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Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Lunar Chronicles ~ guest review from Liz!

You guys probably already know what I think of the first two books of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Scarlet (if not, you can check out my reviews at those links!); because I read Cinder so early, and had been hearing about it from both Marissa and Ksenia for some time before that, it seems so strange to me that people I've been pushing it on for what feels like forever are just now reading it (coughLIZcough).
Also, it feels really unfair, because I've had to   w   a   i   t  so long in between them, while Liz got to jump right in to book 2. Not that I'm bitter. (And she still has to wait along with me for Cress and Winter, so... ;P )
But now that she has read them, Liz of Consumed by Books has dropped by to tell us what she thought!

Make sure to stop back by tomorrow for an excerpt of Scarlet and a giveaway of both books!

Cinder is the type of book that makes me want to cry tears of joy. Sometimes a great book idea gets put into the wrong hands and the whole thing just crashes and burns, but that wasn’t the case with Cinder at all! Cinder far surpassed my expectations and is a book that I am eager to fanatically shove into all of your faces.

Being a cyborg isn’t easy for Cinder. Although she’s respected as a mechanic, a lot of people look down on her for what she is. Cinder was a great character because even though she was angsty about who she was, she also tried to change her life for the better. While we’re on the note of characters, I loved Prince Kai! He was down to earth (no pun intended) and a sweet guy who was decidedly worthy of my swoons.

The plotting and the world in this book are both incredible. While Cinder still would have been an interesting read without the Lunars, having that extra threat gave it a nice element of political intrigue. There were also a lot of twists and turns that kept me glued to the page.

Romance, world building, and political intrigue are often three places where books go horribly awry, yet Cinder didn’t. It was a fantastic read all the way to the final page and I immediately picked up Scarlet, the sequel, which is a rarity for me. Meyer perfectly juggles these three elements so that none of them take over the story and make it feel too contrived.

I was hoping I’d like Cinder, and I wasn’t at all disappointed! I was blown out of the water, and it left me so satisfied and wishing I could feel this way about every book I get excited about it. Cinder will almost definitely be one of my favorites of 2013.

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Scarlet is the sequel to Cinder, and while I sometimes take a breather between books one and two in a series, in this case I jumped right in. Meyer added lots of interesting new facets to her world while still doing a great job of building on the existing ones. Scarlet was still immensely enjoyable, though it did touch on a few of my personal pet peeves.

Scarlet is our main character in this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Wolf is the love interest and we meet him right away. While I could see some appeal in him, the romantic plotline kind of drove me crazy for two reasons. Scarlet is drawn to Wolf, despite being well aware that she shouldn’t trust him. We all have our lapses in judgment, but I thought she was playing a bit too fast and loose on a life or death matter. I also didn’t like the fact that it all felt super instalovey.

I loved the fact that we still got to see what was going on with Cinder, Prince Kai, and Iko. Seeing how all of their lives were changing is part of what kept me turning the pages of Scarlet so rapidly. I particularly enjoyed meeting Captain Thorne.

Even though Scarlet didn’t quite live up to Cinder, I still wholly enjoyed reading it. Meyer has created a world that I love to read about. Do we seriously have to wait until 2014 for Cress?

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1 comment:

  1. Great review. I loved Cinder too and in the middle of Scarlet. I'm glad Cinder is still in the story. From some of the other reviews, I didn't think she was in it as much as she is. It's brilliant plotting for sure how she's connected to Scarlet's story.


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