Re-read & Review #4 – Part 2: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Posted February 13, 2014 by Bee in Memes & Features, Reviews / 3 Comments

Re-read & Review #4 – Part 2: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet


by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Pages: 452
Published on February 5th 2013
by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Cinder, Cress, Cress, Fairest, Winter

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.

4.5 Stars

This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series, Cinder. So if you haven’t read that one yet… Well… you should have done so by now.

Now this is how you write a sequel. It doesn’t even come close to the Second Book Syndrome. No, Scarlet looks that thing right in the eyes and laughs. And it was even better than the first book! It makes me even more excited to start Cress and I’m sure when I’ve read that one, I will cry and sob for days because of how long I will have to wait in pure agony for Winter.

Scarlet is, as you might know by now, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. In it, we meet Scarlet Benoit, a young girl whose grandmother is missing. The police have already closed the case and Scarlet doesn’t have anyone who could help her. Until she meets Wolf, a street fighter. She doesn’t want to trust him, but she has no other choice because Wolf seems to know more about her grandmother disappearance then he lets on. While all that is going on, Cinder escapes from prison with the help of Captain Thorne, who is too charming for his own good. She’s now the most wanted fugitive of the Commonwealth and she needs to find Michelle Benoit, Scarlet’s grandmother.

If I had to be totally honest, Little Red Riding Hood was never my favorite fairy tale. Of course, I didn’t hate it, but I just didn’t love it. You would think I was concerned about that fact when I read about this book at first. Well, I wasn’t. After reading Cinder, I knew Marissa could make me love that fairy tale, or at least her version of it. And she did! I absolutely love it and I love this series so far! Marissa is such a talented author and I really am jealous of her. If I ever am able to write a book half as good as hers are, I’ll be very lucky. She does a great job in this book, making it all come together like this. Yes, there is a bit of recapping the events of Cinder, but if it has been very long since you’ve read it, you might still feel a little lost at times. But it’s worth a re-read, so that’s all good.

One of the other things I really applaud Marissa for, is being able to tell this story from multiple POV’s without it becoming confusing. We have Scarlet’s POV, Cinder’s POV, Kai’s POV and even a bit of Thorne’s and Queen Levana’s POV. And it just makes the story better because it shows different perspectives to everything that happens. And like I said, Scarlet and Cinder’s storylines come together perfectly near the end.

Of course, I still adore Cinder. She’s still so cool and even more badass then in the first book. But really… Scarlet. She’s not a helpless little girl with a red cape thing. She’s a badass chick with a red hoodie and a gun who isn’t afraid to tell you what she thinks. She stands up for what she beliefs in and isn’t quick to judge anyone, probably because she herself is being judged by everyone in the town she lives in. And that does make her similar to Cinder. They’re both just really badass. Oh how I love strong female leads.

But we do need our men every now and then. So I’ll start with the one we already knew from book 1. Kai. I had a love-hate relationship with him in this book. I just wanted him to grow some balls and think for himself. But he is still a handsome prince, so I guess that makes up for it. Then we have Thorne. He’s handsome, charming, a bit arrogant, in love with his ship and you know you should hate him, but you just have to love him because he’s just that cool. And last but not least, we have Wolf. Oh Wolf. I don’t even know how to say just how awesome he is. So read Scarlet and just find out for yourself if you haven’t already because… Sigh. He’s hot.

There is a bit of a romance in this book between Wolf and Scarlet, of course. But it’s really not a big thing because well, there are more important things going on at the moment. There is no Kai-Cinder-Thorne love-triangle, which is awesome because that would suck. I still hate Cinder’s stepmom, who does make an appearance in this book. And Levana is evil and I hate her too.

I’m so excited to read Cress because I know it will be awesome. This is the perfect example of how a sequel should be written and how it can be even better than the first book. If you loved Cinder, you HAVE to read this book too. And if you haven’t done that already, well… WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Buy Cinder and Scarlet and read! And now you can even buy Cress too! You will love it if you love retellings of fairy tales with a sci-fi twist (hell, I didn’t even like Science Fiction that much until I read Cinder). The only downside is that you will have to wait in agony with the rest of us for the last book in the series (*sob*), Winter.

Bee

About Marissa Meyer

MARISSA MEYER is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles series, as well as the graphic novel Wires and Nerve: Vol. 1, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book. Her first stand alone novel, Heartless, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters.

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3 responses to “Re-read & Review #4 – Part 2: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

  1. Awesome review Bieke. I have read Cinder and loved it. I do have my eye on this book and it sounds like it would be just as good. Thanks again and have a great weekend.

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