BOOK 1: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
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 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.
While at first I hated how on the nose it was about which fairy tale this book is… because I loved how cleverly the elements appeared in Cinder… I mean in the first chapter you meet Scarlet in a red hood whose grandmother is missing and suddenly a guy named Wolf shows up, who may or may not have anything to do with the missing grandmother… but it ended up having a lot of twists and insane surprises that it turned out an amazing book… There was a good balance in the story between Scarlet and Cinder and what was happening with both of them… it was interesting how it all ended up coming together and knowing more about Cinder’s past… Thorne also added a nice bit of humor to the tale while Wolf helped give more insight into the Lunar life… altogether it was a great next step…