My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"This is not the fairytale you remember.
But it’s one you won’t forget.
Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.
Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.
As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner . . ." -Goodreads.com
I have no idea what I was expecting, but this book has exceeded anything I would have expected.
This storyline is connected with Cinder so fluidly I could have easily read them back to back (as I'm sure some people have.) In this book we learn more about Cinder's past and how she got to where and how she is. As Cinder and Scarlet fight through separate battles they each learn about their ancestry and find their strengths; Cinder discovers useful ways to use her powers, Scarlet discovers how strong of a will she has. This story of Scarlet's persistent search for her Grandmother brings into light many more answers regarding Cinder, and leaves us with many questions as well. Her search brings her into the company of an organization called LSO, as she meets Wolf and learns of the secrets her Grandmother has kept from her all her life.
"Something so big. Something so important. And her grandma had kept it from her." (231)
Queen Levana is even more furious and plans to take her revenge out on the world. The only way to quell her fury is to either execute Cinder, or marry Emperor Kai and take on the world. As her threat becomes more serious and a reality, the catalyst is brought in to make Cinder stronger and more willing to protect the Emperor and the world.
"This was the stuff of nightmares and horror stories told to keep children from misbehaving." (278)
In all I love how this book brought Cinder and Scarlet together to incorporate girl power, and create a greater protagonist towards the Lunar Queen and her minions. I recommend it to anyone who love a great adventure mixed with their favorite fairytales, not to mention a wonderful sci-fi aspect. I'm very much looking forward to Cinder and Scarlet's continuation in their adventure in Cress.
First Line: "Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind The Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: Comm received for mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons.'" (3)
Last Line: "'And then I'm going to stop hiding.'" (452)
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Paperback, UK, 452 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Puffin (first published February 5th 2013)
ISBN: 0141340231 (ISBN13: 9780141340234)