Hi everyone! I finally finished Cress, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I decided against an actual review. Instead I'll share my thoughts while reading the book. I might have stolen this idea from Beth @ The Quiet People with her post 19 Thoughts When Reading Red Rising.
You should totally check out her blog because 1) I love her reviews, so to the point and heartfelt, 2) she talks about some good stuff, 3) I'm almost out of M&Ms *flails* wait, that's irrelevant, and 4) she has a minimalist style with awesome book photography.
If you haven't read the Lunar Chronicles, then allow me to direct you to Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It happens to be the first in the Chronicles. It's hilarious. It's a Cinderella retelling. And I promise, you will not be disappointed in the leastest (Don't tell me that's not a word. I do what I want.). I now charge you, go forth and read it! Then Scarlet. Then Cress. And then you can wait with me in agony until November when Winter finally comes out.
My tribute to Cress.
There may be spoilers ahead, as well as randomly placed Tangled gifs. You have been warned.
Thorne makes me think of Han Solo.
I love how Thorne engages Sybil on the satellite. He doesn't give a second thought to the trickery because it was always an open possibility. He doesn't put up a fuss about dying either. I mean, sure he'll try to escape. But if it doesn't work, he'll accept death. In some small way, he makes me think of the Norsemen. The philosophy behind Norse mythology. Seriously, why do people study Greek myth? Why not Norse?
Torin is driving me crazy! He says Cinder isn't to be trusted and his sole reason is that she's Lunar. But he's okay with finding Princess Selene. Hello! Earth to Torin. Selene is Lunar. If you want to find her, you're going to have to trust her. Why doesn't Kai question his logic (or lack of)? Because Torin is making zero sense. I really hope Torin isn't some leak for Levana.
Aka- Kai is smarter than he gives himself credit for. If he started giving himself a little credit and stopped listening to everyone else, he might actually make a good /not stupid decision.
"Yes, exactly! And it's beautiful."
Thorne snorted. "If this is how you feel about a desert. I can't wait until you see your first real tree. Your mind will explode."
But instead, he shook her -- hard.
Cress hiccupped. . . .
"The number one cause of deaths. What is it?"
"De-dehydration?" she said. . . .
"And what does crying do?"
It took a moment. "Dehydrates?"
Oh, Thorne. You're so romantic. *rolls eyes*
|Picture it. He's blind. She's leading him. Yes?|
Ugh! Why is Cress always swooning? I cannot stand that word. (But I will concede. The word "swoon" is in perfect characterization with Cress. Cress may swoon. Cinder would not "swoon." Grr. That word. Cinder might blackout, go unconscious, possibly faint. But swoon? No. Scarlet would not swoon. And dare I say? Wolf. *snickers* Just the thought is hilarious absurd.)
|Cress in the beginning|
Half the time I picture Wolf, I picture Wolverine. I have no idea why.
|You have no idea how much I love this|
Honestly, Cinder, can't you look presentable for more than five minutes?"- Iko
In which, I relate to a fictional character.
Okay, so Torin told them about Kai's ID chip. So he's good, right? I hope Torin is a good guy. . .
It's okay, Cress. When it comes to Scarlet, Wolf is just as sappy romantic as you are.
But he [Thorne] and Wolf could easily become liabilities, weapons to be toyed with by the thaumaturge, unlike Cress and Iko, who couldn't be controlled,"- This is very ironic. Cinder, I think you should regroup later, and teach those who are immune to mind control some combat skills. Just saying.
|Seriously, Cinder. You should invest.|
Cinder could tear Wolf from Sybil's control by glamoring into Scarlet. That would be cruel. That would be so- THAT WOULD MESS WOLF UP SO BAD. Cinder, do not do that! Please?
(So I had an evil author moment: What is the worst thing you can do to this character?)
Yes! Yes, go after Sybil. Thank you, Cinder! Finally.
Oookay. Everyone is dying, the world is falling apart, and Thorne is kissing the girl. Why am I not surprised? He is so like Han Solo. Don't deny it.
"Make sure I don't shoot anyone we like."- I love this. I like how he says 'we.' Like Thorne and Cress are a couple now. I guess, kissing in the middle of a battle scene would make that official.
|I know. It's long. But it's the best part.|
Whenever I think of/see the phrase, "Love you to the moon and back," I always think of Wolf and Scarlet. I know! I'm sorry, but I can not unthink it. Reality is in ruins! This is what books do to you. *sobs* I love books.
We shall fool them all, you and I.- This new girl, Winter, I guess? I like her. She's good. I can tell.
Oh. Wow. Why is it that I can so see the ever serious, always practical and prickly Jacin Clay falling dangerously in love with this innocent, mad Lunar princess?
"We're on a spaceship, Cinder. In space!" - Gee, he's a bright one, isn't he? ;) Seriously, though. Despite doing something as stupid as handing Levana the Eastern Commonwealth and, virtually following, the rest of the world, I love Kai. I really do.
|I do feel a little sorry for him.|
Oh my goodness, Cinder! Tell him who you are and get it over with it, okay? Tell him the plan, tell him everything, and he'll get it. Try communicating what matters for a moment and we might get somewhere.
"Although. . . Somehow, I always picture the Princess. . . I don't know. In a dress."- Come now, Kai. Don't be stereotypical.
Kai, how is it possible for you to be so perfect to her? *sighs* Allow me a sappy Cress moment. Just one, okay?
(In case you wondered, this was during The Kiss. You know, the one we've been waiting for, like, ever?! Might I add, that I love when authors make us wait for the kisses, instead of having the characters smooching every hour. *cough* Just had to throw in my romance pet peeves.)
Man, I'm glad she told him about the newsfeed in her head or THAT would've been hard to explain.
Cinder couldn't help laughing, even exhaustedly, even just to cover up the screaming inside, as he bound her up in his arms. . . . with the strength of his heartbeat and the way she felt almost delicate when she was pressed up against him like this.
Almost like a princess.
Normally, I would excuse a part like this as sappy. I'd roll my eyes and move on. But this is Cinder. Do you get it? The I-am-not-a-princess Cinder. And she, Cinder, is feeling this. Okay? *internal flailing* This is one of the sweetest things ever.
Wolf and Scarlet. *weeps in abandoned corner whilst gazing at the moon*
Okay, as good as the princess, feel-goody excerpt was. This just made me grin so much.
He shrugged against her. "The people of Luna don't need a princess. They need a revolutionary."
Cinder furrowed her brow. "A revolutionary," she repeated. She liked that a lot better than princess.