, and please let me know if you do, so I can read your review πŸ™‚

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