Diary of a… Lunar Chronicles Virgin: Cinder {Part Two}

Posted February 7, 2015 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 3 Comments Tags: , , ,

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Diary of a… Lunar Chronicles Virgin: Cinder {Part Two}

Diary of a… Lunar Chronicles Virgin: Cinder {Part Two}Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Macmillan on 2013-01-08
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
Source: a Giveaway
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four-half-stars

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.

At the end of my last post I had just finished Book One in Cinder. After finishing that post, I immediately began reading again. I really did not expect to get so hooked on this book, I’ve become so wary of super-hyped books and I almost feel like The Lunar Chronicles are all I’ve heard about for the past couple of weeks, but I was surprised. I was hooked and I just needed more!

Book One leaves off with Cinder in not very good circumstances. As a cyborg, she is considered property and Adri is her owner. Therefore, Adri can do with her as she pleases. I won’t tell you what has happened to Cinder because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it, but right now, Cinder’s immediate future isn’t looking too great.

You can find my first post about Cinder hereWhen you’re all caught up, you can continue reading here, where I’ll share my thoughts on the rest of the book.

Final Impressions {Story}

Wow, guys. Seriously, I thought this was maybe going to be super predictable and a little boring. We all know this is a retelling and we also know Cinder is going to survive (sorry if that seems spoilery), but I also had a few other ideas on how the story would play out. And honestly, a few of them were right. In a couple of places it was very obvious and a tiny bit annoying that Cinder herself didn’t work those things out. But mostly, while the thing happened that I thought, all of the events around it and influencing what happened were way better than I thought. I had no idea how Cinder would get out of where she was, I had no idea Adri would be so awful, I had no idea how Cinder would get to the ball or what was going to happen there, and I definitely had no idea Prince Kai would do what he did at the end of the book. It was all exciting and fast-paced and emotional. I loved it!

One thing that really surprised me in regards to this book was how emotional some of the scenes were. I know this is a fairy tale and the originals get very dark, but this is a YA retelling that so many people love and I just really didn’t expect a few things that happened and was impressed that the author wasn’t afraid to go a little bit dark and sad.

In this gif, Aladdin represents what I imagine Marissa Meyer was like when writing a certain scene between Cinder and Peony and the Genie is me reading said scene.

I’m pretty sure she likes to torture people.

Overall, I loved the story. There are little tiny things here and there that weren’t my favorite but mostly I’m still surprised by how much I really liked this. I know pretty much every loves it but I’ve been the black sheep before and I was kind of preparing myself to be the same way with this one. Certainly it can’t be as good as everyone says? But it is. It’s really enjoyable and interesting and even punches you in the gut a few times. I highly recommend Cinder, just in case you haven’t heard about it yet. I’m even going to make my husband read it because he really liked the Throne of Glass series and while they aren’t really similar, Cinder seems like a book fans of ToG would like too.

Final Impressions {Characters}

I’m so glad I wrote down my initial impressions of these characters because it’s fun to go back and see on which ones I was right and which ones I was wrong. Here is what I thought of the characters by the end of Cinder.

Cinder: Ok, I loved her! She went through a lot in this book and I really admire that she’s still do determined to fight at the end of it. I’m really (really, really!) interested to see where she goes from here and what happens to her in the next book and where she’ll be. If I didn’t already have Scarlet, I’d be a little bit mad!
Iko: I did not get nearly enough of Iko as I wanted. I cannot believe that that thing that happened happened. Afterwards, I’m not surprised but I wouldn’t have thought it would have gone so far. I’m holding out hope that we’ll get to see Iko again in later books!
Prince Kai: I still like Prince Kai and I admire what he did but I’m not sure he’s my favorite. The chemistry wasn’t as present in the rest of the book between him and Cinder as I thought it was in that first meeting at the market. Maybe because he was under so much pressure and lots of different things were happening. I don’t know. He just wasn’t as charismatic as I thought he would be.
Peony: Can’t talk about Peony. Can’t do it. And nobody cares about the other sister.
Adri: Yep, she’s pretty straight forward. Though I was a bit surprised she was willing to be so loud at the ball. But that didn’t much matter. She’s a horrible step-mother and she lived up to her role.
Queen Levana: I didn’t cover her in the initial character thoughts because she had only been mentioned at that point and she played a much bigger part in this book than I thought she would. (Yes, that was stupid of me.) She is sneaky and one of those villains who always seem to be one step ahead of you and has no line she isn’t willing to cross. I’m definitely interested in seeing more of her but also hoping that maybe she’ll just go away, too, and let everyone be happy.
Dr. Erland: Another character who played a much bigger part than I had anticipated. And holy cow. So many surprises from him. Still not sure what to think or if we’ll see him again but he ended up not being as creepy as I had originally thought. Though I still think he was creepy and secretive and weird with Cinder in the beginning.

Final Thoughts {Cinder}

I definitely recommend this book. I even keep telling my husband he needs to read it. It’s so much better than I imagined. And even the second half is better than the first. It’s so much more than a Cinderella story and I love what Meyer did with the characters and how she treated them all. I’m really looking forward to being able to spend time on Scarlet and meet even more new old characters and get more of Cinder’s story and find out how they all intertwine. If you haven’t read these books and love fairy tales or sci-fi, I’d definitely recommend them!

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