This tale reminds me of the Irish Cinderella where Trembling goes to church and meets her prince there. However, the way she gets her gowns and the fa...moreThis tale reminds me of the Irish Cinderella where Trembling goes to church and meets her prince there. However, the way she gets her gowns and the fact she only goes to church twice is a bit different. Lovely tale though!(less)
Let me just say right off the bat that this is one of my top ten teen books I have read over the past year. Of course, I tend to love Cinderella stori...moreLet me just say right off the bat that this is one of my top ten teen books I have read over the past year. Of course, I tend to love Cinderella stories. And I tend to really like fantasy and science fiction stories. So, along with the fact that a very good friend of mine told me I HAD to read the book when she discovered it a few months ago...I knew I would like it. But it turns out I didn't just like it. I devoured it. Okay, now that that is out of the way, moving on...
Cinder is a cyborg (half human-half robot) who has a metal foot that is way too small. Since she is a mechanic, she often has more dirt and grease in her hair than ashes, but still we get the idea. And I love how she is intelligent and resourceful rather than just blindly obedient. With two stepsisters, an evil stepmother, and her friend Prince Kai asking her to attend the ball, what is a brilliant mechanic supposed to do? Oh, and did I mention that with one wrong step the world will be sent into an all-out intergalactic war with the people who live on the moon? This is not your typical Cinderella story.
I liked this for many reasons. First of all, it is a Cinderella story with a science fiction twist. Second, one of the stepsisters I actually liked. Plus Prince Kai and Cinder are good friends. So even though there is the backbone of the popular fairytale, it isn't tied to everything that we know already. There is room for surprises and uncertainty. I mean, we know some bits and pieces, but not everything. And this book does not end the way you think it will. There is a HUGE cliffhanger, people. So, I really wish I could read the next three instalments already. Alas, I will have to wait for 2013, 2014, and 2015 for this story to finish! Alright, alright...I will stop raving about the book long enough for you to all head to your library to put it on hold. I just hope I don't gloat too much when I tell you that the author is coming to my library on April 28th!(less)
Cinderella Smith does not have a wicked stepmother. Just a regular mom. Cinderella Smith does not have a wicked stepsister. Just a regular little sist...moreCinderella Smith does not have a wicked stepmother. Just a regular mom. Cinderella Smith does not have a wicked stepsister. Just a regular little sister. Cinderella does have a dad who loves her, a friend named Charlie Prince who lives across the street, and a habit of losing her shoes.
This is a great fiction book! (And not just because the main character is nicknamed Cinderella!) I like how there is great vocabulary. I like how Cinderella has to solve a math problem for the majority of a chapter. I like how Cinderella deals with problems (try to figure things out for herself then ask for help). I like how Cinderella gets annoyed by her younger sister, but then just is a big sister anyway. This was an enjoyable read that felt like a Ramona Quimby-type of real character. This book was just right!(less)