The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet & The Queen's Army) | Series Halfway Review

This review contains no spoilers and no reference to events or character information that may ruin your reading pleasure.

Marissa Meyer

Book 1 of the 'Lunar Chronicles' series

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one know that Earth's fate hinges on one girl...

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly find herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

Cold Tea and Crumbs rating:  Cinder ★★★☆

Marissa Meyer

Book 2 of the 'Lunar Chronicles' series

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...

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 Wold, 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 Wold 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.

Cold Tea and Crumbs rating:  Scarlet ★★★

The Queen's Army
Marissa Meyer

Book 1.5 - Accompanying short story for the 'Lunar Chronicles' series

It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen's army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. They boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen - and to himself - that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.

Cold Tea and Crumbs rating:  The Queen's Army ★★★

Recommended for those who enjoy:
fairytales with a twist, romance, royalty woes, self-discovery, supernatural becomings, blossoming love, freedom from being stuck in one place, fantasy fiction

My thoughts:

Over to you:
Have you read Cinder, Scarlet or The Queen's Army, what did you think of them?
Enjoyed reading them or disliked them?
Whose is your favourite character?
How do you think the story will develop in Cress (due 2014), book 3 of the Lunar Chronicles?

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