Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner. (From Goodreads)
The Lunar Chronicles are freaking genius. I'm just completely in love and in awe. I spent a long time not reading Cinder. I was pretty sure Cinderella and cyborgs weren't really my thing. But it turns out, when done as well as these books are, it's exactly my thing. And the only thing that makes it better, is when you take a fairy tale I like even more and throw it into the mix.
If possible, I love Scarlet even more than Cinder. Both girls are strong and amazing, but Scarlet is a bit more of a spit fire. She never hesitates to jump head first into things she doesn't know or to let people know exactly what she needs. And Wolf is wonderful, as far as male leads go. He's strong and a little emotionally reserved, but fiercely protective. I adore him.
These lovable characters are so perfect for this beautiful, intricate, and impressive story. I know I'm gushing, but it's hard not to when talking about this book. I mean, I know the Red Riding Hood story and still I kept thinking - How did I not see this coming? It was so full of surprises and twists. I was lulled into a sense of security and then jerked out of it or I wouldn't be able to trust someone completely trustworthy. My emotions were all over the place.
Then there's the amazing way that Scarlet's story weaves with Cinder's. Cinder's story is still progressing and we see her adventures happening a the same time Scarlet is embarking on her mission to find her grandmother. Just about the only predictable thing in this book is that they will meet at some point, but the way they are brought together and the way their stories are linked is just so awesome. Every little bit of the puzzle that fits into place is so satisfying.
I'll probably never be able to completely convey my love for this book, for this series. I definitely can't express how excited I am for Cress, the Rapunzel retelling out next year. Because between finally reading these books and finally watching Tangled, I'm pretty sure there may be so much epic-ness in the third book that it might just explode. I'm so happy, so excited, and so in love with this series - with all that's happened and all that's to come.
I'm also very excited to share a clip of the Cinder audiobook with you! Cinder was really amazing and what I've heard of the audio - it sounds awesome! Definitely something to check out, whether you've read the book or not!