Backlist Bonus: Cinder

11235712by Marissa Meyer
YA Fantasy
4 of 5 stars
Debut novel – January 3, 2012

A sci-fi retelling of Cinderella in which Cinderella is a cyborg mechanic in China? YES. This quartet is one of the freshest series on the market at the moment and I’m excited to read the conclusion this fall. Concept, check. Beautiful cover art, check. And does the story hold up once it has drawn you in? Check.

We follow Cinder initially, but as the books go on we also meet Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel) and this fall, Winter (Snow White). Each character gets her own arc, motivations, and personality, free of the fairy tale restraints, but we also get the fun of a few re-imagined nods to their origins as the adventures unfold.

Cinder is resourceful, snarky, and pragmatic, which probably isn’t the way you remember her thanks to Disney. There’s a prince, a ball, and nasty stepsisters. There’s also starships, cyborgs, and the evil Queen Levana causing political mayhem from the moon.

I highly recommend this series and there’s still time to read them all before November. There is no fairy godmother to help these women, and they don’t need one!

If you’d like to see more reviews or buy a copy for yourself, Cinder is available on Goodreads and its parent company Amazon. Please consider supporting your local bookstore!

Similar reads:

  • Ash by Malinda Lo – A retelling of Cinderella with a fairy prince and a friendship that may be something more with the King’s Huntress, Kaisa. It’s beautifully written and if I fault it for anything it might be that it’s too subtle, but it’s definitely fresh and worth checking out.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – Loosely inspired by Cinderella, Celaena Sardothien is pulled from her life sentence in the Salt Mines of Endovier by Prince Dorian to compete for the job of King’s Assassin. Ball gowns, magic spells, espionage, the works. See my review here.
  • The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey – When I was reading it reminded me of Cinderella a couple times, in a weird way, and since it’s another modern setting with magic, intrigue, and a prince, I’d say it’s worth an inclusion. See my review here.

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