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.
I will listen to the series again when the last book comes out to refresh my memories on all the fun stores. Cinder is a fun twist based off the story Cinderella. I like how the story evolves and moves into the next book.
Cinder is a lovable character.
This is a fun book and series I could listen to again. My 10 year old boy listened and didn't mind at all that the story was about a girl, also my 13 year old daughter is listening now and doesn't want to stop. I love a good clean story for adults and children alike.
Initially I enjoyed the premise of this new-age Cinderella, however I felt it could have finished 10 chapters before it did. Some of the parts were predictable and it got to a point were I tired of hearing Cinder's very emotional, and whiny voice. There's multiple villains and the love story doesn't solidify as much as I would like. The book was just meh. Could have done without it.
Cinder is a futuristic tale (borrowing some elements from Cinderella) in which a young mechanic girl (part cyborg) catches the eyes of a prince. She is invited to a ball with him but her stepmother and sister make that difficult. Meanwhile a plague sweeps the nation and the Lunar colonies threaten war.
So initially I was a bit skeptical of the book based on the fairytale premise, but it really turned out well. It has a lot of science fiction elements including the lunar people, cyborgs, androids, letamosis (a plague), hover vehicles, etc. And things were done differently (for example, one of the step-sisters was a wonderful person, and the step-mother is far from the main villain).
I really liked the romance, the political intrigue, the secrets of the Lunars, the evil Lunar queen, and of course prince Kai. The characters were well done, and I never lost interest in the plot.
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was superb.
This was a wonderful book (5 stars for me) and I'm really looking forward to reading the sequels.
NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this story. So unique. I already have Scarlet downloaded. My only regret is that I started this series two books before the end. That will make the wait for Winter unbearable.
This is actually the second time that I have listened to this book. it is as is intresting the second time as the first andI have recommended it to three other people.
Addicted to Audible.
It is among the top 20.
The most memorable moments of Cinder is the scene in which her sister dies. Very tragic and ironic.
She is an outstanding narrator. Her voice is easy to listen to and she isn't breathy, fast, monotonous, good with remembering voices with accents and not making mistakes.
The scene in which her sister dies.