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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Death of a Mad Hatter by Jenn McKinlay

I've finished off two books over the long weekend. The first is Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and the second is Death of a Mad Hatter by Jenn McKinlay.

Cinder is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series. I believe four books are currently planned in the series, three of which are currently on store shelves. As you may have guessed, Cinder is a Cinderella story, but in this case Cinderella is a cyborg. The book takes place in the future, mostly in New Beijing. Androids are common household helpers, and people who have been badly injured can be saved with electronic limbs and even implants into their nervous and sensory systems.

Cinder was adopted shortly after the surgeries which turned her into a cyborg, her parents had supposedly died in the car accident that caused her injuries. Her adoptive father died shortly after adopting her, and her adoptive mother was not pleased with the new addition to the family. Cyborgs are second class citizens, they are not readily accepted into society. Cinder earns money for the family by working as a mechanic, she runs a stall on market days.

The book has most of the major elements of Cinderella, but Meyer has added a fantastic twist and created a fascinating world. I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Death of a Mad Hatter is the second book in the Hat Shop Mystery Series by Jenn McKinlay. The first book is Cloche and Dagger. This series features cousins Scarlett and Viv who run a hat shop in London, left to them by their grandmother. Scarlett has lived most of her life in the United States, which provides opportunity for the author to teach us Yanks about uniquely British things that we may not understand. The difference between afternoon tea and high tea is one of the things I learned from this book.

Death of a Mad Hatter revolves around the cousins preparing hats for a fundraising tea hosted by a well-to-do family to raise funds for a hospital wing to be named after their recently deceased patriarch. When the titular Mad Hatter at the Alice in Wonderland-themed tea turns up dead, Scarlett cannot help but stick her nose in. She did discover the body after all.

I really enjoy amateur sleuth mysteries. They are generally quick reads, with fun characters and interesting mysteries to solve. I love the characters from this series. Scarlett and Viv are fun characters and so is their supporting cast. I can't wait for the next book!

I am giving Cinder by Marissa Meyer, 4 stars. I am also giving Death of a Mad Hatter by Jenn McKinlay, 4 stars.