Scarlet- The Lunar Chronicles book 2

Rating: 4/5

Scarlet is the second book in Marissa Meyers’ series, The Lunar Chronicles. I am here to say, I FINALLY finished this book! It only took me FOREVER to finish it. I have already finished Cress, the third book (which in my opinion was much better). I loved Cinder and thought it was a remarkable take on a classic fairytale.

When I first started Scarlet I was worried it wouldn’t pick up where Cinder left off, and if you don’t read anything about the book before starting it, you’re going to feel like the two books will not connect when you first start. Lucky for you, I already made that mistake and am here to tell you, they do connect in the most amazing way.

I have been trying to figure out why I didn’t like this book as much as I liked Cinder. I cannot really come up with anything. The writing was still wonderful and the story was interesting and engaging throughout. I definitely like Cinder better as a character than Scarlet (admittedly Iko is my favorite), which may be why I liked the book focused primarily around Cinder better than a book focused largely on Scarlet. However, I can’t really say this is a very good reason because Cinder is in this book a lot as well.

To sum up my feelings about this book: it is a good book, but not as good its predecessor.

Do I still recommend you read it? Of course! You should read every single one of these books! I would still read it again, even though it wasn’t my favorite.

BIG Spoiler ahead!!!

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The Raven King

The Raven King is the forth and final book in The Raven Cycle written by Maggie Stiefvater.   I LOVED this series and encourage anyone curious about starting the series to read my review of the first book, The Raven Boys.

I am honestly going to tell you, it took me awhile to determine how I felt about this book, and consequently, the end of the series. It was ALMOST fairy-tale like, where Blue and the boys almost got everything they wanted, but yet again, it was not exactly a perfect ending by any means.

Spoilers Ahead!!

 

 

 

 

I love how there are different types of relationships in this book. If it wasn’t for Cabeswater, I don’t think Adam and Ronan would have made a good match (I am sure a lot of people out there disagree with me on this). I do think that their connection through Cabeswater was something that they couldn’t quite share with anyone and therefore drew them together.

My favorite part of this entire book was how well she wrapped everything up. The events all came full circle. As his final act, Noah slips back in time and whispers in Gansey’s ear, “You will live because of Glendower. Someone else on the Ley line is dying when they should not, and so you will live when you should not.” What started Gansey off on his journey to find Glendower and meet his friends, is Noah’s end, his last act.

Throughout the book, a huge theme is death and resurrection. Noah gave up his life for Gansey, Gansey gave up his life to stop the third sleeper from fully waking, Cabeswater gives itself up for Gansey and pieces him back together with pieces of his friends. I’d argue to say true friendship and sacrifice is an underlying theme throughout the entire series. Other people have also said that it makes sense why Gansey said it just felt rights when he meets Blue, Noah, Ronan, and Adam. Cabeswater put him back together using pieces of his friends, therefore it was like finding pieces of his own soul when he found each of them. Again, the circularity of time is simply beautiful and amazing in this book! Almost comparable to Doctor Who (a TV series you should definitely watch).

 

It took me a long time to digest this book and how I felt about it, but after doing research, I think I absolutely love how it ended and how it wrapped up. The saddest part to me was Noah. I really wanted him to be able to have a second shot at life. But his sacrifice ultimately got him justice, which is what he truly deserved  This is why I said it was almost a fairy-tale ending, but not quite.

 

 

Happy Reading,

Moriah

Graceling

Graceling  is a young adult fantasy novel written by Kristin Cashore. The essence of this book is that people with two different colored eyes, denoted as gracelings, have special abilities or powers that the normal people fear. The main character, Katsa, has the grace of killing. Her Uncle, who is her caregiver, is the king of the Middluns. He uses her power for his own selfish desires. Katsa meets the Lienid prince Po, who happens to be Graced. He and Katsa set out on a journey to find Po’s Aunt and Niece. On the way, Katsa learns some interesting things about her Grace, and starts to questions what she’s been told her whole life.

I am slowly turning into a young adult fantasy junkie. This book was unique to most things I have read. I love how Kristin Cashore takes something like heterochromia iridis (cool medical term for people with two different colored eyes), and turns it into a super-power-like phenomenon. Not only is this cool for kids who have this genetic varriation and may get picked on in school for it, but it’s also just a neat, original idea that makes for a neat, original story.

The writing in this book was amazing. The plot moves a little slowly in some places, but I promise if you slow down and take in the descriptions of the people and places Po and Katsa meet and see during their travels, you’ll really enjoy the book! Just grind through the slow parts and I promise the book is worth the read. The ending isn’t a super fairytale-like ending, which is what I may love most about this book.

 

Happy Reading!

Moriah