Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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. 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.

Book Overview:

Author: Marissa Meyer | Series: The Lunar Chronicles | Format: Audiobook | Narrated by: Rebecca Soler | Length: 11 hours, 19 minutes | Publish Date: February 5, 2013 | Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction | Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2013), Premio El Templo de las Mil Puertas Nominee for Mejor novela extranjera perteneciente a saga (2013) | Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★  | Recommend: HECK YES

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”
“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.” 

This series honestly just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?!

We continue on with Cinder’s story, with her breaking out of prison in order to escape certain death from the evil Queen Levana. She somehow gets stuck with “Captain” Thorne, a criminal sentenced to six years in prison in New Beijing, who has a spaceship that sends them off to Europe. Why Europe? Well, with Cinder’s revelation in the previous book (spoiler alert, I’m not going to tell you!), she thinks she can find the answers she’s looking for by searching for a woman named Michelle Benoit.

“He gaped at the controls. “Why is my ship talking back to me?” 

Now we don’t just follow Cinder’s story in this book.

In the meantime, we meet a girl named Scarlet Benoit (hmmm…. relation to Michelle, maybe?) who has been trying to find information on her missing grandmother. She believes that her grandmother was kidnapped since it is not like her grandmother to disappear without saying anything. From there, she meets a mysterious fighter named “Wolf”, who has information on where Scarlet’s grandmother is and why she was taken in the first place. From their tiny village of Rieux, they travel to Paris to find out what secret Scarlet’s grandmother is hiding and try to rescue her from her kidnappers.

In Paris is where our two heroines meet one another, and that’s when things get extremely interesting.

I love Cinder with all my heart, but I have to say that I love Scarlet too. From her French accent, and her fierce loyalty to her grandmother, she is a stubborn, hardheaded girl that will stop at nothing to rescue her grandmother. Even when the police tell her that the missing person’s case is closed because there is no evidence of foul play, she doesn’t allow that to deter her from trying to figure out what’s going on. Her adventure with Wolf is filled with danger and excitement, as they go across the country and find out exactly how dangerous Queen Levana really is.

Not to mention, back in New Beijing, Emperor Kai is still having to deal with the fallout of Cinder’s incident at the Royal Ball and keeping Queen Levana’s wrath at bay. Will he be able to hold his own against the Lunar Queen? Or will Earth be attacked and go to war against Luna?

I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next two books! The story is just so intense and I constantly get lost in this world and I just want Queen Levana to lose this battle!  Also, Kai, you are irritating me right now and you need to get better. Here comes Cress!

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator—set in a Star Wars kind of world—Marissa Meyer’s Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Book Overview:

Author: Marissa Meyer | Series: The Lunar Chronicles | Format: Audiobook | Narrated by: Rebecca Soler | Length: 10 hours, 1 minute | Publish Date: January 3, 2012 | Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopian | Literary Awards: Kalbacher Klapperschlange for Altersgruppe 7. -9. Klasse (2015), Pennsylvanian Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee for Young Adults (2014), Lincoln Award Nominee (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2012), Premio El Templo de las Mil Puertas Nominee for Mejor novela extranjera perteneciente a saga (2012) | Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★  | Recommend: HECK YES

“We all have our weaknesses.”“I know,” said Iko. “Mine is shoes.” 

Oh. My. Gosh.

I absolutely loved this book. I don’t know why I didn’t take the time to read this before! I think it was probably the length of the book, and I was getting intimidated by the size. Boy, what a huge mistake I made. I can’t believe that I am only now getting to this amazing series.

Technically this story is supposed to be a retelling of Cinderella, in case you couldn’t guess by the title and the leg with the heel on the cover. But if you’re thinking that this is going to be similar to the Disney version, or even the Grimm Brothers’ story, you would be dead wrong. This is nothing like Disney’s Cinderella, and it’s so much better. Yes, there are some elements that are similar: the stepmother and stepsisters, not being allowed to go to the ball and being treated like trash, a handsome prince that Cinderella ends up falling in love with, and all that jazz.

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” 

However, it gets so much better than just a typical love story. Not only is Cinder a freaking cyborg, but she’s also the best mechanic on her side of New Beijing, and that’s how she ends up meeting Prince Kai. She can fix pretty much anything, and when Prince Kai needs his favorite android fixed, he went to her booth in the market. But things start to go downhill when there’s an outbreak in the city, a plague that has a 100% kill rate once you get infected, and somehow her stepsister Peony gets infected. Peony is the only human stepsister that actually likes Cinder -Iko is an android, but she loves Cinder too – and Cinder believes that everything is hopeless. Nobody has ever survived the plague before, and was it her fault that her sister got sick? She certainly thinks so.

So when her evil stepmother sends her away to “volunteer” to be a test subject for the research to find an antidote, she’s basically going to her death.

But she doesn’t die, and that’s where the real fun begins.

Not only is there a plague infecting the Earth, but Queen Levana of Luna (yes, literally the queen of the Moon people) has a plan to either take over the Earth and everyone in it, or go to war with them and destroy them all. What could go wrong, right?

If you haven’t done so already, you seriously have to read it. I loved this book. I couldn’t get enough of it. And it doesn’t end with Cinder! There’s more books! And more people become involved in this amazing adventure. Just trust me, you won’t regret reading it.

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Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction
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