Book of the Week- Cinder by Marissa Meyer


I love a good fairytale remake.

I know that this one is a popular one and it comes highly recommended by the general public.

So, don’t be shocked when I write a buttheaded, sarcastic review. Even if I like it! Because, it’s just who I am.

Now, let’s get to what I really, REALLY want to talk about! Last week’s read…


Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. I can’t believe it actually exists. A YA book series I enjoy reading, like, for reals.

Before I get ahead of myself, here’s the background. Gemina is the sequel to Illuminae in the Illumnae Files series. They’re books completely comprised of redacted documents, security footage, comms- the works. It’s set way into the future, involves spaceships and all that sci-fi goodness.

The first book was hard to get into, until the end actually. I was in love with the writing style, but it was just a tougher story to follow on. But then, in the final act, EVERYTHING CHANGED. And I closed the book, completely taken by surprise.

See, I’m a pretty analytical person and I almost always can predict a plot twist. You read enough, you watch enough- things become predictable. Obvious.

But this book completely shocked me. And it wasn’t just one thing either. There were surprises, it seemed, everytime I turned the page! And so, I couldn’t help it. I got excited. (And I might have developed an aspiring author’s crush here.)

So, then comes in Gemina. It’s the sequel, and sequels are always never as good as the original… hahaha. False. (Um, Empire Strikes Back, Catching Fire….) But still, I was nervous.

The sequel is set on a space station with a cast of new characters at the helm. And at first, I was apprehensive towards the new female lead… but (and no spoilers here) let’s just say she is not to be underestimated. At all.

The romantic subplot was way more interesting as well, and the more I read, the more I liked this one than the original. There’s plot twists that are spread out, and not shoved in your poor mind all at once. And I can’t help it, I completely fell for all the traps. (I don’t know if it’s the scientific/military jargon that’s got me off my game, or just the fact that it is THAT GOOD.)

Swearing sidetrack: The beautiful thing of this book is that a lot of swear words are blacked out. Like, A LOT. It’s not to say they don’t dabble with throwing in the h-word and d-word, with a sprinkling of some of God’s name in vain’s. There were also some sexual references, mostly in the forms of jokes. But I’d say for the most part, a pretty clean book. (Compared to most YA garbage out there anyway. No offense, teen lit lovers. I used to be one of you, and I guess, still now?)

And with that I’m finished. Why? Well, I wish that I could say more. I want to tell you, reader, EVERY-SINGLE-FREAKING-THING! But alas, I can’t. Because anymore talking and I’d be treading into the “spoiler” zone. But out of all of the books I’ve read, READ THIS ONE. Read it now!

Because as a writer I’ve never been more impressed (or jealous) with the creative, beautiful way this story is written. And that is A LOT coming from me!

Now, excuse me while I wake up my poor husband to tell him all about the book and see if he’ll take me to the library to procure the next one!

Ciara Jude, out ✌️



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