I actually really liked this. I went into it happily optimistic just because even if I didn't *love* Cinder, I *did* like how Marissa Meyer retold theI actually really liked this. I went into it happily optimistic just because even if I didn't *love* Cinder, I *did* like how Marissa Meyer retold the fairy tale. So I was eager to see what she did with little red riding hood.
Once again, I wasn't disappointed. The take is unique and yet it still follows the original take quite closely, even down to some little details.
I liked this book better than Cinder and I'm not sure if that's because I liked Scarlett more as a character, or that I liked Wolf much more than Kai, or that I liked Cinder better in this book than I did in the first, or if it's just because I really like Thorne (the Han Solo or Starbuck character, both of whom I loved growing up (think the original Starbuck, not that blasphemous reboot of him being a chick)). It is probably all of those things.
Plus, the story has a lot more action.
Once again, though, sometimes maybe TOO much action, as if there is too much bitten off and trying to be crammed into one book.
A difference between this book and cinder is that the point of view flips between Cinder and Scarlet and so you you have two different main characters with different agendas and goals. Frequently in books narrated in that fashion, there is definitely one POV I prefer and I subconciously can't-wait to get back to it when I am reading the other one. In this book i enjoyed them both equally because both the story arcs are strong.
If you've read Cinder and liked it at all, you are probably already planning to read this so a recommendation is probably not necessary. But if you've read Cinder and liked it at all and are hesitating about this one, I say go ahead, because it's better than the first!...more
Eh, I thought I read this awhile ago but I guess not! When I went to put away the The 19th Wife, back on the shelf of thrift-store-finds to be read anEh, I thought I read this awhile ago but I guess not! When I went to put away the The 19th Wife, back on the shelf of thrift-store-finds to be read and/or properly shelved, I saw this. I remember I bought it quite awhile ago because I saw it and I meant to give it to a teen for Christmas (and then I apparently forgot about it at Christmas, because I gave her a bunch of other stuff and here it still sits). I remember thinking I had it on the kindle and that I had already read it. But no!
All i can really say is: meh.
I liked it but didn't love it. I think I just never really attached to the main character. Maybe now that The Child is 14, 12 seems very young and the main character seemed young and it all seemed kind of silly.
But the story is engaging enough that I pretty much read it straight through (started it last night, finished it this morning), the writing style was pleasant and I did care about the characters ... just not THAT much.
The premise is good but the world building seemed pretty skimpy. Same with all the "mysteries" which weren't mysterious anymore by the time they were revealed. I can, however, chalk those two things up to the fact that this is straight up YA (and YA for the younger-end, in my opinion; i'd say 5th and 6th grders) so maybe a less life-experienced reader of that age would do less figurin'!
Ends on a giant cliffhanger but, even so, I'm not compelled enough to read the next book unless I also find *it* for $2 bucks. Although, hey, I just went to check if it was lendable on lendle.me and it says "you own it!" under book status. So maybe I DO have all these on the kindle. In that case, I will read the next one when I have some time to kill but I'm not in a rush to read it next.
I'd recommend it for a quick read for anyone who generally reads YA dystopian stuff and for the 5th-6th grade set.
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This was pretty much a waste of time. Maybe it would appeal to someone who actually *was* a junior in highschool, like these characters are, but otherThis was pretty much a waste of time. Maybe it would appeal to someone who actually *was* a junior in highschool, like these characters are, but otherwise.. eh. The *idea* for the book had promise, but it never delivers. The characters are flat and annoying, with the exception of one of them who is flat but at least sort of interesting, and the plot just sort of sputters out; I do understand there is a sequel and so they book was left sputtering out on purpose but it certainly wasn't done in a way to make me at all interested in reading the next book.
The typos and grammar errors got annoying and the flaws in logic and just plain flawed facts (i.e., where a hard drive is located on a computer) were REALLY annoying. I am able to cut some slack for holes in reasoning when a story deals with time travel because, well, it's time travel but the holes in the story were completely nonsensical even for a nonsensical situation. If you know what I mean.
The upside to reading it was that I actually went to bed early the night I started it and took a nap the following day, instead of being consumed with finishing it! Oh, and I'm going to give it an extra star for the potential it had -- I *did* want to find out where it was going, however painful the getting there started to be as the book neared its end.
What I liked best about this book is that I believed the narrator was the age that she was supposed to be. The writing felt authentic and not, as freqWhat I liked best about this book is that I believed the narrator was the age that she was supposed to be. The writing felt authentic and not, as frequently happens with a YA main character, like an adult was speaking through them. This plus-from-my-point-of-view might annoy some other readers, however, because she DOES sound like a teen girl.
And! She's a teenage girl I actually like! Hooray for a YA heroine who a) isn't swooning, b) is age-appropriately moody or not and c) IS NOT INVOLVED IN A LOVE TRIANGLE. I know! You'd hardly believe it is YA, would you?
This had been sitting in my "free kindle - to read" collection on my kindle for awhile now until a friend happened to mention it out of the blue and I started it because, given her happening to mention currently reading it, it was better than just picking something randomly. I'm glad I did because I enjoyed the whole series.
This is not heavy reading but it is entertaining....more