What I’ve Been Reading: Cinder Edition

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Let me first off say I loved loved loved Cinder! When I first heard of the storyline a cyborg Cinderella and read the Goodreads synopsis I though ugg that sounds so lame and not for me. But I was SO wrong! Even with my initial reactions I was still found myself curious so when my friend Mark told me it was his favorite book he’s read all year I put it on my library hold and I am so glad I did.

The retelling was so different, in a good way, than than I expected. Plus there was a second layer of story which kept things even more interesting and fresh. The main Cinderella plot points were there but they came at unexpected times and in unexpected ways so it felt clever and not just the same old story. I loved the characters.

I think the synopsis does not do this book justice. It is not to heavy on mechanics/alien stuff which to be honest I was expecting from the summary. I can only take small amounts of those. The characters all feel human just some have features or powers. And I really liked the characters. I’m assuming I’m not the only one who was unsure about Cinder but my vote is for you to give it a go. I especially think this is a good one for people who liked partials.

Unraveling byI really wanted this to be better. The idea is so fun. I was totally sucked in and then the sci fi bit happened but it felt like an info dump or the beginning of a sitcom where they tell you the premise of the story. It was just felt like a different story and took a while for the story to flow again. But it was fun I’ll definitely be checking out the next book. If you like interesting scifi and philosophical alternate reality type of stuff I think the shortcomings are worth it to pick up this book. I’m glad I read it.

The Selection by Kiera Cass – I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did but I really enjoyed it (and this is from a non-Bachelor/Bachelorette fan). It has hints of a dystopian world and aimed at an older reader both of which were perfect for me. Think of it as a Princess Academy for older folk with the hint that dystopian goodness will come into play in the sequels.

Illusions (Wings #3) by Aprilynne Pike


  1. Love hearing about your reading list!! I’m just finishing up Discovery of Witches for the second time, wanted to refresh before I start book 2. Loving it just as much as I did the first time! I’ve loved the Pyke books too!! I have the latest one waiting for me too!! I’m certainly going to go look for Cinder now too!

  2. I’ve been on the fence with Discovery of Witches but now that you recommend it I think I’ll move it up my to read list!

  3. Thanks for the recommendations. I’m going to check out Cinder right now! :-)

  4. I read Cinder a few months ago and LOVED it! The only problem is that the next books in the series aren’t written yet :( I can hardly wait. I’m going to check out some of those others; it seems like we have similar taste :) Also, I just friended you on Goodreads (Kym). Now you’ll get to see what a complete book nerd I am!


  5. I’m so glad to see your opinions of Cinder and The Selection. I’ve had my doubts about both but have kind of wanted to check them out? Since they have your seal of approval, I guess I’ll have to check them out :)

  6. Sandi those were both ones I was wary about but I definitely recommend them!

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