Hey, guys! This is a post I’ve so been excited for!
If you guys don’t know my love my fantasy by now… Well, I’m in love with fantasy books! I adore princesses and princes and dragons and fighting and magic… everything it has to offer!
So this is why I finally picked up this series. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! Long time ago, when I was in middle school, I actually picked up Cinder to read. Back then I took so long to read it, I had to give it back before the overdue date. Sad times.
But then I bought the book for myself and I got to read at my own pace! However, I was so hooked, it did not take long for me to finish it and move onto Scarlet.
Why am I not doing a review over the last book Winter? I kind of want to share my thoughts on what I expect. I love trying to predict the endings to series. Scroll down to the very end to skip all the other books and get to the spoiler section if you wish.
Book One: CINDER
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
It’s no joke that this series it based off the retellings of fairy tales we’ve heard. Obviously this one is a retelling of Cinderella.
We meet Cinder in the first book… fixing her foot. Great way to start off a book. This girl has no foot. Get over it.
And she lives in this dystopian society, but it has this big magical twist to it, which made me fall in love with this book. There are no dragons or swords or whatnot, but the sci-fi fantasy with the princes and androids really what drew me in.
At first we are met with the serious problem of the plague: letumosis. It’s incurable and roams all of earth taking lives with it. Major problem. That’s what we are also thrown into in the first chapter of this book. You understand the seriousness of this sickness and what happens when someone gets it… I’ll leave it there.
But then it’s more than just the plague. Like the story of Cinderella has, there is a ball and EVERYONE is invited. But you know how the stepmom ordeal goes. “Fix this first, then do this. And once you have done everything else, maybe you can go.”
Can I just say I LOVE story retellings. Having a Cinderella retelling within a world of cyborgs and extraterrestrial movement between the earth and the moon… phenomenal way of owning a retelling.
Going on we meet Levana. LeVaNa. She’s the queen of Luna, or the moon. She can do weird stuff to people with magic (sorry, bioelectrical manipulation…) and she can make them bow down to her. Which is why she is such a strong enemy. No one can just disagree with her. She’ll kill you on spot or she’ll make you love her. She’s wanting an “alliance” with Earth, and to do that, she has to marry Prince Kai. I won’t go into detail with that. Just know I pulled out hairs stressing out about this lady.
So yes, I loved this book. If you like romance, if you like sci-fantasy, if you love awkward, if you love sassy androids who have crushes on the prince, then pick this book up! Don’t be like me and hold off on it. PICK IT UP. You won’t regret it!
Book Two: SCARLET
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as
to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably
drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
I have no idea which book I love better: Scarlet or Cress. Both gave me so many feels, so many smiles, so many laughs.
If you didn’t know, this is the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood… except Little Red Riding Hood falls in love with the “wolf”… ANYWAYS.
We meet Scarlet, who works on a farm with her grandmother. She’s really good at what she does, she loves her grandmother a lot, and she has a fiery attitude that isn’t afraid to say what it thinks.
It makes it WAY better that she’s French, so she has that petite, cute accent when she gets mad. I personally find it funny when she gets all grumpy and snappy.
But alas! Her grandmother has gone missing, and she has no idea where she went. The authorities have stopped looking, but Scarlet is far from giving up on the person who raised her when her actual parents couldn’t.
Cinder comes into play a little bit in the beginning, mostly the people in the tavern talk about how she is wreckless, a freak, the real enemy. Then Scarlet, being the way she is, stands on top of a table and tells them all off. She’s just a teenager. How about you get the real story before judging someone. All that jazz.
Then she meets a street fighter named… wait for it… WOLF. A cuddly, old fool who will snap your neck in seconds. Love the guy. Scarlet runs her mouth in the tavern, gets the drunk guys mad, and Wolf is the one to step in to save Scarlet from being beaten up by these guys.
That’s mostly the beginning, I won’t go further, but for the fact that Scarlet and Wolf do come together in an alliance. Cool stuff goes down. We also go into Cinder’s POV after a while and see what’s she up to. Levana is in control still. She’s doing weird things to Wolf, she’s being her evil self. Great book. I loved it so much. I love Scarlet, I love Wolf, I love THORNE.
I give this five star as well, but I wish there was such a thing as a six, because this is what this book was.
Book Three: CRESS
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
This was also a favorite of mine, as I said before. This Rapunzel retelling makes me want to cry whenever I think about it. My favorite character being Thorne, and falling in love with Cress’s character, I think I squealed a lot with the interactions between them. I’m a Cress. I relate to her on so many levels. At least she has a reason to be socially awkward from being locked away for half her life.
