Book Review: Cress, by Marissa Meyer

Cover of "Cress"Cress is the third book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series.  This is an imaginative, clever series that uses fairytale motifs in a futuristic setting.  The first book, Cinder, was about a cyborg with a big secret.  The second book, Scarlet, was about a girl with a red hoodie who also has a secret, and who falls in with a street fighter named Wolf.  This book, Cress, deals with the stories of Cinder and Scarlet as well as a computer genius named Cress, who is imprisoned in a satellite orbiting earth.  Together, they attempt to stop the evil Lunar Queen from marrying Prince Kai and taking over the Earth.  Somehow, when I type this, it sounds silly – but it isn’t.

I was a big fan of the first two books.  You can find my review of them at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.  Cress is no different from the other books in terms of tone and quality.  All three books have strong romantic elements, dynamic female heroines, and imaginative world-building.  The books also excel at seamlessly incorporating the fairy tale stories into the slightly steampunk futuristic setting.

The problem I had with Cress was that at the end of the second book, the main characters of Cinder and Scarlet finally join forces.  I was looking forward to them working together in Cress, but almost immediately the team is split up again.  By the time I settled into one groups’ story, the viewpoint shifted to another group.  The pacing was frustrating and distracting.

By far the best part of the book was the romance between Cress and Captain Thorne.  Cress has a crush on Captain Thorne that she developed by reading about his exploits.  When she meets him, he turns out to be different from what she thought, but as the two get to know each other better the romance is touching and sweet and satisfying.

If you have an interest in this series, you will definitely want to start with Cinder.  This isn’t a series to jump into.  In fact, it’s been long enough since I read Scarlet that I had forgotten some crucial stuff and I wanted a “Previously On..” section.  I do love this series and although Cress had it’s flaws, I can’t wait to read the last book, Winter, which takes on Snow White.  Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White kicking ass together?  Sign me up!

covers of "Cinder" and "Scarlet"



Mini Review: Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet is Book Two of the Lunar Chronicles Series.  This series, while not strictly a romance series, is a high-quality romance-friendly crossover, and its inventive steampunk/science fiction twists on fairy tales make it a must-read for genre fans.  I enjoyed the world-building and the twists on fairy tales.  I do recommend that readers read the first book, Cinder, before reading Scarlet.  Cinder is the book that sets events in motion, and frankly, I think is a stronger book overall, although both books are compelling.  For a full length review of Scarlet, check me out at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.