FOUR POINT FIVE STARS
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.
I really enjoy where this series is going, and what its turned out to be. In Scarlet Cinder has come to terms with who she is and what she has to do next. The characters are charmingly fleshed out enough, so that no part of the book comes off as filler. The frazzled emotions involved come across loud and clear, but the occasional humor keeps the book light-hearted. Ms. Meyer has once again merged a fairy tale with enough action, sci-fi and adventure to keep every reader entertained, and transform it into her own.“I lied to you about a lot of things....but I meant every apology.”
The only part of this book I couldn't enjoy as much as I wanted to was the romance. As a admitted non-romance fan, parts of what's described comes off as overly mushy and cliche. For example: Wolf’s eyes saddened. “I know. You’ll do what you have to do.” Peeling her hands off his shoulders, he placed a sweet kiss against her wrist, where the blood pulsed beneath her skin. “And so will I.” While this sets a nice scene, I can't help but think that it's very unrealistic. My engagement with the narrative breaks whenever I eye roll in disbelief, and that's why I couldn't give the book five stars. However that likely won't be the case for many other readers, so not enough to take too much from the overall rating.
Definitely a enjoyable read, which plot develops in ways I didn't expect. If you enjoyed Cinder you should definitely continue with the series, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment. I cared about what happens next throughout, and would have finished it much quicker if I could.
“It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognized it as abuse.”
My Other Reviews for the Series:
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Fairest: Levana's Story (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)