[Book Review #53] Cress by Marissa Meyer

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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.

Book Specifications:

Author: Marissa Meyer

Format: Hardbound

Part of a Series: Yes. The Lunar Chronicles #3.

Release Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

No. of Pages: 550 pages

Price: 855.00Php

Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fairytale, Fairytale Retelling, Young Adult

Book Review:

The Cover: Just like the first two books in the series, Cress features a purple background with an image of a girl who’s not seen fully, with long hair, braided with red strips of cloth, obviously giving the readers a glimpse of what’s in store for them: a re-telling of the classic fairytale, Rapunzel.  I loved the cover, but I just know that it could be better. (4 out of 5 stars)

The Story: When I first started reading this series, I just knew that it was the kind that would keep on getting better and better as the story progressed. It turns out I was right! It did get better. In every aspect, and angle, the story indeed got more intense and just plain impressive.

Meyer did a great job improving and developing her characters. Linh Cinder, Prince Kai, even Queen Levana, plus some more characters… They all got their moment of change, either it be a good or bad change, they all went through it. Also, what made this book (and this series) so interesting is that Meyer always have something new to tell her readers. A new adventure, new characters, new love interests, etc. One could not simply get tired of Marissa Meyer and her way of writing. Truly impressive!

There is something so unique about the way Marissa Meyer wrote the revelations in this book (and this series). There are lots of signs before a shocker gets revealed. I don’t know if I just don’t want to believe them, or if I don’t want myself spoiled of these signs and facts. I first got myself shocked when I learned about Cinder’s true identity back when I read the first book. The same goes for Wolf back when I read the second book. After having read Cress, I’m no longer surprised that another shocker awaited me. She’s brilliant. I am telling you, the way she wrote some twists in Cress is utterly outstanding!

Cress and Carswell Thorne’s romance in this book is absolutely swoon-worthy! In the first few pages of the book, we would find out just how in love Cress is with Captain Thorne. Seeing that he’s the first man Cress ever laid her eyes on, (Am I saying this correctly? I hope I am!) there’s no surprise as to why she immediately fell in love with him. But as the story progressed, we get to know why and how Cress falls in love with him more.

To be honest, Cress is my favorite out of all the books in the series. Not only did it open my eyes to the true wonders of Marissa’s writing style, but it also made me appreciate the “fairy tale re-tellling” genre a lot more!  (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: The author’s ability to leave the readers wanting more, and yet to give them just the right amount of tease for a hype awaiting the next book in the series is cute. I mean, seeing that it’s the second to the last book in the series, the last book’s hype is indeed already made up.

Remember that time I told everyone that the ending in Scarlet was predictable? Well, this time, it wasn’t! I loved how the story ended and somehow, it gave me a little preview as to how everything is going down for the last book in the series, Winter. Although I was a wee bit sad about some parts *sobs* but I loved it nonetheless. (4.5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Just like I’ve said above, Cress is my favorite out of all the books in the series so far. It shows us just how strong Cinder and her allies’ resistance are against the Evil Queen Levana. I seriously can’t wait to read Winter! (Although I’m sad everything’s about to end after I read it) (4.33 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.” – Carswell Thorne to Cress (OH MY GOD!!)

“I guess it’s time.”
While Cress’s thoughts continued to churn through the horrible things that could happen to her, she felt herself being suddenly spun around and dipped backward, a supportive arm scooping beneath her back. She yelped and caught herself on Thorne’s shoulder.
Then he was kissing her.”

“She dreamed of deep soul connections and passionate kisses and daring escapades. She was certain that he simply had to meet her, just once, and he would feel the same way. It would be like those epic love affairs that exploded into existence and burned white hot for all eternity. The type of love that time and distance and even death couldn’t separate.”

“You’re asking the cyborg fugitive and the wild animal to be the welcoming committee? That’s adorable.”

“Now, let’s never talk about you being related to her again. Because I’m technically still engaged to her, and that’s really weird.”
Cinder couldn’t help laughing, even exhaustedly, even just to cover up the screaming inside, as he bound her up in his arms again. Her headache began to fade, replaced with the strength of his heartbeat and the way she felt almost delicate when she was pressed up against him like this.
Almost fragile.
Almost safe.
Almost like a princess.”

About The Author:

Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her fiancé and their two cats. In addition to her slight obsession with books and writing, she’s big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. She is represented by Jill Grinberg.

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