#BookReview: Cinder

“You have an unusual magnetic personality.”



5 stars


  • A new kind of fairy tale retelling
  • Smart and spunky protagonist
  • Introduction of new races and interweaving of other fairy tale characters


  • Changes the fairy tale quite a bit, especially the ball

It’s been a long time since I’ve invested in a series, but The Lunar Chronicles is an excellent group of books to read. I’ve seen Cinder around but didn’t get to it on my TBR list because of the time investment to finish the whole storyline.

I was hooked from the first line of Cinder. Cinderella as a mechanic cyborg? Yes, please! I love how she takes charge of her life and has the smarts to fix things.

Cinder differs from its traditional fairy tale origin in the depiction of family members. I particularly liked the sweet change to Cinder’s protection and friendship of her little stepsister Peony. One hiccup in the story arc is the ball; it’s definitely different than the usual Cinderella, including the not-so-stellar gown and the upsetting interactions with the prince.

However, there is still a magical thread of romance woven into the book. And I love how Meyer introduces a new race called the Lunars (note the title of the series).

A fascinating book that opens up new worlds and technology while bringing spark to classic fairy tales.

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  1. Magnetic character, I like it! :) Great review, seems the 5 stars are alright!

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