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Lọ Lem (The Lunar Chronicles #1) Cinder là cuốn đầu tiên trong series Công chúa Mặt Trăng - một trong những bộ sách cho teen thành công nhất trong thời gian gần đây với hàng loạt giải thưởng và bán chạy đến ấn tượng. Đó là vì câu chuyện sẽ khiến bạn kinh ngạc, những nhân vật rất tuyệt vời, và cốt truyện rất sâu sắc. Cinder được coi là kiểu tác phẩm "kinh điển" trong dòng văn học mới dành cho teen. Thực sự Cinder là cuốn đầu tiên trong series Công chúa Mặt Trăng - một trong những bộ sách cho teen thành công nhất trong thời gian gần đây với hàng loạt giải thưởng và bán chạy đến ấn tượng. Đó là vì câu chuyện sẽ khiến bạn kinh ngạc, những nhân vật rất tuyệt vời, và cốt truyện rất sâu sắc. Cinder được coi là kiểu tác phẩm "kinh điển" trong dòng văn học mới dành cho teen. Thực sự độc đáo và hồi hộp đến mức tim bạn sẽ phải đập nhanh hơn. Sẽ có những đoạn mà bạn như chìm vào một thế giới của những giấc mơ ngọt ngào và lãng mạn. Rồi sẽ có những đoạn mà bạn sẽ… giật mình, vì tưởng như những gì đang xảy ra cho nhân vật cũng đang xảy ra cho chính mình. Và cũng có khi, bạn cảm thấy như thể đây là bản "remix" tuyệt vời của câu chuyện Cinderella, vẫn kết nối với phiên bản gốc, nhưng mới mẻ và lạ lùng hơn. Bạn hãy tưởng tượng: Thế giới như chúng ta vẫn biết đã thay đổi. Những đột phá về khoa học khiến những điều tưởng như không thể lại trở thành hiện thực. Các nhà khoa học có thể trao cho những người bị thương nặng hoặc gần chết một cơ hội sống thứ hai. Vấn đề duy nhất: Bạn không hoàn toàn là con người nữa. Bạn trở thành một cyborg - nửa người nửa máy! Cinder là một trong những người may mắn được trao cơ hội sống thứ hai như thế. May mắn, hay là bị nguyền rủa? Còn tùy cách bạn nhìn sự việc này. Giờ cô ấy là một cyborg! Và đây là câu chuyện của cô ấy. Cinder bị xã hội lảng tránh, coi thường vì là một cyborg. Và cô ấy còn phải chịu đựng một bà mẹ kế cùng một đứa con của bà ta - những người coi cô như một tấm thảm chùi chân. Người bạn thực sự của Cinder cũng không phải là người, mà là một android - một cỗ máy trông giống người, nhưng được lập trình để làm những gì chủ của mình muốn, mặc dù cô người máy này vẫn được cài một con chíp tính cách, để có một số đặc điểm tính cách như con người. Thế giới của Cinder là như thế. Hằng ngày, Cinder làm việc sửa chữa các cỗ máy và cả các android để kiếm số tiền mà cô sẽ không bao giờ nhìn thấy, bởi nó được trao ngay cho người giám hộ của cô. Bởi vì cô là một cyborg, nên mẹ kế của cô có quyền giám hộ, hay nói đúng hơn là "sở hữu" cô. Cinder cảm thấy mình chẳng là gì cả. Chẳng có giá trị gì hết. Cho đến một hôm… Dường như tất cả mọi điều mà Cinder từng biết bỗng nhiên đảo lộn. Một chàng hoàng tử đã bước vào cuộc sống của cô, và vào trái tim cô. Nhưng cũng có một nữ hoàng độc ác muốn kết liễu cả thế giới. Rồi một bệnh dịch lan tràn mà con người không ngăn chặn được. Cinder sẽ phải làm những gì? Trong khi cô còn phải cố kiềm chế tình cảm của mình, bởi nếu biết cô là một cyborg, chàng hoàng tử của cô hẳn cũng sẽ coi thường cô. Ngày càng nhiều câu hỏi đặt ra trước mắt Cinder, và khi cô suy nghĩ nhiều hơn, thì cô chợt nhận ra rằng có thể mình có giá trị hơn mình tưởng, rằng cô có thể là nguồn hy vọng cuối cùng của thế giới. Một câu chuyện lôi cuốn, như một tác phẩm nghệ thuật được tạo ra bởi một bậc thầy lão luyện. Nó vừa tăm tối vừa huy hoàng, thực sự ấn tượng, sẽ khiến bạn có thể đọc lại không chỉ một lần.

30 review for Lọ Lem (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steph Sinclair

    Why? WHY DIDN'T I READ THIS BOOK SOONER?! It was so AWESOME! MY EMOTIONS!! Let me go ahead and get this out of the way. I loved this book. Why in the world did I procrastinate with reading it? I've had Cinder sitting on my Kindle for a few months now and I continued to put it off over and over again. What a HUGE mistake! I even had the nerve to go into my local bookstore twice, pick Cinder up, and put it right back down. But all that doesn't really matter now because I've remedied the problem and Why? WHY DIDN'T I READ THIS BOOK SOONER?! It was so AWESOME! MY EMOTIONS!! Let me go ahead and get this out of the way. I loved this book. Why in the world did I procrastinate with reading it? I've had Cinder sitting on my Kindle for a few months now and I continued to put it off over and over again. What a HUGE mistake! I even had the nerve to go into my local bookstore twice, pick Cinder up, and put it right back down. But all that doesn't really matter now because I've remedied the problem and absolutely fallen in love with this wonderful story. When I first heard of Cinder before it's release, it was gaining quite a bit of buzz known for the retelling of Cinderella. Marissa Meyer, my hat's off to you because a cyborg Cinderella in New Beijing, China? Badass. But then shortly before I read it, another blogger informed me that not only is it a Cinderella retelling, but also had Sailor Moon elements. OMG... someone had answered my prayers!  I don't think you can understand my excitement for that. Sailor Moon was my all-time favorite TV show and manga as a child. Reading Cinder reminded me of a simpler time before responsibilities, when the biggest thing I had to worry about was setting up the VCR (yes, a throwback!) every day because at 4pm, right before Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon would come on. If I were to miss one episode, I would cry my little eyes out because I just had to know what happened next to Serena! I have seen every episode including the fifth season that didn't air in America. I've even seen the live action series in all Japanese. And for those that watch subtitled Japanese shows, you know that there comes a time in your marathon watching where you stop reading the subtitles and start thinking Japanese in your sleep. Yes, I am super fangirling and not ashamed one bit! So I think it goes without saying that the reasons for me loving Cinder so much, aside from being blasted by a rainbow of awesome with its creative premise, is that it has a lot to do with sentimental memories. I tell you this so you can understand one big thing: I wasn't sure about Cinder at first. As soon as the book started I noticed on every obvious downfall: Predictability. Seriously, the plot twist ran up to me and sucker punched me in the face at only 10% in. This concerned me, but it quickly became a non-issue as I continued to read. Why? Because the story was interesting. It was engaging. It was just plain old fun! And I haven't had this much fun reading a book in a while. The plot was brilliantly done. Cinder is a mechanic, under appreciated by her mother and one of her step-sisters. The other step-sister adores her. As a cyborg she doesn't have the same rights as a normal person and her step-mother goes out of her way to remind Cinder this whenever she can. One day Prince Kai (*swoon*) requests her services to fix his android. And in true fairy tale fashion he begins to fall for her not knowing she is a cyborg. But this isn't just a love story. Oh no! The world has been suffering from a deadly disease that kills in a matter of days and it starts to become painfully obvious that Earth's only hope for a cure depends on an alliance with the evil Lunar Queen. And as you may have guessed it, she has plans for Earth. Dun, dun, duuuunnnnnn! I loved all the characters in Cinder, especially the heroine. Cinder was independent, feisty, and relatable. She didn't always make the right decision, but this is a heroine that learns from her mistakes. And Tuxedo Mask Prince Kai? I loved him. Ah, the memories! The romance was so sweet. At first Cinder is wary of the Prince's advances because she is cyborg and doesn't want him to find out, but she can't help but develop feelings for him along the way. Basically what I'm saying here is that there's no insta-love. And you know how much I hate insta-love! Oh, and that ending! Marissa Meyer, how could you do that to my little heart? I need to know what happens now! You took two of my favorite stories and twisted them into this big ball of badass awesomeness and now I'm expected to wait until next year for book two?! And just look at the character line-up for the next books in the series: Scarlet , Cress and Winter . Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White?!  I am so there. Just so we are clear, I'm not above stalking. I will have the next book and I will have it soon... An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you! More reviews at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    “I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.” In this, my third attempt to read Cinder, I finally made it to the end. But I find myself wishing I hadn't bothered. Going into this book, I thought it was fair to expect a light, probably unremarkable, but ultimately entertaining read. I did not come to this book wanting my mind to be blown with science or to be taken to another world by beautiful prose, but I also did not expect it to b “I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.” In this, my third attempt to read Cinder, I finally made it to the end. But I find myself wishing I hadn't bothered. Going into this book, I thought it was fair to expect a light, probably unremarkable, but ultimately entertaining read. I did not come to this book wanting my mind to be blown with science or to be taken to another world by beautiful prose, but I also did not expect it to be so painfully boring. Which it was. Cinder takes a bold and fascinating premise, sketches out a basic outline of it, and then never fleshes it out with any substance. Let's look at the wonders we have here. A part-cyborg protagonist, a loose Cinderella retelling in a future/alternate universe, a setting in New Beijing, and a potential war with a kingdom of Lunar people (a race who live on the moon). This sounds like a recipe for a fantastic science-fiction novel, and yet we get very little info beyond what I've provided here. Who are these Lunar people? What about their history? How did they come to be on the moon? How disappointing it was that we never found out ANYTHING about them beyond the fact that they have an evil ruler - Queen Levana. And this setting in a future/alternate world. In New Beijing, even! Do we ever get an exciting look into its culture? Any beautiful or ugly visuals? Any insight into its history, customs... anything? Nope. And even if I forgive that, if I say that maybe all that goodness is being saved for later series installments, I simply cannot forgive the lack of personality in our principle characters. Cinder and Prince Kai are empty, self-sacrificing heroes with little-to-no hopes, fears, desires and thoughts of their own. Adri is the classic evil stepmother. Iko was the not-so-funny sidekick. I'm also not sure I understand why part-cyborg people are considered second class citizens when they're basically regular humans who've had parts added to save them. But let's imagine I suspend that disbelief for a second - why did Meyer waste this perfect opportunity for Cinder to consider what it means to be human? For example, how much of a person can be replaced before they stop being a person and start being a machine? Are there really any differences between humans and machines beyond the materials they're made from? So many fascinating questions not being asked. Though really, I could have forgiven many things if only the plot had been compelling, the conflicts engaging, and the characters vaguely interesting. I honestly had to force myself through. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Youtube

