Monday, July 2, 2012

Cozy Summer Reading: CINDER Review

Happy Monday peaches!

I have a great review for you today over a book that I've seen on many TBR lists lately. I was happy to get my hands on this book and even happier to read it!

Here we go with another Auggie-Talk review!

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Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: January 3, 2012
Pages: 387

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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.

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Alright! Auggie-Talk is going to start featuring another bit of fun in the REVIEW sections of the blog. The new tradition is called "MIDDLE THOUGHTS".

This section will feature thoughts that I had while reading the book. This includes conclusions that I came to, guesses that I made about the plot, and my changing feelings towards the book.

This section may feature spoilers. I will do my best to cover these with the appropriate spoiler warning, but some may escape so just skip right on to the full review if you're concerned about reading something that might ruin your read.

This book was so fantastic that I really didn't have any CHANGING feelings towards it, other than the fact that I kept getting more interested. So all I have to share with you guys today in MIDDLE THOUGHTS are some of the theories and guesses I had about the plot while I was reading. 

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Thoughts and Guesses:

Pg 44 - I theorize that Cinder is the princess Selene. (Correct)

A few pages later - That old car is her "carriage". (Correct)

Pg. 120 - I theorize the Doctor is a Lunar. (Correct)

Pg 120 - I then theorize that the Doctor knows that Cinder is princess Selene. (Correct)

Pg. 120 - I guess that the illness is due to the Lunars, which is why Cinder is immune. (Partly correct)

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WOOOOW!!! This was absolutely one of the best books that I have read in a very long time. At no point throughout the book did I think "Give me a break"or scoff at a poorly constructed story line, plot flaw, or character flatness.

At no point while reading this book did I think "Will this book never end?". It was quite the opposite. By the end of the book I was getting anxious at the slimming number of pages that I had left to read. Upon reaching the last 3 pages I slowed down my reading so that I could savor the pages even more, because there won't be another Lunar Trilogy book out for a while (this one was only just released in January of this year.)

I'm a sucker for re-told fairytales. The more creative the better and, goodness, was this one creative. The main character, Cinder, is a strong girl but Meyer doesn't overdo it with the superhuman emotions. Cinder has a hard time dealing with things. She gets scared. She becomes sad. She has fits... but they don't result some kind of catastrophe that could endanger the planet. Cinder is not over-the-top like many YA fantasy books are these days.

Cinder is a likable girl, her step-family not so much. The injustices done to her at the hands of other people just make you angry. The fact that Meyer can pull emotion out of the reader like that says something for her writing.

Prince Kai was a good love interest for Cinder, a handsome guy but not so much so that it was completely unbelievable. His attraction to Cinder, while surprising, is not random or completely odd. He is not overly devoted, weirdly protective, and maintains his human flaws.

The story line is compelling, the characters believable and loveable (or hateable, depending on which ones we're talking about here.), the imagery was full bodied without being overwhelming or boring. The main character actually had a PERSONALITY, which is a big one for YA fiction these days it seems. New Beijing is a place you can feel you've been to before, a place you've experienced for yourself. That is some darn-good-writing.

Anyway. I will ABSOLUTELY be picking up the next book by Meyer. I read through this book in a day, I was hardly able to put it down. I highly recommend this book and very vehemently give it a 5/5.


Powell's Books: $12.50
Amazon: $10.54
Kindle: $9.99
Nook: Not available in full form.

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That's all for this Monday guys and dolls!

Tune in tomorrow for the first installment of July's TRILOGY TUESDAY!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!



  1. This is one I plan on reading--have heard so much about it. And I have read several reviews, but this one makes the most sense.

    It is on my shelf--have to read, have to read!!

  2. I just won a copy of this book and now I'm excited to read it! Great review :)