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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2013, fairy-tale, retelling, fantasy, young-adult, ibooks, january-2013

I am such a failure sometimes. I was supposed be reading this 2 chapters at a time, participating in a read-along.

I read it all in like, two days. I meant to stop, but I couldn't help myself.

I'm also something of a failure, because I waited so long to read this. I'm not sure why. I think it was because this book seemed to be getting an awful lot of hype, and I didn't figure a Cinderella story about a cyborg mechanic could actually be any good.

It was, in fact, quite a bit of fun. I'm a fan of retellings/reimaginings, and this was a very unique take on the Cinderella story. I loved seeing how Meyer put bits of the story we know and love in to her very unusual tale.

I did enjoy the fact that this was set in a future China, rather than keeping it a purely Euro-centric story.

Yes, it's Cinderella, so you are thinking you know how it's going to turn out, but there are some twists and turns, some of which I thought were a little too obvious. So obvious that I thought it was pretty silly that Cinder herself didn't make the connections once she learned part of the story of who she is. Also, it's the first in a series, so of course, we don't get a complete resolution at the end, we are left hanging on some points, as we head in to the sequel, entry, which is thankfully coming out soon.

I am looking forward to the sequel, Scarlet, which comes out in February. The reviews I've seen suggest that it is even better.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 17, 2013 – Finished Reading
January 20, 2013 – Shelved
January 20, 2013 – Shelved as: young-adult
January 20, 2013 – Shelved as: 2013
January 20, 2013 – Shelved as: fantasy
January 20, 2013 – Shelved as: fairy-tale
January 20, 2013 – Shelved as: retelling
January 30, 2013 – Shelved as: ibooks
January 31, 2013 – Shelved as: january-2013

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