About the Book :
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.
My Thoughts :
Two questions that came to mind when I finished Cinder last night :
1- Why did I wait so long to read this book?
2- Why don’t I have the sequel(s) waiting on my shelf?
I bought Cinder not long after it came out, picked it up a few times but never really got into it. I kept hearing good and great and amazing things about it and yet, there it sat, on my shelves. Until last week.
And I had so much fun reading it! I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy it this much. I used to love reading series, but for the last few years I’ve had a hard time getting into new ones. Or I read the first one, enjoy it, and by the time the sequel comes out, I don’t care enough anymore (so I guess it’s a good thing that The Lunar Chronicles is completed as of this month : no waiting!)
But I loved Cinder very, very much. I love retellings and this one is no exception; in fact, it might be one of the bests I’ve seen so far, because the author cleverly used what we know of Cinderella. Sometimes retellings can feel a bit forced when an author tries too hard to integrate the original tale, but Marissa Meyer put just enough into her story, not hesitating to discard some elements while adding so many new ones that the story still felt fresh and exciting. The fantasy and science-fiction aspects were on the light side, which would make it easy for any reader to immerse themselves into this world, though I do think I would have enjoyed digging a little more into the world-building.
I also loved Cinder herself, as well as her romance with Kai. I usually get really annoyed by insta-loves and such, but here it worked for me. I think there was a good enough balance of cute and charming, without Cinder becoming a completely obsessed teenager with no other passions & goals in life. I also adored Iko and their relationship, which I really really hope we’ll see more of in the following books!
With constant action, humor, heartbreak and twists, all of this without ever becoming too overwhelming, Cinder managed to surprised me in ways I hadn’t been surprised by a YA series in a long, long time. I loved this book. It’s been a long while since I’ve been this enthused about a series! While I do wish the world had had a little more depth and detailing, or that the different relationships had been given more time to develop, I was completely entertained from start to finish, and I just can’t wait to read the next book!
Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)
Originally, I wasn’t going to have a post for today. This week I only received two Christmas coloring book, and I figured I’d share them the next time I also had books to share.
But! Then! Audible added all of the Harry Potter books to their selection! And I had 2 credits just sitting there, waiting!
I have been waiting for years for a chance to listen to these audiobooks, whether they were narrated by Jim Dale or Stephen Fry. I’m really, really excited to finally have a chance to listen to them. It feels perfect for the season, too!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Christmas to Color and Christmas Magic
What books did you recently add to your shelves?
About the Book :
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
My Thoughts :
There are occurrences in a reader’s life, few and rare, when a book is met that defies all expectations; it creates a clear cut in time, where there is a before and an after, and your reading life is forever changed.
You is definitely, for me, one of these books.
Would I appreciate it enough had I read it on paper? I honestly don’t know. I believe I would have enjoyed it, yes. I would have been properly amused and horrified in turns, and been willing to read the coming sequel. I would have recommended it to readers looking for something different, something dark. Yes, I would have enjoyed it, and enjoyed it a lot.
But definitely not as much as the audiobook.
When I first listened to an excerpt, I wasn’t sure I really liked it – but clearly I must have been crazy at the time, because it ended up being the best narration I’ve ever listened to. I’ve been listening to audiobooks for some years now, and never have I ever been witness to such a perfect pairing of author and narrator.
Yes, Santino Fontana was completely insane as a narrator. He was perfect for the voice of Joe, and a month later when I think of You, I still hear the ghost of his voice. He was so likable and charming yet crazy that it made me seriously uncomfortable at times; he would make a joke and I’d laugh with him, then I’d remember he’s actually a really bad guy and feel super guilty about it. That’s the thing; Joe, when not stalking and killing, is a surprisingly somewhat likable guy and his thoughts mirror a lot of ours. He’s also extremely unaware of his situation, which is both hilarious and extremely scary at once, if possible.
(Also, Guinevere is kind of bland and not really likable, which creates such a big contrast to Joe’s obsession.)
All this being said, this is not a book for everyone. There’s a lot of sex and talk about it, which I’m fine with; but I found You to be extremely, and surprisingly violent. I say surprisingly because I read and watch a lot of crime shows, as well as horror, but few have had me as unsettled as You. Having the criminal tell the story instead of the victim or the investigator made it all the more difficult; but on top of that, it’s very well written by Caroline Kepnes, and very well acted by Santino Fontana. It totally pulled me into Joe’s head and it made his violence really hard to witness, especially when the scenes are long. With my headphones snug on my ears I felt somewhat claustrophobic, yet unable to pull my ears away…
All in all, I found You to be a very unsettling but unique experience. There’s so much I wanted to say but this review is already getting long! I can’t imagine that any audiobook will ever top this. I had so many emotions while listening to it. It’s twisted and dark and funny and brilliant and scary. If Hidden Bodies is half as good (which it should be since I just checked on Twitter and Santino Fontana is doing the narration too!) then I am in for a treat!
Paris, France, August 2013