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Cress by Marissa Meyer ARC {4.5 Stars} + SIGNED Giveaway!

Cress by Marissa Meyer is the third in the Lunar Chronicles. If you haven’t heard of this series, be sure to check out my reviews of the first book, Cinder, and the second book, Scarlet, because this series is freaking fantabulous! I felt that Scarlet was even better than Cinder, and Cress does not disappoint this trend. While Cress was a slightly different book than the first two, it made my brain feel all warm and fuzzy every time I sat down to read. We meet new characters and get to know old ones better, there is epicness on so many levels, and I am EVEN MORE excited about the fourth book, Winter, than I was before! Also, be sure to check the end of the review for the giveaway of… ALL THREE CURRENT BOOKS SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED to you!

Note: A friend gave me an ARC of Cress to review. Some things may change in the final version.

Cress by Marissa Meyer ARC {4.5 Stars} + SIGNED Giveaway!

Cress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4th, 2014
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 560 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

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

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • I feel that I must start with the title character: Cress! *squeals* I love her so much! I imagine that many of us are going to have Tangled flashbacks while reading Cress but I honestly think it totally works. Cinder and Scarlet are both kick-butt heroines, but Cress brings something new to the table. She has obviously led a pretty sheltered life with a skewed perspective on things (mostly from watching net dramas….) and Meyer captures this wonderfully. Cress is a brilliant hacker but also adorably naive about a lot of things. She is a perfect edition to our fairy tale cast specifically because she isn’t the typical kick-butt heroine who is too tough to cry!
  • Omg ya’ll, the twists! You know I love a good plot twist and I consider Cress to have more than one. They were the great kind, too, where they are kinda stressful because you know the characters’ lives are going to get more difficult, but also make perfect sense, but also just make you have to know what is going to happen! My pulse is rising just thinking about them >.>.
  • The feels, wow, the feels. Scarlet definitely destroyed my emotions, but Cress doesn’t pull any punches. They are made all the worse because you kind of know something has to happen, but it’s still so freaking emotional. There aren’t just sad feels though! Thorne and Cress had me squeeing and literally laughing out loud quite often ;-).
  • I love clever epic battles! You know when the hero saves the day against impossible odds not through luck or magically discovering some deep inner power but through being so dang clever?? That! That is awesome and that is what you get in Cress.
  • We get little torturous hints about the character Winter and I am so freaking excited! Even though this is Cress, I am already impressed with how multi-faceted Winter the character is going to be, not to mention the epicness of Winter the book’s plot….
  • Iko gets a couple of chapters from her perspective <3!

Weaknesses:

  •  There are three couples now for those playing along at home and that is two more than most stories that we are used to have. All of the characters work great (yey epic fantasy adventuring party!), but each of the romance pairings being so neat and tidy is a little annoying. I want a single fairy-tale princess, who needs boys?!
  • Cress melted my heart, but I didn’t get the white-knuckle, edge-of-your-seat feel that I had with Scarlet. I hit a point with Scarlet where I was literally getting white knuckles gripping the hardcover, and that just didn’t happen with Cress (which is probably good since it was a rather floppy ARC). I have very high hopes for Winter though ;-).

Summary:

Really, at this point, you probably already know if you are going to read Cress or not. If you loved Scarlet, you will love Cress and I’m so excited and a little jealous that you get to read it for the first time still :D. If you read Cinder and were only meh and not sure about continuing the series, continue the series! I cannot emphasize enough how much each book’s writing has grown and I love it. I’m very impressed by how skillfully Meyer has weaved together three (four in the end) fairytale retellings, keeping each of the couples involved in the overarching storyline, and building this amazing sci-fi world to boot. Amaze-balls if you ask me.

Book Giveaway

Signed and Personalized Copies of All Three Books!

That’s right folks! I’m super excited to let you know that Marissa Meyer will be stopping in my town for her tour in February and so in addition to getting some signed copies for myself, I’ll be getting personally signed copies for one of you! Since you of course want a nice matching set, I’ll be giving away Cinder, Scarlet and Cress all signed and personalized :D.

Signed Cress Giveaway

Gah, I’m just so freaking excited that Marissa Meyer is touring *hyperventilates*. I’m okay! Let’s get this giveaway started! This is going to have to be US only since shipping three books will be expensive. As usual, the winner will have 48 hours to respond (strictly enforced since I need a name for the signing!). Please don’t cheat since I check entries and it sucks having to pick a new one.

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Good luck!
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya

4.5 Stars

 Cress by Marissa Meyer

© 2014 – 2016, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Holly Letson says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time. I keep hearing everyone go on about how amazing it is!

  2. Jenelle Riane says:

    Ahhh this book sounds sooo good! I LOVED Tangled, though I have a feeling I might love this book more. ;) GAH I need to read Scarlet and catch up with the series! Thank you for the amazing giveaway! It’s absolutely mindblowingly amazing! XD Crossing my fingers sooo hard!

  3. Cecilia Crowley says:

    Can wait to see the winner!!

  4. I bookmarked this page when you first posted it and then lost it in my unorganized bookmarked file :P
    I listened to Cinder over the summer when a site had it for free as as audiobook and fell in LOVE. I then began reading Scarlet and never finished it. Not because it wasnt good, it was phenomenal I had other bloggy things to do and it fell to the bottom. :(
    This giveaway is incredibly awesome and generous :) Thank you..

