Awhile back I posted a review of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder and my love for the series. I’m a sucker for anything that is fairytale related, so I was destined to love it. However, I also love the fierceness and strength of the characters paired with the scifi elements of the book. My friend Keely recently had some free time and decided to ask me for a book suggestion. Being a librarian, I get asked for suggestions often, but this time the request was from one of my best friends. I decided to recommend Cinder because it features enough SciFi to be considered “strange,” a slight hint of romance, and kick-butt female characters that don’t sit around whining (like some female leads often do–these girls get down to business!). I was immediately met with the response of “WHY DID YOU WAIT SO LONG TO TELL ME ABOUT THIS BOOK?” She read it in one evening and I had someone to discuss the series with. However, if we happen to win the “give the gift of Cinder” contest- we may have to argue over who reads it first! We’re both hopelessly addicted now, so thanks to this contest for making me be more pro-active about sharing my current favorite series. Below is her review that I asked her to write:
I recently tried reading a few other popular books in hopes that they would be good since they were popular. Nothing really caught my attention until I learned about Cinder. The idea of a futuristic version of Cinderella that involved a queen from the moon trying to take over seemed odd, but I decided to give it a shot. Little did I know that I would read the entire novel in one sitting. Cinder is tough and never gives up even though she is faced with a pile of obstacles in life. Prince Kai is trying to be a good prince, but he can’t quite seem to do what he needs to. When I finished the novel, and Cinder was then on the run, I was lost. I knew that the second book was already out, but I knew that reading it would just make the wait for the third novel that much longer. I tried to wait and not read Scarlet right away, but the excitement level in Scarlet was too much to keep me away from knowing what would happen next. Though I tried, I then had to read Scarlet, but it only upped the excitement level and is making the wait for book three harder. I highly recommend this series, but make sure that you go ahead and buy both books so that you don’t have to wait.