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    wow. wow. WOW. I went into this book not expecting to like it. I'm not sure why, but this book completely surprised me!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    As seen on The Readventurer Let me first give credit where credit is due. A cyborg Cinderella? Wow! It's a bold premise. I applaud Marissa Meyer for thinking this up. In this re-envisioning of the fairy tale, Lihn Cinder is a cyborg, meaning, she is almost half mechanical - she has prosthetic hands and a foot, a big chunk of her internal organs are wired into her body. Cinder is a mechanic in New Beijing, the capital of the Eastern Commonwealth, a country ravaged by plague outbreaks. One day, the As seen on The Readventurer Let me first give credit where credit is due. A cyborg Cinderella? Wow! It's a bold premise. I applaud Marissa Meyer for thinking this up. In this re-envisioning of the fairy tale, Lihn Cinder is a cyborg, meaning, she is almost half mechanical - she has prosthetic hands and a foot, a big chunk of her internal organs are wired into her body. Cinder is a mechanic in New Beijing, the capital of the Eastern Commonwealth, a country ravaged by plague outbreaks. One day, the heir to the throne of the Commonwealth, Prince Kai, steps into Cinder's shop to get his android fixed, and everything changes for Cinder. She falls in love, she becomes a center of multiple intrigues, she discovers her own well hidden (even from her) secrets. As much as I appreciate an author willing to think outside the box, I am afraid in this case Marissa Meyer bit off more than she could chew. The world of Cinder is very imaginative and full of potential. New Beijing, royalty, plague, cyborg falling in love, a war with the Lunar (Moon) Empire. I mean, just think about the possibilities here. Too bad, these possibilities are never explored to their best advantage. Let's take Cinder, for example. She is almost half robot, there is stuff wired into her brain and body. Is she a human? Does she have artificial intelligence? Does she think of herself as human? How can she love? Are her emotions real or programmed? None of this is explained with any kind of depth. I compare this book to The Adoration of Jenna Fox, and Cinder fails miserably. How about the setting? New Beijing! Futuristic China! Is there any Chinese flavor in this story? Any infusion of Eastern cultures, customs? Not really. Ok, maybe there is something to this Lunar business then? Who or what are these Lunar people? How did they get there? How do they live on the Moon? Why exactly are they at war with Earth? I still have no clue. My general impression after finishing Cinder is that every good idea in this story is developed very superficially. It's like Cinder is... Ship Breaker's ugly cousin. What Paolo Bacigalupi managed to do in his fairly short book with great depth - the world ruined by environmental changes, genetically altered human beings, poverty - is all done here, but in the most shallow way, as if the author was determined to keep the plot moving at a break-neck pace, afraid that any paragraph spent on layering the world or characters' personalities would bore readers. There is still some entertainments value in Cinder, and I did get all the way through it to find out how the story would unfold. (BTW, you can predict the novel's outcome at about page 50 and it all ends with a cliffhanger.) But the novel fails miserably at being thought-provoking, challenging or truly engaging, even though the ideas are all there. Squandered potential.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    I guess I'm on a year-end quest to be the last person to read popular series. Last week: Hunger Games. This week: Cinder. Or not. I hated it. No binging this series, sorry, dear friends. You may think it's harsh that I give this book one star when there was nothing offensive about it, but considering the hype, I expected far, far more than that we were given. Before reading the book, I knew why it came highly recommended to me; in theory, this book should have been awesome. An Asian protagonist (E I guess I'm on a year-end quest to be the last person to read popular series. Last week: Hunger Games. This week: Cinder. Or not. I hated it. No binging this series, sorry, dear friends. You may think it's harsh that I give this book one star when there was nothing offensive about it, but considering the hype, I expected far, far more than that we were given. Before reading the book, I knew why it came highly recommended to me; in theory, this book should have been awesome. An Asian protagonist (Everyone knows Khanh loves Asian shit!!!!), an alternate universe, plenty of opportunities to spin a beautifully-woven (Asian!!!!) setting! A fairy tale retelling (Khanh loves retold shit!!!!). Yet for years, I resisted the many, many "KHANH, YOU GOTTA READ CINDER" because of one reason. The main character is an cyborg. I don't like cyborgs, I don't like androids. Not the Google-based operating system, the concept of part-human, part-machine. No, thank you. I like my main characters purely organic and carbon-based. Let's get one thing straight. I have nothing against technology, it's just the concept of a human meshed with a robot that bothers me. I don't think such a being can have the same emotions, the same characteristics, the same failings that makes human so, well, human. Here is where the book could have changed my mind; Cinder could have been made to be more than a inhuman robot (what she is, in my mind). What's ironic to me is that Cinder is too human. I know she is part machine, but it never felt like that part of her was explored as much as her humanity is sold to us. Furthermore, the KHANH LOVES ASIAN SHIT part of me was so not sold on this. Yes, it's cute that the MC is Asian. Yes, it's cool that the new world is New Beijing. Those are just names, this is not an Asian-based book. You know how you go to one of those super chic Asian fusion restaurants and you order a fusion dish that costs $100 on a beautiful plate, and the only thing that's "Asian" about it is the one drop of lemongrass essence that they add to the sauce? This book is like that. There is no explanation about New Beijing's culture. There is no explanation as to why it became that way. It was a world that was entirely unexplored, and unworthy of the hype, and of the "Asian" label slapped onto it. Sorry, guys, this series is not for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kassidy

