So there is nothing better then working with someone on a topic that you both love, so when I was given the opportunity to do a collabartion with the amazing Michelle from The Book Adventurer I was so happy. Our collabartion is about retelling of fairytales, we decided that one of us should read one of the orginals and the other to read one of the retelling. So I have read Cinder by Marisaa Meyer and Michelle has read Cinderella by Walt Disney Company and here is our reviews of the books.
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
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
So as I said before I was never really into the princess and fairy tales, so I was personally not looking forward to reading this book even with all the good things I have heard about it. After reading it, I really don’t know what my opinion is on the book.
The book is written amazingly and it was very easy for me to imagine what cinder looked like with all her metal components and her undersized foot that needed to be upgraded. All that was written fantastically, even the way the city was described was written beautifully. But for me even though all the descriptions where great, I found the book to be really predictable. I don’t know if this was because I knew the basics to original fairy tale or because of how many books I have read in my life. But it was pretty clear to me that from the second that a person who is meant to be the heir to the throne on a different planet went missing 10 years ago and cinder cant remember anything before her accident that caused her to become a cyborg, I knew from that moment that that was where the book was leading to the whole time.
I really don’t know why I don’t love this book because it basically has everything I love in a good read, Sci Fi, robots and magic what isn’t there to love. I really think the predictability of this book ruined it for me, I love being able to read a book and not know what is going to happen next but obviously this book didn’t have that.
I really did feel for Cinder as it wasn’t her fault that she was made into who she was, she never got the option to say no to being a cyborg or being the heir to the throne of a queen who will do anything to kill her. It wasn’t her fault that she has to live with an evil step mother who hated her for reasons which again aren’t her fault. After a while you do feel sorry for her, as even the person who she wants to be with doesn’t want her anymore the second he finds out that she is both a cyborg and a Luna. It does take a lot for me to start feeling sorry for a character but I do for Cinder.
Overall this book is written really well and the story is quite a lot different from the original fairy-tale but some of the main areas are still part of the book for example she leaves her foot behind. But because of the predictability of the book it kind of made it an not all exciting read. So if I had to give it a rating then it would be 3.5/5
And now Michelle’s review of the original
Cinderella – Walt Disney Company
Okay, so I could only get my hands on the Kindle version of Walt Disney Companies version of Cinderella. It is just a short story (25 pages) with illustrations – so for all intents and purposes it is a children’s book – that being said, it does follow the original story of Cinderella and that was the entire purpose of our collaboration.
So this short story is pretty much the same as the Disney movie – Cinderella’s dad marries an evil stepmother with two evil stepsister, but they only become evil after Cinderella’s dad dies. Her stepmother then forces her to work, like a slave and does not acknowledge her presence as another daughter.
Then one day in invitation arrives inviting all eligible maidens to the King’s dance so the Prince can find a fitting Princess. Cinderella’s stepmother agrees that she can go, but only if she finishes all her chores. Long story short, she does manage but the evil stepsister ruin her dress that the mice have made for her.
And then “bibbity bobbity boop” – she gets transformed into a Princess.
I really did love this book, it reminded me of my childhood and watching Cinderella with my cousins. It was written for children, so the writing style was fairly simple and not hard to understand, but I thought the illustrations were really cute.
The one thing about the book that I loved, that was not featured in the Disney version of the movie, was that the glass slipper actually breaks before Cinderella has the time to try it one, she then produced the other slipper from her apron proving that she was the fair maiden the prince is seeking.
My Rating: The child in me gave this book a glittering stars.
“When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true”
And those are our reviews of a classic and a classic retold with a modern twist. It was great working with Michelle on this and I hope that some time in the future we get to do it again sometime.
If you would like to buy Cinder then you can get it hereBuy Cinder Here
Anyway I have been Aaron Morrsi and ill see you next time.