Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bookanista Review: Cinder, by Marissa Meyer--AND AN ARC (and AUDIOBOOK) GIVEAWAY!

This week's Bookanista Review is for CINDER, by Marissa Meyer. A book I was SO SUPER EXCITED and SO INCREDIBLY SCARED to read, because I knew I would either LOVE it or HATE it. Fortunately, I loved it. :)

LOOK at this amazing cover:




And here's how the publisher describes the story:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

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.

If you've been following my blog for a while, you probably know that I LOVE a good fairy tale re-imagining--especially when the author does something with the story I never would've expected anyone to do. So Cinderella as Cyborg? Oh yeah, I was allllllllllllll over that.

BUT, I'm also super picky about fairy tale reinvention, because I get really annoyed when it feels like they're reinventing it just for the sake of reinventing it, or not making it their own enough, or trying to force in the various story elements in ways that don't really fit, or leaving out my favorite parts. So I am a very tough sell when it comes to liking one--ESPECIALLY when it comes to Cinderella. That was my favorite fairy tale growing up. (Shoot, I had Cinderella on my wedding invitations.) So I am WAY picky about people messing with my Cinderella. They better do it right or I will not be happy.

Hence why I had mixed feelings when I requested the ARC for CINDER. I wanted to like it--and I was insanely curious about it. But... I kinda expected to hate it. Cause yeah... I didn't know if I really wanted Cinderella to be a cyborg. There was major potential for disaster.

But I LOVED it!

Surprisingly, Cinder's Cyborg-ness (is that a word? Well... it is now!) actually makes her vulnerable--and not the cheesy butt-kicking Terminator I was afraid she might be. She's trapped in a broken/scarred body that's been pieced back together with metal and wires and stuck in a world that hates and condemns her for it. So she's not just scorned and abused by her step family. She's a lesser citizen. Controlled. Powerless. Hiding her metal body parts under grease covered rags out of fear and shame.

But she's also smart and caring and brave and oh so lovable--all the things I loved about the original Cinderella. Just modernized and more developed.

I could go on about the plot (which was incredibly page turning) or the world (which was a fascinating futuristic world with hints of pseudo-science/magic) and the steamy, impossibly likable Prince (who I totally have a tiny crush on now)--but it would be way too easy to give away some spoilers. So I'll end just by saying that I highly recommend it. And because I loved it so much, I'm going to part with my lovely ARC and share it with one lucky winner.

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm PST on Saturday, December 10th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, December 11. International entries--as always--are welcome. 

I do also *hope* that whoever wins will end up posting a review for the book somewhere--or blogging/tweeting/FB-ing about it--to help spread the love and get some more mileage out of the ARC. I can't require that for entry. But I'm hoping the winner will feel inspired to. :) 

Ready? 

GO!

**UPDATE**
The fabulous people at MacMillan have added another amazing prize to this giveaway--a CINDER AUDIOBOOK!!!!! So I'll also draw one more winner (US only for this) who will win the very cool, very fabulous audiobook--how awesome is that? Thank you MacMillan Audiobooks!!!

(and if you would like to hear a sample of the audiobook--so you can hear how amazing it is--you can find one HERE.)

For more fabulous book recommendations, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:

Lisa and Laura Roecker gush about HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
Megan Miranda spreads the love for UNTRACEABLE
Corrine Jackson falls for UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Stasia Ward Kehoe celebrates MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE
Debra Driza sings the praises of EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS
Katy Upperman gets swept away by THE SCORPIO RACES

69 comments:

  1. CINDER!!! I've been craving for this book ever since fellow bloggers have posted gushing reviews about it! So glad you loved it! I'm falling for Prince Kai already, even though I haven't even met him yet :S
    Thank you so much for this giveaway You are a Goddess!!

    shiirleyyx@gmail.com

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  2. I SO want to read this. And yes, I will spread the word by giving it away on my blog if I win.

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  3. Man, this is one I am SO buzzing about -- I've been counting down. This book has pretty much everything I love in one place!

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  4. I have been all over this one for sometime!! Want please!!

