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Cress by Marissa Meyer {Amanda’s Review}

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Cress by Marissa Meyer {Amanda’s Review}Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #3
Also in this series: Cinder, Scarlet
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 560
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

*flails* *flails more* *can’t stop flailing*

 

Thoughts on Cress

Oh, this entire series makes me happy. I adore what Marissa Meyer has done with this world and its characters and… and… I looooooove it. I wouldn’t necessarily want to live in this world, but if I could read the series over and over again, I wouldn’t complain.

Though Cress tops out at over 500 pages, each page is necessary. Like Scarlet and Cinder before it, I didn’t want the story to end when I hit the last page. As each book adds more characters to its cast, the story gets bigger and greater and amazing.

Also, I laughed. A lot.

I reread Scarlet before diving into Cress, and I’m glad I did. I remembered the most important events, but Thorne. Seriously. Thorne. And we finally meet Cress in this story and holy wow was she perfect for Thorne. It worked. They made me laugh and possibly snort. Their story isn’t the main focus of the book, but it was cute and sweet and more perfect than I figured it would be.

Things happen in this book. Big things. We learn secrets. I may have screeched out loud at some of them. And more big things are coming! I also actually enjoyed how each previous couple’s relationship has developed and, in some cases, gotten more complicated in these books.

Swoony kisses, y’all. (Despite that, the romance is always quiet and understated, but that’s also why it’s so powerful. And possibly why I get so worked up about the characters.)

The Lunar Chronicles is one of those rare series that gets better as it goes. I’m in awe of how everything fits together and makes sense. I adore this world, the characters, and this series. Book 4 can’t come soon enough.

About the author: Amanda, noun: 1. Creator of On a Book Bender and Bout of Books. 2. Editor at The Path of Least Revision. 3. Lover of language and books. 4. Drinker of wine, coffee, and vodka. 5. Idea wrangler and wielder of words.

17 comments… add one

  • Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook April 21, 2014, 6:51 am

    Ahhh, I’m so glad you loved Cress. I love this series, too, and I agree The Lunar Chronicles just keeps getting better and better.

    There was something just so lovable about Cress (the character). I mean, I love Cinder and Scarlet, too, but Cress I just adored. And seriously Thorne is the best. I can’t wait for Winter, but I’ll be sad because this series will be over. I haven’t been so excited about a series in years.

    • Amanda April 21, 2014, 10:13 am

      The teases about Winter in this book make me so excited, though! And the best part of this series is that it’s so re-readable (and I’m not a re-reader, so that’s saying something).

  • Jessica @ Rabid Reads April 21, 2014, 7:24 am

    YES. This series is wonderful. And guess what? You CAN read it over and over again ;) Thorne was my favorite part of this book–he’s just so FUN, but Iko was pretty awesome too. Gah, I can’t wait for Winter!

    • Amanda April 21, 2014, 10:15 am

      Iko slays me. Can never have too much of her.

      I think we need to have a series re-read of this before Winter comes out…

  • Mary @ BookSwarm April 21, 2014, 8:31 am

    I KNOW!!! Marissa Meyer Skyped with students at our school and I had to hold myself back from attacking the screen (reminder: it’s for the kids, not for you). Can’t wait for WINTER (though definitely NOT the season. That can go away and stay away.).

    • Amanda April 21, 2014, 10:16 am

      lol. You know, I actually missed a Marissa Meyer signing here because it was SNOWING and the event was on the opposite side of Minneapolis. I was so disappointed! So I agree about Winter. (Want the book, forget the season.)

  • Samantha @ Ellipsis Comma Dash April 21, 2014, 8:42 am

    Eeeep! I LOVE this series, too and I agree that the romance is understated, but the POTENTIAL for so much romance is what really gets me. Just when you think they’ve got a plan and it just might work, well…it doesn’t. While I was reading I had to take breaks to flail around on the couch for a bit.

    And Iko as a sidekick – I wish I knew her in real life!

    I think I’m gonna read this series again before Winter comes out

    • Amanda April 21, 2014, 10:17 am

      I’ll be re-reading this series again too!

  • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal April 21, 2014, 9:06 am

    *flails all over you*
    THIS BOOK. NAY, THIS SERIES! *flails like a flaily thing*

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark April 21, 2014, 9:30 am

    “I also actually enjoyed how each previous couple’s relationship has developed and, in some cases, gotten more complicated in these books.”

    THIS AMANDA. Normally, I would be all about the book focusing more on the new couple rather than continuing to linger on the couples who’ve already had their time in the spotlight, but I LOVE that all the relationships are ongoing in this series. Marissa Meyer is brilliant:) So glad you love this series as much as I do!

    • Amanda April 21, 2014, 10:22 am

      I agree. Normally, this isn’t my style of series progression, but I adore how each character still has an ongoing story. (And even so, I can’t get enough!)

  • Smash April 23, 2014, 7:22 am

    I’m currently listening to this one on audio and I am enjoying it tremendously! Throne is, by far, the highlight of the story!!!

    • Amanda April 23, 2014, 8:07 am

      I love him! I can’t wait to see him and everyone else in the next book! :)

  • Tabitha (Pabkins) April 27, 2014, 12:44 pm

    I agree about the quiet understated quality of Cress and Thorne’s romance. It wasn’t as heavy as I see in some ya. I think it is because we get so much worldbuilding and main plot and all of the characters budding romances are just a nice addition instead of the main slice of pie. I adore this series and have a sneaking suspicion that Winter will be my favorite. I agree I thought every page was necessary as well. I had heard many people complain about the length..for me I gobbled every page.

    • Amanda April 27, 2014, 8:34 pm

      Winter was definitely intriguing. Her introduction only made me want more.

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