Scarlet. Marissa Meyer. Young Adult/Sci-fi/Retelling. Published February 5th 2013 by Feiwel and Friends. 452 pages. [Source: Bought as paperback from Fullybooked]
“But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”
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.
Scarlet starts right where we ended in Cinder. The story is just as epic, and it’s just as fun. I love how we get chapters from Cinder’s view point and that of new characters, such as Scarlet’s.
I love how we got do dive back into Marissa Meyer’s unique world and that everything just got bigger and crazier! You delve into the aspects of the series where you wouldn’t find anywhere else but in Scarlet and Wolf’s story. I thought that their story was fantastic. However, I do ship Kai and Cinder more.
This book is an A+ for me. The world gets bigger, the plot develops even further, the romance sizzles even more, and the characters get even better! This by no means is a filler novel, and it’s a great preparation for what’s to come in Cress.
I rate this book
Scarlet is the second book of The Lunar Chronicles and a new plot line is introduced alongside many more characters. Scarlet is a loose retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and from the characters alone we can see it. We have Scarlet as Red Riding Hood (who never removes her red cape/hood), Grand-mere as her grandmother, and Wolf as… well… the wolf.
I admit that I liked this book the least out of the 4 in the series. I admit to mostly skimming the parts of Scarlet and Wolf. Maybe it was because they were my least favorite ship out of the 4? Maybe it was because I pictured Wolf more of as Beast from Beauty in the Beast instead of being more…. Jacob Black? Who knows!
The POV switches from two plots: Cinder’s and Scarlet’s. I was really irked with the constant switching because at this point in the series, their paths haven’t crossed yet. So it was as if I was reading 2 completely different books and I wasn’t entirely thrilled about that idea.
The plot progressed since we see a glimpse of what will happen in Cress and we see how Cinder is coming out of her shell and is coming to accept the truth of what was revealed to her.
Sadly, I only rate this book between 2-3 stars. I really didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would. 😦 BUT FRET NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!! CRESS AND WINTER!!!!!!!! MY SAVIOURS!!!!! Get ready.