Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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In the second book of the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder finds herself trapped in prison and scheduled for execution at the hands of Lunar queen, Levana. What’s more, she was recently told that, not only is she Lunar, but she is (allegedly) the lost Lunar princess, Celene. In another part of the world, Scarlet Benoit is searching for her grandmother. She finds a mysterious stranger, Wolf, who claims he wants to help, but the more involved he becomes, the more complicated Scarlet’s path gets. Scarlet finds that her grandmother has secret ties to the Lunars, a discovery that only confuses her more. As Scarlet attempts to connect the threads of her grandmother’s past, Cinder struggles to break out of prison and find the truth in her identity. Unbeknownst to each girl, their paths will soon cross in most unexpected ways.

Can’t lie — this was NOT my favorite book in this series. I LOVE Cinder, but Scarlet was just so boring to me.  I really needed less of her chapters. Once their paths start to intertwine, things start to pick up and get much better, but it takes a while to get there. However, as much as I was bored with Scarlet, I loved reading the parts with Levana. She’s just so evil! I’m very excited to see what happens with her in the next books. It will be quite satisfying to see Cinder bring her down. So, while I wasn’t impressed with this one, I care about the characters enough to keep going.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

 

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In the fourth book of the Throne of Glass series, Celeana (Aelin) returns to Ardalan to defeat the king and release his hold on the world’s magic. But first, she has some scores to settle. She must avenge her former love, Sam’s, death, eliminate the King of the Assassins, and figure out a way to fund her fledgling army. In her path are the monstrous Valg, controlled, of course, by the corrupted king. Dorian, who may have been Aelin’s ally, is tightly imprisoned in a Valg prince collar, and of no help to either Aelin’s or his own people. Somehow, with the few rebels who assist her, Aelin must rise above her enemies to free Ardalan and reclaim her throne in Terrassen.

So this series is fantastic, but this was not my favorite book. I gave it a high rating because the ending really picks up — but it takes so long to get there. Honestly, most of this book is set-up that we don’t really need. If it just would have been shorter, it would have been so much better. I hope this doesn’t deter you from reading it, though! The ending is totally worth it and I’m super excited for the next books — not least of all because I have to see who Aelin winds up with! And read more of Manon — duh. And imagine ways I can make Aelin’s wardrobe a reality. And….

Rating: 4/5 

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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In the sequel to City of Bones, Clary is adjusting to her new life as a shadowhunter. Now that she’s learned some of the secrets of her family history, some relationships have changed irrevocably. In fact, life has changed for all shadowhunters. Jace must convince the Clave that, though he is Valentine’s son, he is not loyal to his father. Simon, as always, wrestles with his feelings for Clary as well as his role in her new existence. And, all the while, Valentine hides in seclusion, plotting and planning his next attempt on the Clave. Once again, it is up to Clary, Jace, and the other shadowhunters to anticipate his next move and to stop him — all while outrunning the Clave’s inquisitor.

Another great book in the Mortal Instruments series! I have to say that the Jace/Clary pairing still freaks me out after this book, but I’m hoping there’s some stuff about their family history readers still don’t know. Other than that, this book has tons of action, lots of twists, and is an entertaining read from start to finish. If you liked the first book, definitely keep reading!

Rating: 4/5 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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The resented adopted daughter of a once wealthy family, Cinder must earn her keep in the family by working as a mechanic. But though Cinder is exceptional at her job, it is still impossible to earn her stepmother, Audrey’s, favor. First, Audrey believes Cinder is the cause of her husband’s death, and, second, because Cinder is a cyborg — part human, part machine. But it’s Cinder’s mechanical capabilities that make her such a great mechanic. So great, in fact, that the prince of the Empire himself comes to ask for Cinder’s help fixing an android. Prince Kai is the most eligible bachelor in the land, and Cinder can’t help but feel drawn to him. She must fight her feelings, though, because a prince could never love a cyborg. What’s more, the evil Queen Levana from planet Luna has arrived to try to stake her claim on Earth. Somehow, Cinder must help the prince, avoid the visiting queen, and escape from her family before it’s too late.

Wow! This one was amazing! I have to confess that I wasn’t sure if I would like the fairy-tale-robot twist, but it was actually really good. Cinder is a great character and one you really want to see win over her enemies. In fact, all of the female characters in this book are amazing. Queen Levana and Audrey are so evil that you just have to love them. And Icho is possibly the most entertaining character I’ve ever read. If you’re looking for a great new Sci-Fi series, this is it!

Rating: 4.5/5

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