Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on 8 May, 2015 | 2 Comments



Review: Cress by Marissa MeyerCress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Feiwel and Friends (2.4.2014)
Hardcover, 550 pages
Source: I own it


3.5 Stars

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, 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 her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned 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 just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

My Review

I’m going to be honest, Cress annoyed the crap out of me. Out of all three of the main characters introduced in this series so far, she is by far my least favorite (with my favorite being Scarlet, of course). She was so naive, and annoying, and immature – I mean, I understand she’s been locked away for a long time, but…ugh. I can only handle so much, okay? Her constant daydreams started grating on my nerves. Not so much the daydreams about her situations, but about Thorne. The fact that she was sure she was in love with him and she’d never even met him, and all of her irritating daydreams about happily ever after with a guy she’s never even met before. She was obsessed and desperate!

Which brings me to another problem: The instalove. Yeah, Thorne wasn’t really what she was expecting, but the two of them together were kind of cheesy. I feel like it all happened too fast. It also doesn’t help that Cress had already planned her life with him. Despite the fact that I looove Thorne, I just didn’t get any feeling over their relationship because it didn’t have much chemistry to me. It seemed forced because it just happened too quickly.

I do enjoy this series, though, and still enjoyed this book despite not liking Cress herself very much. My favorite part about this series is the humor – it had me laughing out loud! I especially love Thorne and Iko because they are both hilarious. I had lots of tabbed pages where parts made me giggle!

I was not a fan of Jacin. He was very…prickly. And disagreeable. I’m assuming he’s supposed to be the love interest in the next book, and I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about that. View Spoiler » I do admit that I’m very curious about Winter. I can’t wait to know more about her!

Favorite quotes

“Iko. My name is Iko. If you don’t stop calling me the ‘ship,’ I am going to make sure you never have hot water during your showers again, do you understand me?”

“Did you see it? It was like a cross between a magpie nest and a ball of yarn after it’s been mauled by a cheetah.”

“She’s my alpha,” he murmured, with a haunting sadness in his voice.
Cress leaned forward, propping her elbows on her knees. “Like the star?”
“What star?”
“Oh. Um. In a constellation, the brightest star is called the alpha. I thought maybe you meant that she’s…like…your brightest star.”
“Yes,” he said, his gaze climbing up to the full moon that had emerged over the city. “Exactly like that.”

“Maybe there isn’t a such thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them.”

Overall Assessment

Plot: 3.5/5 
Premise: 4/5 
Writing style: 4/5 
Originality: 4/5 
Characters: 3.5/5 
Pace: 4/5 
Feels: 1.5/5 
Cover: 4/5 
Overall rating: 3.5/5

Previous Books

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Jessi (Geo)

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2 Responses to “Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer”

  1. I am reading Scarlet right now and am loving it. Cress is next on my TBR of course. I am kind of loving Thorne right now, but yeah that insta love thing is going to be annoying. And it’s even worse when they fall in love with a guy before she even meets him. Crazy

  2. I love that Winter is POC and how she’s really Mad Hatter-like! This series is definitely one of my faves and I actually enjoyed Cress. I thought she was a lot like Rapunzel from Tangled, haha.

    The humor is a beautiful thing. I really love that it’s a serious plot but there’s still humor to make things light hearted! I really hope you like Winter when it comes out <33

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