Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 3rd 2013
Status: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Summary (from Goodreads):
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Scarlet! I actually finished this book back in July, a few days before I left for my 5 week immersion program in Quebec, and was really upset that I wasn't going to have enough time to read Cress.
I really liked how Meyer is able to do such amazing spins to each retelling, and I feel like Scarlet is now my favourite. I didn't really enjoy Scarlet's irrational behavior from time to time, but I liked how Meyer incorporated the Wolf component from the fairytale.
Admittedly, Wolf's story actually surprised me because I actually thought the man was a real wolf that was turned human. Anyways, I loved the twists and turns that came with Scarlet and the Wolf's relationship in the novel, and found it full of suspense-and blood.
In addition, I also enjoyed how their story connected back to Cinder's tale as well, and liked how they were all able to come together at the end. Alongside the dark and bloody Wolf storyline, there was a whole lot of battling going on back in China.
Poor Kai. There were a lot of battles that raised the bar for the next book. I find the whole Kai-Cinder-and Queen story a lot like Sailor Moon- the Queen is a TOTAL Beryl!
Anyways, this was an amazing book, and I can't wait to read Cress! Also, Thorne + perfect side-kick ever!