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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 was fascinated by Cinder’s story and surprised when I got to the end of it. Because, while it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, Cinder’s story is far from being over! I was worried about how we would learn more about Cinder’s story when Scarlet’s story was being told next. Well, I had absolutely nothing to worry about, because while this story is about Scarlet, it’s still very much Cinder’s story too. Bringing back old beloved characters from book one, as well as some fascinating new additions to the cast, Scarlet was one one hell of a sequel!
This time around, Meyer tackles the story of The Little Red Riding Hood, while adding her own fun twist to it of course. When Scarlet’s grandmother goes missing, Scarlet knows that her grandmother is in danger. She’s determined to find her but with the authorities so quick to rule her disappearance as a run away case, Scarlet is on her own. That is, until she meets the mysterious Wolf. Scarlet knows that Wolf is somehow connected to her grandmother’s disappearance and she convinces him to help track her down. Despite all the danger these two are up against, the undeniable attraction between Scarlet and Wolf is hard to ignore! And wowza, is their chemistry intense!
Meanwhile, Cinder is on the run from Queen Levana only this time she has gained a new companion. Captain Thorne was such a fantastic addition to this book! Although I was a little bit worried at first because I though he would be a new love interest for either Cinder or Scarlet, I was so happy to fiind out that not only is there no love triagle, but I LOVED the friendship that developed between Cinder and Thorne. So many of my favorite highlighted quotes were Thorne scenes. While Scarlet is off looking for her grandmother with Wolf’s help, Cinder and Thorne are busy trying to stop the war Levana is determined to bring. Eventually, their paths cross and this is a moment of pure brilliance! I loved the way Meyer pulled this off seamlessly.
We get to see Cinder and Scarlet’s POV’s as well as a few other characters, mostly Kai. Usually, I don’t like anything more than two narrators, but this author definitely knows what she’s doing and the two storylines and multiple POV’s somehow worked for this story. Scarlet was such a fun character to read about! She was feisty and fearless and a perfect match for Wolf and his standoffish attitude. Putting all these different personalities together makes for some hilarious moments when they finally all meet. I love how the Little Red Riding Hood similaries were woven into the story, making even the smallest detail (like Scarlet’s red hoodie) that much more special. And can I just say how much I love that these books don’t end with a cliffhanger? Don’t get me wrong, because despite the cliffy ending, you will be left desperately wanting to get your hands on the next book! Luckily, I was able dive right into Cress after finishing this. I thought Cinder would be hard to top, but Scarlet surpassed all my expectations! I can’t wait to read more! And of course, I can’t get enough of Iko!
Audiobook Comments: Wow, I know I already gushed about Rebecca Soler’s amazing performance in my review of Cinder, but she blew me away with her performance in Scarlet. This is hands down the best narrator I’ve heard! She doesn’t just tell you the story, she bring it and all of the characters to life! It amazes me how she has a distinct voice for every character and how she can make them sound so completely different from each other. Her Scarlet voice was by far my favorite. I love how she gave her a slight french accent but still managed to make her sound tough and kick ass. With narration as good as this, this series deserves to be heard on audio! Want to win an audiobook copy of Cinder, Scarlet or Cress? Enter my giveaway here!
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Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Scarlet:
“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.”
“I don’t like to think of it as ‘stolen’. They have no proof that I didn’t plan on giving it back.”
“You’re kidding, right?”
He shrugged. “You have no proof either.”
She squinted back at him. “Were you planning on giving it back?”
“Wolf’s eyes saddened. “I know. You’ll do what you have to do.” Peeling her hands off his shoulders, he placed a sweet kiss against her wrist, where the blood pulsed beneath her skin. “And so will I.”
“But I’m a wanted fugitive, like Cinder.” Thorne continued. “They do realize I’m missing, don’t they?”
“Maybe they’re grateful,” Cinder muttered.”
“When she had gone, Thorne let out a low whistle. “I know, I know. She seems a little”—crossing his eyes, he swirled both fingers around his ears—“but it’s really part of her charm, once you get to know her.”
“I really am sorry for shooting you.”
Her touch lingered as it reached the end of the bandage, checking that it was still securely tied. “What does that mean?”
“I suspect you would shoot me all over again if you thought it would help your grandmother.”
She blinked up at him, almost surprised to discover how close they were standing. “I would,” She said. “But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be sorry about it afterward.”