Review: Cress

Mar •  1 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: CressCress by Marissa Meyer
Published by Macmillan on Febraury 4, 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

I love the idea of fairy tales being re-done. The imagination that authors use when taking a fairy tale that we have known from our childhood and transform it into something magical is something that takes time. However, when I read them, I do not want to be reading what was read to me when I was a little kid, and this is exactly what Marissa Meyer does. She takes our once loved fairy tale and transforms it into a story where we have to go back and think, is this really Cinderella?

This book is one of the longest books that I have read in the longest of times, so it did take some time for to read it but it was so easy to read. I was not struggling at all to read through the pages and see the magic unfold chapter after chapter. It was a fast-paced read that captured my mind and stole me away on a vacation all around the world, and even to space.

There are so many characters in here that I can go on and on about but I want you to read for yourself. However, there are a couple characters that I want to point to. Cinder, is still escaping Queen Levana’s grasp and is still tag teaming with Dr. Erland, Wolf, Scarlet, as they set out to stop a wedding that will lead to the Earth’s destruction. Cinder I feel, although appears quite a few times in the novel, is not the main show like in the other two novels. Crescent Moon is the girl to keep your eyes out for here. A girl locked away not in a tower, but a satellite, orbiting Earth as she works under Levanna in trying to find Cinder and her whereabouts but fortunately she decides to fight for planet Earth and help Cinder. She is a girl that has not had the chance to interact with humans and so she only has herself and the every now and then company of her handler. Cress is a beautiful girl who never really knew her family until it is too late. (OMG pause, I literally cried) Scarlet, is taken and oh my goodness. I feel bad of what she has to go through and so I need to know what happens next.

I feel that there are three romances in this novel: Cress and Thorne, Cinder and Emperor Kai, and Wolf and Scarlet. All these are different in the sense of how each one acts around the other. We see different ideas of how they feel but not to the extent of what it could lead to, well at least not in the beginning.

Overall this book has given me so much feels and I am excited to see where Marissa Meyer takes the next book. This series is one that anyone can pick up and devour within a weekend. Cress will leave you wanting nothing but more. Just make sure you have a box of tissues.

I give it 5 bites!





  1. Brooke
    Mar 2, 2014

    Absolutely loved this series. And this book, oh gosh, it just made the series better. How does she even do that? I can’t wait to read Winter. I was lucky enough to get to meet her this past Wed and she signed all my books. I even had her sign my ARC of Cress so I could do a giveaway! Great Review!

  2. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Mar 3, 2014

    This book WAS really long. I feel like every time she incorporates a new fairy tale, the books get longer. I can’t wait for the last book!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Mar 5, 2014

    I was so impressed with the way all of the stories fit together in this book. I cannot WAIT for Winter!!