Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆
Scarlet was descending toward the Alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from th passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: “Comm received for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons.”
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. 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 absolutely loved Cinder so I was really looking forward to the sequel. And for the most part, it didn’t disappoint.
The story and the point of view switched between Scarlet and Cinder. While Cidner’s busy escaping from New Beijing prison and the Lunar queen, Scarlet is worried about her grandmother, who has gone missing.
Looking for her, she encounters the mysterious Wolf, a streetfighter with a past he doesn’t like talking about. At first, I really liked the relationship between Wolf and Scarlet. It was sweet. But then… Wolf just gets really, really creepy. Plus aggressive and that just… doesn’t click with me.
“I know you don’t want to hurt me, Wolf.”
His node bumped against ehr jaw. His breath caressed her collarbone.
“You helped me. You rescued me.”
A steaming tear escaped down her cheek.
The tips of his hair, wild and messy again, brushed against her lips. “Things have changed.”
On the other hand, we get one of the most amazing characters: Thorne. American. Conman. Deserter from the army who stole a ship. Thorne is just so incredibly fun. The banter with Cinder, it’s great!
I loved every scene with him in it.
“These cells aren’t supposed top be occupied,” she said.
She surveyed him for a long moment, her brows knitting together. “Murder?”
His grin grew. “Thank you, but no. I started a riot on the yard.” He adjusted his collar, before adding. “We were protesting the soap.”
Her confusion grew and Thorne noticed that she was still in her defensive stance.
“The soap,” he said again, wondering if she’d heard him. “It’s too drying.”
She said nothing.
“I have sensitive skin.”
Overall, I would have liked the book to focus more on Cinder than on Scarlet. Scarlet’s okay. And I liked her in her own way. But I just didn’t click with her as well as with Cinder.
A nice sequel with some flaws, but an overall great story.