June 13, 2012

My Thoughts on CINDER by Marissa Meyer


Product DetailsMy favorite kind of fairy tale adaptations are the ones where the writer goes outside the original plotline and uses the classic story to inspire their imagination to create a unique story but one that still holds the magic of the fairy tale.

I believe Marissa Meyer has done this with Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles. The use of the original Cinderella (and I’m pretty sure I caught a couple of nods to more fairy tales) was very clever and fun.  I like that it wasn’t just a romance plot, there are several things going on. I also appreciated the writing style, making this novel great for adults as well as teen readers.

However, this first book in the series had no surprises. If the twist was suppose to be a surprise – that didn’t happen – it was given away in the beginning of the book. When I read it, I wanted to take it back; I didn’t want to know yet! But that in no way kept me from reading and enjoying the rest of the story.

Also, I’m not a fan of series where the story is not resolved and you have to wait for the next book. I prefer books that are stand alone but then open another storyline for the next one – so since there was not even a real reveal at the end, just one I already knew from the beginning, it was a star short from a perfect read.

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