Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by: Marissa Meyer (2012)
Source: The Library
My Review: I really enjoy a well done fairy tell retelling and although slightly too weird for my tastes, Cinder didn’t disappoint. All of the characters are interesting and I enjoyed the setting. Cinder, a cyborg, is an interesting character that is easy to feel for, I mean she does have an evil stepmother and an evil stepsister and they treat her like crap, so who wouldn’t feel for this young girl? I love that Cinder has a built in lie detector, I would love that, or maybe I wouldn’t, but either way it is pretty neat. I love her friend/android Iko. I was intrigued by the prince and found him to be quite cute, and all the other minor characters were pretty nicely fleshed out as well. I enjoyed Cinder and have no problem recommending it to other fairy tale retelling fans out there, but I would warn them that it is pretty sci-fi, because I just wasn’t expecting the book to be so weird. Overall, Cinder was a fun read.
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by: Marissa Meyer (2012)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: The Library
My Review: Scarlet is even better than Cinder. I wasn’t a huge fan of Cinder, but I’m a huge fan of Scarlet. Part of the reason as to why I liked this book more than the first is because I was prepared for all the weirdness (people from the moon with magical powers, cyborgs, etc.) this time. Not to mention that I loved the new characters that we are introduced to in this second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Thorne is a little smart ass devilishly handsome man, Wolf is a delicious bad boy incarnate, Scarlet is that strong female heroine I love in my books, and Cinder is also back. I love how Meyer wove the Little Red Ridding Hood fairy tale into this book, it was definitely unique. There was more adventure in Scarlet, which is a major plus for me. At first I was worried this book was going to be way too predictable, but I was proven wrong the more I kept reading, boy was I not disappointed. I enjoyed this book so much more than Cinder that I would recommend people read this series solely based off the awesomeness that is Scarlet. Scarlet has better characters, more adventure, better/less predictable twists, and like I mentioned earlier, the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale was by far superior to the Cinderella one.
My Rating: 4.5/5