Book Review: Cress

Cress CoverBook: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Published February 2014 by Feiwel & Friends|560 pages

Where I Got It: at the Nook store

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3

Genre: YA Dystopic/Fairy Tale Re-Telling

You can find Cress on goodreads and Marissa Meyer on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

What I Thought:

Cress was so completely awesome!!!  Honestly, I think it might be my favorite in the series so far.  Cress has such an interesting story, and I LOVE what Meyer did with the Rapunzel story.  And how it connects to Cinder’s story…goodness, I wasn’t expecting some of the things that came up in this book!

I was surprised I loved Cress so much, considering how I excited I was and how much I had hyped up the book.  It definitely exceeded the already high expectations I had for Cress.  I just love how things from the first two books that I didn’t even think about come up in Cress (like something Dr. Erland mentioned about his daughter in Cinder) and how many connections there are between the characters and everything that’s going on.

There’s so much action and I liked that we had several different POV’s- Cinder, Scarlet and Cress, and it worked really well! Especially because they all have their own part in trying to put a stop to Kai’s wedding to Queen Levana.

Let’s start with Cress!  I just love her story, and I really do love her story the most.  I found her to be really sympathetic and lovable, and I felt bad that she was on a satellite for so long with only a few visits from Sybil, who worked closely with Queen Levana.

I also liked Scarlet’s story, especially when she meets Winter, who will be the focus of the next book.  Which I am anxiously awaiting, because hers another story I think I’ll love.  I like Cinder a lot, but I was so interested in what was going on with everyone else that I didn’t pay too much attention to Cinder herself.  We certainly learn some things when Cress focuses on Cinder, but I wasn’t as interested in her story as I had been with the other books.

Cress is such an awesome book, and it really makes an already awesome series even more awesome.  Plus, it’s easily my favorite cover in the series.  And I like how the covers all incorporate a really important element from the original fairy tale- a shoe from Cinderella, the cloak from Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel’s hair.  Even more cool is how the shoe, the cloak, and the hair tie are all red.

Let’s Rate It:

Cress is such an amazing addition to the series, and I’m so excited to read Winter!  I love how Meyer re-told Rapunzel, and Cress is easily my favorite book in the series so far.  Cress gets 5 stars.

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