review: scarlet by marissa meyer

13206760Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Published February 5th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance, science fiction

links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

overall rating: 4/5★

Goodreads summary:

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.

Essentially Scarlet is the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood who lives with her grandma on a farm in France. Scarlet is fiercely protective of her grandma and she isn’t afraid of saying what is on her mind. She pays no mind to prejudices and has strong principles.

This novel is much more action packed than Cinder.  It feels like they’re on a treasure hunt. Rather than finding objects, they are searching for people and gathering their crew together. It was so fun seeing their paths cross and finding each other admist of all the chaos. The way their lives intertwined and the descriptions of the world was so well done.

The romance between Scarlet and Wolf was developing really well, but it was a little instant attraction in some parts which at the same time was cute but wasn’t necessary. Perhaps it had to be done so that there wasn’t so much of a struggle in the romance department because who knows how Cinder and Kai are going to be like.

I didn’t feel as connected to Scarlet or Wolf for that matter as I did with Cinder because while there was time to fully follow Cinder, there wasn’t enough time to be fully introduced to Scarlet and Wolf as much as I would like to. That was a tiny problem I had with the book. Other than that, the book was so well written and I was as invested to the story as much as I was with Cinder. I enjoyed how Marissa Meyer connected the end of each book to the next book in the series, it made reading the next book really smooth interesting without making it an agonzing cliffhanger.

Let me know what you feel about Scarlet because I would love to know!


“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”


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