    *4.5*This was amazing!! Why didn't anyone tell me to read it sooner?! Just kidding.. The world and characters are so great, I can't wait to continue on in the series.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Anzu The Great Destroyer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *mild spoilers* Cyborgs!!!! *squeeaaaal* Androids!!!! *squeeaaaal* New Beijing!!!! *squeeaaaal* Cinderella!!!!! *sque—uhm, I’m more of a Beauty and the Beast girl. But not bad. Cinder was one helluva ride for me. Saying that it was a special one is an understatement. Why I call it special? Because of the ups and downs it had. If you read my Kindle notes for this review you’d thing I’m suffering of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). What do you think doctor House? Am I sick? Can it be treated?? Y *mild spoilers* Cyborgs!!!! *squeeaaaal* Androids!!!! *squeeaaaal* New Beijing!!!! *squeeaaaal* Cinderella!!!!! *sque—uhm, I’m more of a Beauty and the Beast girl. But not bad. Cinder was one helluva ride for me. Saying that it was a special one is an understatement. Why I call it special? Because of the ups and downs it had. If you read my Kindle notes for this review you’d thing I’m suffering of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). What do you think doctor House? Am I sick? Can it be treated?? Yes??? This book looked so much better in my head. I replaced this With this I’m sure Cinder would prefer to be the uncool version. Dude, you’re a freakin’ cyborg... I wouldn’t hide this from the world, I’d enhance it. Probably add some cool gadgets and make everyone drool over me. Imagine the possibilities since you’re a badass mechanic! Imagine what you could create!!!! And Mrs. Meyer, please boost your universe. There are so many things you missed in this new world you have created. I want to know more about their infrastructure, more about what type of transportation they have, what clothes, toys, gadgets, what food even! There are so many possibilities out there! The book’s weakest element was Kai. His POV made me almost fall asleep. He’s weak, not charming, and not funny and he bores me to tears. I wish Cinder transforms him into a brainless zombie in the coming book. But, in the end, I have to say that I didn’t mind this book at all. It was a very interesting one, kept me entertained and didn’t piss me off. Much.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Re-Read On Audio! I love the narrator =) I'm still loving Cinder, Iko and Prince Kai. I loved one of Cinder's sisters but the other one and her stepmom. Ugggg. Cinder being a cybor-mechanic is too cool! There is a deadly disease going around and it kills so many people. They are trying to find a cure by doing some evilness. Cinder gets to meet Prince Kai and sigh, I felt so happy for her. Then there is Queen Levana from Luna. Don't even want to talk about her evilness right now. And Cinder finds Re-Read On Audio! I love the narrator =) I'm still loving Cinder, Iko and Prince Kai. I loved one of Cinder's sisters but the other one and her stepmom. Ugggg. Cinder being a cybor-mechanic is too cool! There is a deadly disease going around and it kills so many people. They are trying to find a cure by doing some evilness. Cinder gets to meet Prince Kai and sigh, I felt so happy for her. Then there is Queen Levana from Luna. Don't even want to talk about her evilness right now. And Cinder finds out who she really is... eeep! Here's a really cool fan art of Cinder by MiraPau ↓ This book was so good. I remember when I read it the first time that it was so amazing. Listening to it, I find that it is still amazing. I'm loving these audio re-reads. Well, unless I get a bad narrator! I'm still in awe and I'm still in love! Oh, the joy of a re-telling with cyborgs and all kinds of different things! And there is a war brewing. Isn't there always a war brewing! It's just the beginning to an amazing series. In my opinion anyway. =) MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List ***2015*** I LOVED this book so much!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” Once Upon a Time,there was an avid reader (let's call her K) who thought she was very clever but she couldn't be more wrong.You see,she'd heard about a futuristic version of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic that everyone seemed to love but she refused to read it,because she was skeptical and a little prejudiced.One day she read the first page but when she came to the part where Cinder takes off her foot she said "Ok I “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” Once Upon a Time,there was an avid reader (let's call her K) who thought she was very clever but she couldn't be more wrong.You see,she'd heard about a futuristic version of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic that everyone seemed to love but she refused to read it,because she was skeptical and a little prejudiced.One day she read the first page but when she came to the part where Cinder takes off her foot she said "Ok I tried but it's not for me,end of story" and she continued her life.Until she decided to give it another shot,and then the skies opened and the stars above made her see the truth.That she was a Oh my stars,she really was an idiot.Because there can be only one reaction towards a book that narrates a classic tale that takes place in the future after the Forth World War,when androids are a part of daily life and a plague kills thousands of people and the Earth is threatened by the cunning and inhumanly beautiful Queen of the Moon who has mind-controlling powers: “Soon, the whole world would be searching for her--Linh Cinder. A deformed cyborg with a missing foot. A Lunar with a stolen identity. A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go. But they will be looking for a ghost.” K was mesmerized by Cinder.Even though it was a fairytale retelling,there were twists and turns in the story she could not predict.As she was reading next to the fireplace,eating chocolate and drinking chocolate flavored cappuccino,she forgot about her responsibilities and instead she grew wings and she flied to the East.She visited labs and sick people while they were sleeping,she laughed with Iko's witty retorts,she heard Evil Queen Levana scheming,she smelled the fear towards the Lunars and their unholy abilities,she saw spacecrafts take off,she swooned over a prince who was not ready to rule and give up his freedom but deep down he knew he would sacrifice even himself for the sake of his people and finally,she landed on a basement,hiding in a corner,watching a stained with grease mechanic named Cinder working and dreaming that one day her life would be hers,that she would be considered a human and not an emotionless machine. “Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?” K loved the multiple POVs because they gave her the chance to witness both Cinder's life and the politics of the Empire.She was aggravated by the social injustice,she was hurt by some characters' malice and hatred,she felt giddy when Kai tried to flirt with Cinder and frustrated with all the secrets and the hidden agendas.Even though she loved the romantic element,she was actually happy it wasn't overwhelming and many other themes were explored,like Cinder's journey to finally accept herself,Levana's reign and plots,Kai's struggles regarding his new role,the part androids and cyborgs played in the society and the attempts to find a cure.In the end,K couldn't help but admit that Marissa Meyer is more than capable of enchanting the reader,even in a technology dominated world. There are two reasons she didn't give Cinder 5 stars though.First,she found Cinder's behaviour towards Kai extremely infuriating because how can you keep saying no to a sweet prince that practically begs you to go the ball with him?If she just stopped hiding the truth and acting like a child on a whim things would be so different!And second,K had a gut feeling that the next books would be even better so she decided to save the fifth star for them. If you're one of the few people who haven't read Cinder yet,don't hesitate to try it.It's different,unique and extremely enjoyable! P.S. I know it may be a little hard to see through the lines not,but K is me.Shocking,isn't it?

  10. 3 out of 5

    Navessa

    CAN'T REVIEW. NEED THE NEXT ONE NOW. THIS IS ALL I'VE EVER WANTED IN A RETELLING. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maram

    This is my 2nd read from Marissa Meyer (after Heartless) and I can finally conform that I'd happily read any book written by her because THIS. WAS. YAS. PLOT: Cinder is a Cinderella retelling but with a sci-fi/dystopian twist as the setting is in New Beijing (post 4th World War). It is also the first book among three others in The Lunar Chronicles series. The main female lead, Cinder, is a cyborg who specializes in mechanic. Despite peace in the world, a plague known as Letumosis, has hit the ce This is my 2nd read from Marissa Meyer (after Heartless) and I can finally conform that I'd happily read any book written by her because THIS. WAS. YAS. PLOT: Cinder is a Cinderella retelling but with a sci-fi/dystopian twist as the setting is in New Beijing (post 4th World War). It is also the first book among three others in The Lunar Chronicles series. The main female lead, Cinder, is a cyborg who specializes in mechanic. Despite peace in the world, a plague known as Letumosis, has hit the center of Beijing sending infected people into quarantines including Cinder's stepsister, Peony. Meanwhile, the Royal Palace has been trying to form an alliance with the enemy planet, Lunar, for many years. The main male lead is none other than (almost 19 y/o) Prince Kai, whose father has also contracted Lutemosis and is in his 4th stage. Prince Kai is left to take his father's position and continue forth marking alliances with Lunar, all the while finding a cure for the plague. The story takes off when Cinder and Prince Kai met up at her mechanic's shop one day. Next thing you know, these two keep bumping into each other and are thrown into an inevitable war. a war that doesn't really take place in this book lol PROS: 👠 UMMM Cinder is badass mechanic with a little sass and has a badass android called Iko, who loves anything girly. I love love Iko, I want more of Iko pls, there just wasn't enough in this book. 👠 Prince Kai is sooooo swoooooonnnyyy and no, he doesn't have to be a troubled character to draw my attention even though troubled ones are my weakness but who's judging anyway. Anyways, Prince Kai can charm the living ish out of you ;) 👠 I loved how real Cinder felt to me. She has her occasional doubts and impulses but not even once, did she feel sorry for herself. Cyborgs in this world are not treated the same as humans. She is even being treated the worst in her own household but not once did she veer away from her goals. 👠 Cinder doesn't have the ability to blush or cry or to display pretty much any emotion regardless of whatever she feels on the inside and and... I kinda want that? Idk, it could be of some use lol 👠 The romance was so subtle that it took me by complete surprise! Here I thought the romance was going to overpower the fantastical elements but nooooo. For that, I have total appreciation for this gem of a book. 👠 The writing is also just fantastic and is mostly fast-paced during the action scenes. 👠 All of these characters consumed me. I barely slept without thinking about what's going to happen next. CONS: 👠 Despite having a strong start and ending, the middle parts with all of the lab scenes lost me a bit 👠 I also felt like if they were less clues than what's presented, I wouldn't have predicted the plot twist xD The next three books in the series better have built on this world and leave me genuinely surprised in order to love it wholly :) “Clearing his throat, Kai murmured, "You have no idea how to dance, do you?" Cinder fixed her gaze on him, mind still reeling. "I'm a mechanic." His eyebrows raised mockingly. "Believe me, I noticed. Are those grease stains on the gloves I gave you?” --- I know it's been like 26475374 years since the release date but I'M FINALLY going to give this a shot, here we goooooo!

