“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe It’s just the opportunities we’re given and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Rating – 5/5
OMG. What a crazy adventure that was! This is probably my favorite book of the series so far. I was completely hooked by the first few pages. Even though this was 500+ pages, the novel never slowed down for me. There was always something happening in every chapter and for that reason, it was pretty fast paced. I also adored the characters as well. Cress and Thorne were absolutely adorable and fun and I loved those two together. Let’s not even bring up Queen Levana . . . OMG she just gets worse and worse with every book. I love how Marissa was able to bring these different story arcs together. It was done so well. Even though a lot of things happen in this book, it never once got too overwhelming to the point where it was chaotic. The pacing was perfect, the characters were dynamic and so well crafted and the story was just brilliant.
As Cinder and Scarlet followed the stories of Cinderella and the Little Red Riding Hood, Cress is about the story of Rapunzel. What I love the most about Marissa Meyer’s writing is that she can flawlessly intertwine the story of a new character along with the bigger story arc which progresses throughout the stories. Cinder, along with her band of friends, venture to a satellite in order to free Cress. However, the rescue mission ends up going haywire and the group becomes separated. We follow the characters through their travels while simultaneously learning new information about their rivals while meeting a few new characters as well.
Cress – Soft-spoken, shy, brilliant hacker – Cress is a character who undergoes tremendous character development since she starts out as a shy, sheltered girl who eventually learns to spread her wings and fly on her own. Her relationship with Captain Thorne was also something which I ADORED since she was a bit of a fangirl, which I could relate to!
Captain Thorne – I absolutely loved Thorne in this book! We typically see him as the comic relief of the novel but in Cress, we see a completely different side to him. The characters are placed in crazy situations and we get to see how they tackle the different obstacles in their path. Plus I’m a fangirl of his like Cress! *faints*
It isn’t just the new characters who go through so much struggles, it’s also the previous characters as well. For example, we find Cinder struggling to grasp hold of who she is and also become a leader for this revolution despite the amount of negative press against her. We also see Kai in a difficult situation where he needs to make decisions which would be best for his people even if it means making personal sacrifices. The emotions the characters feel are so real that you can’t help but feel for them. The addition of new characters also allows for more intricate plot lines to develop and Marissa Meyer does this so well that you can’t help but be glued to the book. Even if the next chapter moves onto a character which I am not quite interested in, the chapter always turns out to be interesting since we learn new things about the plot line/mysteries, etc. As of now, my favorite couple has to be Cress-Thorne since they just seem so adorable together. Next would be Cinder-Kai and then Scarlet-Wolf. We also see/meet a Lunar Princess Winter and I can’t wait to learn more about her in the next book! Cress was definitely 5/5 stars!
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