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  5. Oh, this seems like such an AMAZING book! :D I would love love love to win it. <33 Thank you so much for the chance :) <3
    Love, Carina

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  6. I'd love to read this book so much. I published a sci-fi deep space adventure about cyborgs earlier this year, so I'm really interested to see how other authors approach cyborgs. From what I've heard, Cinder approaches them in roughly the same way I did, which is totally awesome!

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  7. This one sounds really good, I would love to read it.
    I am a gfc follower
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  8. I am DYING to read this book! I came across the cover a couple months back and fell in love. Now, after your post...I want it even more!
    So thanks for the chance to win a copy...and I will absolutely be spreading the love after I win and review it! (see how I did that there, that subliminal "Messenger"ing? ha!)

    jmanni32 @ yahoo dot com

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  9. This is on my TBR list, so I'd DEFINITELY love to win an ARC. Sounds awesome. :)

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  10. I have been wanting to read this! And yes I will spread the word if I win..and even if I dont..cause I will def. be reading it either way! Thank you for the give away

    dirtybrit(at)ymail(dot)com

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  11. Cinder was a great character and I loved the world-building! Even the secondary characters were fleshed out very nicely :D

    (also, not entering the giveaway since I've already read the book--I wouldn't want to be a cheater o_o;)

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  12. Cinder sounds amazing!I've read a lot of great reviews so I'm looking forward to reading it!Please count me in.

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  13. This book looks good. I can't wait to read it.
    GFC Follower - Clarissa (Bookadicea)

    Thank you for this great giveaway!

    clarissa(dot)bulatao(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I feel the same way about fairy tales, but now I am so excited to read this book!

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  15. Aw, you had Cinderella on your wedding invites??? *love*

    Cinder sounds like a fun read :)

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  16. Oh, my gosh, this book sounds fantastic!

    I'd love to read and recommend. Will look for it when it is out. Unless I win it and get to read it sooner... ;-)

    sue@susanuhlig.com

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  17. I've been hearing about this book for a while now and have been really curious -- the cover alone makes me want to read it but glad to read your review.

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  18. I'm one of those people who won't shut up about a book that I love so put my name into the drawing please.

    GFC follower.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. I too have read many fairy tale retellings and to be honest they do get a bit old after awhile. But this one sounds different enough that it intrigues me.

    Follower.

    hg195 at yahoo dot com

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  20. I've been looking forward to this book ever since I first heard about it. Love a good retelling. Thanks for the review!

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  21. Okay, I was on the fence about reading this one too, but you've sold me! Consider me entered.

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  22. I've had mixed feelings about this one, too, so I'm thrilled you reviewed it. Now I can just relax and look forward to a good read! :-)

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  23. i am DYING to read this book. please count me in!

    chelleyreads AT gmail DOT com

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  24. awww... I want one. *crosses fingers hard*
    I hope I win. If not well, I will just wait and buy or get it from the library.

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  25. Great review. I'm going to download this one to my ereader because I think it's more appropriate than a paper copy for a cyborg fairy tale. ;)

    Good luck everyone else!

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  26. I've wanting to read this one ever since I heard about it, but I'm picky about my fairy tale re-tellings, too, lol.

    Glad you loved it, and thanks for the review!

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  27. I can't wait to read this! I just pre-ordered a copy. Thanks for the post Shannon. ;-)

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  28. I cannot wait for Cinder to be released. I love the concept of a cyborg cinderella and from what I have read online it looks absolutely amazing. 2012 hurry up! I would love to be entered and spread the word on this one.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

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  29. Oh yay! So glad to hear you liked it so much because I thought the premise was cool too, but I was also skeptical! I love-love fairy tale retellings, but there have been so many lately and this one was a little out there. So I wasn't sure what to make of it. Also, how cool is it that it's set in future China?

    I'm even more excited about it now, and would love the opportunity to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    nudging.along[at]gmail.com

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  30. Did I ever mention that Kai is one of my fave guy names?

    And cyborg Cinderella totally appeals to me. Hearing such good things about it is of course an added bonus ;)

    speak_to_bidisha@yahoo.co.in

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  31. wow, Cinderella as Cyborg indeed...I'm intrigued! I'd LOVE to read that.

