Book of the Week- Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Naturally, a part of the series started last week….

Oh gosh. I’m so disappointed. I could have sworn when I saw the Illuminae Files Volumes that there was a third book. But nope. It doesn’t come out until this fall. THIS FALL!!!!

Man, this is why you binge watch shows that have already had their series finale on *insert streaming media here*. So you don’t have to wait for the next season! It is literally the same exact reason you never start an incomplete book series. It’ll leave you on a cliffhanger and you’ll drive yourself INSANE with the fact that you have to wait for that next installment.

Ugh. Why me?!?!

Anyway, at least there’s a small distraction to be had in the Lunar Chronicles. We shall see if the sequels live up to the hype of the original.

Speaking of….

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I know how popular these ones are. I mean, it’s in the top 5 most seen Instagram pictures of book covers. (Not a legitimate statistic. It sounds right though!)

But for a Cinderella adaptation (aren’t there like a gazillion of these??), it was actually pretty unique.

You’ve got all the right ingredients: poor girl that’s a slave to her stepmother and stepsisters. A handsome prince. A “pumpkin” turned into a carriage.

But our Cinder, just so happens to be a cyborg.

Now for the creative takes, I’ll admit, I was impressed. The ball scene (because you know, they have to add in a ball) was actually refreshing and new for a Cinderella story.

Spoiler-y: The prince is still head over heels for her, but when events arise, it makes you question all together if they’ll get their happily ever after.

But just because I like some directions it took, I found it to be a little too predictable and of that usual YA cookie cutter mold. I think the only thing that did catch me off guard was, in fact, the ball scene. But only because I was sure they’d take it in a different direction.

The romance is nothing to get your heart going over, but I look forward (slightly) to seeing where they’ll take this story. Like I said, I have to give props for creativity on taking fairytales to the whole dystopian, sci-fi level. (Cha-ching!)

Swearing is minimal, the author sprinkles in a few h-e-double hockey sticks and Hoover dams into the mix.

Now, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of Scarlet before I returned it to the library yesterday (whoops), so I’m going to just review this one now today too. SURPRISE!

The second book of the Lunar Chronicles takes place in post-apocalyptic, sci-fi France (versus Cinder, which is set in futuristic China? I guess.)

It’s about, who’d have guessed, Scarlet- who’s the resident Red Riding Hood. (Because she wears a red hoodie and her grandma is missing.) We’re introduced to a whole new band of characters, while following mostly just Cinder and her prince.

Now, while I didn’t care for some elements of the story, I did like being able to have Cinder to fall back on. She has her struggles and annoyances, but she’s a cyborg with… wait, no spoilers!

I think one of the great things about these books is (and I can’t believe I’m going to say this) the perspective hopping. The author does it in a way that doesn’t prevent you from not building character attachments. And actually, I think it adds layers to some of the characters who would otherwise be one dimensional. (But I’m just here for Cinder right now, so yeah. Let’s see what happens with the Rapunzel cheat, and then we’ll talk

Scarlet had about the same amount of swearing, though I think there was one fish poop thrown in there. But again, taking out what you have to accept is the basic formula for a YA novel, I like the creativity. I found myself going “Ha ha ha, I see what ya did there” more than once. (But basically, that makes this the dad jokes of YA then, right? Ugh.)

….Man, I still can’t believe I have to wait until fall for Vol. 3. FALL!!!! This life.

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