This series is one long investment. Cinder was insufferably boring for the first 80% of the book, and it took me three (three!!) attempts to finish it. All that to say, however, Scarlet and Cress more than make up for it, culminating with the epic Winter that gave me all the feels and the swoons.
Cinder had so much potential; it should have been amazing, but ultimately just fell short. To run through some of points that had me picking it up in the first place, followed by why it didn’t work (more after the jump):