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  32. I've been seeing great things about this book everywhere!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! :-)

    valialind(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  33. I've heard both the good and the bad about CINDER. Personally I really want to read it :D So I thank you for this giveaway.... count me in!

    Diana
    lovelygetaway@gmail.com

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  34. I am so excited for Cinder, I'm so glad people are liking it! Thanks for the giveaway =)

    xkamsx[@]gmail.com

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  35. I love the Bookanista!!!! And this book sounds so GOOD I must have it now!

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  36. I've wanting to read this one ever since I heard about it

    rogcaprino[at]hotmail[com]

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  37. Pick me! Pick me!
    I want, Want, WANT this book real bad! :D

    Thanks so much for the chance!

    sabina(dot)dezman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC name: Erinberry

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  39. I'm really looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    GFC follower - Marg

    gosia727(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. So excited for this book!

    cchakansson@gmail.coom

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  41. I love the cover of this book. And the shoe is hot. Thank you so much. :D I'm happy that you liked it. And thanks for the review. :D

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  42. I'm addicted to fairy tale re-tellings!! This just sounds fantastic!
    GFC follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  43. Enter me. I've heard great things on this book. I want to win.

    Email: basma.aal@gmail.com

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  44. I've been curious about CINDER. After this I will be reading it.

    GFC: marybelle

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  45. Cinder! I've been dying to read this book!

    I follow you on GFC as infalliblyyours or Munnaza.

    infalliblyyours@gmail.com

    Thank you for the review and the giveaway!

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  46. OoOoOh! I've been dying to read this book ever since I first saw that fabulous cover! Thanks for running the giveaway!

    marcykate(a)gmail.com

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  47. I've been wanting this book so badly! Cinderella as a cyborg? How cool!

    Sophia
    mashimaro401[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  48. I've been seeing this book everywhere on the internet recently, and I can't wait to see what it's all about!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    My GFC name is Jen, and my e-mail is as follows:
    alabaster.skies@yahoo.com

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  50. This book sounds incredibly awesome and I would definitely blog and tweet about it if I won the copy. Just like I did with "Milo, Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze". I love spreading love for books around. That's one of the reasons I love and follow your blog.

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  51. How is it that I'm just now hearing about this book everywhere now? I must be living under a rock because this book sounds a-mazing!

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  52. WOW I am so excited to read this book! What a neat idea. Enter me please!

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  53. A cyborg cinderella... How cool is that? Haha
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    GFC follower name: WeekendDreamer
    email: purple.cookiecrumb@gmail.com

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  54. I would absolutely love a copy of this book! What a fantastic cover, plus fairy-tell remakes are usually so so good.

    GFC follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  55. I'm always really careful of which retellings I read, but this one sounds awesome. Thanks so much for giving away a copy.

    Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  56. I always try to write a Goodreads review - even a little one!

    sophiathewriter at gmail

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  57. ohhh that looks fantastic!

    katiebk12@gmail.com

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  58. I am about 50 pages away from the end of this book and I too LOVE it!
    I was skeptical at first as well but then it drew me in.

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  59. Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!! I really want to read this!!
    By the way, I'll blog about it if I win!

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  60. Cinderella as a cyborg? That sounds awesome! I think it's safe to say that there's no other book out there quite like this one. I'd love to read it! :)

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  61. I've been hearing about this one for a while! Good to hear your thoughts on it.

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  62. This entry is for Amber Lough, since her phone won't let her leave a comment to enter. :)

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  63. I would love to read this book. Thanks!

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  64. What an awesomely unique premise! I'm intrigued despite the fact that I don't normally read sci-fi! This book might just make me a convert!

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  65. looks and sounds amazing! adrussell at verizon dot net

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  66. OMG I want to read Cinder so bad !!! I've read the first chapter on the internet and it was so good and so unique. I'm glad we only have one more month to wait before it comes out but it feels like forever :) It's one of my most anticipated books of 2012I would love to win !!!!!!!!

    allie_141@hotmail.com

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  67. Yes! Thanks for the chance! And of course I'll post a review! :D

    jenelleriane at yahoo dot com

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  68. I've heard so many awesome things about Cinder, I can't wait to read it! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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