“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer


Cinder is a re-imagined Cinderella set in a futuristic China. Cinder, our heroine, is a mechanic cyborg working hard to earn a living to help her stepmother and sisters. While Cinder is at her job, Prince Kai brings her a malfunctioning android to fix. The two develop a relationship which blossoms into a forbidden attraction. Unfortunately the kingdom is not living in an easy time. There is a sickness killing off members of the population, and there is no known cure. Along with this is the looming possibility of war if Prince Kai does not marry Levana, Queen of the Lunars.

Why I picked it up: I’m a sucker for a remake of a fairy tale story. Also I loved the front cover design.

Why I finished it: This book pulled me in from the beginning. I had to know what was going to happen to all of the characters. Meyers even made the stepmother sympathetic.

I’d give it to: Anyone who likes fairy tales, cyborgs, or strong female main characters.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Natalie Martinez


“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green


John Green is one of my favorite YA authors, hands down. When I found out his newest title, “The Fault In Our Stars” had main characters with cancer, I regrettably decided to pass. After all, I cry over commercials on tv. How could I possibly get through a book like this? Fast forward a year and a half, a gifted Kindle and a free sample and I was HOOKED!

The Fault In Our Stars is one of the most beautifully written glimpses into teenage love I have ever read. Green mesmerizes his audience with the heartbreaking tale of sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, a Stage 4 Thyroid cancer patient that is being kept alive by an experimental drug Phalanxifor. She is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she ends up meeting her true love, Augustus “Gus” Waters, through a mutual friend Isaac. Gus, a former basketball star, is missing his right leg from osteosarcoma, in remission, and full of life. As Gus and Hazel Grace start spending time together and bonding over her favorite novel, An Imperial Affliction, a beautiful friendship and potential relationship start to bloom. Hazel is very apprehensive about her feelings for Gus and the pain she will cause him when she loses her ongoing battle to cancer. Gus loves Hazel and doesn’t want their time together to end. As they both take a chance on each other, Gus’s circumstances change and the lovers are split up far earlier than expected.

Through Gus and Hazel’s adventures, an amazingly honest and touching love affair is born. I recommend this to any fan of romance, realistic fiction or John Green. Although I wanted more time with Hazel Grace and Gus, the lasting impression that both characters make is unforgettable.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

—Kelly Handy