Saturday, April 19, 2014

Blogoversary: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Book Addicts!

Since we keep celebrating our Blogoversary, I thought that would be nice to give away one book that's really famous and has a lot of great reviews. We have to give a chance to those readers who haven't read these books.
I've recently bought a copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer and realized that I must be one of those "weird" readers who haven't read the books in The Lunar Chronicles. I know, I know. I think I even heard a loud "WHAT?!". So I'm giving a chance to those Book Addicts who, like me, haven't read the Lunar Chronicles, for whatever reason, and want to. But first, let's see what all this fuss is about.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

It was important to me that I didn't stray so far from the original tales that they were no longer recognizable. At the same time, I wanted to make sure the stories were unique and interesting enough to stand on their own. I wanted readers to go through periods where they forget that they're reading a fairy tale retelling at all, that they were just caught up in the characters and the world, but then have little flashes of - "Oh, yeah, this is Cinderella! There's the pumpkin carriage!" etc. Fairy tales make for an excellent skeleton to build off of.

I wouldn't want to be any of them permanently, because, let's face it, they go through a lot of really horrible stuff! But I think Scarlet had a pretty good life prior to the start of the book. It was a peaceful existence on the farm... until all the bad stuff started happening. 

I love to cosplay, but it feels too self-serving to cosplay one of my own characters (so my costume for last year was steampunk Little Red, not necessarily Scarlet). This year my mom and I talked about making a Queen of Hearts costume to start promoting one of my upcoming novels, HEARTLESS, but I'm afraid that we're running out of time and I don't think it's going to happen. Maybe I'll dig out one of my old costumes from the bin instead...

I would LOVE to see the books made into movies! *also crossing fingers!* I don't have my heart set on any actors or actresses, but I've seen fancastings that I thought were pretty spot-on. Some of my favs include Shay Mitchell as Cinder, Emma Stone as Scarlet, and Evanna Lynch as Cress.

I am super excited for Winter to come out, so that readers can finally see the resolution that's been playing out in my head for six years! I can tell you that it will be the most action-packed book of the series, and also include a whole lot of kissing. (Swoon!) Winter is based on Snow White - where Princess Winter is Queen Levana's stepdaughter. It's largely set on Luna, so readers will get to see a lot more of the social structure of the Lunars... and I hope it will be full of many unexpected twists and turns!

1. All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers
2. Animal by Neon Trees
3. Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie
4. Boys of Summer by The Ataris (cover)
5. The Cave by Mumford & Sons
6. A Comet Appears by The Shins
8. Feeling Good by Muse (cover)
9. Heroes by David Bowie
10. Howlin’ for You by The Black Keys
11. Invincible by Muse
13. Li’l Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
14. Meet Me on the Equinox by Death Cab for Cutie
15. Moondance by Van Morrison
16. Resistance by Muse
17. Spaceman by The Killers
18. Time is Running Out by Muse
19. To the Moon and Back by Savage Garden
20. Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon
21. You Won’t Be Mine by Matchbox Twenty
22. Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men
23. Astronaut by Simple Plan
24. Counting Stars by OneRepublic
25. Safe and Sound by Capital Cities

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.

Win (1) paperback of Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer + swag (INT)


  1. My favorite would be Red Riding Hood.

    1. That would definitely be an amazing retelling! I love your pick ;)

  2. I've only recently started reading fairy tale retellings, I'd have to say my favourite so far is Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

    88dreamers @ Seriesly Reading

    1. ooh! cruel beauty is a good one! I'm happy to hear you started reading fairy tale retellings and you liked them ;)

  3. AWESOME!!!! I LOVE LOVE this series! That was such a great interview. We love all things Marissa Meyer. She is awesome. I cannot wait for WINTER to come out. It is way too long to wait :). Thanks for the great post

    1. Hi Paij!
      Yes! She's awesome! and I cannot wait for Winter either! *nervous-dance*
      I'm really happy you liked the interview ^^ and that you're a fan of the series!


  4. Currently? The Lunar Chronicles are my absolute favorite. I heard Marissa Meyer came to my old town and was so jealous. I can't wait for Winter!
    But in the past, I also liked the Once Upon a Time book series and Gail Carson Levine's stories.

    1. Hi Yun-A!
      Then I think I nailed with the giveaway! *happy-dancing* I know what you mean. I can't be jealous, 'cause I don't think she's ever come to Spain, so... But I understand your jealousy ;)

  5. Snow White is my favorite re-telling. Red Riding Hood is runner-up.

    1. Hi Lekeisha!
      I agree with you! Although I'd say that I love ALL fairy tale retellings ;)

  6. I love Rapunzel re-tellings!


    1. ooooh! Rapunzel!!! how could i miss her?! I love her fairy tale retellings, too ^^

  7. I loved Cinder and the retelling of Cinderella. As well as the rest of the stories and their remakes. I wouldn't mind seeing a Mulan remake.

  8. There's a book called The Book of Lost things, and it's an amazing retelling of a combination of the old, dark Grimm's fairytales. It's one of my absolute favorite books!