My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.
My initial response when picking this book up was that every person on booktube and bookstgram had talked about this series and how good it was. I was drawn to the cover as it is unique and simple. The cover art is wonderful but also the feel of the UK paperback is so nice, its shiny with embossed sections. To start with I hadn’t realised that this series had modern retellings of fairy tales within them. It clicked with me very soon once looking at the series as a whole but I overall I had no idea what this book was about when I started it. It had been sitting on my TBR shelves for quite a while and I was so glad to finally pick it up.
The reason I actually picked it up is that I had a few credits left on Audible that I didn’t know what to do with and they then had a 2 for 1 sale which was great. I used one of the credits to get Cinder and it encouraged me to read it.
While reading this book I first had mixed feelings. I am very glad I started this book as an audiobook as it made the experience so much more rewarding. I got into the story so much better while listening to the book being narrated to me. I listen to audiobooks while travelling or cleaning as I cannot physically read a book because I get travel sick or am doing other things. However this sometimes detracts from the story itself but in this case, I loved it.
At first, I was annoyed with the narration and how American it was but I soon got past that and enjoyed the perspective that was brought onto the narrative.
I listened to about 260 pages of this book on audible as I couldn’t drag myself away from the narration even though I could have read the physical copy a lot quicker.
However the last part of this book I read physically as I was too excited to wait for the audiobook to catch up.
Overall I was intrigued by this book and I can see why everyone likes it. I absolutely fell in love with the plot and hints to the original Fairytale. I really want to find out what happens in the next books. This series will be high on my list of reads for the next while. I would certainly reccomend it to anyone that likes YA dystopian easy reads.