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Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second installation of the Lunar Chronicles is a darker, more blood thirsty version of Little Red Riding Hood.

Scarlet Benoit is on a mission to find her missing grandmother. The police have abandoned the search and the other residents of their rural farming French town think she is crazy and just ran off. While making a delivery, Scarlet meets Wolf. He is parading around as a street fighter who showed up in town shortly after her grandmother disappeared. It’s not until later that Scarlet finds out how appropriate his name is and the real reason he showed up in town.

On the other side of the world, Cinder is in the process of escaping from prison. Now that she knows who she really is and even worse, Levana knows, escaping from prison is literally a matter of life and death. Once free, she puts all of her energy into trying to find anyone from her past who can shed some light what happened. The only link she can find is a woman by the name of Michelle Benoit.

Scarlet and Cinder’s search for Michelle causes their paths to cross. At the same time Levana uses Cinder’s escape to use the genetically altered soliders she had planted around the world to openly attack. Cinder must come to a decision, does she finally live her life for her or does she take action to step into the role she was meant to be in?

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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Melissa Meyer has turned the beloved, glitzy fairytale of Cinderella into a grimy futuristic tale full of conspiracy, manipulation, and otherworldly oppression. In this version of Cinderella, people called Lunars live on the moon, Cinderella goes by Cinder, and not only is she a mechanic but she’s also a cyborg. The prince is the crown prince of the Eastern Commonwealth. They meet when Prince Kai goes to Cinder to have her fix his beloved android Nansi.

The evil Queen Levana of Luna wants to be an empress and/or takeover the Earth. Cinder gets word of Levana’s plot of kill Kai after she gets him to agree to marry her. She must decide if she wants to warn Kai or finally make her escape from the life she never wanted. Kai is looking for the long lost Princess Selene, true ruler of Luna. If Selene can be found, the world will be safe from Levana. The only problem is that Selene is thought to have been killed in a nursery fire eleven years ago.

The world has been suffering from a fatal disease that has killed millions over the past decade. The origins of the disease and the search for the antidote reveals a secret that Cinder never knew about herself that could possibly change the fate of the world.

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A Discovery of Witches

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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Discovery of Witches is the first installment of the All Souls Trilogy. The story offers a little history, magic, romance, paranormal, and mystery; a wonderful combination of Harry Potter and Romeo and Juliet, with a drop of Black Dagger Brotherhood thrown in for the fun of it. The two main characters are star crossed lovers in that they share a forbidden love between them. Diana is a witch who has long denied her heritage and power. Matthew is a 1500 year old vampire and leader of a secret order that the world has forgotten about.

This book is drenched in science, history, and characters but that lends the characters a bit of depth and normalcy that makes them seem more real since they clearly have jobs, obligations, and overbearing families like the rest of us. The supporting cast of characters is extensive but they each play an important role in Diana and Matthew’s lives and subsequent journey. We follow Diana and Matthew on their journey to accept the feelings they have for each other and the trials and tribulations they face all supposedly because of a book that everyone wants but can’t get.

Be forewarned, this book does leave you hanging, BIG TIME. At the end of this book, the future is uncertain and you can only speculate as to what will happen next. It leaves you yearning to have the second book, Shadow of Night, handy so that you can jump right into it and continue the story.

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