The story was a clever take on my favorite fairy tale. I am glad the other books are already released. Now I can see what happens next.
I'm not a fan of female narrators, but this one did an awesome job! YA fiction is also VERY hit and miss. For me, this was a hit!! For perspective, I'm an avid fan of Sanderson, C.E. Murphey, Patricia Briggs, Michelle (Sagara) West and J.D. Robb. Like them? You should love this!
It starts slowly, but really starts to grab you. It's simply written, but honest in its emotions and quite enjoyable. I will be checking out the author's other works!
Love love Loved it! full of romance, conspiracy, and great characters what else could you ask for?
Great world building, characters and plot; clever way to weave in the classic fairy tale; quality writing throughout! I absolutely am in LOVE With this series. I immediately downloaded the next two. Can't wait to read them!
I ADORE this narrator. She is amazing and really brought the characters to life!
Cinder by Merissa Meyer
Reviewed by Miranda Boyer
I don’t know how long I’ve had a copy of Cinder on my tablet for – months, maybe even a year. A few weeks ago I was perusing the Kindle-Audible discount books (If you own the kindle version the audible version often drops between one and five dollars). I picked out a couple that I’d wanted to read and downloaded the audio files. I always listen to a book when I’m driving, cooking, cleaning and then read something else when I’m not multi-tasking. Cyborgs, future technologies, and Cinderella, how could I pass this one up?
Before I even go into the story, this has to be said: Rebecca Soler, the narrator for the audio book was EPIC. Everyone had a unique voice and so much life. She brought the story to life in a way that most people couldn’t come close to doing. The only other good audio book I’ve listened this year at this EPIC scale was Ready Player One by Wil Wheaton. Rebecca Soler could give Wil a run for his money. Okay, that being said.
Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in New Beijing in a futuristic China more then hundred years after world war four has ended. There is a world of new technology in addition to governmental intrigue, there is a new dominating species threatening the lives of Earthens, the Lunars. Cinder meets prince Kai, when he comes to her for help repairing his android. Quickly the plot thickens as we learn that he may have to marry the evil magical Queen Lavana to avoid a war between Earth and the Lunars.
On the whole, world building isn’t a draw for me as a reader. This book made me question my former stance though, as it was beautiful and engrossing. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’m a sucker for a fairytale rewrite and this book was no exception. I enjoyed the twists from the typical Cinderella story making Cinder so special.
Unfortunately this book is only the first in an ongoing series and the ending leaves us wondering what will happen to our heroin Cinder. I’m always torn when a book leaves in the middle like this one does, I have no doubts about picking up a copy of book two, Scarlet some day soon. I’m even inclined to buy the audio version so that I can enjoy Soler’s performance. I’m sure that it will be just as good as the first.