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Scarlet Book Review | Lunch-Time LibrarianSynopsis.

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling instalment 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.

This is the SECOND book in the series, to read my reviews of the other books see: Cinder (Book 1)

The Good Bits.

Some new major characters were introduced in this novel including Scarlet and Wolf, based on the fairy tale characters Red Riding Hood and Wolf. If Red Riding Hood was rough, tough and spunky and if the Wolf was an adorably awkward street fighter. I ADORED Wolf. I personally find shy and awkward male characters more likable than the bad-boy type. Scarlet was great as a strong female character, though sometimes I found her to be a little too spunky. In any case, her commitment to finding and saving her grandmother was admirable and appreciated. And the addition of a romantic couple that actually do romantic things was a nice change of pace.

And finally Marissa brought in the lovable comedic relief that I was looking for. Iko is fantastic, but there’s something extra lovable about Captain Carswell Thorne—an ex-millitary soldier imprisoned for stealing a ship who Cinder meets in jail. Captain Thorne is also great as a character for Cinder to bounce off of, and she becomes a little more amicable as a result. Speaking of Cinder, her perspective still appears throughout the novel which is great because I wasn’t ready to stop reading about her.

This second book also deepens the mystery of Cinder’s background and, surprisingly, does a bit of digging into Levana’s history. The more you read of Scarlet the more you’ll start to think that everything that’s happening is a conspiracy. But it keeps you on your toes and isn’t predictable in the ways that some aspects of the first novel were.

Sour Grapes.

My only gripe with this novel, is that I almost felt like Levana was in God-mode. How many things can you plan without anyone noticing? How far can your control reach. It just felt like she had all this power and yet she still couldn’t find Cinder. Like… what?

The Last Bite.

Scarlet is another wonderful addition to The Lunar Chronicles. The strength of this book is definitely the characters, and every time someone new appeared they were rounded and likable which isn’t all that common in books.

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