  12. 3 out of 5

    Flannery

    *I know this sounds ridiculous. The whole point of the book is to create a futuristic cyborg Cinderella, right? Meyer is a wonderful writer. Her writing is engrossing and I was engaged throughout the entire book. But it really takes a certain amount of the fun out of a story when a reader already knows a lot of where the story is going. Cyborgs are relatively novel in the YA world. Books set in Asia are relatively novel in the YA world. I still really enjoyed the book the way it was but I think *I know this sounds ridiculous. The whole point of the book is to create a futuristic cyborg Cinderella, right? Meyer is a wonderful writer. Her writing is engrossing and I was engaged throughout the entire book. But it really takes a certain amount of the fun out of a story when a reader already knows a lot of where the story is going. Cyborgs are relatively novel in the YA world. Books set in Asia are relatively novel in the YA world. I still really enjoyed the book the way it was but I think Meyer could do (arguably even more) wonderful things with her own imagination. 3.5/5 stars EDIT: A-ha! See Comment 8 below for information about the remaining books.

  13. 3 out of 5

    jessica

    fairy tales were not something that i was told as a child. my only experience with them was through disney films, so retellings arent usually something i gravitate towards, but this series has been recommended to me so many times, i thought ‘why not?’ and surprisingly, i wasnt disappointed. i liked how even though i knew the general story of cinderella, this book followed a plot line that felt new and exciting to me. i thought the sci-fi perspective was a great improvement. the writing was a litt fairy tales were not something that i was told as a child. my only experience with them was through disney films, so retellings arent usually something i gravitate towards, but this series has been recommended to me so many times, i thought ‘why not?’ and surprisingly, i wasnt disappointed. i liked how even though i knew the general story of cinderella, this book followed a plot line that felt new and exciting to me. i thought the sci-fi perspective was a great improvement. the writing was a little simplistic, but it made it very easy to breeze through this. i thought cinder was a wonderful character (even if certain aspects of her story were extremely predictable) and found her to be very relatable. i know the following books each have their own fairy tale twist, but are still connected as a whole, so im looking forward to see how the series plays out! in particular, ive heard about thorne. im quite fond of kai at the moment, so im interested to see what all the fuss is about. :P ↠ 3.5 stars

  14. 3 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads 4.5 stars Let’s talk about fairy tales. I was raised on them and I love them. My favorite collection was a hardback with Arthur Rackham illustrations . . . It was not-your-ordinary book of fairy tales. It had translations of the original German versions of the stories I’d been listening to for years, but were so not the same. There were also new stories I’d never heard before, like The Seven Ravens. I haven’t read it in years, but basically it’s about a girl whose evil step Reviewed by: Rabid Reads 4.5 stars Let’s talk about fairy tales. I was raised on them and I love them. My favorite collection was a hardback with Arthur Rackham illustrations . . . It was not-your-ordinary book of fairy tales. It had translations of the original German versions of the stories I’d been listening to for years, but were so not the same. There were also new stories I’d never heard before, like The Seven Ravens. I haven’t read it in years, but basically it’s about a girl whose evil stepmother turns her seven brothers into, yes, ravens, and she (a little girl) has to go on a perilous journey to save them, a journey in which she ultimately CUTS OFF her own finger to unlock some door. And that is a for-real Grimms’ Fairy Tale, folks. Anyway, I heart fairy tales and I always have. Also, I wanted to be an astronaut my entire childhood, until I had to get glasses in the fourth grade (destroying that dream), AND I was a fan of dystopian lit long before THE HUNGER GAMES. THE POINT: CINDER by Marissa Meyer is a Sci-Fi/Dystopian retelling of . . . wait for it . . . C-I-N-D-E-R-E-L-L-A. Or Aschenputtel if you wanna get German. I admit it, I was leery at first. My previous experiences have lead me to conclude that most retellings are lazy writers standing on the shoulders of other peoples’ greatness. *laughs pompously* No so, CINDER. And to my surprise and delight, CINDER follows the more German tradition of fairy tales (vs the Disney version). Cinder, not just the book title, but also the name of the MC, not only has a nasty stepmother and two stepsisters (kind of--it’s a guardianship, and one of the “sisters” isn’t bad at all), but she is a CYBORG. *cackles with glee* And not only is Cinder a CYBORG, but she lives in a plague-riddled, post-apocalyptic world. New Beijing is the Capital of the Eastern Commonwealth and is governed by an Emperor, which is where we get our prince. In addition to a prince, we also get an evil, A-L-I-E-N queen. An evil. A-L-I-E-N. Queen. Well . . . A-L-I-E-N in that she’s from the Moon. Apparently Earth colonized the Moon centuries ago, and those colonists evolved. We’re talking GENETIC MUTATIONS people. Like X-Men. Only the queen is Magneto, not Xavier (thus the evil). LOVED it. And even if you don't ordinarily go for YA books, if you like fairy tales, science fiction, and/or dystopian novels, then I would definitely give CINDER a chance, b/c it doesn't read like a typical YA book. Cinder's not in high school, dealing with high school issues. She works full-time as a mechanic and is reviled by society for being a CYBORG. The issues that Cinder is faced with are very adult issues--as far as I can tell, CINDER is only YA by virtue of having a sixteen year old MC, and no scenes-to-make-you-blush. Highly recommended. My other reviews for this series: Glitches (Lunar Chronicles 0.5) The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles, #1.5) Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Well call me surprised. Shocker of the century! I actually loved this book. I could not put it down. I was scared starting it due to what I thought would be inevitable romance but it was pretty minor in this one. But OH MAN did I wanna throw Adri to the wolves. What a terrible human. She got my blood boiling so friggin much. Also, cyborgs? Mind control? Moon people? Get outta here obviously I'm gonna like this book. All seriousness it is just well written. Cinder is a great character and you fin Well call me surprised. Shocker of the century! I actually loved this book. I could not put it down. I was scared starting it due to what I thought would be inevitable romance but it was pretty minor in this one. But OH MAN did I wanna throw Adri to the wolves. What a terrible human. She got my blood boiling so friggin much. Also, cyborgs? Mind control? Moon people? Get outta here obviously I'm gonna like this book. All seriousness it is just well written. Cinder is a great character and you find yourself really associating with her plight, which kept me engaged. I can't really think of anything that bothered me about this book. But yea, wow.....never would have thought I would enjoy this as much as I did. 5 stars, A+, some other arbitrary ranking system maximum etc etc. Read it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    3.5 stars A Cinderella story through and through...or is it? “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” Everyone knows this story. At this point, I have read so many versions that I have a tough time going through yet another one. Yet, the further I read, the more I was delighted. This book was unexpectedly sweet, endearing and enjoyable. My younger sibling had this book on a shelf for the longest time and (finally) at the nudging of one of my friends, I picked it up. I'm gla 3.5 stars A Cinderella story through and through...or is it? “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” Everyone knows this story. At this point, I have read so many versions that I have a tough time going through yet another one. Yet, the further I read, the more I was delighted. This book was unexpectedly sweet, endearing and enjoyable. My younger sibling had this book on a shelf for the longest time and (finally) at the nudging of one of my friends, I picked it up. I'm glad I did. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic living in New Beijing who, along with her best friend (a robot named Iko) and sister (a fully human gal named Pearl), fall in love with Prince Kai. But, life isn't all cleaning and singing, there's a ravaging plague and crippling poverty. The plague can strike anyone at any time. Aside: Does no one know basic disease prevention? The plague is detected in a public area, everyone ALWAYS scatters. Gee, I wonder why this hasn't been contained.Cyborgs (like Cinder, our heroine) are recruited at a rate of one-per-day to be sacrificed for plague research. Their families are given a hefty sum for their 'sacrifice.' Since cyborgs aren't considered true citizens, they can be turned in at any time. When Cinder's stepmother was pushed just a little bit too far, she decides to turn Cinder in. From there, she's interviewed by the doctor and set up to be sacrificed. “I don't know. I don't actually remember anything from before the surgery." His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. "The cybernetic opetation?" "No, the sex change." The doctor's smile faltered. "I'm joking.” Despite the humor, the treatment of the cyborgs by humans really threw me off. There's longstanding prejudices that cyborgs are living on borrowed time and thus owe their lives to society if need be (i.e. cyborg draft). Now, I could see the logic against cyborgs if all of them had wiring in their brains - thus rendering them incapable of independent thought (or something of the like). One could conceivably claim that their brains are ruined (or some other nonsense). But the book treated all cyborgs the same. (i.e. Some poor guy lost his foot and got a replacement? Disgusting creature. Sacrifice him.) Other than that, this was an entertaining retelling of Cinderella. I liked how the relationship with Prince Kai is more of a crush than an end-all-be-all sort of love. It was sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Kai cleared his throat. Stood straighter. "I assume you are going to the ball?" "I-I don't know. I mean, no. No, I'm sorry, I'm not going to the ball." Kai drew back, confused. "Oh well... but... maybe you would change your mind? Because I am, you know." "The prince." "Not bragging," he said quickly. "Just a fact.” I've heard from others that the remaining books still follow the characters from the first. I'm hoping for a more slow build sort of thing. There was one thing that just completely blew me out of the water: Our main character was burned in a fire (thus requiring cyborg surgery) at a very young age. She lost ~30% of her body and needed to live in a suspended animation tank for months. And what do we name her? Cinder. Just let that sink in. Audiobook Comments Read by Rebecca Soler - and she absolutely rocked it. I loved listening to her tone/characterizations (especially Iko! That was literally the cutest little robot voice I ever did hear). Blog | Instagram

