Re-tellings. I don't usually like them. Why? Because as I've experienced with different books (also movies) sometimes authors want to make sure their...moreRe-tellings. I don't usually like them. Why? Because as I've experienced with different books (also movies) sometimes authors want to make sure their story really follows the original, and they end up messing it up; making it feel too forceful, losing that natural flow and sometimes making them plain ridiculous. That is part of the reason why I didn't want to read Cinder. I remember when it just came out and it was on Netgalley, I just thought 'NO, I'm not reading that, I mean, Cyborg Cinderella? What?.... um NO.' Yeah... I would just love to slap old me for thinking that.
The thing that made Cinder so so incredibly good was that Marissa Meyer took the story of Cinderella and really made it her own, avoiding what I just previously mentioned. She took liberties, she wasn't afraid to change things, she basically took the essence of Cinderella's story and applied it to her book, which worked out perfectly.
Cinder was such a fun story to read - Note: Fun, not funny, though of course there were some amusing parts, but it was all just so much fun: thrilling, interesting and also predictable but I really liked watching things unravel. I just really enjoyed Cinder, it had been a while since I liked a book this much - without it being emotionally draining or a simple chick-lit. This book was just the perfect balance of everything and I would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone, a must read :D!(less)
Star Hunter Kennedy made a mistake, a BIG mistake, one that cost him a trip to Colorado to visit his aunt, one that forces him to find a new (dorky) i...moreStar Hunter Kennedy made a mistake, a BIG mistake, one that cost him a trip to Colorado to visit his aunt, one that forces him to find a new (dorky) identity and one that is forcing a permanent shadow over him. Hunter arrives to Colorado as a little ball of depression, but this is where Vere comes in, bringing contrast to his lifestyle, a breath of fresh air and together they will help each other.
Now first things first: The plot. When I first read the summary I was all giddy and couldn't wait to see how the story would turn out, especially because I couldn't get the picture of the movie The Prince and Me out of my mind (No, Hunter is not a prince, he's a singer.). Of course they are both different but just as entertaining. Hunter was a character I really liked from the beginning and it was easy to sympathize with him. Vere was a little bit harder to adjust too, when I first started reading she and I were not clicking. I understood that she was a shy character that blushed easily but at times her conduct felt cheesy and I would roll my eyes at her. 25% into the book my issues with her were pushed aside and I was able to follow Vere and Hunter more easily (It is told in alternative POV) their love story developing, their trust slowly building, and a perfect first kiss.
The story was more than just a fluffy read, Hunter's situation adding depth to it. I thought the pace of the story was perfect, everything developed neatly and even though it was a predictable read it was still very enjoyable to watch how things unravel. The ending was a bit too happy for my taste but, honestly all cute stories deserve good endings, and speaking of happy, I constantly had a smile on my face while reading this book, and considering I've been under quite the stress lately (Barely one week back at school and I'm already stressed) this book was just what I needed :) A great Chick-Lit! (less)