Quickie Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder | Marissa Meyer | Puffin Books | The Lunar Chronicles #1 | 5 Stars | Bought | 387 Pages | Young Adult | Fantasy |  Sci-fi 
Release Date: January 5, 2012

Goodreads Synopsis:

Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.


First, I would like to give a huge shoutout to Pili over at In Love With Handmade for giving me a go ahead to buy this one. I tweeted out asking if it was worth the pennies and she immediately replied with a yes.

I am on a roll when it comes to enjoying books this month. This one is another great edition to this years reads and probably one of my new favourites. I loved it from start to finish. From Cinder herself who is a genuinely kind character to Kai who has to grow up way too fast and is thrusted into the beginnings of a new war. I adored the relationship between them and I look forward to seeing where it will go.

We have three main ongoings in this novel, we have Cinder trying to discover who and what she really is, a budding war between the Commonwealth and the Lunar people and the ongoing battle against an plague sweeping the globe with no cure in sight. I loved seeing how all of these plots intertwined.  Each one is directly or indirectly affected by one another. The huge revelation towards the ending, I called within the first 100 pages of the book. This didn’t take away from the overall read. I think it was more about us as readers watching Cinder’s reaction to a whole new situation.

This is a great start to a series. I think this really is the start of something brilliant (literally, its the first in a series and all that jazz, you know what I mean though!). I think it is a concrete base for some more fabulous fairy retellings to come. I can’t wait to read Scarlet, Cress and Winter!

Goodreads Average: 4.10/5 (Out of 111,950 ratings) –> that is pretty damn strong!


26 thoughts on “Quickie Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

  1. Faye M. says:

    I am SO pleased to see that you loved this, Alex. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my best and beloved and adored YA series ever, adn every time I see someone like this, it puts me in euphoria. When are you reading the rest of them soon? I can’t wait for you to meet Cress and Thorne? I’m certain you’ll love them 😀

    Faye at The Social Potato


    • Alex @ The Shelf Diaries says:

      I bought Scarlett as soon as I finished this one! I am looking forward to reading that and Cress since they are currently pretty cheap on Kindle. I have heard amazings about the next set of characters! I hope I love them as much as everyone else! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by my dear! 😀


    • Alex @ The Shelf Diaries says:

      this really was. I am starting to think that it was the same for more or less everyone. I was too, it did not take away from any of story.
      I have the second one so I will be starting that soon! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by! xxx


  2. Stormi D Johnson says:

    I recently listened to this book and I really went into it thinking I wouldn’t like it because it’s sort of sci-fi and dystopian and those are two very hit and miss type genres for me, but I actually did enjoy it and will be finishing the series as soon as I can. 🙂


  3. natcleary says:

    Great review!!! I have all three of these on my shelf but havent read them yet. Im waiting for the complete set to come out before I start 😉 Glad you enjoyed it!!


  4. Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA says:

    Everyone seems to love this book, but I haven’t read it yet. I’m not sure I’m going to like it (I hope so!) so I keep putting it off.


  5. Maria Pilar Albarran Ruiz says:

    YESSSSSSSSSS!!! I’m so so happy that you enjoyed this one, Alex!!
    I’m hoping you’ll love Scarlet and Cress too!! =D
    I love when I recommend a book and the person reading it loves it, one of the best feelings in the world!!


  6. Alison says:

    I predicted the revelation fairly early on as well but I was still hooked and shocked as things played out in the story. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!


  7. Kelsey says:

    I’m so glad you loved it! The series gets even better with the other books, in my opinion, so I hope you enjoy those too 🙂 I can’t wait to read Winter as well!


  8. Rashika says:

    I completely agree! I am not sure the huge revelation was meant to be a surprise or not but I called it as well and in all honesty, when we found out, I was STILL excited. I was still on the edge of my seat flailing.

    I am so so so glad you enjoyed this, Alex! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the sequels as well!


    • Alex @ The Shelf Diaries says:

      I am not sure either. Since a lot of people said they called it, I am gonna assume not! I was the same! I still wanted to read it so bad!

      I hope so too! I already have the sequel! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by my dear! I am a bit behind with commenting! :/ I will be coming by soon! 😀 xxx


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