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    4.5 stars Cinderella with cyborgs! So I'm pretty late to be jumping on the bandwagon, but this was really good! I know I normally gobble up any retelling, but when this first came out there were so many iffy reviews that I gave it a pass. Stupid. I should have checked it out for myself. So you have a pretty faithfulish retelling going on here. Of course, since it's sci-fi Cinderella, there are going to be some substitutions to the carriage and glass slipper. But they were really cool substitutions! 4.5 stars Cinderella with cyborgs! So I'm pretty late to be jumping on the bandwagon, but this was really good! I know I normally gobble up any retelling, but when this first came out there were so many iffy reviews that I gave it a pass. Stupid. I should have checked it out for myself. So you have a pretty faithfulish retelling going on here. Of course, since it's sci-fi Cinderella, there are going to be some substitutions to the carriage and glass slipper. But they were really cool substitutions! And you could still definitely tell that this was the Cinderella story. And the ending was soooo good! It seems that Cinderella won't be the only fairytale that gets retold in the Lunar Chronicles... If you've been putting this off because of bad reviews, you may want to reconsider.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kat Kennedy

    You know when people keep talking about a book. Lah, this is fantastic! OMG, you have to read this! If you don’t read this I’ll shank you and play hackeysack with your kidneys! The usual… This is one of those books. I was cruelly declined on netgalley so had mostly buried it in my TBR pile and forgotten about it until people started terrorizing me with demands to read it. Oh am I so bloody happy I did! I loved this book! I stayed up most of the night to read it! It wasn’t perfect, of course. There You know when peo­ple keep talk­ing about a book. Lah, this is fan­tas­tic! OMG, you have to read this! If you don’t read this I’ll shank you and play hack­ey­sack with your kidneys! The usual… This is one of those books. I was cru­elly declined on net­gal­ley so had mostly buried it in my TBR pile and for­got­ten about it until peo­ple started ter­ror­iz­ing me with demands to read it. Oh am I so bloody happy I did! I loved this book! I stayed up most of the night to read it! It wasn’t per­fect, of course. There are sev­eral things I might have liked to be changed about it but I feel the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the two main pro­tag­o­nists was fan­tas­tic. I thor­oughly enjoyed the writ­ing style and the story. There’s really not much for me to do here. I mostly just want to find every­one else who read this book and give them the high­est of fives. I mean… yeah, if you want to get tech­ni­cal, it annoyed me that all the antag­o­nists were women (and that there were only two pos­i­tive female char­ac­ters out­side of the main pro­tag­o­nist) and they were all hor­ri­ble peo­ple. That breed­ing of dis­trust for the sis­ter­hood always raises my hack­les and most peo­ple won’t be both­ered by that. I would have liked the atmos­phere of New Bei­jing to feel more… atmos­pherey, ya know? The actual loca­tion felt a lit­tle under devel­oped in that regards. Sure I don’t expect every sen­tence would be filled with reminders to the loca­tion but I wanted to feel the city and the peo­ple and the world – which I often didn’t. I hope there’s more cyber­punk in the next one. Hov­er­cars, screens, id bracelets, androids and cyborgs is cool but let’s amp up the imag­i­na­tion! Let’s build that world and make it even more fantasmagorical! But mostly, Meyer is seri­ously on my shitlist for that end­ing! I can’t believe I have to wait until Scar­let! SO UNFAIR! How could you?! Do you hate us? Are you try­ing to pun­ish us? What, oh WHAT did we ever do to deserve the agony of hav­ing to wait for Scarlet? I may never for­give. Unless, ya know, Scar­let is REALLY awesome. I will await my sen­tenc­ing until then!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” This book is like eating chocolate and treasuring each page, you are transported into a fantasy world, you want to dance sing, recommend it and so much more. Maybe it will not be for everyone – but alas I am not everyone, and love reading YA books, I love Cinderella feeling you get when reading a book, and feeling like a kid again, so maybe I am still a kid at heart, but anything that takes me away for day to day misery is a winner i “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” This book is like eating chocolate and treasuring each page, you are transported into a fantasy world, you want to dance sing, recommend it and so much more. Maybe it will not be for everyone – but alas I am not everyone, and love reading YA books, I love Cinderella feeling you get when reading a book, and feeling like a kid again, so maybe I am still a kid at heart, but anything that takes me away for day to day misery is a winner in my book, and I love watching movies, a few examples – The Lion king, Bambi, Tarzan – YEAH I KNOW – I am too old for that but who cares I do not care – and I AM NOT ASHAMED TO ADMIT IT This is another book I am going to buy and add to my book shelve, “I am not worth starting a war over.” His eyes brightened behind the spectacles. He looked young for a moment, almost giddy. “Actually, you are.” She cocked her head, squinting at him. Maybe he really was mad.” A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjIss... Cinderella Trailer Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Paqv... Cinderella - Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i28UE... A few paragraphs / quotes → I loved Lily James - A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (from Disney’s “Cinderella”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zye-4... “I found your pretty new mechanic down in the lobby, and she tells me she’s here to check on the med-droids again. You know I could get you funding for some upgraded models if you require it.” Cinder started at that simple word—pretty—but neither Kai nor Dr. Erland looked at her. Teetering” “Cinder tapped her fingers against her hip. Repairs—what a very cyborg term.” “She was immune. She was important.” “She sounded about as displeased as a cat who’d just cornered a mouse.” “a willow tree was weeping from the heavy rain, a coy pond nearly overflowing.” “She could be anyone. Become anyone. The thought both sickened and frightened her, but the resolve made her calm again.” “It’s not like wires are contagious,” “Her body simultaneously yearned to close the gap between them and push him away. The anticipation that warmed her lips made it impossible to do either. “My sincerest condolences, Your Highness. In more ways than one, it seems.” Recommend to the following type of readers: → Over 12 etc. To the Author AMAZING!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Evgnossia O'Hara

    Now I know what the hype is all about🙈🙉🙊 I didn't expect to love this book so much. But, I'm really glad that I've got the chance to start this series. Kai❤Cinder❤Iko❤

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christine Riccio

    Really enjoyed Cinder! It's more of a 4.35 stars in my book! Not 5 because I DIDN'T HEAD OVER HEELS LOVE IT, but i'm super excited as to where this series is going, I have a full booktallk/discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV9x3...

