Okay we have the perfect read for these still-cold-but-heading-into-spring days! The fab, futurist, fairy tale-inspired novels from Marissa Meyer—Cinder and Scarlet.

Why read them? Because Cinder and Scarlet may the most smart, entertaining, and creative books you’ll read this year.

We caught up with amazing author Marissa Meyer to get the inside scoop on this new release (and all the crushworthy guys we’ll meet up with inside!)

The Story: Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a part human/part cyborg girl with a mysterious past. She’s been thrown in prison and is trying to escape—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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

To read an excerpt, click here.