Book Reviews

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1)

Hey there!

I hope that you all have been doing well. I’ve had a total lack of posts because, to be honest, I’ve been completely exhausted. To the point where I was concerned enough to head to my doctor’s to have some labs pulled. I’m hoping that it’s just the last few months catching up to me, but I figured better to be safe than sorry.

One of the things that I did do, that I’m excited about, was we recently moved Jake to a friend’s farm. I think that having him at work made it really hard for me to drum up the motivation to ride on my time off. While I love my job, sometimes it’s nice to enjoy my guy not at work. I’m really hoping that this will help me get back into the groove with him, and really just figure out how to re-enjoy the journey.

Everybody who knows me knows that my riding schedule pretty heavily dictates my moods, so I’m hoping that this will be a great step to figuring out how to regain some spoons, instead of viewing it as a chore…which is what I’ve been doing.


(A huge shout out to my co-worker and her boyfriend who opened up their farm to Jake and I; they’ve been taking flawless care of him!)

The other thing that I’ve gotten accomplished this week, is I’ve somehow managed to keep my eyes open long enough to knock out another book in my TBR stack…which is actually the point of this post.


Can we please talk about how I absolutely demolished this book? While my mental struggles have completely thrown off my sleep cycle, this book, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, certainly didn’t help. It was too good to put down and I finished it in two days.

I honestly went into this one skeptically after seeing it around on booktube, but the reviews on Goodreads (follow me through the link in the sidebar) are all pretty positive so I decided it might be fun to branch out. It did not disappoint! Meyer mixes sci-fi into her revamped variation of Cinderella, and does it beautifully. It was like Star Wars meets fairy tale and while I was afraid it was going to be a huge flop because I struggle with lots of sci-fi novels, it absolutely was not.

This book is a tiny bit predictable; I had it mostly figured out when I was about a third of the way through. Honestly, though, this isn’t really a con for me. I don’t like suspenseful books – I’m too nervous for that kind of stuff – so this was a pleasant read for me. There was a super fun twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting, so that broke up the predictability wonderfully, without making me a wreck (or feeling like I had to skip to the last chapter to figure it all out… yes, I am one of those)!

All in all, I think Meyer did an awesome job with this book, and I’m super excited to get on with the rest of the series. Her writing was easy to follow and she didn’t get super high tech when talking about the robots, cyborgs, et all that made up the cast of characters. There were no crazy names that I couldn’t pronounce and she brought some really simple, modern elements that made it relatable.

I do know that I’m going to have to be careful to pace myself through the rest of the series, or else I’m going to devour it faster that you can say “bacon cheeseburger.”


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