Fun Fact: Marissa Meyer and I were actually LiveJournal friends for a while. :) I entered her giveaway when she had some ARC copies and I won! It was my first ever ARC copy and my first every giveaway win! So this book is always going to be special to me because of that.
Series: The Luna Chronicles (#1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Author’s Sun Sign: Pisces
Air’s Rating: 4/5 - I really liked it; as you’ll see in the review, I was very impressed
When I first got my hands on the book, I sped through chapters 1-11 and then I had to stop myself because I was reading it too quickly. I was extremely impressed with the first chapters of this book and I especially couldn’t believe that someone I kind of knew had written it. Marissa Meyer is very talented in a lot of ways. I will mention those ways below.
Once I was able to get over how impressed I was, I picked the book back up and was able to read it without being overcome by awe. I have mostly positive things to say about it, even though it didn’t win all five stars from me. Here are the positive things I have to say:
- Cinder’s reactions remind me of people I know, which makes her more realistic and interesting to me, especially since I don’t identify with her but know people who would.
- Kai was an interesting character to read from start to finish.
- I had an extremely enjoyable experience with Dr. Erland. He is definitely my favorite character because of the wild ride it was for me while I got to know him.
- The writing style is really concise. It seems as though nothing in the story is unnecessary. I really respect that, as I find it to be something very difficult to be able to attain. (Thus why I was and continue to be so impressed with her writing.)
- Queen Levana’s entire characterization is very interesting. I don’t want to give too much away, but personally I think she has just the right combination of expected “evil” traits and uniquely terrifying ones.
- I think the abuse was written in both a realistic and yet not traumatizing way. I felt abused while I was reading about the villains, but not to the A Child Called It point, if you know what I mean.
- While there are some things that can be easily foreseen, I mostly had no idea how this book was going to end. There was a sort of fear and anticipation while reading it, and that was something I found especially impressive about the novel. (I swear, “impressive” is the word of the day for Cinder and MM.)
Air’s 2014 Book Goal: 9/16 books read, and within the first month!