Thursday, July 3, 2014

Book Review: The Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet

                                                           Scarlet Review
Scarlet is the second book of The Lunar Chronicles series and it not only continues with Cinder's story but it also introduces us to Scarlet and tells her story as well. Scarlet's story is based off of Little Red Riding Hood and I think that her story was a really interesting take on that. Scarlet Benoit is a farmer from Rieux, France who's grandmother has went missing but no one will believe that foul play was involved in her grandmother's disappearance so Scarlett vows to stop at nothing to rescue her grandmother. Scarlett soon finds out that her grandmother was taken by a group known as the order of the pack who are a group of genetically engineered Lunars who are made to be similar to wolves. Scarlett with the help of Wolf a former member of the pack travel to Paris to find the pack's headquarters in hopes to get Scarlett's grandmother back.

Meanwhile Cinder makes her escape from jail and she is joined by Captain Thorne who's jail cell she landed in during her escape so she has little choice but to bring him along with her which turned out to be a good thing since because of his past as a smuggler he had a stolen ship that they could use for their get away. On their escape Cinder has had to use her Lunar powers which she doesn't really understand how to use or feel completely comfortable about using them as well as come to terms with the fact that she is in fact Princess Selene and that it's up to her to stop Queen Levana. I liked the odd friendship that ended up developing between Cinder and Thorne and I liked how Scarlett's grandmother was what ended up linking Cinder's and Scarlett's stories.

I also loved the character of Wolf who could be rather shy and sweet but could also be pretty violent and ruthless as well and I really enjoyed the relationship that ended up developing between him and Scarlett through out their journey together. I really liked how we saw Prince Kai having to deal with the fallout of Cinder's escape and that it was shown that while he doesn't really know how he could possible trust Cinder at all that there are still clearly some feelings there although he does his best to ignore them for the good of the Common wealth.

I overall loved Scarlett it was two great stories and I loved how the two stories intersected with each other at the end. I loved both the returning characters and the new characters that were brought in this book. I thought this was a great sequel and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Please tell me your thoughts on this book.

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