Cinder By: Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a talented cyborg mechanic living in New Beijing, China. In this day and age, the entire planet has been hit with a horrible illness called simply, the plague. Cinder lives a normal life in Commonwealth on Earth, or as normal as a cyborg living through a plague can live. Her life is a bit difficult given how no one knows her past, her step mother treats her as a slave and then when her beloved step-sister gets sick with the plague, her stepmother blames her for that too. Blamed and treated as a slave is the norm for a cyborg. On Earth, being a cyborg means that you’re less than human, just because part of her is metal and wires. But then her life crosses paths with the Prince and she finds herself in unusual predicaments. She finds the key to her mysterious past, forbidden love, intergalactic war and how the secret that was her past may be the saving grace needed for the future.

Cinder, book one in a four part series called the Lunar Chronicles, was an incredibly good spinoff of a common known fairytale. Creating Cinderella as not just a servant, but a cyborg? Extremely bold, and in this case amazing, idea by Marissa Meyer which I feel she handled well. I rather liked the book, it was a pretty quick read for me but then again I’m a sucker for retellings of fairy tales! I found that the book had a lot of unsolved questions for me, and I didn’t latch to Cinder’s character as much but it didn’t make me like the book any less. Predictable in some areas, and not in others I found myself on the last chapter before I knew it! It was so good that I read the rest of the books that were out in the series. I did like how there was no instantaneous love between Cinder and her Prince, and how this wasn’t a, “make love the main purpose of the storyline” book. There was action, pain, and a slight mystery trying to unfold some of the characters and events in the book.

Overall, Cinder was a really great read and I liked it a lot. I liked the idea and concept; I just had trouble connecting with Cinder’s character. But I loved the plots and I loved hearing about the plague and this new war entering into the storyline. Because it is the first book in a four book series, it does end on a cliffhanger and because I’ve read up to the third book so far, I can honestly say that the series gets better with each book! All in all I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was pretty good. I’d recommend this to, probably, anyone over the age of 12 or 13 since the descriptions of the plague could frighten anyone younger- not that it was that detailed, but imagination can get carried away. If you like action, cyborgs, space travel, sassy and sarcastic answers and all things fairytales then I believe this book would be for you.

Up next: Scarlet (book two) By Marissa Meyer 

Makayla

Verse of the Day

Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.

James 5:16 MSG

172 Hours on the Moon By: Johan Harstad

Every thought how cool it would be to go to the moon? To walk where the world’s most famous astronauts set foot on that dusty, faraway place? Perhaps you’ve envisioned this grand vacation before and are wondering what it would mean to be able to cross that off your bucket list. After reading 172 Hours on the Moon I can guarantee that you’ll never have any doubts about this imagined dream vacation! Continue reading

Verse of the Day

The earlier revelation was intended simply to get us ready for the Messiah, who then puts everything right for those who trust him to do it. Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using the law code to live right before God soon discovers it’s not so easy—every detail of life regulated by fine print! But trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story—no precarious climb up to heaven to recruit the Messiah, no dangerous descent into hell to rescue the Messiah. So what exactly was Moses saying? The word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest. It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”

Romans 10:9-10 MSG

Love Didn’t Win

I don’t think there is any better way to say this. Thank you Aurora! I have to say that this is very well said.

Makayla

Authentically Aurora

SCOTUS 2On Friday morning when I woke up, I was surrounded by hashtags of #loveislove and social media postings that “Love Won: In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court has decided in favor of marriage equality.”

I was supposed to be packing for my move, with a moving company showing up at 8:00 a.m. the next morning and only half of my apartment boxed up. I was supposed to be prepping for an interview I had just hours later on Friday afternoon. I was supposed to be showering and doing laundry because, you know, interviewers prefer that you don’t show up smelling like you haven’t showered in two days. But I was distracted by a heavy heart because, in this historic ruling, love didn’t win.

Love didn’t win. And what makes it all the more painful is the number of people who genuinely believe that love won. I can understand the…

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