Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #1-2)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Cinder (Click title for Synopsis)
Source/Format: Purchased, Paperback
Age Range: YA
Publisher/Publication Date: Fiewel & Friends, January 3, 2012

Scarlet (Click title for Synopsis)
Source/ Format: Won, Bound ARC
Age Range: YA
Publiser/Publication Date: Fiewel & Friends, February 5, 2013

     I originally started off by reading Scarlet, and I admit that I was a hesitant about starting a series that had a lot of hype surrounding it. But I loved Scarlet so much that I ended up reading Cinder right after. And you know what? I loved both of them. Meyer did a fantastic job of retelling classic stories, by adding new elements into it that gave the tales a fresh voice. I really enjoyed both Scarlet and Cinder, and I look forward to reading Cress.

My Thoughts on Cinder:
     For a story that’s been retold lots of times, I find that I like this one the most. It was imaginative, with a consistent storyline that never allowed for a dull moment. Meyer added details throughout the book that made sense, and wasn't just placed there for added effect. The Lunar Chronicles is now one of my favorite series. Right away, I liked the fact that Cinder was in fact flawed in some way. Already, she was unlike the slew of YA protagonists that are oblivious to the fact that they’re pretty, or flaunt that fact. I liked the way the world was set up, and despite how wrong Adri treated Cinder, I felt like it was a necessary part to the story. And then there was Prince Kai, and although I don’t like how things ended with him, I felt like it was an essential part to the story.

My thoughts on Scarlet:
     Scarlet is a fantastic follow-up to Cinder. It picked up where Cinder ended, and I really enjoyed the fact that the story didn’t jump a few months ahead. Once again, there was a consistent plot that made the book an easy read, as well as tons of action. Meyer once again did a wonderful job at twisting a classic tale into a new one that anyone would enjoy. There are massive changes in Scarlet, and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes things. There were a few new characters, and I liked the subplots that were added. Scarlet was an interesting character with more depth than I originally thought she would have. Wolf, well, he was a surprise, a good one, and I can’t wait to see where things between him and Scarlet go. The ending was a horrible—in a good way—shock, and now I want Cress more than ever. Too bad the wait is so long.

I absolutely loved it.  I would recommend it to everyone


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