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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I keep going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars, so let’s say 3.5

So I saw this book and went “Cinderella as a cyborg? Yes, please!”

The Good:

The romance wasn’t annoying! “Prince Charming” Kai has a personality, there was no insta-love, just insta-like and insta-intrigued. Kai puts his people above himself and Cinder. The world building was good, if a bit odd. I’d be interested to learn more about Lunar history. There’s realistic growth in Cinder as she struggles with her identity. She has to cope with prejudice against cyborgs and her own struggle not to think of herself in the same way that others do.

The Not So Good:

I’m not sure if the big reveal near the end was supposed to be a surprise, but I had figured it out near the beginning of the book. However, knowing didn’t wreck the story at all.Sometimes the Cinderella tropes took away a little from the story. I’m not sure I was supposed to be amused at the “loss of the glass slipper” scene.

Her next book will feature Little Red Riding Hood. Needless to say, I’m interested in reading more.

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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in 4 Stars, Reviews


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Outside In

Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

Me? A leader? Okay, I did prove that there’s more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we’re free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He’s the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there’s outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In.

3 Stars

After loving Inside Out, I was a little disappointed with this one.

The Good:

The characterization continued to be realistic. Trella continued to struggle with her selfishness and how her decisions affected others. Other characters got realistically frustrated with her and tried to set her straight (she eventually came around). Also, Snyder did a good job keeping me just as confused as Trella was in some places (which is a good thing). The plot is very fast-paced and there’s a lot to keep straight, which I enjoyed but might not be for everyone.

The Bad:

The romance took a dive. I was looking forward to seeing how Trella and Riley’s relationship would progress as they actually got to know each other. However, instead, their relationship just got more physical. (Although the scenes weren’t incredibly explicit, I didn’t feel they were necessary. To me, physical attraction, while alright and even necessary to a point, isn’t what makes a lasting or believable relationship.) I was disappointed in how little time they spent getting to know each other. Their relationship became rather flat, superficial to me. (And I had such high hopes for this one…) Also, I’m not sure how Trella managed to do everything when she was constantly being injured and put in the infirmary o_O

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in 3 Stars, Reviews


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