Let me tell you something about my first attempt to start reading Cinder last summer: I absolutely hated it. I got through the first six chapters and thought it was incredibly dull, slow, and just overall not the type of book that I wanted to read. A year later, I decided to pick it up and try it again; I loved it. I love everything about it. Marissa Meyer’s writing style just didn’t appeal to me at the time, and looking back on that fact now, I don’t understand how it didn’t. Maybe it’s just because the book took a bit longer to pick up? But still, I don’t understand why I was so averse to Cinder.

So I’ve already established that I loved the book. I’d been going into the book without knowing anything more than what was written on the back cover, which is a bit of a miracle considering that I sometimes look for spoilers in books before deciding to read them. Having said that, I think that that’s what made the book so utterly enjoyable for me – having no prior knowledge. There’s something thrilling about surprises in books. It’s like a physical reaction to a surprise on paper that sends signals through your entire body like electric shocks. Does that make sense? Well, I guess that’s what I felt about the surprises in this book. A lot of books don’t have that; it takes a skilled writer to pull off giving that sort of feeling to a reader. (Yes, I realize that this is a bit hypocritical coming from a person who doesn’t mind spoilers and will sometimes even seek them out, but this is rare for me, even when there are no spoilers. It’s hard to explain, but I’m hoping that as fellow readers, you understand.) To sum it up, as the information came to light, I was delightfully surprised!

Next, I should cover that even though I have not read the next books, I can already tell that the connections between the characters in each novel will be interesting. It’s something that I’m looking forward to, just because I can tell that Meyer wouldn’t half-ass any connections so it has to be wonderfully woven. Woven… I like that. What I’m expecting: the Lunar Chronicles series will be like a beautifully and intricately woven tapestry that paints on picture through connecting the many different colors of each story. (How ya like that metaphor?)

Another thing: the characters in Cinder are perfect. I can see the connections between Cinderella and Cinder, and I can honestly say that I love how she transitioned the characters from the commonly-known fairytale into the dystopian cyberpunk take on the classic. Do I love them? Yes. Does Kai bother me a bit? Yes. Is Dr. Erland my favorite besides Cinder? Yes. (Spoilers!) When I realized that he was the Fairy Godmother, I wanted to scream! It was absolutely perfect and I can’t believe it! When even more about his character was revealed later on in the book, it made much more sense and I couldn’t help but freak out a little more again. Honestly, Marissa Meyer is brilliant. That being said, Kai does bother me. I don’t really know why, either… I suspect it’s just because there wasn’t a lot of interaction between he and Cinder. Don’t get me wrong, I do like his character! However, even though I do admit that there is something between him and Cinder, I don’t see it being love. Yes, I know that it will develop into that, but in the first book, at least, that wasn’t exactly how I saw it. It was more like idolization on her part and convenience on his? I don’t know. I feel bad for saying it, but that’s just how I feel. Does anyone feel the same?

I’ll be starting Scarlet either tomorrow during work on Saturday after work, and I’m really excited for it! I have a bit of a theory about what it’s going to be about, which obviously I will discuss in the reader reaction for that book, but I may be wrong. Anyway, I do recommend Cinder! 100% of me recommends it to 100% of you. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment if you agree, disagree, or just want to talk about anything that I said or didn’t say.

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