Despite a number of positive reviews, I found the book and the performance pretty boring. If I had realized that this is really a book for teenagers or younger I wouldn't have purchased. It's not that the retelling of the Cinderella story was juvenile, but the way the story was written and presented was. This is the first time I have disliked a book enough to not finish listening.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
Even though I love rehashes of fairy tales, I didn't expect much out of this book because it was a YA fiction. There were the standard plot holes for YA works, (For example; Prince Kai isn't exactly up to snuff on political etiquette, what he actually does is pretty vague, and he's a little too innocent to believe.)
With all this talk of a Terminator Princess, I'll admit I was expecting more carnage. But if you can set your skepticism on the back burner, this is an entertaining read. The main character is blessedly down to earth, sometimes funny and very useful. She's not all powerful or anything, it's still a girl we're reading about, with electronic parts and human instincts.
You get the Cinderella story but better. All the portions of the story are well thought out so nothing feels contrived. Cinder and the prince get to know each other. There are good reasons for Cinder to keep some secrets from the prince. The prince has urgent needs for himself and the country. Cinder may be just what the prince needs, even though neither he nor Cinder realizes it. It is adventurous and adorable. Strong female lead. Touches all the key points of the fairy tale.
I absolutely loved this book- the story, the characters and the reading. Better yet, I have read the whole series and loved all of the them. Meyer writes a about a dystopia where there is war and it doesn't feel like the conflict is an afterthought as it does in many YA books. I love the play on the classic fairy tails- it adds a level of depth to the well woven stories.
holy cow! I couldn't stop listening. SO GOOD! the story is captivating even though it's a retelling of a story we all know so well. There are enough twists and turns to make it interesting and new