  22. 3 out of 5

    Brandi

    Super heavy sigh 1.5 stars is more of what I felt for this (actually as time passes I dislike this more and more). There might be some spoiler-ish information through here, so don't read the tags if you don't want to know, but I will do my best to not spoil it outside of the tags. I'm in the minority when it comes to the lack of adoration towards this book, and I just don't get it. There were so many things that annoyed me that I couldn't really focus on the story. Cinder is a cyborg version of Ci Super heavy sigh 1.5 stars is more of what I felt for this (actually as time passes I dislike this more and more). There might be some spoiler-ish information through here, so don't read the tags if you don't want to know, but I will do my best to not spoil it outside of the tags. I'm in the minority when it comes to the lack of adoration towards this book, and I just don't get it. There were so many things that annoyed me that I couldn't really focus on the story. Cinder is a cyborg version of Cinderella. Awesome idea, and I have to give the author credit for putting a new spin on an old story, but I just couldn't get invested in Cinder no matter how much I tried to make myself. She was almost tstl for me. (view spoiler)[Now I'm just going to dump as much of my irritation off into here as I can remember. You guys are so lucky, lol. So she gets told that the disease can be transmitted on clothes and that it takes an hour or more for it to die. Then tell me why she leaves Peony and goes right to the prince?! She does this shit twice! She gives that boy the antidote without any thought of the repercussions, and I'm not saying he shouldn't have lived, but come on! This chick never thinks!!!!! Like she finds that old car and is determined to fix it but it has no headlights, and the only reason I even mention that is when she points out how she was thankful for the lights from the houses on the way to the palace. Then she crashes...because she can't see. How the hell are you going to get to wherever you are going without being able to see at night? Only travel during the day? Ok fine, but I don't see her doing that since she points out that she will be a fugitive (at least that is what I gathered from her thoughts). Also, how are the roads?!?! Really. If that car is SO old, and the main mode of travel is hovercrafts, than how does she expect to get to Europe and be able to find gas? How far away is Europe from the Commonwealth anyway? I took it to mean that boundaries were changed after WW4 so for all I know the "new"(?) Europe isn't that far. Would it have been too much to ask for some explanations in this book? What the hell does the T.E. stand for?! What in the name of God happened to make the Lunars hate the Earthens? By the way, I liked that name, lol. We get told that they had been people but were no longer, and yet they have the exact looks of humans. The only thing they seem to do is make their appearance better with their energy manipulations. So how is it that they aren't humans but still look, act, and think the way humans do? I just didn't get that. I thought maybe they would have green skin or something, haha. Oh man, there's more but I'm losing my train of thought. How about her wearing Peony's dress, and not even needing to take a moment to be sad about it? She was also GLAD to see the wrinkles, and grease, on the dress and gloves! Then she was totally fine with showing up looking like a damned drowned rat to the EMPERORS effin ball! I would have understood being wet...to a point...but she was knowingly wearing stained clothes to the ball, and just didn't care. I also got incredibly annoyed with how many times I noticed inconsistencies. For example, Cinder refers to her arms typically in that only one can feel, and then a little bit later she makes a remark about BOTH feeling. She has a computer brain, but her eyes are hers? How did the lights from her scans show up in them? How was she able to remain with her human emotions with a computer for a brain? How did she have dreams anyway? Especially since we all knew that they were dreams of her being burned courtesy of how often she mentioned it (was it supposed to be that obvious, lol. I hope so). The part when the Emprorer died Kai says he ran all the way there and had to stop to catch his breath, but I have no idea how far he ran. I even left myself a note that said--well how fucking far did he go?!--I get very frustrated with loose books. I want to KNOW damnit, and even more so when the floor number of his room is provided. Kai was very immature for someone who would have been groomed his entire life for his role. I'm fine with his going to the market in secret, and even flirting with Cinder, but when he can't even show up to a meeting with world leaders I get annoyed. I kept thinking of Prince William funny enough, and how he would never do that, haha. True story. And WHY was he telling Cinder about war plans and such?! Really. I get that Iko was supposed to be the funny sidekick, and she kind of was for me, but even she fell flat. I was picturing her as a blue robot, but at one point it says she's white. Minor detail I know, but that whole aspect annoyed me. Wow, not much seems like it didn't annoy me eh? haha! The last thing I will harp on is the whole cyborgs are less than second class citizens. They are told how they aren't human. They are walking investments! More of whom were mainly human from what I could tell. Even Cinder with her electronic brain was the picture of what a human is. She felt all the emotions that humans feel she just couldn't cry or blush. I want to know why they were treated like that. Oh my word, I just checked the notes I made on my Kindle, and I have some 19 notes, and 11 pages of highlights. Almost all of them are the times I caught some inconsistency. Like the guy telling Kai that the Lunars had that army, and following it up with saying they would attack within six months? How did he pick that time frame when they just saw the army? Bah. It was all just too loose. (hide spoiler)] And well I guess that's about it for me, haha!! I did not realize I would spend the whole review just ranting, but that's how I felt reading this. Just...wait for it...annoyed. Haha.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arooj

    Review after re-re-reading from Feb 27th to March 1st 2013: Read it again for the third time! What can I say, I just love this book. So much that I want to marry it. Seriously. I love Cinder. And Iko. And Kai. And I really want to bitch slap Adri and Queen Levana. I swear, every time I read this book, they seem to get bitchier and bitchier. I am now ready to start Scarlet! OHMAGERD I'M SO EFFIN' EXCITED XD. Review after re-reading from Oct 3rd to 4th 2012: Oh my stars. I didn't think it was possible Review after re-re-reading from Feb 27th to March 1st 2013: Read it again for the third time! What can I say, I just love this book. So much that I want to marry it. Seriously. I love Cinder. And Iko. And Kai. And I really want to bitch slap Adri and Queen Levana. I swear, every time I read this book, they seem to get bitchier and bitchier. I am now ready to start Scarlet! OHMAGERD I'M SO EFFIN' EXCITED XD. Review after re-reading from Oct 3rd to 4th 2012: Oh my stars. I didn't think it was possible, but Cinder was even better the second time around. How can a book be this perfect? GAH! This is the first book I've re-read in a loooooong time, as I rarely ever re-read books. This just shows how awesome Cinder is. I found a lot more little details that I hadn't noticed before. Like how Iko refers to the old, ugly orange car as a "pumpkin" (teehee). And how Dr. Erland kept smiling secretly everytime he talked to Cinder about Lunars. Cinder...her situation broke my heart. I can really connect with her. So much that at times it felt like I was actually her. I really want Iko as a best friend! Forget humans. And Kai? Dude. LET'S GO GET MARRIED! XD I'm praying to all the Book Gods above for the release date of Scarlet to move up. I promise I'll read more. I promise to give more books a chance. I promise I won't judge a book before I read it. JUST GIVE ME SCARLET! >.< Review after reading for the first time (Feb 5th to Feb 7th 2012): HOLY CHEESUS. People. PEOPLE. This book...I-I... I think I'm in love. *gazes at the book* OHMAGOSH IT WAS SO GOOD! When I first heard about this book, I was very skeptical. See, I'm not a big fan of the whole fairytale re-telling thing. You have to actually know the fairy tales well to understand the re-tellings. I do know many fairy tales, everyone has heard at least one right? But I'm no expert on them. But if anyone asked me what my favourite fairytale is, I'd say Cinderella. I dunno, I just love Cinderella's story. But some re-tellings fail horribly. Hearing all the buzz about this book, I couldn't help but be intrigued. Eventually, I was practically DYING to read it. There was a teeny, tiny part of my brain warning me not too get too excited in case this book fails as well. From the first chapter, I fell for this book. HARD. The Good - The first thing I want to talk about, which is the most important thing, was how well the author molded the Cinderella fairytale into this re-telling. And it was not done well. Nope. It was done AMAZINGLY well. The evil stepmother and step-sisters, the prince, the ball, the "shoe" left behind *sigh*. It was all just so well done. I was following the original Cinderella story in my head and kept matching it to the story, half-afraid that the author would mess up and leave something out, but she didn't. I applaud her. - I loved the setting! Not many dystopian books I've read take place in places other than North America but this book took place in New Beijing. I thought it was very creative and unique. The only thing I was a bit confused about was the language. I wasn't sure if EVERYONE was speaking English, or Beijing's national language (which I think is Mandarin - I might be wrong) and we were reading the translated version. Cinder did mention different accents, but I wasn't sure. Aside from that, I loved the setting. - The plot was well thought out in accordance to the fairytale. I completely fell in love with Cinder's story. I also loved the Lunar concept. I had figured out a thing or two myself, but the twists in this story had me gasping left and right. - The romance! GAH! It wasn't heavy, nor was it minimum, just enough amount to fit the story. But it was SO good. I was squealing over and over again! GAAAH! - Oh, and the cover. LOVE IT! I am sick and tired of seeing covers with girls in dresses and while they can be very pretty, most of them barely show what the book is actually about. The cover of Cinder is not only gorgeous and eye-catching, but also show sort of a glimpse of the story. It's very creepy, with the robotic limbs and the shoe. I can't stop staring at this cover. I won't be including The In-Betweens or The Bad sections in this review because this book was just perfect. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that with every page that I turned, I was nearing the end. Which I did not want. I tried reading as slow as possible, but I also had to know how this ended! GAH! The Characters - I've read a few books before where the main character is part human and part machine, but Cinder was different. She had all these cool features, like the internet installed in her brain, the choice to shut out noises, and even compartments inside her leg to store stuff. Oh, the many times when I wished I could do that. Cinder was a great character to read and man, I felt so bad for her. She did not deserve to be treated this way. But she fights back and the more she rebelled, the more I loved her. In a way, I could understand her feelings and felt very connected to her. I nearly cried for her at the ending. - Iko! AH! If I could have a robot as a sidekick, I'd want Iko. She's probably the girliest robot I know. - I HATED Adri. She was worse than the original stepmother. I wished she'd gotten the disease. - Kai. Prince Kai. Give me a second to squeal first. *KKYYYAAAAAHHH!!!* Ahem, anyways. Kai was...so awesome. I don't even know how to describe how awesome he is. He was cute, funny, and incredibly HOT. If I lived in New Beijing, I'd no doubt be one of the girls fawning over him (though I probably wouldn't be as obvious). I mean, he's a freakin' PRINCE. About to be Emperor. Damn. But he was also a regular guy. Who was freaked out over the thought of ruling an actual country, finding a cure for the disease, and being a leader to thousands of people. That's a lot for a guy his age. But he was also strong and I believe that he will be a GREAT leader. I cant wait to see how he develops in the future novels. - And then there's Queen Levana. All I want to say about her, is that I hope this itch with a capital B gets taught a lesson. Recommended? HELL FREAKIN' YEAH! Unless, you know, you don't like Cinderella...or cyborgs...or hot Asian Princes... So, basically, this book was epic. Epic x100. I have a lot more to say about this book, but my brain is all jumbled and I can't form proper sentences, but the point is, YOU NEED TO GET THIS BOOK. I'm so glad I listened to myself and bought the book instead of taking it out from the library because if I had, I would have gotten in trouble for stealing a book from the library. But now I can hold this book in my hands, and NO ONE CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME! HAH! Why oh WHY is the next book so far away? *sigh* I'm gonna go and continue what I was doing before. *gazes at Cinder*

