I was just looking to see how I normally format my book reviews, and I realised the lack of book reviews on my blog. Which is shocking considering how much I have read since January.
Anyway, today I will be reviewing the Lunar Chronicles (all four books) because I absolutely loved this series.
This review will possibly contain mild spoilers, since I will talk about the whole series. But no major plot points will be spoiled.
Titles: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter (The Lunar Chronicles)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin Books, A Feiwel and Friends Book, and Square Fish
Publication Date: 2012-2015
This is the synopsis from Cinder, so as not to spoil the whole series.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kia’s she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil-queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Each book continues on the story line while introducing a new heroine and fairytale.
Thoughts and Feelings
I really like books with different sections, in the Lunar Chronicles they are called books and have quotes from the original fairytales the books are based off of. It was great having little hints to what was about to happen, if you already knew the original fairytale.
I am slightly annoyed with myself though, I bought Cinder at Waterstones then I order the other three from Book Depository. I must have not being paying that close attention because I have the UK edition of Cinder and Cress, and the US edition of Scarlet and Winter. So they don’t look the same of my shelf, which is just a bit annoying. Despite that I do love these books and I will love them for a long time.
Let’s continue with the review, I really enjoyed Meyer’s characters with each of them having very different personalities that fit together very well. My favourite female character had to be Winter (introduced in book three), she is kind of crazy and I enjoyed her random exclamations. My favourite male character was Thorne (introduced in book two), he is very fun and charming.
I would also like to note that I thoroughly Cinder’s android friend, Iko. She was sassy and very un-robotic. This made her interactions with any human other than Cinder hilarious.
The overall story line was very strong and I enjoyed how it was interwound with each fairytale, while still progressing the overall story on. I was glad that the evil queen in each fairytale is the same person in the series, this added to the evilness (not sure if this is the right word, but I can’t think of a more suitable word) and cruelty of the Lunar queen. I would also like to say that I really enjoyed the ending of this book, as most of the time I don’t like how authors end their series. But a yay, for Marissa Meyer!
These books are set in the future, so it was interesting finding out how the world is structured after so many wars have broken out. Plus it wasn’t set in America, which is surprising since most of the books I read are American.
For my favourite book in the Lunar Chronicles, it would have to be Cress. From the start of the book I was on edge and I had no clue where it was going. Plus Cress is so cute and innocent that I just loved reading the book from her point of view (it was written in third person, but each chapter mainly focused on one characters thoughts).
I would highly recommend picking up Cinder and after you are hooked, read the rest of the series.
It had to be five stars, there wasn’t a dull moment.
If you have read any of the books, let’s discuss them below. I would love to chat about these books some more.