Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles #2
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Number of Pages: 452
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books
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Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 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. 
When I received a copy of Scarlet, I was over the moon to be able to sink my teeth back into the world Marissa Meyer had created. I loved Cinder so much, and the world she had created in the first installment was simply so original and unique. In Scarlet, we are brought back into a world where fairy tales and science fiction collided, creating an amazing story. Where the first book focused mainly on Cinder, the sequel introduces to us Scarlet, a fierce and kick-ass girl inspired by the Red Riding Hood. Yet, fan of Cinder, do not fear, we do get to follow her, and we even get to see what Kai is up to, once in a while.

When I heard that this book was about Scarlet, my biggest concern was about how much we would see Cinder. In the first book, I adored her. How could I not want her back? We do get to see follow her, but the one thing missing for me in this book was the interaction between Kai and Cinder. I love those two together; love the dynamic between them, and not really seeing them together was disappointing.

We do get an interesting relationship between Scarlet and Wolf, but it isn’t as great as the one we had between Cinder and Kai. Still, Scarlet and Wolf we both really interesting characters. Scarlet was this strong and kind of deadly girl, a girl ready to do about everything to save her grandmother. She was in some way so different from Cinder, and this made her really interesting to me. Wolf, on the other end, left me wondering for most of the novel. He is a character full of secrets, making him both interesting and uncertain. Wolf left me interested, but not entirely in love with his character.

Marissa Meyer gives us a strong sequel, which will please the readers of Cinder. She takes us back into the world she created, showing us of it through the eyes of the new characters she has introduced to us. She gives us more information about Cinder’s past through the new characters, which was more than welcome. Overall, an interesting sequel to an amazing novel.




About the Author:
From Macmillan’s Website

Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.










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11 comments:

  1. I missed seeing Cinder and Kai together too but I was more than satisfied with the story we got. I'm so interested to find out what is going to come next.

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    1. It was satisfying, but Cinder and Kai were a highlight of Cinder, so I had hoped to see them together even if only a little.

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  2. Yay, I'm so glad that Cinder is not missing from this book! Two kick-butt heroines now, huh? Can't wait to get my hands on this book! :)

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    1. Hope you'll like it as much as I did! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I have still not read Cinder, but I have been wanting to so much since everyone's raving about it!

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    1. It's a really great series. I highly recommend it.

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  4. I just finished reading Scarlet the other day and I loved it! It's quite funny how we have some contrasting views about it though, despite both really enjoying the book - I actually preferred Scarlet and Wolf's relationship to Kai and Cinder's (although they are very cute together <3 ) and I actually thought Scarlet and Cinder were very similar in character!
    Great review, though, it was nice to hear your thoughts!

    Catherine :)
    The Book Parade

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    1. I agree that Scarlet and Cinder do share similar characteristic, but it's their stories, their past, that are different. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I almost missed seeing Kai and Cinder together in Scarlet. But I have to say I absolutely loved Scarlet (the character), maybe even more than Cinder (maybe). I am glad you liked this book. I really liked it as well. I can't wait to see what's in store next.

    Sara @ Just Another Story

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    1. I can understand why you liked Scarlet better. She's a really great character, but I just loved Kai and Cinder together too much not to be disappointed in that. I definitely can't wait to read what will happen next! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. What an excellent, well thought out, clean and well written series! Good for adults and teens! I read lot of ya and most of it seems hastily put together without satisfactory character development or world building, but Ms. Meyer has put out a story that is really worth reading, twice even. Bravo!
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