  24. 3 out of 5

    Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

    REVIEW TO COME TODAY My heart : Are you ready to be broken twice by this series? Me : SSSSSSHHHHHHH, I LOVE BEING BROKEN BY BOOKS. I'm rereading it I WILL REREAD THIS SERIES THIS YEAR First Read Review : (view spoiler)[I knew this book a months ago because my sister told me,she said this book was awesome and most of people on goodreads liked it or even loved it and then checked on goodreads about this book and i read the blurb and i was like but because i didn't have any books to read,i d REVIEW TO COME TODAY My heart : Are you ready to be broken twice by this series? Me : SSSSSSHHHHHHH, I LOVE BEING BROKEN BY BOOKS. I'm rereading it I WILL REREAD THIS SERIES THIS YEAR First Read Review : (view spoiler)[I knew this book a months ago because my sister told me,she said this book was awesome and most of people on goodreads liked it or even loved it and then checked on goodreads about this book and i read the blurb and i was like but because i didn't have any books to read,i decided to read this book and the story was oh my god i couldn't even describe my feeling,it was so so amazing WOWWWWW!! what i loved: the characters Kai:he's a prince and i liked him so much,he so kind to Cinder and actually i love a cold hearted guy but when i read this book i felt so happy to read Kai from Cinder's POV and he always made grinning and smiling and i'm sure he has a handsome face too. Cinder:i already knew (view spoiler)[she's a princess (hide spoiler)] before he told her and i really enjoyed reading from her POV,she's really brave and kind and i really hated her family Adrian is her step mother and she's really really wicked and i hate Cinder's sibling too but i loved Peony and i adored her so much,she's one of Cinder's siblings and she's so kind (view spoiler)[i cried so much when she died,i really felt Cinder's sadness :( (hide spoiler)] the story the story was so so amazing i felt like this was movie that played in my head instead of a book,and the ending was really really (view spoiler)[annoying and i cried when Kai said those word toward Cinder, i felt like he just broke my heart into tiny pieces (hide spoiler)] i highly recommend this book to anyone who loves sweet romance,fantasy without a triangle love. this book was so so amazing and loved it so so much!! (hide spoiler)] Second Read Review : 4,5 stars "Then my only mistake was in waiting too long to be rid of you," Adri said, running the washcloth between her fingers."Believe me, Cinder. You are a sacrifice I will never regret." Before I start reviewing this book, I want to say thank you to my big sister, who recommended me this book back in 2015 and she said it's awesome but that time I kind of ignored her recommendation because I thought this book wouldn't be fun and I wouldn't like this book but few months later, I decided to read it because I didn't have any books to read or I didn't know what to read and I remember that time, I realized I should've read this book sooner and I should've trusted my big sister's recommendation and my big sister was also the one who helped me to become a reader when I was a person who hated books. So thank you and I love you so much, sis. ❤❤ okay, now let's talk about the book! this book tells us about a 16 year old girl named Linh Cinder. She is a mechanic and a cyborg. She lives with her stepmother, Linh Adri and two stepsisters, Linh Pearl and Linh Peony and the Peony gets infected by Letumosis, the disease that has killed so many people and Cinder's stepmother blames her and then Adri volunteers Cinder to the plague research that no one has survived the testing and soon Cinder realizes that she is not just a mechanic and a cyborg. She is something more. Something more important ... you must be wondering, what happened until Cinder become a cyborg? Does Peony survive Letumosis? Does Cinder survive the testing? and what happens next? well, of course, I won't tell you anything. just read the book. it was soo good! now, I'm going to tell you why I gave this book 4,5 stars The Story and The Pacing to be honest, the story or the plot was predictable and I remembered the first time I read the book, I already could predict the plot twist (view spoiler)[I didn't think that Cinder was lunar at all, I was shocked when I knew that but I already had this thoughts that Cinder was Princess Selene and I was right, it was pretty predictable (hide spoiler)] but even though it's a bit predictable, it still managed to make me entertained and it wasn't boring at all! I never felt bored reading it, even though it was the second time I read it and it was sooo interesting. and I love the pacing! it's not fast but it's not slow either. the pace was perfect! and I enjoyed this kind of pace. not too slow or too fast. I like slow pacing books so I can get to know the characters but if it's too slow then I will get bored but if it's too fast then I'll get annoyed. so the pacing in this book was perfect. not too slow and not too fast. I enjoyed it so much. The Romance The romance was great and it's slow burn and no love triangles. just like I said this book was a reread so I know which guy that I love most but he's not Kai. he's not even in this book, he's in the second book and the romance in this book was fine. I don't have any problem with it. sometimes, Kai and Cinder made me smile and sigh and the romance was quite sweet but to be honest, Kai and Cinder's romance isn't really my favorite. it was just fine and a little bit sweet. The Characters I LOVE IKO!! OMG! SHE IS THE CUTEST! God, I wish she were real, I would be very happy to have an android like her in my real life. she's really funny and most of the time, Iko could make me laugh and I rarely laugh when I read. just read the book and you'll know how cute she is. you'll feel like you want to hug her forever. she is the cutest! Cinder is so lucky to have her. and all the characters in this book seem real. like the villain even made me so angry and I wished she died already. she was really evil and cruel and I wanted to kick this b*tch in face! this book isn't my favorite in this series but I still enjoyed it and I can't wait to reread the second book! *jumps up and down* thank you guys for reading and liking this review and I hope you all have a great day! ❤❤❤

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sana

    Somewhere between 3 1/2 to 4 stars. (I'll probably edit this review later) Aside from the fact that this was really predictable and not much of a shocker (probably because I read a spoiler, but I'm pretty sure even if I didn't read the spoiler I would have guessed it), this was an enjoyable read. Some things I liked: ~Kai and Cinder's romance. So cute I can't even. <3 ~A cool-ass Cyborg girl. ~It was fast-paced for me. It was a really quick read. ~Prince Kai. He was so damn sweet and cute. ;) ~ (vi Somewhere between 3 1/2 to 4 stars. (I'll probably edit this review later) Aside from the fact that this was really predictable and not much of a shocker (probably because I read a spoiler, but I'm pretty sure even if I didn't read the spoiler I would have guessed it), this was an enjoyable read. Some things I liked: ~Kai and Cinder's romance. So cute I can't even. <3 ~A cool-ass Cyborg girl. ~It was fast-paced for me. It was a really quick read. ~Prince Kai. He was so damn sweet and cute. ;) ~ (view spoiler)[Peony was it? Yeah, her death. (hide spoiler)] I didn't care about her and I don't care how harsh that sounds. :) ~The whole Cinderella thing. When I was about 6 or 7 years old, Cinderella was my favorite princess, and I watched the fucking movie at least 20 times when I was little. (No joke guys.) But obviously Cinder is a much more cooler and kickass version of Cinderella. What I didn't like: ~It was predictable as fuck? Not much of a shocker. When the twist came I was like, "Oh, okay." ~Levana; someone lend me a knife please. Just going to quickly stab this ugly bitch and return it. Thanks! :) ____________________________________________________________________ Lol I read a spoiler. ಠ_ಠ ~.~ FINALLY GOING TO READ THIS.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Candace

