*Received ARC via NetGalley*
I was a little worried about this one, due to the hype that's surrounded it. I've heard nothing but awesome about it and hoped, hoped, hoped that it would live up to it all this time.
No worries. It did.
I loved the world that Meyer created here. I loved that it was a mix of sci-fi and fantasy. That combination tends to be my favorite. I do love me some not-so-realistic fiction! The idea of cyborgs was completely brilliant. I thought it made Cinder a much more sympathetic character and was a seriously awesome premise for the book.
I liked that Cinder was a take-charge kind of girl. She didn't let anyone run over her, though she was smart enough to pick her battles. While she was definitely attracted to Prince Kai, she didn't go all damsel in distress on us and let him take over her future. My kind of heroine, for sure.
Speaking of Kai, I liked him. A lot. I think he belongs in that pantheon of swoon-worthy book boyfriends.
I loved the story and I loved how Meyer worked things in early that would come into play later on. Nothing felt forced and it didn't ever feel like I was being conned. I really got into the plot and can't wait to see what happens in the next book.
It was awesome and I just know that loads of people are going to love it. It gets a 'Pick Me' rating for being one that you NEED to pick up! For being a debut, it sure didn't feel like one! Very awesome, very fresh, very NEED TO OWN.