BOOK REVIEW :: cress by marissa meyer

04 February 2014

Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: February 6th 2014
Format: Paperback, Finished Copy
Book: For Review*
Pages: 560
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Re-Tellings.
Summary: 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. -from goodreads
Cress lived up to my expectations, surpassed them, captured them and flew them miles until they landed on the moon and were imprisoned - locked up in a cage to grow and grow until the next book. i honestly don't even know how to write this review though. i always find that a book that draws me in from the start and only lets me go at the very end is the hardest kind of book to write a review on. because i'm bursting with feels - i was a puddle of emotions after this book and i'm trying my hardest not to just explode into full fangirl mode, i'm trying to be 'professional' (*snorts*) but all these juicy spoilers are banging at my brain and begging to just ooze out my finger tips.
i absolutely loved how Marissa Meyer managed to create a self-contained story within Cress, while still managing to build up on the previous two books and develop their character's individual (but continually merging) stories as well. she was also able to dispel any worries that maybe there would be too much going on - because while there was a lot going on - it never got too much for my (already melting) brain to handle and i never thought 'oh what's going on now?'
“Hello?" A girl again. "I know you can hear me. I'm sorry my friend is such a wing nut. you can just ignore him."
"That's usually what we do," said the other feminine voice.” 
everything starts to click into place now. it's like a jigsaw that for the first two books was just a muddle of individual pieces scattered among a finished border and i thought - it looks good but how is this going to work? and now, it's all coming together and i'm beginning to really appreciate all the author's planning that went on the first few books - even more so than i did before when i had no idea what was going to happen but knew i loved them and would continue to love them until the end.
one of the things i adored about cress was when all the story-lines and characters seemed to look like they would all fit together, and everything would work out - something would happen and i would literally yell out loud (it was night when i read this - yes the whole thing. i read the entire book in one night - and one time i flailed so much i banged myself in the face, and another time i accidently woke up my sister because i shouted 'nO' so loudly when...something...happened..*sly wink).
Marissa Meyer is practically perfection when it comes to created complex female characters that never seem anything less than a real person. they were all so unique but so realistic at the same time. they experienced everything we experience; fear, love, hope, despair, anger, joy, sadness - and for that reason - because we feel what they feel when they feel it, they are real in that moment. they are never the victims of stereotypical feelings and actions. they never fall into a certain 'box' of 'types' of characters. Cress never becomes a damsel in distress, Scarlet never becomes the strong and flawless bad-ass, because they stay imperfect - and that's why they are perfect. they each had their own 'hero', their own distinct voice and their own weaknesses and strengths.
"Scarlet cringed. "He did not-that wasn't-" She balled her fists against her sides. "Can we get back to these soldiers that are being rounded up, please?"
"Is she blushing? She sounds like she's blushing."
"She's blushing," Thorne confirmed, shuffling the cards. "Actually, Wolf is looking a little flustered.”  - Cress by Marissa Meyer.
i only have one thing that i absolutely hated about this book. hate. yes. i know it's a strong word, but i have strong feelings about books. they're either I LOVED THIS BOOK IT WAS PERFECT AND I COULD NEVER HATE IT AND DON'T YOU DARE LET IT OUT OF MY SIGHT, or, i can't believe this book was ever created get it away from me. there are no in-betweens. and this is one thing i hated.
it ended.
i know it's 500+ pages and technically a 'long book' but i can't handle the fact that i now have to wait another year and half to read the next book: Winter. seriously. someone hold me and let me weep because all i'm going to be doing, all i have been doing since i turned the last page in Cress is mope around the house like a depressed ghost. honestly, i re-read cinder five times and scarlet three times while waiting for cress to arrive on my doorstep. and since a few days ago when i finished Cress, i've even read the acknowledgements, and the copyright page of each of the three books. just because. and i never read acknowledgements unless i really really really like a book.
reading Cress was a roller coaster ride that i will never forget. it was a mind-blowing, heart-rending book that kept me on the edge of my seat (well, technically i was clutching my pillow, bunched up in bed) the entire time. i started and finished the book in one sitting. the twists and turns kept me hooked like a fish on a rod and by the end of it i was an emotionally wreck. i got no sleep that night. but do i regret it? nO. My rating:  
*thank you so so so so so so much to Spinebreakers for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for a review. this in no way affected my opinion of the book, i loved it all myself! 

3 comments:

  1. Aaaaaaaah!!! I'm dying here, waiting for this book to download to my Kindle!! For some reason Amazon.es is a jerk and Cress releases on the 6th for me!!

    I cannot wait till I can devour this book in one night!!

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  2. I kinda skimmed this review because I haven't read the first books but I know I need to! I'm glad you love this series so much, makes me want to get my hands on it faster!

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  3. Stop fangirling over series that I havent started yet!

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