BOOK REVIEW: Cress – by Marissa Meyer


Title: Cress
(The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
First published: February 4th 2014
Finished reading: August 3rd 2015
Pages: 550
Rating 5

“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.”


I have loved The Lunar Chronicles ever since I started the first book and they just keep getting better. I love that every book seems to be a retelling of a different fairy tale; with of course those important main characters reappearing in every book. Cress is both about Cinder and her friends trying to escape Queen Levana and finding a way to stop her AND a Rapunzel retelling. Cress is such an adorable character! She is also a kickass hacker and able to survive on a planet she has never been on before, which shows she really earned being the title of this third book. Marissa Meyer‘s prose is as brilliant as ever and combined with a fast pace and many plot twists it is really hard to stop reading. This is probably one of the best fantasy series I’ve read this year and I can’t wait to read Winter when it comes out this November. Luckily I still have Fairest to read to make the wait for the fourth book less painful!


WARNING: do not read this summary if you haven’t read the first two books in the series yet! It will most likely contain spoilers, even though I’ve made sure to keep it short.

Cinder and Captain Thorne are still on the run and Scarlet, Wolf and Iko have joined them since. They are trying to find a way to stop Queen Levana from marrying Kai and taking over Earth with her army… Which is not as easy as they had originally planned. But they find out that they have someone on their side who is very useful: a Lunar shell named Cress. She has been working for Sybil and Queen Levana against her will, and is trying to save Cinder and her friends… If only they save her first from the satellite where they keep her prison. Will they be able to rescue Cress in time and think of a plan to stop the wedding?


I know there has been a huge hype around this series for ages now, but in this case it’s all worth it. Cress is, like the first two books, brilliantly written. The main characters, worldbuilding, prose… Everything works perfectly together and the fact that each book is a different retelling makes me love this series even more. I’m glad I’ve finally picked up this series and I will be waiting impatiently for the fourth book to come out. If you haven’t read this series yet and enjoy a good YA fantasy story, I suggest you pick up The Lunar Chronicles. You won’t be sorry!

WWW Wednesdays #51 – August 5th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thegoldfinchthirteenreasonswhyAlmost no progress with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt this week. I guess I just haven’t been feeling like reading it… It’s very well written, but the slow pace is a huge turn off. I’ve also started Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and this read is way more interesting if you ask me. It’s quite a heavy read, but very well written and I will probably end up finishing it either today or tomorrow.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

cressforeverI finished reading Forever by Maggie Stiefvater the other day and I cannot say I was impressed. At least it means I have finally finished another series! I know there is a fourth book, Sinner, but technically that one doesn’t belong to the trilogy and I don’t think I will buy/read it any time soon. I’ve also finished Cress by Marissa Meyer and I absolutely loved it. The wait for Winter will be so long! I NEED to know what happens next!!!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

rarityfromthehollowdashandlilysbookofdareNext I will probably either read Rarity From The Hollow, an ARC sent by the author Robert Eggleton, or Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. The second is for The Book Club For Opinionated Hufflepuffs… I’m not sure that one will be for me, but I will give it a try anyway.

WWW Wednesdays #50 – July 29th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thegoldfinchmissperegrineshomeforpeculiarchildrenI’m still slowly making progress on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I can’t deny it is a very well written novel, but the pace is quite slow and it’s hard to keep my attention for long. I guess that’s why I have been reading so many books in between… Currently it’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. So far I’m really enjoying this read, so I will probably finish it first before trying to pick up The Goldfinch again.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

thescorchtrialsmasqueradeI finished reading Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier the other day and wasn’t overly impressed by it. I guess that at least I was able to cross off another era for the When Are You Reading? challenge… I’ve also finished The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. Like with The Maze Runner, the slang really bothered me during the whole story. The plot is slightly better than the first one, but it still wasn’t like I really enjoyed this read.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thirteenreasonswhycressI’m having a really hard time deciding what to read next! The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow is still on the radar, but I haven’t been in the mood for it. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher sounds like a ‘heavy’ read I’m not sure I want to read after finishing my current reads… So I might just give in and read Cress so I can finally continue Marissa Meyer‘s series. 😀