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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Currently reading

Capital Crimes: London Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics)
Martin Edwards
Progress: 105/410 pages
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection
Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry

Cinder + Kai + Thorne + Scarlet + Wolf

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. I like the way that Meyer is expanding her story like the layers of an onion. The first layer was Cinder & Kai, a straight-up Cinderella retelling.


This second layer adds in a new fairy tale - Little Red Riding Hood - but doesn't lose the thread of Cinder's narrative. The book begins with two separate stories that ultimately merge. There are shades of Star Wars in here, as well, and the science fiction elements are much more pronounced in this book than they were in Cinder.


Meyer is also economical and efficient with her world-building, avoiding info dumps and using well-known elements of the fairy tales to advance the world-building. The prose is generally workmanlike, although occasionally it feels a bit clunky.


I did a buddy read with Obsidian Blue - you can read her review here. I actually enjoyed the beginning of the story more than I enjoyed the end - I felt like the quality of the writing suffered a bit from the break-neck speed of the resolution. I'm not completely convinced by the romantic elements of this book, and Cinder's powers really do require further explanation.


But, I'm pretty excited to read Cress. What do you say, Obsidian? Next weekend?