Book #51: Cress

Marissa Meyer, Cress, (2014), 552p

Yay! I have finished off my “trilogy” for my 2015 Reading Challenge. Yes, I realize that this series will realistically have 5 books in it, but it’s the only “trilogy” that I was dying to read. And I’ll count those beauty books towards something else on my list. For a quick recap, you can check out my reviews of Cinder and Scarlet here.

In this book, we officially meet Cress, who proclaims herself to be a  “damsel in distress”. Cress has been imprisoned in a satellite for more than seven years and has never been allowed to cut her hair, which has grown to Rapunzel-like lengths. Cress is a super hacker, who’s skills have been utilized by the Lunar Queen to track down Cinder. But, alas, Cress has been using her super skills to aid Cinder. When Cinder and her motley crew try to rescue Cress, the plan goes awry.

I hate to say this, but to me this was the weakest of trilogy. Yes – I liked Cress but I didn’t “connect” with her the same way I did with Cinder or Scarlet. While I like the different viewpoints of story, there almost seems to be TOO MANY in this book. However, I did enjoy the sweet naive love story between Cress and Thorne. 🙂 🙂

I’m looking forward to Fairest and Winter. Even with the weak link, this series has been a hit in my books!

2015 Reading Challenge: the final book in my trilogy!

Book #42: Scarlet

Marissa Meyer, Scarlet, (2013), 452p

Seriously guys, this was the best vacation read ever. I read this entire book on the beach, by the pool, lounging in Mexico, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

Now that I’m done bragging about my joyous getaway, I guess I can discuss the book further. I mentioned in my post for Cinder that I was a little skeptical getting into this series. A cyborg Cinderella? Come on. But, it’s pretty freaking awesome.

Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother goes missing and she teams up with Wolf, a hunky street fighter, to find her. Meanwhile, Cinder escapes from prison with a fellow convict, in hopes of finding out more about her mysterious past. Everyone’s paths cross when Queen Levana launches an attack on earth.

Yes, this is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and yes, it was perfect. I loved that it was told from everyone’s perspective: Scarlet, Wolf, Cinder, Kai. This honestly made the story more enjoyable – I think I liked this one even more than Cinder because I absolutely adore Scarlet and Wolf. I’m not so patiently waiting for my hold on Cress to come in. This series is ridiculously entertaining.

2015 Reading Challenge: part two of my trilogy 🙂

Happy reading –

Book #38: Cinder

Melissa Meyer, Cinder, (2013), 390p

I finally finished my first book of 2015. Seriously, I think this is my biggest reading drought to date.

I found it really hard to pick my next book. I started two, then gave up. Dragged my feet and just watched Netflix instead. I have been feeling rather uninspired. I guess hammering out this many books in a row can do that to a person.

Then I remembered Cinder. I’ve been skeptical about this book – I mean a futuristic cyborg Cinderella?!? Come on… But it was highly recommended to me by quite a few people – especially by one of my friends from school who is essentially my reading twinsie.

And I loved it.

Somehow the cyborg Cinderella worked. The stepmother was a horrendous bitch. The friendly mice and birds were replaced with an android. Most importantly – the handsome price was still the handsome prince.

And then basically, the book just ends. Right in the middle of an epic part. Ms. Meyer, you are a tricky beast. OF COURSE, I will pick up Scarlet now.

2015 Reading Challenge: I could classify this as a few reads on the list but I’ve decided this is going to be my trilogy. Realistically, there are going to be 4 books in this series, but book 4 isn’t going to be released for quite a while so I feel like it counts.

Happy reading –
Laurie ☺️