Cinder  - Marissa Meyer
I have been wanting to read this for quite a while, but haven’t been able to get a copy from my local library. The wonderful Jen over at YA Romantics sent me her copy, and I had to start it the very day it arrived. I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read this. It was amazing. Cinder lives with her step-mother and the two siblings, they treat her different because she is a cyborg. She works as a mechanic of which she is good at, and waiting hand and foot on her step-sisters and step-mother. The plague hits close to home for her, but when she meets Kai, the Prince, things will start to change.

Cinder is an amazing girl, part cyborg, a talented mechanic, with a strong personality that never backs down and I absolutely adored her. Prince Kai is the perfect love interest and prince charming. He’s sweet, kind and loyal, and living in the footsteps of his father, and his upcoming leadership role, it is all a lot for him. Cinder and Kai form a friendship that grows into an adorable romance. The secondary characters like the step-mother and one of the step-sisters are ones that play an important part, but at the same time you just want to pinch their heads off. the entire cast was great though.

The plot captured my attentions from the first chapter. It is a retelling of Cinderella and it had it’s similarities, but Meyer took those and made this her own. You have the step-mother, step-sisters and the prince, but the setting is what makes this unique. The setting of New Beijing, after world set after WW IV, with futuristic technologies, and a plague that is sweeping through the countries. We get a lot of detailed descriptions about the surroundings, gadgets and places and it was so fascinating and I kept turning the pages as fast as I could to find out what was going to happen. The villain is one you love to hate, and the ending had me wanting more, and I am looking forward to picking up Scarlet as soon as I can.

Cinder is a fabulous blend of science fiction, a dystopian world and a sweet and endearing romance. Meyer sucked me in and didn’t let go, the writing is gorgeous. If by chance you haven’t read this, I certainly suggest picking this one up. It was freaking awesome!

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