Book Review: Cinder


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Cinderella is probably my favorite fairy tale of all time, and this re-telling of the classic fairy tale impressed me quite a bit. I’ve read many re-tellings of Cinderella; however, none has come close to what Ms. Meyer has written. I am well aware that Cinder seemed to be one of the most over-hyped books that everyone praised and loved, so I was actually a bit skeptical prior to reading it. In the end, I liked it enough to say that I am anticipating to read the rest of the books for the series.

Ms. Meyer took Cinderella, turned her into a bad-ass, snarky cyborg – a human with machine parts and put her in a complete different world than we’ve grown accustomed to seeing Cinderella in. Cinder, I simply adored and has made the list as one of my favorite book heroines. She is smart, strong, independent and at the same time has a sense of great vulnerability and worth. It’s quite ironic because I feel like she isn’t really similar to the fairy tale Cinderella. Her love interest, Prince Kai is the epitome of Prince Charming and you can’t help but fall in love with him. He is kind, gentle, strong on his own, yet has flaws. However, you cannot blame him since he has so many burdens to carry. Moreover, he is not just there to serve as the love interest for Cinder. His character serves a purpose and his actions and decisions does impact the overall plot in the story.  Other than the main characters I also liked the secondary characters especially Iko, the loveable android as well as Dr. Erland.  Even our villain Queen Levana, I couldn’t really bring myself to hate because I find her not to be pure evil. She has reasons for being that way, albeit, I’m not condoning her actions. I just love the fact that all of the characters are so multidimensional and are neither black nor white.

Just like any young-adult book, there is romance. I liked how Ms. Meyer portrayed the romance between Cinder and Prince Kai. Some people may see it as insta-love, but I beg to differ. Yes, Cinder was a fangirl of Prince Kai at first; however, a friendship was first established before romantic feelings came into play. Their romance is sweet and cute–nothing over the top. It didn’t overshadow the main plot, like most young-adult books nowadays which makes me glad.  I don’t think I can’t take it anymore when romance takes the front seat over the actual plot, especially when the book is really not even a romance book.   Therefore, if you want a lovey-dovey book because it’s Cinderella, you’ll probably be unsatisfied.

On the other hand, it is unlike me to not point out the things that I may have not like in the book. While there is world-building in the story, I felt it was lacking. I know, I feel as if I’m sounding like a broken record because almost every book review I’ve written, I always have some thing to say about world-building. Don’t get me wrong, I love the world Ms. Meyer has created, and I praised her not only for the creativity, but also the originality.  While I understood that Cinder lived in the future, years after WWIV had taken place, and Earth was challenged by extra-terrestrial Lunars and humans suffered from an incurable disease, I knew nothing beyond that. Moreover I had a problem with the plague that is happening in New Beijing. It wasn’t as convincing since I felt like there was no devastation, no mass graves, and no suffering. Cinder’s business doesn’t suffer and everyone seems fine to just walk around in the open. Ms. Meyer could have delved into that more; however, for now I can somehow overlook these little “problems” since there are more books in the series.  As for the writing style, it was simple and really easy to follow.

While Cinder was quite predictable and cliched it was one of those books that I didn’t have any problems with when it came to the triteness of the book. Overall, Cinder was an enjoyable read and I commend Ms. Meyer’s take on this classic fairy tale.  I love re-tellings, and if you do as well, then this book may be for you.

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22 thoughts on “Book Review: Cinder

  1. I have a copy on my shelf and I still haven’t read it. The first time I saw this book, I was hesitant to pick it up because it was one of those books that, in my school, was marketed towards middle schoolers. However, seeing that a lot of book bloggers enjoy this book a lot makes me really want to pick it up.
    Lol I totally get what you mean about world building though. I don’t always talk about it in my reviews but if there’s one that impresses me the most in a book, it’s the construction of the world and mood.

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    1. You should definitely read it! When you do I hope you end up liking it. 🙂

      Exactly! For me, characters are the most important part in the story; however, worldbuilding probably comes second.I want to be immersed in the world and feel like I’m living in the world that the author has created. Simple descriptions are not enough especially if it’s a fantasy or dystopian novel, albeit that’s just how I feel.

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  2. I’m not sure why but when I read Cinder, years ago, I wasn’t a fan of it. I really want to give it another read though, just because of the hype. And sometimes certain books can be appreciated more depending when the reader read it. Maybe I’ll be in the mood for it in the future and like it while rereading. Lovely review, Erika!

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    1. Thank you Summer! 🙂

      I totally understand as to why you may have not like it. Not everyone has to like a book just because everyone else does, especially if it’s one of those hyped books. 😉 That probably could have been a reason as to why you weren’t a fan. It was hyped and you just had high expectations or simply you just didn’t like it, which I think is totally fine! 🙂

      However, if you do re-read it, hopefully you will form a different opinion on it. But honestly I think there are just too many other good books out there to read….unless you have the patience and is really eager to read it again.HAHA

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      1. Lol, I’m a total rereader. XD So it’ll happen…eventually! Also, I already hauled Scarlet and hope to get to read that. But I need to reread Cinder to remember what happened, since it’s been 4 years I think. But yes, hopefully it’ll be better the second time around. 😛

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    1. Thank you!

      I’m looking forward to reading Scarlet next. I heard it does get better and the third book is supposedly really good. 🙂

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  3. I love your reviews, as always. I’ve been meaning to read this book for so incredibly long now! As soon as Winter comes out, I think I will be buying the entire series and marathoning it. Cinderella is also one of my favourite fairy tales! I’d have to say that Sleeping Beauty is my all time favourite though – its the one I remember the clearest. xoxo

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    1. Thank you! 🙂

      Yes I think it’s definitely a good idea to just marathon them. I usually do this, but I got to eager so now I’m just going to wait for awhile until I read the final installment.

      Sleeping Beauty is great, too. 🙂

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  4. In my opinion, the books get better and better as they go. I agree that there was a significant lack of world building in this book, but there’s more history to come in the next books. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and if you continue on with the series I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the next books! 🙂

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    1. So glad to hear it. Everyone seems to have nothing to say but good words for these books. 🙂 I have yet to read the next book, but I’m definitely excited to read the rest of the series. However, darn it for having to wait for Winter since it won’t come out until November. HAHA

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    1. I’m glad that I liked the book as well. HAHA I had high expectations and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. I haven’t read the next book yet but I’m looking forward to reading it soon. 🙂

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    1. Oh yes definitely a must-read! But I totally understand on not wanting to start on it ASAP. Sometimes I usually wait for the series to be over and then just marathon all the books, that way I don’t have to wait so impatiently for the next book.

      Well when you do get a chance to finally read it, I hope you will like it, too! 🙂

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