Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cress...and Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer
Info: Feiwel & Friends, copyright 2014, 550 pages

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 high 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.

~Goodreads Description

Info: Feiwel & Friends, copyright 2015, 824 pages

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

~Goodreads Description

I loved this series!  And, faithful readers, I FINISHED this series!  This is huge, because it hardly ever happens.

Meyer has created a Cinderella retelling that features fierce, independent, intelligent women who are willing to fight for what they believe in despite the forces that stand in their way.  And they're surrounded by fierce, independent, intelligent men who let them.  Which is also awesome.

Cress and Winter are the third and final installments in this epic tale.  Cress introduces us to our Rapunzel character, a young Lunar woman held captive in a satellite and being used a spy.  And in Winter we get to know the princess of Lunar (Snow White) and the stepdaughter of the evil queen Levana.

There's intrigue, revolution, and a couple of intense battles that bring the story to a satisfying conclusion.  It wrapped up a little too nicely for my liking, but I'm never really going to complain about a happy ending.  I just usually want someone to die.  Which is weird, I know.

Quick recap:  Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing.  She's our Cinderella, living as a servant in her adopted mother's home.  A plague is sweeping across the world, and Prince Kai, heir to the empire, is looking for a cure.  Levana, queen of Lunar, has said cure, but it comes at a cost.  She wants to marry the Prince and become, one day, the Empress of New Beijing.  But Cinder isn't who she thinks she is, and there are forces across the world who are willing to go to fight against the unholy union.

If you're a fan of audiobooks, Rebecca Soler does a fantastic job.  I read Cinder, but then listened to the rest and enjoyed every minute.  It's a fresh, creative retelling of a well known fairytale favorite, and I highly recommend it.


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