13206760The next installment of The Lunar Chronicles stars more of our childhood favorites – Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

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.

Like the synopsis says, we encounter our favorite cyborg, Cinder, in this book as well. Thank goodness she didn’t just disappear because the first book left us at a real cliffhanger. We also see Queen Levana yet again…I know she wants to become empress and take over the world, but she’s making a big deal over one sixteen year old Lunar “fugitive” that didn’t even know she was a Lunar! If you read the first book you are well aware of why Queen Levana wants our precious Cinder dead. But still, the over dramatic behavior is unnecessary since the Queen is the only one that knows the truth. And poor Prince/Emperor Kai! He has to put up with Queen Levana and her threats to start war because the cyborg fugitive escaped. Cinder is also on the run with “Captain” Carswell Thorne on a stolen American Republic spaceship.

Scarlet and Wolf’s story is a little different than the original. Scarlet and her grandmother are farmers in France, while Wolf is a street fighter and “former” gang member. There are times when he seems like a great guy when he becomes extremely protective of Scarlet, even after she shoots him. Part of you even hopes at the chance of a budding romance between Scarlet and Wolf. But something still never seemed right with Wolf. Does he really have Scarlet’s best interest at heart, or was he really hiding the Big Bad Wolf deep down? You’ll just have to read the book to find out that answer.

I was hooked but wondered where the story connected Cinder and Scarlet, since the first half of the book flips between their two stories. It wasn’t until Scarlet learns some disturbing information regarding her lineage and grandmother’s past, that some of the dots were connected. And boy, do they fit! Marissa Meyer is a literal genius when it comes to retelling our favorite fairy tales! I look forward to reading Cress next! Happy reading lovelies!


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