Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.cress by marissa meyer
⚠️This review contains spoilers for the first and second books of the Lunar Chronicles series⚠️
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 prevent her army from invading Earth. 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 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 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.
Oh my goodness guys, I finally did it! I was finally able to kick my reading slump away for long enough for me to finish at least one book and I am feeling ✨accomplished✨ …but also extremely drained. I really hate falling into these slumps and this one seems to be never ending and I am so freaking pissed.
But, setting aside the ramblings, let’s talk about what really matters. I finally finished Cress and it was another instalment that did not disappoint.
In this book we get to meet Cress, or Crescent, a little bit more. The Rampion Crew is still on the run while plotting to overthrow Levana, and they decide to finally get Cress to tag along with them (I was impatiently waiting for them to finally use that DCOMM again because hellooooo? there’s this crazy good hacker on the other side that can help you guys??? but it finally happened folks). After making arrangements the crew goes to rescue Cress from the satellite she has spent 7 years of her life trapped in, but as always things don’t go as they expect it to and the crew gets split up. From there on we get to see things unravel.
I’ll admit I had a bit of a harder time getting into this one than I did with Cinder and Scarlet. The first half of the book dragged a bit for me. Things were developing but it all also felt a bit slow and I was loosing focus way too often. I am also extremely aware that the biggest reason for this was my reading slump and the fact that maybe this wasn’t the best time for me to dive into this book since I wasn’t feeling all too invested on it, but stubborn me just had to push through it and read it now anyways. I don’t regret it though because the second half was so fast paced for me that I finished it in one afternoon.
I am not going to give anything important away, but this was such a good sequel! The characters are seriously amazing, and we got to meet new ones. Well, they aren’t exactly new because we had heard or even seen them earlier but this time they really stuck around. I love Cress so so much! She is constantly daydreaming amazing and crazy scenarios and I related to that so so much. She is also extremely sweet and so intelligent I just couldn’t help loving her. Her interactions with Thorne were sweet but I am hoping that their relationship will be explored more deeply in the next book. Jacin was someone we had already, briefly met, but now he gets a lot more involved with the story and my god do I love his dry humor 😂 seriously every interaction between him and anyone else had me snorting. I really can’t wait to see how his story will be better explored in Winter. And my god speaking about Winter, we get to meet her very briefly in this one and she is so so sweet I already love her. We get a very quick glimpse at her but her scenes were already so gripping for me and it only made me more excited for what comes next.
The “main mission” (let’s call it that shall we) the crew goes on in this book seriously had me on the edge of my seat. I loved every new development and how this amazing band of misfits just works so well together. I seriously want to meet every single one of them. Everything just fit perfectly together and we get to see Cinder really learning more about her powers and becoming stronger, but also the weight it has on her and how much she fears it all. Oh my…and that reunion…I needed that so so much! It was just *chef’s kiss*.
Well I really can’t recommend this series enough you guys. I can’t wait to see how the conclusion is going to be, but I am already really excited.