We meet Cress. She’s locked up in this satellite, forced to spy on the Earthens. She’s forced to get information on Kai, Cinder, the mix. Her guardian is Levana’s right hand woman.
Cress has also gotten fantasies stuck in her head about Captain Thorne. She’s in love with this dude, and she’s never met him. She’s only read like all his life records. But I mean I would too if I was shut in a room with nothing to do.
The gang of Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf all go to get her out of the satellite. Little do they know, Sybil (the right-hand witch person) finds out and catches Thorne as he volunteers to go down himself and retrieve Cress and bring her back.
Sybil tries to kill them by tying them up, and turning off the gravitational stuff on the satellite. So now Sybil is going after Cinder and the rest while Thorne and Cress fall to their deaths.
Cress saves them with her awesome hacker skills, but they still have a bumpy landing getting to earth… IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SAHARA DESERT. It’s a rough journey for the two, but without it, Cress and Thorne would have never gotten as close as they did.
I loved this book, too. After some thought as I write this post, I think I do feel like Scarlet is my favorite out of all three. While I did like the characters in Cress, I did have some issues with some… logic in this book. I was really confused about some dialogue and how it developed here and there. But overall I do give this book another five out of five. Completely recommend!
SPOILER SECTION DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THESE THREE BOOKS
Okay, so Winter.
I’ve actually started this book, so I know the beginning and all that.
There are so many couples in this series. I love romance, so I’m not complaining. Scarlet and Wolf have this passionate type of relationship. “I’ll be your alpha female.” I cringed so hard at that, you don’t even understand. Nevertheless, they make me laugh. I love how much they care for one another. I love how Wolf went from fierce to lost puppy when Scarlet was taken. It really shows how much Wolf cares about her. I really want to see Wolf find Scarlet, beat up some people, then share a kiss as he’s her hero.
Cinder and Kai make me laugh all the time. i get all smiley when they kiss. I BETTER see someone get married at the end of Winter, and it better be Cinder and Kai. PLLLEAAASEE.
Thorne and Cress’s relationship is by far my favorite. While Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship was fast and passionate, Kai and Cinder’s relationship was formed on friendly conversations that led to a mutual agreement of love, Thorne and Cress is like the complete opposite of either of those. Cress is IN LOVE with Thorne, no matter how much she wants to deny it. She’s Thorne’s top fangirl. She stares at him when he walks into rooms, she gets jealous when he flirts with other girls. Then she gets these moments when she thinks Thorne is hitting on her for real, but then he turns and starts flirting with Iko. Then she gets all depressed, saying how he’ll never love her and all that.
I feel like their relationship feels a lot more real in my eyes. I’m not a go-getter when it comes to boys. I don’t feel confident in myself to walk up and tell someone I like them. Cress is the same way. She’s shy and awkward, just like me. When they do get together… sorry, I got lost in thought imagining how great it would be.
As for Levana… I CANNOT WAIT FOR AN EPIC SHOWDOWN BETWEEN HER AND CINDER. Please let it happen!!! I want to see Cinder use her Lunar powers and take over Levana, and bring her down! I want to see Levana lose her power, and let the world see how ugly she is. Like I need this to happen.
I want to see Winter get the throne on Luna. She’ll be the new queen of Luna, Cinder will back to Earth and marry Kai as the queen… This better happen.
I want to see that wolf from Winter’s playroom thing let loose. I get sad thinking about how he’s locked up like that… Scarlet too, but she’s tough. She’ll get through it.
I’m really sad that Kai ends up leaving (I’m currently at that part where he’s walking into the podship). I really wished I could have seen him kill some things first, but I guess he’s only useful for talking. Oh, well. Maybe later I’ll get to see him shoot something. Maybe Levana… or that Aimery dude. That’d be cool.
OH MY GOODNESS. I almost forgot about Jacin. I have such a love/hate relationship for him. I kind of hated him in Cress. He was a jerk face. But then he comes back, and I want to love him because he obviously loves Winter and will risk his life for her.
I love the part where he’s assigned to be her personal guard, and when he tells her he can care for her more than he should and goes back outside her room to stand guard, Winter follows him with her solar system project, sits next to him, and says, “Oh, sorry, I didn’t see her there.” And Jacin can’t argue with the Princess, so he stands there and even touches the top of her head… It was such a cute moment. Jacin is a good person in a way he protects those he loves. You can call out Cinder any day, but don’t you dare glare at Winter. He’ll mess you up.
Wow, this feels long, but I love getting all of this out! If you haven’t read the series, please give it a try. it’s sci-fi, it’s comedy, it’s romance… Marissa Meyer made a masterpiece with this series, and I can’t wait to finish Winter so I can experience this ending that better have everything I hope for.