Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Written By: Kellie - May• 26•13

scarlet by marissa meyer

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publish Date: February 5th, 2013
Source: ARC

Rating: 4/5 – Still in love with this Earthen/Lunar version of our world.

Synopsis: 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.

Thoughts: It took me a long time to read Cinder, but when I finally did, I fell SO in love–with this world, with Marissa Meyer’s writing. With all of it. Then came Scarlet. The stars just did not align for me and this book. Not that I didn’t like it, because it was great. When I first got the ARC, I didn’t have time to read it. Then once I started, it went missing for over a week (somehow hidden under a pile of laundry) which really broke apart the story. Ahh, well… I guess I’ll just have to reread it.

So… getting down to details. I wasn’t sure what to think when I first read that book two wouldn’t be all about Cinder, but it worked. I really liked Scarlet as a red riding-hood character and how her introduction opened up the world. I was less convinced on the Wolf element though, and could never really get behind that character. The wolf concept here seemed a little forced, but I’m happy enough to overlook that for a great story.

Cinder is still my absolute favorite. Love her. I also really enjoyed her rag-tag gang in this one. I hope she continues to be a main character in the coming books rather than just continuing to split the focus between a growing cast of characters. The description for the next book says it will feature Cinder and Repunzel though, so we should be all set for all kinds of awesomeness.

I don’t want to wait until February. :(

Scarlet is also available in audiobook, and Macmillan Audio has kindly provided a clip for us to check out- Scarlet Audiobook Clips

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