Books and Cookies: Cinder

It probably comes as no surprise, but as a retelling author myself, I hold a VERY special place in my heart for twisty fairy tales. The magic, the romance, I can’t get enough. 

So, as you can imagine, whenever I see a new retelling come around, I basically just tell the booksellers ‘Give me my money,’ then quickly go home to dive into my next thrilling adventure. Today, my Books and Cookies review is going to be for one of them. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to Marissa Meyer’s masterpiece: Cinder.

The Book

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for. 

The Cookies

For the creation of my Cinder cookies, I wanted to capture the biggest parts of the storyline to me: Cinderella and , what I affectionately like to call ‘the twist.’ So, for the Cinderella element, of course I had to go with the iconic high heel shoe, which I colored red to match the book’s lovely cover. For the twist element, (Cinderella as a CYBORG), I wanted to focus on Cinder’s proficiency as a mechanic (and likely a tool she uses for her own repairs) a wrench.

These were both simple designs, but overall that pairs well with the simplicity of the book’s original cover, and ties in with the matching shoe and the mechanical bones you can see in her ankle!  As you can see, I’m still learning, but I think they turned out ok! 

The Review

As much as I love Cinderella stories, let’s face it–there are a LOT out there, giving Meyer some pretty fierce competition (Ella Enchanted, anyone?). That being said, this book very quickly skyrocketed to the top of my favorites list. I absolutely loved the concept of Meyer’s heroine– where Cinder isn’t a housebound cleaner, but a CYBORG mechanic. I mean, how cool is that? Pairing in a cast of wonderful characters (if you don’t fall in love with Iko are YOU even a human? You too, might be a cyborg) and some of the best world building I have ever read, Meyers weaves a thrilling, completely immersive tale that you can’t help but be lost (and happily so) in. 

Honestly, I have a hard time imagining ANYONE disliking this book, and have no problems recommending it to basically everyone, BUT that being said: if you like fairy tales, Cinderella, Sci Fi, adventure, romance, and incredible worlds, check out Cinder–you’ll be glad you did. 

The Rating

This may come as no surprise, but Cinder is one of my favorite books of all time. I legitimately want to BE Marissa Meyer when I grow up. Her stories are absolutely amazing– the perfect blend of epic worlds, fantastic characters, intriguing plots, all mixed in with humor, romance, action, and adventure. Cinder gets 5 delicious cookies from me–it’s making me hungry just thinking about it!

What do you think?

Have you read Cinder or any of the other Lunar Chronicles books? Do you agree with my review?

What do you think about my cookie choice? 

Do you have any other books or designs to recommend?

Let me know in the comments below!

JM Sullivan

Retelling Writer. Sparkle Enthusiast. Author. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. If you would like to connect with J.M., visit her on social media at @jmsullivanbooks--she’d love to hear from you!

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