Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Review

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: 4/5 Stars

Oh. Just another Cinderella retelling.

“Just another Cinderella retelling.”

“JUST another Cinderella retelling.”

I don’t know about you, but that’s what I thought when I first came across this book. Slipper on the cover? The word “cinder” in the title? No thanks. I’m good. I know what that’s going to be about. Right?


This is not “just another Cinderella retelling.” It’s so much more. Don’t be fooled by the name, or the cover. While yes, it still is as much a retelling as it’s advertised to be, it doesn’t deserve the criticism that automatically comes with it.

Allow me to show you why you should give Cinder a chance.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry – Review

The Giver by Lois Lowry: 3/5 Stars


This was a classic case of I-don’t-want-to-finish-it-but-it-looked-good-so-I-think-I-should syndrome. (Come on, I know it’s happened to you too.)

Regrettably, some books are best to read at a certain age window. Which is fine until you miss it. Like me. (Oops.)

But before I give my whole review away, let’s dig into the details.

The Giver by Lois Lowry: 3/5 Stars★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Dystopia / Content: 14+ / Recommended

Jonas lives in a perfect world…or so they say. A world with no war, a war with no pain, a world with no fear. But it’s also a world without love.

When it’s time for him to become a true member of his society, he gets the chance to see past its pristine facade—and discover the truth.

His job is to receive all the world’s memories that have been placed under the care of the Giver, where they couldn’t harm anyone, but also where they couldn’t be shared. It seems beneficial, placing the responsibility and control in fewer hands in an effort to keep the world at large innocent—but it takes away part of themselves. Who they are.  
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