Woman Crush Wednesday: Crescent “Cress” Moon Darnel


Cress is so incredibly sweet and definitely naive when we first meet her in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. She’s hopelessly in love with Thorne before she even meets him and doesn’t know anything about Earth because she’s been trapped on a satellite that orbits Earth most of her life.

If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles yet here’s a little backstory that I don’t think will really spoil anything for you. Cress is what’s called a shell, which means she doesn’t have the ability to control people like most people from Luna (the moon) do and she also can’t be controlled.

However, what Cress can do is hack and she’s pretty damn good at it. Hence why she was forced to live on this satellite where she had to do the bidding of the queen of Luna, Levana.

What I love most about Cress is that she’s so genuine and kind and she just wants to help people. But, also, she wants to destroy Levana just like every other main character in this series and she does everything in her power to take Levana down, including making some serious sacrifices.

Her hacking skills are out of this world (pun intended) and some of my favorite scenes were when she’d amaze everyone with her skills. I think sometimes Cress would be underestimated because she’s so sweet and cute when in actuality Cress can kick a** and take names with the best of them. Tech wise, anyway.

Honestly, I could talk about Cress for days but I’ll end here so I don’t give away too much. Basically, she’s one of my favorite characters in the series and if you can read these books and not fall in love with Cress I’m concerned for you.

Favorite Moment:

“My life is an adventure,” [Cress] said, growing confident as she opened her eyes again. “I will not be shackled to this satellite anymore.”

Dreamcast: AnnaSophia Robb

Book Review: Cress


Synopsis from Amazon:

Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

*Note: If you haven’t read Cinder and Scarlet DO NOT read this review unless you want to be spoiled. You’ve been warned!*

This series just keeps getting better and better. I loved the addition of Cress, Jacin, and Winter to the story. They’re all very different characters and I definitely had mixed feelings for Jacin but I absolutely loved Cress and Winter.

Cress is awkward and shy and a little dorky, which can be expected of someone who’s been kept in a satellite for most of her life. She’s madly in love with Thorne even though she doesn’t really know him and found that very relatable. It was so cute and fun to read, especially because Thorne is so naturally cocky and didn’t fully understand Cress’ love proclamations for him were coming from a very real place.

This book had a lot of plot going on and the introduction of new characters could’ve made this a mess but Marissa Meyer did a good job of keeping everything together. It was great to see Cinder coming into her role as leader more. I also liked how everyone seemed like a team in this book, even when they were separated.

I also really enjoyed the couples in this novel. Scarlet and Wolf broke my heart in the best way possible; Cress and Thorne had such an interesting dynamic that I absolutely loved it; and, of course, my faves, Cinder and Kai did not disappoint.

Overall, the only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it’s so close to the end of the series and I never want these books to end. Sadly, all good things must come to an end at some point.

Make sure to keep an eye out for my review of Winter on Thursday. All the feels!

Borrow or Buy: Buy!!


5 stars

Favorite Line:

“Maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”

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