As you are all aware, The Book Gryffin has been heavily reliant on the reviews of my talented and well read students, owing to my commitments to the Aurealis Award’s.
I am sure you will all agree they are doing a spectacular job of keeping you all informed about the vast array of quality Young Adult fiction available.
Today, I would like to introduce you all to a new guest reviewer, the lovely Morgan!
Since everyone is abuzz with anticipation for the coming release date of Cinder- Marissa Meyer, Miss Morgan was kind enough to read and review it for you all to enjoy here at the Book Gryffin, please make her feel very welcome!
Cinder- The Lunar Chronicles
Well, I have to say – Cinder was amazing! It is book one in The Lunar Chronicles series. It’s modern twist on the Grimm’s classic Cinderella, with fast-paced adventure, romance and detailed story line, this book was one I could hardly put down!
Cinder is about young mechanic, Cinder. She works in New Beijing – a city in the distant future. She is adopted, and her adoptive mother doesn’t want her. But this is the least of her problems. Cinder is a Cyborg – and no-one likes her kind in New Beijing. Struggling with the fact she doesn’t fit in, and attempting to overcome the neglect, she winds up meeting Prince Kai – the prince of New Beijing and the Commonwealth.
Prince Kai doesn’t know she is a Cyborg – and she plans to keep it that way. But she soon forgets about him when her sister is rushed away. Her sister – Peony – has caught the Plague. It is a modern take on the plague of AD1347-1350, with black-blue bruises and terrible sicknesses. Cinder blames herself – and her adoptive mother (Adri) thinks it’s Cinder’s fault too. Adri bans Cinder from attending the upcoming ball, and continues to be downright dreadful too her.
Soon though, all Cinder wants is to get away. With Prince Kai confusing her, Adri putting her down and a supposedly friendly doctor revealing her murky past, Cinder begins to spiral into funnel of confusion. She doesn’t know who to trust – who to love – who to believe. And finally, Iko (Her trusting robot) pulls her out. A mysterious chip in the Prince’s android, a love for Prince Kai and a shocking secret all blossom into one huge thing – chaos.
But just like any perfect protagonist, she trusts her gut and pulls herself through. This book was really phenomenal – with almost everything a good book should have. I read it cover to cover, and now all I want is the next book in the series! This is definitely in my top five books and – just like it says in the blurb – it will stay on girl’s bookshelves for a long time!