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scarlet by marissa meyerWhat: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Who: Puffin

When: February 7th 2013

How: Borrowed from library.

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 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.

4cats2Scarlet was an amazing sequel to Cinder. We were introduced to new characters, new stories, new settings, new everything, and it was refreshing.

I know a lot of people are wary when it comes to the second book in a series – I think there’s even a term (second book syndrome, or something along those lines). I have never quite understood this fear and trepidation, as I have often enjoyed sequels just as much, if not more than the first book. I am happy to say that I enjoyed Scarlet just as much as Cinder.

I loved the introduction of Scarlet herself, and Wolf the best. WOLF. I cannot even comprehend my love for this character. The way Meyer has woven the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood into this epic sci-fi story is kind of unbelievable. I didn’t know how she would tackle LRRH, but she tackled it well. It wasn’t predictable, or slow. It was fast-paced, action-packed, and simply amazing.

Even though Scarlet and Wolf only knew each other for a day or so, I didn’t feel insta-love. The development of their feelings was written into the story so cleverly that I completely believed their feelings for each other, and didn’t feel as if anything had been rushed at all. Only a talented writer could pull that off, and Meyer is nothing if not talented.

Wolf was definitely my favourite character in this novel. I love broken characters, and I love broken love interests even more, and he fits that description perfectly. This book definitely makes it onto the ‘ultimate swoonage’ shelf in my mind, reserved for the book boyfriends that will make me swoon to the max. But, other than the excessive and incessant swooning that went on whilst reading of Wolf, his story was also interesting, and intriguing. I REALLY hope there is a chapter in Cress told from his ‘point of view’ (as much as it can be in third person), because I want to see inside his head, and learn more about him and his predicament. I pretty much just want more of him, but I can veil it in the interest of his background, can’t I?

Scarlet was also an awesome new character in The Lunar Chronicles. She’s strong-willed, won’t take crap from anyone, and is dedicated to her mission of saving her grandmother. Whilst I didn’t love her as much as I love Cinder, I still think she’s a great character, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her, and her story.

I desperately want to know what happens to all of the characters – especially Kai. KAI. *insert wailing noise* I need Cress in my grabby hands right now.

If you cannot tell that I really liked Scarlet, and that I think you should The Lunar Chronicles ASAP, I shall tell you now. Scarlet was awesome, and I loved it, and you should definitely read The Lunar Chronicles. Like, right now.

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Posted on: September 30, 2014 • By: Chiara

11 Responses to Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

  1. punkfarie says:

    Scarlett and Wolf have been my favorite characters in this series (so far. I’m keeping hope for Winter). Really enjoyed this book.

  2. YAY SO GLAD YOU LIKED IT. Honestly I’m more wary of FIRST books than second – usually I warm up to a series by the second book, like with the Throne of Glass books (LOVED Crown of Midnight). Now you definitely need to read Cress – it was my favourite out of the three :D

    • Chiara says:

      I LOVED IT :D

      Yeah, that happened with Throne of Glass and me, too! But usually it’s the other way around, haha.

      Oh, wow! I think I need to read Cress ASAP!

  3. Wolf is one of my favourite characters as well! Scarlet was definitely on par with Cinder and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Cress was even better ;) I can’t wait for you to devour that one :D

  4. EEEEEEP!! SO glad you enjoyed it! And trust me Cress gets EVEN better (I don’t know how Meyer does it) and there’s loads of adorable moments to, especially with Kai and Cress is such a great, funny protagonist, hope you enjoy it!

  5. acps927 says:

    Cress is AMAZING, read it NOW! :)

  6. Sajda says:

    So glad you enjoyed this one! Wolf is soo brilliant — definitely one of my favorite characters in the series.

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