Author: Marissa Meyer
Rating: 5 Stars
There may be SPOILERS for the first two books in the series below, so tread carefully. Though, I really recommend you read those first, because, hello, this series is amazing! Also, this is more of a love letter and thank you to this book than a proper review. You'll see what I mean when you read it.
Cress was my favorite book in the Lunar Chronicles so far, and I don't think anything can top it. I don't think Winter can even come close. I mean, I don't know that for sure, but this book was just so good, every page of it was like another piece of candy.
Two things I want to point out as being really important to me while reading: 1) Marissa Meyer knows how to write a good kissing scene, and 2) This book has made me happier than any book has for a while now.
The first requires very little explanation. She writes breathtaking kiss scenes. I recommend them.
The second, though, seems slightly more personal. As you all know, I love to read, and reading is, generally, really fun. It can drag while I'm reading a book I don't particularly like, but I pretty much enjoy the experience. Sometimes, though, some books just have more magic than others. And I haven't had one of those books since July. That book, if your curious, was The Mermaid's Sister. I've read some fantastic, amazing books since then, but none have swept me off my feet and completely taken me to another world where my mind was solely focused on it. With college, and other things going on in my life, stress levels have been high. Even while reading books in my favorite series', like Queen of Shadows, other things haunt the corners of my mind. It makes it hard to focus, and hard to enjoy the story.
But Cress returned all that magic to my life. I didn't realize how much I was reading, or what was going on in the world around me. In fact, time ceased to exist for those magical moments where I was living in the world of the Lunar Chronicles. I didn't have time to think or guess where the story might lead, I didn't have time to think about the holiday shopping I need to do, I didn't bother to think about my grades, I just read, and read, and read. And it was so amazing. It was the perfect thing to have happen to me, the most perfect relaxing thing that could have happened. I feel refreshed, like a new person, and it's such a wonderful feeling.
Sure, all books make me happy to an extent. But Cress made me euphoric. Maybe it was the characters (who were so great, I'm so invested with all of them, I think I'll die if any of my babies get hurt), the writing (which as always was simple yet powerful), or the plot (which kept me at the edge of my seat). Who knows and who cares. This book is, quite simply, magical, and I am devastated that I did not pick it up sooner.
So, to summarize: read this book. It's worth it. Read this series. It's worth it.