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    Why did I wait so long?

    I have been avoiding this series for who know how long because I didn't think I would latch onto the story and I was starting g to believe that there wasn't anyone who could bring a fresh look to this old tale, but color me WRONG! The adaptation on Cinderella to this futuristic masterpiece is breathtaking. The ties to it original folklore are so finely woven into unique environments and characters that it becomes this beauty blend of the old without suffocating us with the similarities. Cinder is a hero we don't see much of in this type of setting, we go from a beautiful maiden that is hardened by her work life and step family to this clever and genuine cyborg mechanic with a heart as big as her processor. She's a modern Cinderella we can really latch onto and root for. We only got to see hints of her character growing towards the end so I'm really looking forward to seeing more personal growth in the next book. I The world that Cinder lives in is nothing short of amazing. I have always been a fan of the futuristic Tokyo/China style scene in movies and to bring such a big and complex world to life with nothing but words is nothing but genius and the perfect setting to the modern retelling. The plot twisters a but sudden. It's like they were suddenly thrust on me and before I could really accept them they glossed over the next one. Not much adjustment time. With that said I am so happy I finally decided to pick this series up. Instant fan!
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    Exceeded Expectations

    I had an idea of what the story could have turned out stone it does follow a classic fairy tale. However, the author puts a whirl wind on such a tale. The setting is in a futuristic, fantasy world. Mixing Sci - Fi with fantasy, your imagination ignites with wonderful imagery. Characters are exciting and relatable. The author has really put a lot of effort into a story we all thought we knew. You think you know your fairy tales? Then I dare you to start reading this series and prepare for an epic adventure.
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    Cinder

    Entertaining young adult science fiction/fantasy about a young woman ridiculed and made to feel less than human simply because she has some mechanical parts. Her adoptive family treats her unkindly even though she is the source of their income. While the story is undoubtedly entertaining it is predictable in plotting. You can easily guess early on who our downtrodden heroine really is and I found myself wishing would just hurry up and figure it out already. Our prince charming is kind, noble and conflicted by the untenable choices he has to make and the wicked Lunar Queen is well, appropriately wicked. The story stretched out too long for me and really could have used some editing. The story is first in a series and I'm debating whether to read the second.
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    Good But Predicatable

    Creative concept. Predictable. Mildly disappointing. After completing this novel. I finally found the aptitude to write this book review. This book is literally a mild disappointment. From reading the reviews and seeing the ratings of the book I really expected better. Surely I had acknowledged the fact that the book is based on a some-what "Cinderella" story-line; where the protagonist "Cinder" is characteristically portrayed as "Cinderella." However it is different as it is based in the future and Cinder happens to be Cyborg as well as a Lunar. Though still keeping the same traits of the "Cinderella" story; evil stepmother, manipulative stepsisters, kingdom, prince charming, a ball, along with the struggles that Cinder goes through and gets herself into. Sufficiently this novel has taken to a whole new level in comparison to most fairy-tale based "Cinderella" stories. Though I had hoped for a more superior plot. Throughout the story there were rarely any excitements to greet you as you read on, it barely kept me on edge! Everything just seems very predictable. From the beginning till the very end. You realize almost immediately that the particular hints given in the book were literally staring you right in the face and you can basically predict when or what will happen next. For starters when the story reveals about the lost Princess Selene, it was so obvious that after describing her traits that it is indirectly suggesting that the lost princess can be in fact, Cinder! Which in the last few chapters of the book was revealed she is in fact the lost princess! How predictable! As well the tragic death of Peony and Iko, surely it was written in an engaging surprising way but literally you can basically guess that it will happen just by its written format. Everything just seems so obvious! Another predicament point is the part where she 'has' to go to the ball for the all important message she has to tell the prince, Prince Kaito. Like it's her destiny! As well as the somewhat surprising kiss between Cinder and Prince Kaito, like really? Though there were some surprising fragments in the book, the most significant would be the fact that Dr. Erland was also a Lunar. Overall I find that throughout the book the author is just pushing her limits to try hard to make every part intimidating; like you should 'in fact' be shocked about it. Thus I do have to give credit to the author, Marissa Meyer's wonderful creative mind to have such a unique way to tell the tale of "Cinderella." It's fascinating to learn about machinery throughout the book and the different concept of how Cinderella's life could have been if she were not human. It is definitely a very challenging way to retell a tale that many knows best and turning into something that can be brought upon into the future. I really admire author, Marissa Meyer's work. Hence I still feel disappointed for the overall outcome of the book. Perhaps I had a higher expectation. But I am glad many enjoyed it!
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    Cinderella meets Sailormoon

    What is up with the caps lock format of this book?? Made reading this book very unpleasant. Very YA themes but fun twist on the classic fairy tale. Loved that Cinderella is portrayed as a cyborg mechanic. The "big twist" at the end of the book is pretty obvious by the first 3 chapters tho. Good for a fluffy, mind numbing read...except for that cliffhanger at the end. Guess I need the next books to know what happens next. :/
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