  5. Wow that is so sweet of you! I’m sure she’ll be out my way – I’ve gone to two of her signings! Cinder and Scarlet. I’m sure I”ll catch up with her somewhere for Cress as well =) Have fun!
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  6. The Lunar Chronicles is my favorite series, so I’m really glad that you enjoyed Cress so much! I love how you said that Cress wasn’t your typical kick-butt heroine and I really like that she’s good with computers too. I can’t wait to meet her! :)

    Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    • Cress honestly felt the most realistic of all the characters so far since she’s much more of a normal girl, haha. So much love!

  7. I love giveaways and this is my favorite! I can’t wait for Cress! Feb 4 can’t get here fast enough! :)
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  8. Awesome giveaway! I really want to attend a Marrisa Meyer’s signing, but alas, I’ll settle for giveaways :D

  9. Thank you very much for the giveaway. I have the first one, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I haven’t read a bad review about it though. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to it sooner rather than later.
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  10. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I wish I was meeting Marissa Meyer :)
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  11. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    I absolutely loved Cress! Loved it! And yes, the little hints of Winter are awesome :) Even if I feel really bad for Scarlet when reading those bits. I think Winter will have her prince charming too though, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing a single girl..lol

    I loved how involved everything was and all the different PoVs. I just can’t wait to see what happens next! I need to know how it all ends.

    And more Iko was definitely awesome! And Cress is an awesome naive character :)

    I’m jealous of you getting to meet Marissa Meyer. Once again living in Atlantic Canada causes me to miss out on meeting authors (No one ever comes here..lol)

    • sigh, yes she probably will, but he might have to be crazy too >.> Honestly, I’m in a bit of the middle of nowhere so I was really surprised to see her coming here! I’m sorry that I can’t ship to Canada though D: When I shipped just one ARC it was $12 so three hardcovers would be just crazy :(

      • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

        Oh I get the shipping thing, so I completely understand that. I’m just sad that there is no way Marissa Meyer would ever end up in a few hours driving distance of me..lol :( (New Brunswick isn’t exactly on the map for anyone ever.. lol)

  12. If we have a US address, but live outside US, can we participate?
    I really want these books! >_<

  13. I really enjoyed this one, and I just reviewed it, too. I think I felt a different sort of anxiety as I read Cress than I had when I read Scarlet. I was worried about how Cress would adjust since she’s been locked away in the satellite…so all of her interactions I was biting my nails. I agree about the twists…my emotions! Great review :)
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  14. LeKeisha Thomas says:

    *Screams loudly* I have Cinder on my Kindle, and I loved it. I haven’t gotten Scarlet and Cress yet. What I wouldn’t give to have them all in hardcover and signed?!!! Awesome giveaway!

  15. I’m so so excited for this book, I can’t wait for it to come out! I love that each book has its own heroine, but there’s an overarching plot for all of them.

    “Iko gets a couple of chapters from her perspective <3!"
    I can't even lie, this got me the most excited for Cress. I absolutely love that sassy little robot.
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    • I love that so much too! I am so impressed that Meyer has woven together each of the retellings so well! Hehe, oh Iko, so much love!

  16. I’m a liiiiiittle jealous you’ll get to see Marissa on tour.

    Okay, now that I got that out, lol, yay! I am excited to hear CRESS is just as epic as the rest. So cannot wait to read it.

    And for this “I want a single fairy-tale princess, who needs boys?!” YES YES YES

  17. Thanks for the giveaway! I have seen so many great reviews about this series but i have yet to start reading it.

  18. I loved Cress as well, Anya. I’m so jealous that you get to see Marissa on this tour. It’s so cool that you’re offering a personalized set of these books. That’s so kind of you!

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog
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  19. Alyn Yang says:

    I have to agree with you. I read Cinder and was like Mehhh…but then I read Scarlet and was blown away.

  20. Thanks for hosting Anya.
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  21. I’ve yet to check the touring schedule to see if Meyer is hitting anywhere near me. I really need to do that. I love this series so very much and glad to see that you do as well. I think Meyer improves with every book and I love her character interactions. Can’t wait to see Winter in action :-)

    • Haha, yes you do! I am so dying for Winter, I just want to see the cover, I think it’ll be my favorite since I love snow/ice themed covers :D

  22. This is great! Thanks so much :) I’ve been looking forward to reading Cress. And am excited about the other 2 books as well.

  23. Thank you for the giveaway!! I LOVE this series and I love that they’re all signed! There aren’t many tours that come around my part :P
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    • You’re welcome :D I was completely flabbergasted when I heard she was visiting my city since it’s not normally on big tours!

  24. Great Giveaway! I will be getting Cress on audiobook but it would be awesome to have a signed version. (Though I shouldn’t enter–I have signed copies of the first two)
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    • Haha, I’m fine if you win and just want Cress and maybe some other books, not stressful for me ;-) How do you like the narration for this series?

  25. Maybe I shouldn’t be entering this giveaway since I technically have plans in place to secure a signed copy of Cress already, but gah! I want to own/read it now! (And I think my sister’s on one of the last stops of the tour … yeah, I need to speak to their event planner …)

    I really enjoyed Cress and Scarlet although, interestingly, while I enjoyed the story in Scarlet, I thought the writing was a little weaker. I wasn’t surprised, given the expanded cast and all that was happening, but I felt the author gave into some telling v. showing tendencies that made me unhappy. And I didn’t think the villains were handled as well either. Ah well, high hopes for Cress and I’ve been dying for Winter ever since Meyer talked about it having an insane (mentally) protagonist at an event near me a while back. :)
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    • Haha, no worries on my end! Omg the ending of Cress is going to kill you if you are already excited about mentally insane Winter :D

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