Re-read Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Posted January 17, 2016 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review, Re-Read Review / 3 Comments

Re-read Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication date: January 3, 2012
Format: eBook, 400 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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 Review My Thoughts

Hey there! This review is for a book I read as part of the Re-Read Challenge and it’ll definitely look different than reviews you’ve read here previously. 🙂 

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WHEN I First Read

July-September 2013 (audiobook)
First Re-Read: January 2016

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WHAT I Remember

I remembered enjoying the book (but not as much as the second one, Scarlett). I knew I loved the character Cinder and her sidekick Iko. Most of the small details were lost on me, but started to come back as I read. (Like the “twist” that I figured out – er, remembered? – early on in the book.) It was the first true fairytale retelling I read and I loved how you unique it was to me.

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WHY I Wanted to Re-Read

I read Cinder for the first time before I was a blogger and never did write a formal review for it. But, more than that, with the final book in the series releasing late last year, I decided to binge the entire series this year. (Both because of the Finishing the Series Reading Challenge and because I really enjoyed the first two books when I read them and I was mad at myself for never reading the rest.)

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HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

I really enjoyed it! I found myself sucked into this story so much that I totally blew past my bedtime so I could finish it and find out what happens. (Again.) I was happy that I re-read it and glad that I chose to do it in a different format than how I originally read it. I loved Cinder (the character) even more the second time around. As I’m primarily a romance reader, it’s hard to turn off my shipping gene, so I did find myself more than a little disappointed about the turn of events late in the book. Also, I kinda wanted to punch Kai in the throat. But it was a great read and I can’t wait to continue on with the series.

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WOULD You Re-Read Again?

Maybe? Reading a book twice is pretty much my limit unless it’s a personal favorite… but who knows. I might change my mind down the road though. I’m crazy like that. 😉


About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is a fangirl at heart, with a closet full of costumes, a Harry Potter wand on her desk, and a Tuxedo Mask doll hanging from her rear view mirror. Han and Leia are still her OTP. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Marissa writes books for teens, including the NYT bestselling series: The Lunar Chronicles.


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3 responses to “Re-read Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

  1. mom2triplets04

    I listened to Cinder (3 stars), Scarlett (4 stars) and Cress (3 stars) on audio. I have never reread a series but it maybe a good idea to reread it in a different format. I think I didn’t like Cinder because of the annoying computer type voice in the narration.

  2. I’ve already read the first three Lunar Chronicles books, and I agree that Scarlett was just way better than Cinder, although I did enjoy the latter as well. 🙂 And gah, I totally get what you meant about Kai! He just wasn’t an AMAZING character for me–he kind of fell flat compared to all the others. >_<

    • Kim

      I’m excited to reread Scarlett. I don’t remember a ton about it, but I remember loving it so that counts for something. Kai… he had his great moments but then sometimes I just wanted to throat punch him. I hope that if I keep reading the series there’s some type of resolution because I didn’t feel like that could really be the end for Cinder and Kai. But maybe it is? I guess I’ll find out!