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Read while home alone? definitely
Tissues needed? maybe a few
Overall rating: 4 stars
A rather twisted Cinderella story with a little Snow White thrown in, Cinder is set in a future world that has seen four world wars. Young Crown Prince Kai crosses paths with Cinder, a mechanic, in a variety of places and begins to admire her. Cinder isn’t who she appears to be and tries to dissuade the prince from pursuing her. A horrible illness is rampant in their area, claiming people dear to both Cinder and Kai. Cinder learns even more secrets about herself that could jeopardize her “happily ever after.”
The first few pages of Cinder were not easy for me (I don’t usually choose fantasies)—I thought about just giving it up, but luckily I kept reading and found that I really enjoyed this book. There were enough nods to the Cinderella story to make it familiar, but it also delivered plenty of surprises. My main complaint about the book is that it’s the first in a series of four that will be released over the next few years. That’s a LONG time to wait to see what happens next! Cinder is Marissa Meyer’s debut novel, and I think it is a big hit!
What fairy tales were your favorite as a child? Which tale would you like to see as a novel? Cinderella has been redone many times—which versions do you like/dislike?
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