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Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Thoughts: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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.

**Arc received from Raincoast books for my honest review**

When Marissa Meyer's Scarlet first came to me I was nervous. Mostly because I wasn't sure what to expect. While I had read Cinder and really enjoyed, the novel was absolutely out of my comfort zone. I don't generally read sci fi and Cinder was sci fi completely. But I loved the book (you can see how much here).  So, while I was excited for Scarlet I was unsure I would like it as much as Cinder.

Let me tell you now, I LOVED Scarlet. It was absolutely fantastic. I am completely enthralled with this series.

What I liked the most about Scarlet was the new story. Don't get me wrong, Scarlet picks up right where Cinder left off, but it adds a new piece to the story and that piece was well done. I don't want to give to much away about the story. However I will say that the telling of the two stories, both Scarlet and Cinder's were seamless. The dual point of views was perfect and never confusing. I found that it made the story that much more fun to read. It was also really entertaining trying to figure out where everything connected.

What I also really liked about Scarlet, which I also really liked about Cinder were the characters. Meyer introduces us to a slew of new characters in Scarlet. The most obvious being Scarlet herself- I really liked her character. She was feisty, determined and strong. She is exactly the kind of female protagonist I like to see in young adult novels. Her love interest, Wolf was an interesting character and I could never fully understand what he was up to. He was very mysterious and it was lot of fun trying to figure him out. Than there was Throne, Cinder's travelling companion. He is easily the funniest character of the whole novel. The majority of the characters in Scarlet are pretty serious and Throne was definitely the comic relief. I am looking forward to reading more about him and I have read that he as a more prevalent role in Cress.

There were a number of other new characters in Scarlet and they were all really fantastic. And it was really a pleasure to read about them all.

Marissa Meyer is a wonderful writer and both of her novels were absolute gems. If you think that sci fi isn't your thing I would suggest giving the Cinder and Scarlet a try. They are futuristic re-tellings of your favourite fairy tales and they are done so well all I can do is gush about how much I loved them. I can't wait until I get to read Cress and find out what's in store for the girls and their friends.

Scarlet hits shelves February 5th- so don't miss out.

~Happy Reading Everyone!


  1. Great review! I loved Cinder and am so looking forward to reading Scarlet. I've been hearing nothing but great things about it! :)

  2. Lovely review!!!
    I wasn't so crazy about Cinder but I'm pretty interested in the trilogy still : D

  3. I am looking forward to Scarlet SOO much. If Scarlet is even half as good as everyone is saying it is, then I am officially promoting this series into my top #5 series ever. Cinder was one of my favorite books I ever read, and I've heard Scarlet is even better. So. Excited.

  4. I haven't read Cinder as I'm slightly wary of the hype but your review convinced me that sci-if can be very very exciting!! Wow, I wonder what that "new story" added into Scarlet will be, and I'm so eager to meet all these characters, great review :D

    Book a World

  5. Meyer sounds great at writing and making us love the characters. I still haven't read the first, but probably will.
    Lovely review.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. Now I can't wait to read Scarlet, even though I have yet to read Cinder! Love your review and that Cinder offers a story for ever new character additions and story expansions that are just as much fun as the original part of the story:)

  7. Ooh yes, I absolutely loved Cinder and Scarlet!! I actually want to re-read Scarlet once my finished copy arrives, although I know that'll make me want the next book so badly.

  8. I am hesitating reading Cinder for just the reasons you stated. I'm not really into Sci-Fi, yet everyone raves about this book. I know I have to read it soon b/c now everyone's raving abot Scarlet as well. I do like how thoght it's a "sequel", it's a whole new story.


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