Just when you thought fairytales were all out of face-lifts along comes Cinder.

🙂  Yeah, the television tubes have been flooded with retakes and remakes of fairytale galore in recent seasons. It’s been virtual Grimm’s gag-fest galore. Some results have been gleefully giddy good Grimm fun galore and others have been romantic soap operas deluxe.  Have you been suitably chastised about the perils of talking to strangers, wandering off in the woods, and greedy beanstalks? Some of us are awaiting the return of the modern Grimm Reapers complete with popcorn couch parties in the works.

Just when the market seems saturated with all kinds of re-workings of cautionary and sleeping beauty tales along comes the ultimate Cinder-rella—a glorious human-cyborg teenage girl with attitude, smarts and guts like none other. She lives in New Beijing with her wicked stepmother and sisters. With a few twists of her screwdrivers she can replace an outgrown metal foot or carve her name into the heart of the sort of charming pin-up poster Prince Kai. But before there will be any hot kissy faces there’s a plague to fight, an evil auntie to dethrone, a mystery or two to unravel and friends to make along the way.

Oh the glories of teen fiction. 🙂

Marissa Meyer’s young adult spin gives the Cinderella story an overhaul like none other and I love it. The thing about writing for young adults is that you can’t miss a beat and expect your audience to stick along waiting for you to get back on board with the fun and games. Meyer’s never missteps in Cinder or in the other tomes that continue the story. Scarlet–Little Red Riding Hood has never been so full of piss and vinegar –and partial to the Big Bad-ass Wolf.  Going where Grandma has gone is a tad more risky than a walk in the woods, but that doesn’t stop single-minded Scarlet from going hunting with Wolf watching her back-side. And then there’s Cress—ha, this Rapunzel is a computer genius with her fingertips on the pulse of the universe. Big Brother move over cause little sis has things to do and secrets to secret for her own escape agenda.  Disney never will top this rendition of the long tressed girl in a tower. No way. Ever see a blind man rescue his lady in waiting? The brash, vain Captain  Carswell Thorne doesn’t let anything keep him down –ever. So he’s been blinded by crash landing into the Sahara–who cares? Crsss is MIA and he’s going after her –cane and overly ethical escort droid in hand.

Ahhhh three books are ready for reading NOW–and Winter is coming in 2015.  Snow White is clearly some kind of head case with teen angst to spare.  I don’t suggest leaving out any bread crumbs or candy–this crew is  too hungry for love and life to go backwards –ever.

Marissa Meyer ~ > http://www.marissameyer.com/books/

Go on, visit the cool author site.

It’s tricks and treats for everyone who craves some reading FUN.

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7 Comments

  1. October 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    hello 47whitebuffalo its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmm dada sez this sownds to him like fraktcherd fairy tales filtered thru william gibson hooever that is!!! ok bye

    • October 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Woof, Dennis. Oh these are much more than ‘fractured’ — they’re revitalized with a manageable dose of testosterone that puts ‘real boys’ on notice big time. Damn, whoever Meyers is modeling her leading men after, they’re Cat-Girl’s meow. Who knew there are heroes fit for strong heroines who don’t bother with passive aggressive sexual behavior to get what they need? Will wonders ever cease?

  2. Lisa said,

    October 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Wow

    • October 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Lisa, I am like 99% certain your girls–and you too–would love this series of books. If you venture to the library to obtain them, I strongly suggest checking out all three that are currently available. The plot continues from Cinder on thru Scarlet and Cress. Let the fastest reader in your house start first with Cinder. Unless there are those among you who don’t mind reading out of sequence. 🙂
      Hi. Thanks for the “Wow”. 🙂

      • Lisa said,

        October 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        I’ll definitely check them out. Thanks, Eva. 🙂

      • October 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm

        I’d love to know what Emma and the other girls think of them. 🙂 Cheers, Lisa.

  3. October 23, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Maddie wrote: ” I’ll go with Meditation as next week’s theme. Seems appropriate as I’ll be in meditation for 2 days at the Gyokusenji Monastery in Sendai, prayer for world peace practice. Much Love♥”


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