Cinder – Cyborg Cinderella Retelling

I love fairytale re-tellings. The idea of a Cinderella Cyborg was just too good to pass up! (And bonus points because it’s first draft was written during NaNoWriMo!)

11235712GOODREADS SUMMARY: 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 loved this book! The setting was fascinating, and I loved how it deviated from the original Cinderella story we all know and love and put a whole new twist on every single detail (the carriage, the dress, the shoe).

I loved the character of Cinder (and Iko was too cute!). She was so rebellious, but she cared so much about Peony (one of her stepsisters). Cinder’s transformation during the course of the book was subtle, but she redefined her entire reason for being. I did see the big reveal at the end coming (it’s YA, it’s kinda predictable), but the lead-up was mind-blowing.

Let’s take a moment to look at Leveena. She’s the Lunar Queen/Ultimate Evil Villain in this series. Her powers are terrifying! She can make you see whatever she wants, do whatever she orders of you and generally just control everything (though it doesn’t work through computers/TV screens, etc.). I’m so excited to learn more about her and her evil plans to control all of Earth.

It’s refreshing to find a book that isn’t centered in the USA and uses a well known location like Beijing as it’s backdrop. I found that the world worked so well with that backdrop and the architecture and general feel for the world really made the story come alive.


About the Author: Marissa Meyer – I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.


My 2016 TBR

So it’s that time of year when I usually get into a reading slump wondering what I’m going to read this year, and thinking about all the books I should have finished/read in 2015 (or the ones that I STILL haven’t gotten around to!)

Here are ten books on my TBR that I haven’t read, and feel really insanely guilty about not having read… and for some, not finishing.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwaab – So many people have been talking about what a wonderful fantasy novel this is, but I haven’t even picked it up yet. So many people have been praising the world building and leading characters, moving it pretty high on my TBR list.

Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I know. I know. I started this book at the beginning of the year in the middle of a slump, got about half way through the first chapter and just stopped. I just couldn’t get into it for whatever reason, and feel insanely guilty that I didn’t push through. This will be the year that I finish (at least) the first book.

An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Another one I read during a short slump, that expired from my device before I could finish. It’s back on hold (there’s like a dozen people ahead of me though), and I wanna read it. I was in the second or third chapter and just starting to understand the world and story.

Legend by Marie Lu – I have all three books on my bookshelf and have barely opened it. (I skimmed the back cover description, and said “I should read this next” and didn’t. Shame on me.) Someone described it as Les Miserables (I love the movie/play) set in a dystopian world which got me very excited.

Percy Jackson and the Heros of Olympus by Rick Riordan – Watched both of the movies, but never bothered to read the books. I don’t know why, but this bothers me slightly. Somehow, not reading any of the books in this series is more disturbing to me than the fact that I never read..

Harry Potter by JK Rowling – I’m like half way through the first book! I promise, it’s on my TBR. But having watched the movies first, it’s really hard because I know what’s coming and somehow find it impossible to be surprised.

Alligent by Veronica Roth – I read the first two in the Divergent Trilogy, but I just can’t seem to get through the third book (that may have something to do with the fact that it was spoiled for me, but I digress…). With the movie coming out this year, I’m determined to have read it before I see the movie.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I accidentally got Ice Like Fire, opened the book and realized it was the second book in the series. Whoops. Anyway, the other is now on hold and I am itching to get it in. It sounds very similar to Red Queen (which was AMAZING) so I can’t wait to read it!

Papertowns by John Green – I’m about a third through this one! I remember really enjoying it, but when I got back from the trip I was reading it on, it kinda got misplaced. I recently found it with the bookmark still in it. I plan to finish it this year.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer – I’ve been looking forward to this one for almost a year, but strangely enough haven’t read it yet. I mean really, who can resist a Cinderella story with cyborgs?

That’s a peek at my TBR for 2016. What about you? What books are you planning on reading in 2016, or need to finally get around to? Tell me in the comments below!