I am really loving this series and the way the author has taken elements from the traditional fairy tales and reinvented them into action packed, entertaining and unique stories. This series has a true ensemble cast with an eclectic range of characters that bring a fantastic realism to the books. "Cress" was without a doubt one of the most action packed YA books that I have read in a long time, filled with rescues, narrow escapes, and heists. In fact there were strong hints of the "Italian Job" at one point as Cinder and her "crew" prepare to take on Levanna and her minions. I am very much looking forward to reading the next installment "Winter", although that princess was fairly creepifying, but it is also tinged with the sad realization that it will be the final book in a truly excellent series.
But I just have to say in closing that Iko is a true scene stealer! She is the most entertaining and amusing of the characters. She is the Dr. Sheldon Cooper of this series!