Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer {Spoiler-Proof!}

I had been eyeing this book for a long time At first, I had been slightly apprehensive, because it honestly hadn’t seemed like a book within my comfort zone. After reading some reviews, I decided, just go for it already.

So, as you can tell by the title, today I’ll be reviewing Cinder and sharing my thoughts on this book. Without further ado, let’s get started.


This review is not sponsored and is merely my own opinion. Any excerpts of the book are credited to the author.

Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Page count: 400 pages

Genre: Sci-Fi/YA/Fantasy

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

(Summary via Goodreads)

This book has been on my TBR list for quite some time. Despite my initial apprehensions, I wasn’t disappointed!

The atmosphere had a dark, mysterious air about it that had me at the edge of my seat wondering, “What’s next?!?!”.

I loved the connections between this retelling and the original, and the utter differences. For instance, Cinderella as a cyborg?! Contrasting to the original, Cinder had a great relationship with one of her step-sisters, however her relationship with the other wasn’t so great. Cinder’s stepmother, Adri, was as unfair as Cinderella’s stepmother, but as the story continued I was able to see some reasoning behind her bitterness.

The character development, however had me feeling more or less lost. My only complaints about Cinder’s development was that there wasn’t any description of her appearance other than her mechanic guise and cyborg anatomy. I really couldn’t imagine what she fully looked like, and as a visual person I felt that there was a missing piece in the story. Otherwise, I loved Cinder’s sarcasm, humor and overall personality. It added a special dimension to her development and kept me laughing within the darkening environment of the plot.

I personally felt satisfied by the relationships throughout the book, although many reviews I had read felt the book lacked in that area.

  • Peony and Cinder– The sisterly love between Cinder and her stepsister, Peony, left me feeling warm and fuzzy. I thought it was such a refreshing aspect to the retelling, contrasting with the original.
  • Iko and Cinder– Can I just take a moment to express how much I love Iko? I love her sassy personality and love for fashion, despite being a lower-class android. The partner-in-crime relationship between this lovable robot and cyborg gives me so many Sherlock Holmes vibes!
  • Prince Kai and Cinder– For someone who isn’t a fan of major romance, I thought this relationship was well balanced and not overwhelming. I felt like Kai was a lot more relatable than the prince from the original. However, I did think the relationship between the two was a bit rushed and would’ve liked to see it a bit more paced.

At some points I felt the plot slowed and lacked, but it certainly picked up quickly as the story went on. There were quite a few plot twists, but I quite honestly saw them coming. Nevertheless, they were still entertaining!

I truly enjoyed this book, but because of a few set backs I’ll be giving it…

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan on reading on in this series! I hope you enjoyed this review! Hopefully it helped you decided whether or not you’d like to read this book (I definitely recommend reading it!! :).

If you’ve already read Cinder, let me know what your opinion was about it! I’d love to chat with you!

Until next time!

Have you read any fairytale retellings?

What’s your favorite fairytale?

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer {Spoiler-Proof!}

  1. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series ever!! It might actually even be my /favorite/ series ever. My favorite one is actually Stars Above, which is a collection of short stories that tell the stories that don’t happen in the books. I actually don’t really remember what happened exactly in Cinder, but that just means I’ll have to re-read it again soon ❀

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  2. Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed the first book. As someone who’s read the whole series, I feel like Cinder isn’t the best book of the series. Personally, I feel like the series gets better and better each book. My favorite was Scarlet but I honestly love them all.

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  3. Lovely review, Saege! I read this book quite a while ago, so I don’t remember any specifics from it, but I do recall enjoying it. πŸ€—I didn’t really love the rest of the series though, and stopped after I think the third book (Cress?), but if you really liked this book then I would still recommend reading on through the series!

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    • Thank you Olivia for your sweet comment!😊 I have heard that the rest of the series isn’t as good as Cinder. Once I have finished the series I might make a post on the overall good and bad of the series?

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