4.5 stars - not quite
close enough to five for that, but as close as possible.
So, yeah. Enjoyed this one tremendously. I mean, the big plot reveal was extremely predictable, and the whole central "the prince instantly falls for her" thing is, well, wouldn't make sense or wouldn't be to my taste ordinarily, but seeing as it's a Cinderella retelling, I didn't really have an issue with it here.
But the plot was clever, Cinder was an awesome protagonist, the writing was great (well, it didn't have anything to turn me off!), I liked the setting, I liked the secondary characters.
I just want to know what happens next!