    I've had this book on my radar for a long time now. With all the rave reviews and hype surrounding this book, I had psyched myself out for a spectacular read. Unfortunately, I also set myself up for disappointment. I liked the story, but definitely didn't fall in love with it like so many of my friends did. A futuristic Cinderella story, 'Cinder' tells the story of a young cyborg mechanic. Cinder is forced to forfeit all of her earnings to her guardian, the woman that adopted her begrudgingly yea I've had this book on my radar for a long time now. With all the rave reviews and hype surrounding this book, I had psyched myself out for a spectacular read. Unfortunately, I also set myself up for disappointment. I liked the story, but definitely didn't fall in love with it like so many of my friends did. A futuristic Cinderella story, 'Cinder' tells the story of a young cyborg mechanic. Cinder is forced to forfeit all of her earnings to her guardian, the woman that adopted her begrudgingly years ago when her husband brought Cinder home shortly before he died. Constantly reminded by her guardian that she is less than human, Cinder's daily existence is bleak. When the Prince unexpectantly seeks out Cinder's mechanical skills to fix an android, the story begins to get interesting. Of course, the prince is the object of every girl's fantasies, and he's genuinely nice. From the start, he shows Cinder a great amount of interest. With a pandemic plague terrifying Earth's population, and the wicked Lunar Queen lurking in the background, there is a constant feeling of danger in Cinder's world. Yet, despite everything, I never felt a strong connection to the story. There isn't any single thing I can put my finger on. It's a case of "It's not you, it's me". Overall, I liked the story, but didn't love it. It was sweet, but maybe too sweet for me. At some point, I might read the second book in the series. I can't help but feel like I'm missing something with all the glowing reviews that this series has received.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Zapata

    Este era uno de esos libros que empiezas con grandes expectativas y que al final eso juega en tu contra. Tengo que reconocer que la portada y la edición son hermosas y estan muy bien acabadas, pero si me voy a la historia, siento que es bastante floja y que me quedó debiendo. El inicio del libro fue bastante lento, siento que la autora se lió un poco para explicar el mundo que había creado, ya que estaba muy perdida y tardé bastante para meterme en la historia. Pero luego de hacer el esfuerzo par Este era uno de esos libros que empiezas con grandes expectativas y que al final eso juega en tu contra. Tengo que reconocer que la portada y la edición son hermosas y estan muy bien acabadas, pero si me voy a la historia, siento que es bastante floja y que me quedó debiendo. El inicio del libro fue bastante lento, siento que la autora se lió un poco para explicar el mundo que había creado, ya que estaba muy perdida y tardé bastante para meterme en la historia. Pero luego de hacer el esfuerzo para continuar con la lectura logró atraparme y entretenerme bastante. Reseña Completa: http://bastvilard.blogspot.com.co/201...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fables&Wren

    WrensReads Review: I’m a sucker for retellings. I am not sure why it has taken me this long to read a retelling that is so unbelievably popular, but hey, I’ve read it now and even though I am a little late to the party, I am with the hype. This is a fairy-tale meets robots meets futuristic world. I have never read anything with that description, but if I ever see anything that has it, I won’t pre-judge based off of the fact that I absolutely love the setting in the first installment of The Lunar Ch WrensReads Review: I’m a sucker for retellings. I am not sure why it has taken me this long to read a retelling that is so unbelievably popular, but hey, I’ve read it now and even though I am a little late to the party, I am with the hype. This is a fairy-tale meets robots meets futuristic world. I have never read anything with that description, but if I ever see anything that has it, I won’t pre-judge based off of the fact that I absolutely love the setting in the first installment of The Lunar Chronicles. It is a tiny bit slow in the beginning, but JUST DO NOT STOP. Cinder, my Cinder. What in the world is on your leg and hand, Cinder? “I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.” Oh so our heroine is a cyborg. That’s fine, right? I mean sometime in the future, we are bound to have robotic parts replacing human parts that don’t work. She’s a mechanic too. So she’s basically a robot doctor. Or doctor. She's a doctor. For cyborgs. “Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?” Well the prince brings her a, err, client to fix. Literally the first chapter is the two meeting. And guess what? IT IS NOT INSTA-LOVE AND IT IS THE BEST! One of Cinder(ella)’ s evil step sister’s has “the plague” and Cinder is blamed for her having it. Even though she doesn’t have it. Why doesn’t she have it? Beats me guys, read the book. So let me just send out a list of things that don’t technically change from the original story. There is a dramatic entrance. Even though I think we glazed over the "until midnight part," there is the dramatic "everyone turns and looks," just like the story everyone knows and loves. There’s a pretty dress and a, err, foot/shoe problem. Foot problem, we will just go with that. We have the prince, and might I say he is very sarcastic and a gem to read about. Prince Kai is a hoot. I need more princes like him. There is a ball that we are all just so anxious to get to. And BONUS there’s an evil queen. Now I might be mistaken, but I think she has something to do with the Snow White thread. Because she has an aversion to mirrors. I hope that she lives up to all the talk in the book. She didn't seem all that evil to me. I mean, I don't HOPE she's going to be super evil... but I kind of do. AND TWIST there isn’t an happily ever after. Because there are like three other books plus probably some novellas. I just… my Disney-based heart is full. I need book two please. Oh, and who is Thorne? WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    THIS WAS REALLY GOOD???????? Like I totally didn't expect to like it as much as I did!! I was hesitant about the whole cyborg aspect but I actually loved it. CINDER IS MY SWEET FIERCE SMARTASS BABY. This was a buddy read with the YA Book Bloggers squad <3 RTC (maybe) May 14th 2017: Alright guys, I have finally caved and added the book to my TBR. I had absolutely no interest in reading it but my dear friend Mandy (how do I link to someone's profile again???) convinced me that it was worth it so he THIS WAS REALLY GOOD???????? Like I totally didn't expect to like it as much as I did!! I was hesitant about the whole cyborg aspect but I actually loved it. CINDER IS MY SWEET FIERCE SMARTASS BABY. This was a buddy read with the YA Book Bloggers squad <3 RTC (maybe) May 14th 2017: Alright guys, I have finally caved and added the book to my TBR. I had absolutely no interest in reading it but my dear friend Mandy (how do I link to someone's profile again???) convinced me that it was worth it so here I am! :D

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles Series. I feel that I am one of the last ones to read this book. I listened to the audiobook. It was done very well. This book retells the fairy tale of Cinderella. Cinder replaces Cinderella. She is a mechanic cyborg named Cinder instead of Cinderella. There is a plague called letumosis that is killing off the population. Cinder spends her days in New Beijing doing mechanical repairs to earn money for her very mean step mother. Her two sisters will This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles Series. I feel that I am one of the last ones to read this book. I listened to the audiobook. It was done very well. This book retells the fairy tale of Cinderella. Cinder replaces Cinderella. She is a mechanic cyborg named Cinder instead of Cinderella. There is a plague called letumosis that is killing off the population. Cinder spends her days in New Beijing doing mechanical repairs to earn money for her very mean step mother. Her two sisters will attend Prince Kai’s ball wearing beautiful gowns; Cinder, is so upset because her mother won't let her go. But then the handsome prince approaches Cinder’s work as a customer, starting a chain of events that links her with the prince and with a palace doctor who’s researching letumosis vaccines. This doctor collects cyborgs as test subjects but none survive. But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for. Cinder’s loses her prosthetic foot by the palace. Lunars are controlling the minds of people in the country. Lunars are from the moon. Lunar Evil Queen Levana thinks that the prince is hiding Lunars. There is a connection between Cinder and Wicked Queen Levana that is predictable. I loved this Cinderella tale and can't wait to read the second book. I just loved Cinder. I really loved the characterization of her character. She was witty, very brave, caring, and she kicked ass. She also was flawed. The prince's character was done very well too. I didn't like her mean step mother of course or Evil Queen Levana but who would, they also were done so well. I thought this book lived up to the hype. I put off reading this book, and I wish I had not. I was surprised how much I liked it. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series.

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