Hello everyone! I am super excited today because Mockingjay Pt. 2 comes out tonight, technically tomorrow is the release but almost every theatre is showing 'advanced night showings' for which I am thankful since I work tomorrow. Yep a group of friends and myself will be going to see the movie and wrap up the series of book to movies. I am beyond stoked, all the trailers and prep, I re-watched Pt. 1 last night (review here), and I am ready to go. While I wait for the day to pass I wanted to focus on something else I love and that is The Lunar Chronicles. I reviewed Cinder last week, here, and today I'd like to continue with book two Scarlet. Spoilers ahead for those who haven't read Cinder yet get on it and come back.
Rating: 5 Stars
In Scarlet we still have all the characters we loved from the first book but we get more characters that pull the story into another retelling of sorts all wrapped in the original. I probably just sucked at explaining that but trust me it works. Scarlet, if you haven't guessed, is Red Ridding Hood. Cinder is still here of course, she's trying to break out of prison and make herself the most wanted fugitive in the world. Still while Cinder works her magic and meets one of my favorite characters ever, Captain Thorne, halfway across the world Scarlet is trying to find her missing grandmother. Turns out grandma had secrets. In her search she meets a street fighter, Wolf, who may have the answers she needs but she doesn't trust the beast even if she is drawn to him as he seems to be to her. Still as they work to recover her grandmother and unravel the secrets of the past they encounter more and more and meet Cinder. Now all of them have to keep on their toes to stay ahead of Lunar Queen Levana and every guard in the Commonwealth while trying to stop Levana from forcing Prince Kai to become her husband and enslaving the world to Levana.
There is a lot happening. Seriously prison breaks, street fights, chases, mysteries, romance, and so much more. I liked the way the new story with Scarlet was blended into Cinders story. I liked the addition and he is pretty bad ass. I like her. I also really liked Wolf. He was so awkward and cute at times it was just adorkable. Plus he kept me on my toes with his…lets say complex nature. But yes Scarlet keeps her head pretty much as she is suddenly faced with her whole life being changed and turned on end and that is always a sign of a badass heroine. Cinder is her normal cyborg mechanic self we love from book one, if anything about her life is normal. Really you just grow to love her more. Oh and I still just adore Iko! But yes back to another new character, Captain Thorne, oh I love that man. To be he is a cross between Hook from Once Upon a Time and Captain Jack Sparrow! The best of both and just sigh…his one liners and comments had me snorting with laughter as I read.
There is constantly something happening, a new discovery and mystery to be revealed so there is not much down time. I liked the continuation and learning more of what Lunar wanted and how both sides were working to achieve their own goals. I also enjoyed the emotional elements throughout the book as well and oh Prince Kai having a chance to see him dealing with Levana and see how torn he is between desire and duty to his people is on point. Oh and Scarlet and her grandmother, made me tear up.
I don't really have much else to say because I'm worried I'd ruin it. Just know I LOVED this book and highly recommend it to everyone! I'd love to hear your thoughts on the series through the first two books so leave them in the comments. Did you see some things coming? Who was your favorite character? I'd love to know.
Until next time…