Friday 6 January 2012

Guest post from Marissa Meyer + UK Giveaway of Cinder

Marissa Meyer's debut novel Cinder was released in the UK yesterday and I'm delighted to welcome her to the blog today to talk about Cinder and the future books in the Lunar Chronicles.  I have to say I loved Cinder (although there is a killer cliffhanger!) so I'm really excited to find out more about the rest of the series.  I'll be posting my review of Cinder later today but if you like fairytale retellings and if you enjoy futuristic dystopian books then trust me you should order your copy now!

A forbidden romance.  A deadly plague.  Earth's fate hinges on one girl . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg.  She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness.  But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal.  Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.

Lunar Chronicles Series:
Glitches (free prequel short story can be read online here)
Scarlet (2013)
Cress (2014)
Winter (2015)

Visit Marissa Meyer's blog for more information

So without further ado let me hand you over to Marissa . . .


Marissa Meyer

Looking Ahead in The Lunar Chronicles

My debut novel, Cinder, is a futuristic retelling of “Cinderella,” and ever since the advance reading copies starting going out into the world, I’ve received a deluge of questions along the lines of:

1) How could you end it like that, you horrible person, you?!


2) Will Cinder be in the rest of the books?

As for number one… well, I’m sorry about that, but I really do hope the ending will make sense when Book 2: Scarlet comes out. I’m going to make it up to you, I swear.

And for number two, let me put everyone’s minds at rest right now. Yes, of course Cinder is going to be in the rest of the books! She has many, many adventures still ahead of her.

I understand the confusion, though. Each book in my series is based on a different fairy tale: Little Red Riding Hood (Scarlet), Rapunzel (Cress), and Snow White (Winter). When I’d first started brainstorming the series, my plan actually been to keep them separate—to give each heroine an enclosed, independent story only loosely connected to the others. But as I was brainstorming and plotting and outlining, the books started to develop a mind of their own. Characters began to show up in the wrong books. The villain turned out to be cruel enough to reign terror over each girl’s storyline. And their paths gradually intersected, their stories slowly overlapping, until my four fairy-tale heroines (and applicable love interests) were joining forces in preparation for one heroic finale.

So that’s what readers have to look forward to in the four books that make up The Lunar Chronicles. We’ll continue Cinder’s story as she seeks to unravel the secrets of her past, all the while defying the evil queen who wants to kill her. And we’ll also meet three new, awesome heroines, each with their own problems to sort out and happily ever afters to claim.

Even now, more than three years after this story started to unfold in my brain, I still get that writer’s itch when I think about it, that yearning to share this story with the world. I have big plans. I hope—oh, do I hope—that it’s going to be epic.

And I hope you’ll all enjoy the ride, despite that blasted cliffhanger ending.

Marissa Meyer is the author of Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles. Follow her on Twitter (@marissa_meyer) or become a fan at and


Thanks so much for a fabulous guest post Marissa, I'm so excited about the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series but it's going to seem like a very long wait until I can get my hands on the next installment!

Giveaway Details:

Now how would you like the chance to win a copy of Cinder
  • Courtesy of Puffin I have a paperback of Cinder to giveaway to 1 lucky UK winner.
  • The winner's prize will be sent out directly by my contact at Puffin so the winner must give me permission to pass their address on.
  • The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received. 
  • To enter please use the rafflecopter below to confirm that you are a UK resident, there are optional extra entries for following or tweeting about the giveaway but these are not required to enter.
  • The giveaway will close at 12:01am EST on the 22nd of January 2012 and the winner will be contacted soon afterwards.  You will have 48 hours to reply to me with your address or a new winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I am just hopping about in anticipation of this one dropping through my letter box. I am so excited by this book. Glad to hear that Cinder's finds her way into the other books.

  2. Would love to win a finished copy for the school library. Brilliant debut I cannot wait for the rest of the series :D

  3. Been reading about this on lots of blogs and I want it.

  4. I wasn't sure I wanted to read Cinder but the more I find out about it, the more I want to read it! And I do like Fairy tale retellings! :)

  5. @ Viv - I loved this one & can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series! I hope you love it as much as I did :o)

    @ Emma - Good luck in the giveaway, this one was soooo good wasn't it! It's going to be a long wait between books though :o(

    @ Ilona - I'm definitely highly recommending this one so I hope you manage to get a copy soon :o)

    @ Mel - If you like fairy tale retellings and you liks scifi then I'd definitely recommend this one!

  6. I'm loving this book so far and I find it interesting and exciting reading about the rest of the series :)

  7. Great competition! I have a feeling I may have just linked to completely the wrong tweet... the real one is at!/Yayeahyeah/status/158474486847508480 - oops!

  8. @ Clover - I'm glad you're enjoying this one too, I thought it was brilliant & can't wait for the next one in the series :o)

    @ YA Yeah Yeah - thanks for letting me know about the link, I'll make sure you're still entered in the giveaway :o)



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