Rating:  3.5 Bright and Shiny Stars out of 5 Book: Scarlet: Book Two of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer Published by: Macmillan Publishers on Feb 5, 2013 Genre(s): Fantasy; YA Literature; Fairy Tale; Science Fiction; Romance; Dystopian Fiction Pages: 512 Format: E-Book Source: Bought on Kindle Fire E-Reader 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

Let’s start off by saying I was completely psyched to start off the second installment of the Lunar Chronicles. I mean the first book of this original series had knocked me right off my feet! I was not expecting such a great story from twisting the famous Cinderella with a cyborg…  So I guess I had pretty high expectations for this book, Scarlet. Unfortunately the beginning of this book did not meet my expectation. For me, it started off very slow and i had an almost immediate dislike of the main character Scarlet, an 18 year old girl who is possibly too feisty and absolutely too whiny. I was excited to see that the author used separate points of views throughout the book, giving me the temporary rest I so desperately need from the many tears and worries of Scarlet. Luckily the rest of the book was not like the first 4 or so chapters and I found myself greatly enjoying not only the story itself but the mental and emotional progression of Scarlet. One HUGE plus for the author is I felt an instantaneous connection with the love interest of Scarlet, Wolf. He definitely made the book a whole lot more interesting to read simply because I was drooling over myself in order to see he and Scarlet end up together! So Cinder and Kai are not together in this book. Kai has very few chapters dedicated to him but I felt that the author was only trying to remind the readers that Kai was still a character in the book. He seemed to not help the book develop at all and instead he was used as more of a spacer. Although, in these chapter we are given great insight into the mind of the hot and interesting Emperor Kai. Just because Kai was not side by side with Cinder in this book, doesn’t mean that Cinder was going at it alone! That’s right, we are introduced to the charismatic and narcissistic felon Thorne. Thorne had my attention from the beginning, and has rightly stolen my heart! He serves as one of my favorite characters in the series thus far. So in conclusion I will say that if you are interested in reading the Lunar Chronicles through, then buy this book. However, if your teetering on the edge on whether or not to read it, my vote is for you to read it. Even though it wasn’t as amazing as the first, I will put my reputation on the line when I say- It is worth it! See ya’ll later!

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