Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer


Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: February 4, 2014
Pages: 550
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): 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.




I continued my read along with #TLCReadAlong by reading Cress in about 4 days. It was so good! I absolutely love this series. I can’t wait to read Fairest (hopefully this weekend), in anticipation for Winter’s release on Tuesday! I gave Cress 5 out of 5 stars.


In this book, it’s pretty much the same set of main characters, with the addition of Cress. And I thought she was absolutely adorable. It’s been a couple months since I read the first book, so my memory was a bit hazy when they introduced her. Thankfully the book explained pretty early on who she was. The book was pretty fast-paced, despite being fairly long. A 550 page book would probably usually take me over a week to read, but I couldn’t put it down.


I think the series does get better with each book. Cress is probably my favorite so far, and I’m hoping Winter is just as good, if not better. I was absolutely riveted as I read. I love all the pairings in the book. I still want all the main male characters to be my book boyfriends. They’re all amazing in their own ways. And I want to be friends with all the female characters. Really, I just want to live in this amazing world that Marissa Meyer has built for her fans.


The whole series is based on fairy tale retellings. In this book we’re supposed to see some of the Rapunzel fairy tale. We do see elements: the long hair, and Cress being locked away from everyone. It wasn’t as strong on the retelling aspect as some of the previous books as far as I can tell, or maybe I just don’t know the true Rapunzel fairy tale well enough.


I did mark down two lines from the book: “He was exactly the kind of hero Cress had been dreaming about her entire life.” and “You were so certain that I was this other person, and I kind of liked that you saw me differently than anyone else. Part of me kept thinking that maybe you’ve been right all along, and it’s everyone else who’s been wrong about me. That even I’ve been wrong about me.” But for the most part I was so absorbed that I didn’t even think about my favorite lines. I especially love the last couple chapters of Cress, and I really can’t wait for Winter to come out. I want to know what happens next!


Final note: An amazing third book to the series! I am so excited for Winter to come out next week! Check out the series if you haven’t already. I’m positive you won’t regret it!

5 stars

2 thoughts to “Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer”

    1. IT WAS AMAZING! This is my first time reading these books, and I’m so upset that I waited this long. You definitely should! I still need to read Fairest. I adored Thorne in this book. 🙂

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