March 13, 2014

Review: Cress by: Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by: Marissa Meyer (Feb. 2014)
550 pages
Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Fairy Tale Retelling
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: The Library
Goodreads Summary: Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

My Review

Cress is by far the best book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Cinder was just a nice read, Scarlet was a great read, and Cress was an amazing read. Each book just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to see what Winter brings to the table.

My very short review: SO MANY FEELS and the BEST SHIP EVER! (Obviously this review is going to be a big mash-up of praise and love and swoons.)

If you haven’t read this series I have no idea what you are waiting for. Cress will make you swoon, shock you, make you laugh, give you even more answers to what is going on, introduce you to new characters and bring back the best, and give you so many intense feels. You know what is even better? Cress is pretty long at over 500 pages. Sadly, it doesn't even feel that long because it just flies by, but it was nice to get a lot of fantastic time with the lovely characters. 

Cress is adorable. She made me laugh and smile and I want her to be my friend. Cinder is really starting to grow on me. I heart Wolf so hard, and I wish I could go into the pages and hug him for so many reasons. The readers also get a little more face time with Kai, which is never a bad thing, and more of the amusing Iko. Now let’s talk about the most important, best ship ever, the one that has me salivating, the one that kills me when I can’t continue reading about them, Cress and Thorne. I loved getting to find out even more about the people who are Thorne and Cress. I really hope they play a huge role in Winter, because I need more. I think Thorne is my new drug.

I don’t know if this even makes sense, but Meyer manages to be an even better story teller the third time around. I was completely immersed in the world she created, there are twists and turns I didn’t expect, (she is sneaky) and most importantly, she makes the characters come alive. I’m not going to go into the plot any further because I refuse to spoil it for you if you have yet to read it.

After reading this review I’m sure you know who I would recommend this book to…EVERYONE. After all of the books in the series are published I plan to buy a gorgeous set of them and put them proudly on my shelf.


  1. OK, now I know this is a bit unfair, but just reading the summary of this one, without knowing anything about the earlier books, it's like reading Greek to me! I know you love this series and recommend it as a great YA re-telling, but I'm still not sure :/ Maybe a library borrow one day?

    1. Oh I believe that it is like reading Greek. I would stick with the library borrow...because I'm still not sure how much you would like it. but at the same time I think since you like retellings it is a risk you should take. :) If it helps you decide when to read the series the last book comes out at the beginning of next year.

  2. Everyone says this is amazing! I have Cinder so I do want to start this series soon. I love how it gets better and better with each new book. Sounds like a cast of amazing characters :D

    1. I don't think I've ever read a series where each book trumps the last one. :D Oh and the characters are excellent. I hope you read it and enjoy it!

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed Cress! And the fact that it's by far the best book in the Lunar Chronicles series is so exciting. My daughter and I have the first two books, and we just need to pick this one up. So glad to hear that Cress is just as wonderful if not even better. :)

    1. I hope you enjoy them! That is great if you read them together! You will probably have a lot to talk about. :)

  4. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (can my comment just be exclamation points?)

    There are not many books where I love ALL of the characters as much and as completely as I love the characters in this series. It is a rare treat. And I am AMAZED at how talented of a storyteller Marissa Meyer is. She has taken favorite fairy tales and created something so wonderful and utterly unique. This will always be one of my most cherished series. I cannot gush about it enough. And Thorne <33333333

    1. BEST COMMENT EVER!! (It would still have been the best comment ever even if it was in all exclamation points, actually it may have been even better.) lol ;)

  5. I loved this book! I love this series! And I too can not wait for Winter! Winter was so weird from what we got to see of her that I'm just dying to hear her story. This series is definitely my favourite retelling series!

    Jord @ Miss Book Reviews


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