Author: Marissa Meyer
Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Review: I absolutely devoured this book! I had wanted to read it for awhile, basically since it came out. And one of my friends just happened to give me a copy a few weeks ago! So, here’s my review. I like how complicated the world is, and especially how Meyer too the time to slowly introduce you to it. Layer by layer. It made the world real and tangible, instead of confusing and overwhelming.
I felt connected to the main character, Cinder, almost right from the start. i think this due to how she was treated by everyone around her, as less than a human. I like that twist as well. It resonates true with our own history (see slaves).
I could see the Cinderella story parallel this story throughout the book, which was a great touch! I also thought that Meyer did an excellent job with every character. No one was flat and she left room for growth. Can’t wait to read the next in the series!
Recommendation: Read it!
I absolutely hate doing this! But, alas, I have no choice. I would rather put a book on hold than read it without giving it my full attention.
That being said, The Salt God’s Daughter is POH, as of right now.
I’m about halfway through and I can honestly say that I will get back to it sometime this year. It is well written, don’t get me wrong there. It’s just not what I had expected and not really my taste in books. However, the reason I want to come back to it with my full attention is because I know that this book will have a phenomenal ending.It’s also the type of book that is very heavy in one’s emotional journey through life.
I have made many notes about the first half (for reviewing purposes) and want to give the last half of the book the same attention. And then I shall have a full book review for you to enjoy.
I’ll end this somewhat sad post on a happier note, I’m almost done with Cinder and I’m completely in love with it!
How do you guys feel about putting a book on hold? Do you ever actually go back to finish them?
Thanks to MizB for this weeks WWW!
What am I currently reading?
The Salt God’s Daughter by Ilie Ruby
What did you recently finish reading?
Last week I finished Beautiful Creatures, which you can read my review of!
What do you think you’ll read next?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
What about you guys? What’s your WWW?
Author: Veronica Roth
Summary (from Goodreads!): In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Review: I have had Divergent on my TBR list since last year. I really don’t have a reason for not reading it until now. I had only heard great things. Anyway, I’m glad I finally read it! It is amazing! Veronica Roth did a superb job with the world building. I was completely into it from the first few pages.
I also loved loved loved the character development. This is the type of development that I always go for. It may be long, but it is not boring or slow. It is a process. And because she took her time for the reader (me) to get to know the MC and come to understand the decision and thought process, I was able to connect with her and to care about her. (This is what I was talking about when I explained why I didn’t enjoy The Hobbit).
Fast paced, great writing, amazing world building. I can’t wait to read the other books!
Recommendation: If you’ve been on the fence about reading this book, jump off and go read! Now!