Hello everyone! I hope that everyone is doing well! It’s been a cloudy and rainy couple of days here, which is my favorite weather! It makes it super easy to curl up on the couch with a book and settle in to reading. This evening I am doing a book review on Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
As always, you can read a full description of the book HERE.
This is a science fiction retelling of Cinderella. I was honestly a little wary of this book because I am not a huge Science Fiction reader. I can’t get into those types of books very often because I don’t always understand everything that is happening (I know that seems crazy, but I just don’t). However, I can say that I did enjoy this retelling of the classic story. I love that it kept some of the classic elements of the story, but it was so different in some ways. I also enjoyed the fact that “Prince Charming” had more of a presence and storyline. He wasn’t just the good looking prince, but actually had “a brain behind the looks”. She took a character who is literally only charming in the fairytale (not always in all of the different stories and such) and gave him more inner turmoil and responsibility than is typical. He wasn’t just facing marrying someone who isn’t royal, but has other problems and issues to face.
This book contains a lot of foreshadowing of events that happen towards the end. The reader would be able to guess at some of the character reveals and storylines just by simply paying attention to different events as they happen. This does not ruin the book or the story as the ending is still unexpected and surprising. I really enjoyed this because it allowed you to see how the characters continued on while you know the real “secrets” of each character.
I absolutely love where the story left off. It is not a typical ending and leaves a lot of doors open for the future. I know that this is a quartet of stories each retelling a different fairytale, but all intermittently intertwined. I am definitely going to be at least picking up the second book as I want to see how the author handles the next fairytale (Little Red Riding Hood) and how she intertwines the different stories.