Cinder

WWW Wednesday – 2nd September 2015

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s a simple meme where you just have to answer three questions:
– What are you currently reading?
– What did you recently finish reading?
– What do you think you’ll read next?

I think it’s a great way to share my recent reads as my reviews are always way behind what I’m actually reading.

So here’s my answers!

What am I currently reading?FullSizeRender (98)
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
This is a short book and a pretty accessible classic but I’m finding it slow going because I’m really not a fan of the protagonist. He’s cocky, a liar and just a bit of an insensitive prat. Hopefully I’ll finish it today though – only have about 60 pages left.

What did I recently finish reading?FullSizeRender (97)
Cinder by Marisa Meyer
I really enjoyed this fairy-tale retelling. It has a cool world, great characters and while I did guess what some of the “big reveals” were going to be half way through the book I still found it a fun and fast read.

What do I think I’ll read next?13206760
Scarlet by Marisa Meyer
I think I’m going to continue with The Lunar Chronicles and therefore #TLCReadAlong with Scarlet. Red Riding Hood is one of my favourite fairy-tales so I’m intrigued at how it’s going to be adapted for this world.

REVIEW: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

FullSizeRender (97)Cinder is a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, she’s also a cyborg hated by her stepmother. When her life becomes entwined with Prince Kai, Cinder finds herself caught between duty and freedom as the desires of an evil queen threaten to take over her home. Cinder must learn more about her forgotten past in order to not only learn who she is, but to also protect Earth’s future.

There’s been so much hype around Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles that I was a bit wary about starting the series but then The Book Addicts Guide set up the readalong and I thought it was the perfect chance to give it a go – I’m really glad I did.

Cinder, as you may be able to guess from the name, is a retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale and while that may be the starting point the story so much bigger and complex than the fairy tale. The world building is great as you learn about this future that’s plagued by an incurable illness and is under threat from a powerful queen, but at the same time it doesn’t forget about the characters, even minor ones get their time to shine. (more…)