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January 3, 2012

Review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Audio Clip & Audiobook Giveaway

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.

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.

 

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher, and we were in no way paid for our review. The review was done simply because we support and believe in the author’s works**

We’ve also got a sample of the audiobook for your listening pleasure, as well as a chance to win a copy of the audiobook, courtesy of Macmillan Audio, which can be found after the review.

http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/8/31/196575/Cinder_webclip.mp3
Cinder_webclip.mp3 – 6 min 41 secs

I adored this book! I was drowning and got completely lost in this world that Marissa Meyer has created in Cinder.  Everything about it sucked me in…the writing, the characters, the cover, the genre. This clever twist of Cinderella left me breathless and yearning for more.  Who doesn’t love the story of Cinderella, and the possibility of two different worlds finding love.

With every word that Meyer breathes onto the pages, I was falling more in love with the characters and falling deeper into this futuristic world of hope and loss. One of the reasons I love this book so much was that Meyer was able to touch on many differet emotions while reading Cinder.  It’s not everyday that you read a book, never mind a debut novel,that is able to play with your emotions on different levels throughout the book.

Meyer does such an unbelievable job of capturing the hearts of the reader by developing such unforgettable characters that you can relate to. You can feel the desperation that Cinder has of getting away from her Stepmother, Adri, and her stepsister, Pearl.  You can feel the ache in her heart when you read about her loving relationship with her other stepsister, Peony.

I found myself crushing on Prince Kai early on in the book, and had officially declared him as my new book boyfriend halfway through. I could totally and completely envision every aspect of this book, especially the ball. I could picture the grandeur of it all…the gowns, the ballroom, the palace garden.

While reading Cinder, you can really see how much love Meyer has put into creating her characters.  Although I was able to predict what was going to happen, that still didn’t stop me from continuing to read this beautiful story.  I still wanted to be enveloped in this world, regardless the outcome.

The story of Cinder is one that will remain in the hearts of anyone who reads it, and I for one cannot wait for the next installment in the Lunar Chronicles.

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10 Comments

  1. Jacquelynne
    12/29/2011

    Oh my gosh Mary Ann!! Your review has definitely made this book one of my top must reads once it is released!! I was unsure at first if I would love this book but the way that you describe the characters and the devotion Meyer puts into her characters, I cannot see why I would not fall head over heels like you did with this book!! Fantastic review! :)

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  2. kimba88
    12/29/2011

    OK, so i downloaded first 5 chapters for free at B&Nafter reading Kindlefire's review..now after reading yours I am so buying it..thanks!

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  3. manda-rae
    12/29/2011

    So many good books coming out!!! I can't wait to read them. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Samual
    12/30/2011

    I've heard Cinder is really good! I haven't heard of the series, but I will check it out sometime. Great review! Thank you for sharing it!

    Happy New Year!

    Sam
    Books For All Seasons

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  5. aurora M.
    1/3/2012

    Amazing giveaway! I want this book so bad I have heard nothing but FANTASTIC reviews!
    veltara(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. aurora M.
    1/3/2012

    Zoooooooowey! this is gonna be soooooooooooo good! Heard nothing but rave reviews! so excited!

    Cinder on!
    veltara(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. FABR Steph
    1/4/2012

    Thank you for the giveaway. I love Cinder. I read it from Netgalley but would love the audio.

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  8. Vicky
    1/4/2012

    Thanks for the giveaway. I'm really excited about this book. It sounds amazing!

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  9. Deb
    1/5/2012

    What a complete hit this one's making! I'm interested in the audio version, aren't you? Can't believe how the book has taken off. The author is so psyched! LOL
    Deborah/TheBookishDame

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  10. Sophia Rose
    1/20/2012

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I heard the first chapter as a sample and it was great.

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