Review | Cress by Marissa Meyer

“When she was just a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs.”


Even in the future, there are damsels in distress…

In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, 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.Goodreads

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Thoughts About The Book

IMG_20160520_190550I’m back at it with The Lunar Chronicles presenting to you book #3, Cress. Marissa Meyer has done it again with her stunning Rapunzel retelling. Lately, I have been a huge advocate for fairy tale retellings – I mean, what’s not to love? They provide the basis of the stories you hold close to your heart, but with a whole new light! One of the unique aspects to The Lunar Chronicles is that they focus on a different fairy tale with each book. Cinder – Cinderella, Scarlet – Red Riding Hood, Cress – Rapunzel, and in the last book (which I haven’t gotten to yet) Winter – Snow White. Along with this idea, Meyer also incorporates these new characters to the bigger picture. While in Cress we focus on her story, we also still continue on the stories of pervious characters and get to see how they all intertwine. How. Freaking. Cool?!

***WARNING! While my review from here will not have any spoilers for Cress, there may be spoilers for Cinder and Scarlet. If you have yet to read those, check out my review of Cinder (or Scarlet if you’ve read the first book) to see if this series may interest you***

Cress was fantastic! We pick up where Scarlet left off and start by learning a little about the Lunar hacker who’s stuck in a satellite. Cress is definitely not my favorite character of this series. She’s a little too “princess” for my taste, but I get it, she’s been stuck in a satellite with no human interaction. Even though she’s not my favorite, she does fit in perfect with the story as a whole and contributes to what makes The Lunar Chronicles so great!

LrMobile0106-2016-0809636638028724123This book creates a lot more drama for the group and more character development than I think we’ve yet seen. Plus, there are some awesome twists in this story that keep you sucked in until the last page! I’ve heard people say the books get better and better with each one and I totally have to agree. We see more relationship development between Cinder and Kai as well as Scarlet and Wolf. Not only their relationships though, but each individual character develops so much in this book. To be honest, Cinder always bugged me a little, there was just something about her character I couldn’t put my finger on, but in Cress Cinder is amazing! She seems to finally come into her own “skin” so to speak and really accepts her mission and what she has to do. She becomes the leader of this group of misfits that she should have been to begin with. FINALLY – go Cinder!


If you’ve stared The Lunar Chronicles, but are debating about continuing – do it! It gets sooo good; you really don’t want to miss out. Now if you haven’t read TLC, pick up Cinder first, then Scarlet, then Cress and come back to this post to rave about it with me. BUT if fairy tale / sci-fi isn’t your thing, then skip out on this one.

My 5 Cup Rating:

Book Info

Genre: Fairy Tale (retelling), Fantasy
Pages: 592 (Paperback)
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Squarefish
Website: Marissa Meyer official website
Cress on Goodreads
Marissa Meyer Amazon author page
My Review Copy: Purchased – Amazon
◄ Where to Get Your Copy:
Barnes and Noble

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