Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Cinder wouldn't fit in at a formal ball, anyway. Even if she did find dress gloves and slippers that could hide her metal monstrosities, her mousy hair would never hold a curl, and she didn't know the first thing about makeup. She would end up sitting just off the dancefloor and making fun od the girls who swooned to get Prince Kai's attention, pretending she wasn't jealous. Pretending it didn't bother her. Although, she was curious about the food. And the prince did know her now, sort of. He had been kind to her at the market. Perhaps he would ask her to dance. Out of politeness. Out of chivalry, when he saw her standing alone. The precarious fantasy crashed down around her as quickly as it had begun. It was impossible. Not worth thinking about. She was cyborg, and she would never go to the ball.



Rating: ★★★★★

Cover ArtLove the typeface of both the title and the author’s name. The simplicity of the red slipper and cyborg foot/leg is brilliant.


Cinderella wasn’t exactly my favourite fairy tale growing up. Delicate girl, overpowered by stepmom and stepsisters, fairy godmother… etc, etc.

Cinder, however, has taken the classic tale and weaved unique, bold elements into the story creating something completely unique. Really. Who would think to make a potential princess into a cyborg?

Cinder is not like Cinderella at all [I’m talking Disney-created Cinderella], of which I’m totally glad about. Cinder is strong-minded, independent, and didn’t need a fairy godmother to kick her in the proverbial pants to get a move on! Although there are features of the original Cinderella in the book [not-so-nice stepmother, stepsisters, a ball, chores, and a prince], I don’t feel that it restricts the story at all. Marissa Meyer has already taken the story down a much more winding, twist-and-turning, kind of path. It is set in a post WWIV Earth with hovercrafts, a colonized moon, and androids [and not the type that malfunction and try to gauge out your eyes!] Prince Kai is a character that was created just to have fans flutter after him. I loved reading the scenes that took place between him and Cinder and I’m hoping that his character will appear in the rest of the story. The book is creative, capturing, and has amazing characters.

With 4 books to the series, each one introducing a new fairy tale character, I’m patiently waiting to get my fairy tale-turned-futuristic-fantasy world fix. [Lies! I definitely dislike the long wait, but what can you do?]

And if you really thought a fairy tale based book was not going to have a predictable ending, where were you when all the stories ended in “and they lived happily ever after”?


A fairy tale is a fairy tale — If the shoe fits…

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