Mini Book Reviews: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

As most of you know, this summer had been pretty busy for me what with work, getting ready to move away to university, and trying to hang out with all of my friends for one last time before I leave! And now that I’m actually in university, life is even more hectic! So, because of this, I have A BUNCH of books that I’ve read dating back to mid-June that I haven’t had time to review yet! I figured that instead of taking a bajillion hours to give all of these books full length reviews, I will have a series of mini reviews come out during the next few weeks, featuring three books per post, just until I get myself caught up. Sound like a good plan?? GOOD! (clicking the book covers will lead you to goodreads)

review cinder

cinderSummary from Goodreads: 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.

 What I liked:  Well, I am already a big fan of fairy tale retellings, and I just loved this futuristic take on the classic Cinderella story! I thought that Cinder’s relationship with her stepsister Peony was so perfect, and I also liked that Cinder was such an independent girl!

What I didn’t like:  The only this that is holding me back from giving this book a solid 5 stars is the fact that the BIG TWIST was for me, totally foreseeable. I had 100% guessed it at the first time it was mentioned. Oh well, still good :P

Swoon factor?:  YES! Prince Kai is soooooo dreamy <3<3<3

Favourite character:  Iko, Cinder’s little helper robot/friend!

Favourite quote: “Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

Rating: 4.5 hearts

review for darkness shows the stars

for darkness shows the starsSummary from Goodreads: It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s PersuasionFor Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

What I liked: Where do I start?!?! I loved everything about this book. Its beautiful prose, the characters and their development, the world building, the story. I should have read this long ago, and I can picture myself reading this book a thousand times over. I also definitely need to check out Persuasion by Jane Austen now too. Simply put, there isn’t one thing about this book that I disliked.

What I didn’t like: See above ;)

Swoon factor?: Yup! And with another character named Kai, just like in Cinder above! What are the chances of that??

Favourite character: Elliot North. She was a smart young girl that knew where she stood in the world and knew exactly what she needed to do to take care of herself and her family and friends.

Favourite quote: “Three syllables and three thousand memories.”

Rating: 5 hearts

review city of bones

city of bonesSummary from Goodreads: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

What I liked: City of Bones definitely draws you in and keeps you hooked. Once you start reading you really can’t stop because you just NEED TO KNOW what is going to happen next! The world building in this book is pretty good, and gives you a good understanding of the hidden life that is happening all around. And then there is Jace. Oh, Jace. He’s a pretty boy Shadowhunter who also plays the piano. What’s not to love?

What I didn’t like: Well, there is a love triangle which I am not usually a fan of, but it kind of works here. No instalove, which is good, but yeah, still a triangle.

Swoon factor?: I personally like Jace the best out of the two boys involved in the love triangle. The other is Simon, Clary’s best friend. But for me, Jace is the one she belongs with. I appreciated the buildup to their romance and the fact that it wasn’t instalove, and I also like that Jace is blonde and pretty kick-ass if you ask me!

Favourite character: Clary. She does what she has to do for herself and isn’t just some helpless little girl character.

Favourite quote: Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

Rating: 5 hearts

Well ladies and gents, there you have it! Three mini reviews for three good books! Let me know your thoughts on any or all of the books below!!! I love getting feedback from all of you lovelies <3

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13 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  1. I’m glad you liked Cinder! And I agree with everything you said in your mini review. the plot twist was really predictable, but I enjoyed in nonetheless. Have you read Scarlet?
    I still haven’t read For Darkness Shows the Stars, and your little review makes me want to read it even more! The fact that it has a beautiful cover is a plus, too.
    Pretty much the only reason I stick with the TMI books is Jace. I am absolutely in love with his character. And that quote you chose is one of my favourites, as well :D Have you seen the movie? I think they chose the perfect Jace.

    • I have not read Scarlet yet, but I do own it! And yessssss, the BEAUTIFUL COVER on FDSTS is just sooooooo pretty! Just like the writing is. I need to read the sequel to that one still too.
      I have seen the City of Bones movie, and I love the Jace they picked! But other than that… just not a whole lot to love for me…

      • Ah, I hope you read it soon – it’s pretty awesome :D
        I need to read it ASAP. It sounds so good!
        Yay! I thought he was so perfect. I liked the movie enough, but I think they changed way too many things from the book. Like, the second half of the movie didn’t resemble the book at all!

  2. For Darkness Shows the Stars is one of my favourite books. The writing was just so beautiful and my heart was in my throat the whole time. I agree about the predictability of Cinder but still thought it was incredibly enjoyable read.

  3. I am ashamed to say I haven’t started either of Cassandra Clare’s series, though I intend on putting that to an end this year. I loved the movie for City of Bones, so I am excited to read the book. Cress is the book I am most stoked about this year and Cinder was probably my favorite read for 2012. Yeah, it was predictable, but still incredibly awesome. For Darkness Shows the Stars is another one I really want to read since I don’t think I have seen anything bad about it yet. Great mini reviews!

    • You’ll like the movie a little less once you’ve read the book I think, because the ending was quite different and actually unfortnately spoiled something for you :( and me too, because I haven’t read the next few books. But that’s okay. I quite liked teh fist half of the movie, but the second half just went downhill for me.
      But OH BOY, read For Darkness Shows the Stars!!!!! SOOO GOOOOOOOOOOD!

      • Stuff like that (different endings) is why I like to watch then read. I get really mad at movies when I read then watch and it turns out so different (I Am Legend, anyone?) I am definitely going to have to bump up FDStS!

  4. CITY OF BONES :) I love that you love this… and I don’t remember, did you read The Infernal Devices? If not DO IT!!! SO much better than TMI in my opinion! I’m glad you loved Cinder… but I’m not really surprised, does anyone not love Cinder? lol.

  5. YAYYY so happy to see a lovely review for Cinder! Am I the only one who didn’t see that coming? Haha! :) Anyway, the series is fantastic so I’m psyched you loved book one!

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