The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer Review

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
(left to right) Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress

Lunar Chronicle:
1.) Cinder
2.) Scarlet
3.) Cress
3.5) Fairest
4.) Winter (To be release November 10, 2015; check out Goodreads for more info)

Once upon a time there lived girl named Cinder, who lived with her evil stepmother and stepsister, but hold on Cinder is a cyborg.  She didn't want to go to the ball because all she wanted to do is escape her stepmother's wrath. Unexpected circumstances guide her to unlock hidden secrets and memories that lead her to a journey across the universe.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
"The prince had the stairway smeared with pitch, and when Cinderella tried to run away, her left slipper got stuck."

A transformation of the classic Cinderella to a cyborg Cinder. In modern fairy tale, Cinderella treated as a household slave by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. She stuck strictly to feminine chores, such as clean the house or wash clothes. Meyer's Cinderella or Cinder broke out of normal gender role by being a talented mechanic, who's not afraid to get a little grease on her face. No longer a weak girl, she is a strong independent cyborg.

A great start to an intriguing Lunar Chronicle that have readers buckled up their seat belt for an enchanting story. After hearing numerous positive comments about this series, I decided to give it a try. It took me on a magical journey to a futuristic time, where human are no longer the only living species on earth or in the galaxy. A slow beginning, but once I got more into the storyline, I was hooked. By the time I arrived at the last page of the book, I wanted to know what would happen next.

A delightful twist to a classic fairy tale that takes readers on a magical journey. I highly recommend Cinder and the Lunar Chronicle to those who like fairy tales and fantasy. This is one book that one will not want to miss out on.

Rating: 5/5

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
"Oh, Grandmother, what terribly big teeth you have!"
In Rieux, France, Scarlet vigorously search for her missing grandmother. One night, she meets a mysterious street fighter, Wolf, who somehow connected to the kidnappers. He agrees to assist Scarlet to rescue her dear grandmother.

Cinder's journey in the first book continues in Scarlet as she acquires a new accomplice to escape New Beijing. Her new found identity led her to France to seek out Michelle Benoit, who happened to be Scarlet's grandmother. As fate would have it, Scarlet and Cinder crossed path; they teamed up to escape Queen Levana's wrath.

The magical adventure of Cinder continues in Scarlet, a retelling of little red riding hood. Scarlet begins on a fast note and led me on a journey across the globe from New Beijing to France. I enjoyed how Marissa Meyer connected these two individuals into one novel. They may have separate paths, but they a common set point, freedom.

Although the quest continues, Scarlet lacked some aspects. In Cinder, I was able to understand the characters backgrounds and able to clasp what is going on in Cinder's head. In Scarlet, I felt as though I could not get into Scarlet's mind; a shield built around her character. Readers know she loves her grandmother; yet it was not enough. I admire her straight forward personality though.

Scarlet contains action pack scenes that should not be missed, so I recommend readers to read it.

Rating: 4/5 stars    


Cress by Marissa Meyer
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair"

In the third book of the Lunar Chronicles, Meyers takes readers on a journey across space upon an introduction of Cress, who risked her life to sent out a warning to Cinder about Queen Levana. Locked away in a satellite orbiting Earth for years, Cress excel the skill of hacking. Her dream of escaping came true when Cinder and her crew agree to help her. This little mission of theirs became more than what they initially bargained for when their group gets split up. How will they meet up and continue their pursuit to save Earth from Queen Levana's wrath?

Cress became one of my favorite book in the Lunar Chronicles. The mysterious journey readers set off with Cinder in the first book finally makes logical sense. Questions in previous books got answered. Hand it to Meyers to introduce plots that allow readers to have a better understanding of the story.

So after reading the third book in the Lunar Chronicles, my mind continues to be blow away by the story line. A highly recommended book series to read, especially to those who love fairy tale retelling.

Source: purchased all three books with my own money

Goodreads. (2015). Goodreads. Retrieved from

Meyer, Marissa. (2012). Cinder. New York: Feiwel and Friends.

---. (2014). Cress. New York: Square Fish.

---. (2013). Scarlet. New York: Square Fish.


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