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Cress by Marissa Meyer || Book Review

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first two books of this series.

Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress

            ( The Lunar Chronicles #3 )

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: 4. February 2014

Edition: Feiwel & Friends

                 Kindle Edition, 560 pages

Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Fairy Tale


In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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◄ 5 out of 5 stars ►

Before the actual review I would like to mention that I have reviews for the previous two books in The Lunar Chronicles series. So, if you are interested in my thoughts on them feel free to check them out!

Cess was an amazing book and definitely my favourite in The Lunar Chronicles series so far. In Cinder I loved the characters, but found the story a bit lacking. In Scarlet I had the opposite feelings, I loved the story but it took me a while to fall in love with the characters. With Cress I had no such problems, I adored all the characters in this book and the story was amazing!

Cress was an amazing character and I loved reading from her point of view. It was really interesting seeing her reaction to everything that happened in this book, especially since she was isolated for most of her life. I also loved her growth throughout the book. She is probably my favourite from the female protagonists (though it’s a hard decision). Her interactions with Throne were amazing and so fun to read about!

Speaking of the characters, in this book we had all of them interacting with each other and I loved it. I just like all of the characters that Marissa Meyer has created in this series, so seeing them together was wonderful. Cress, Thorne, Scarlet, Wolf, Cinder, Kai and Iko are all amazing characters and having them all in one book led to an amazing adventure.

The plot of this book was greatly done! I was at the edge of my seat the whole time, I just needed to know what was going to happen next to the characters. I was also really worried and nervous about their fate. This book was definitely filled with action and suspense and I adored every moment of it. I also loved the fact that we learned more about the world of this series and the backstory to many different things (which I can’t mention because of spoilers).

Overall I thought that this book was fantastic, as you can already see by my review. I can’t wait to get my hands on Winter to see how the story will continue. (Hopefully that will happen soon!) Also, I obviously recommend this series to everyone!

Have you read Cress? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!


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9 thoughts on “Cress by Marissa Meyer || Book Review

  1. Yaaay! I love this book so it makes me really happy when someone else loves it too haha. Cress is definitely my favorite of the series so far. Cress is just so lovable and Thorne is impossible to dislike. They complement each other so well. But I especially love Cress’s character arc. Her development was just so endearing. And it was great seeing the entire cast and crew together in a story. I have yet to read Winter but hopefully, it’s just as good as Cress. Happy reading!

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    1. It’s always great to see people love the books that you love! 😀 Cress and Thorne are amazing, both on their own and together. I love Cress’s character arc as well, her development has been done excellently and I can’t wait to see what will happen with her in the final book. Thank you! Happy reading to you as well.

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  2. I truly adored Cress, even if my heart wholly belongs to Scarlet. As you mentioned, it fixed previous problems in the previous books and made for a much more wholesome reading experience.

    I wasn’t a fan of Cress and Thorne, mostly because it feels like a relationship between a child and their older brother, not between two grown people. Which I guess it’s a very personal opinion, since everyone else seem to love them!

    I like Cress as a character but felt Meyer was going a bit overboard with her innocence and naivité at times. Bordering on unrealistic. Regardless, I really loved the story and the characters, it just didn’t hit that sweet spot for me like Scarlet had.

    Brilliant review, Anna! 🙂

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    1. Cress is such a wonderful character and definitely my favourite female from this series so far (I haven’t read Winter yet). I adore Scarlet as well, but there is just something about Cress that I adore. 🙂
      Yeah, I can see why you would feel that way. Cress is very naive to the world and Thorne is the one helping her with everything, taking care of her. I guess it just depends on what perspective you adopt when looking at their relationship.
      Yes, Cress was very naive and innocent, but I did believe it. She did, after all, spend most of her life in isolation with little contact to the real world. I think she lost a bit of the innocence and naivety as the story progressed and I can’t wait to see her in the final book.
      Thank you Sophie! 😀

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      1. Yeah I can definitely agree with your point as well, but unfortunately that’s the sort of vibe I got from her… Maybe I’m just a bit too tired of that sort of innocence being used in an unbelievable way too many times and now can’t shake off that feeling :/
        I’m glad you love her, though, as well as their romance. Most people I know do too, but for some reason I can’t get into it. Thankfully, I have Scarlet/Wolf hahaha
        No worries ❤

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  3. Cress is 100% my favorite book in the Lunar Chronicles! I’m so glad that you fell in love with this book and these characters. Cress is so unique compared to the traditional fairy tale retelling princess. I love how she is brilliant, reserved, and that her awful upbringing has affected her so deeply. It’s terrifying to see, but watching Cress’s character development as she comes into the world breaks my heart in all the best ways.

    Honestly, I had forgotten about the Prince in Rapunzel going blind until I had read this book…

    Great review, Anna!!

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    1. Cress was such an amazing book! Also, Cress is such a wonderful character and I loved her from the moment we met her. Her development throughout the book was wonderful as well and made me love her even more. I can’t wait to read more about her in the next book! 😀
      I had forgotten about it too! It’s been ages since I have read the classic fairy tales, so I’m fuzzy on the details. (I should reread some of them in the future.)
      Thank you, Jackie! 🙂

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