Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review: Scarlet

Title: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: bought

Rating: 5 stars

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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.

It’s no secret that Scarlet has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2013. I bought this book the week it came out but forced myself to wait because I didn't want to plow through and then face the agonizing one-year wait before the next one.

Ye-ah that self-imposed wait did not last very long.

And now that I’ve finished Scarlet, you have NO idea how hard it is to write a coherent review when all I want to do is flail my arms and fangirl about the book. Because it. Was. SO GOOD.

Sorry, couldn't resist some flailing...

In this retelling, Scarlet (our Little Red) has traded in her cape for a functional hoodie and her basket of goodies for a handgun. One that she is not afraid to use, I might add. This girl is a badass. Not to mention tough and stubbornly determined to find her grandmother, no matter who stood in her way. I found Scarlet to be a tougher and more fiery character than Cinder, and I ended up loving her just as much.

 And speaking of characters that I loved....
Wolf. What can I say about Wolf except

He's definitely not what I expected of a Big Bad Wolf incarnation. He was... shy. And quiet. And very adorable. Well. When he's not being an deadly fighter, that is. I can't even find the words to describe him because all I want to do when I think about Wolf is
I'm sorry. I just have a thing for fictional characters...

(I'd highly recommend reading The Queen's Army before Scarlet because it's going to provide a lot more back story to Wolf's character.)

Cinder's adventure is continued in this book and picks up soon after her arrest at the Ball. She manages to escape from prison with the unlikely help from a fellow prisoner, one Captain Carswell Thorne, flirtatious American pilot. Thorne provided some much appreciated comic relief throughout the story, and OH MY GOODNESS, you guys, I am 95% sure he's going to be the love interest featured in the next book! *Squeeeeeee*  >___<

As interested as I was by Scarlet's story, I was still riveted by Cinder's journey. Slowly, she is learning more about her newfound Lunar abilities as well as her past as Princess Selene. Watching Cinder explore her Lunar gift was awesome. I think it'll only be a matter of time before Queen Levana should head for the hills! (Fingers crossed).

Kai's story is continued in Scarlet as well. There weren't enough scenes to fully satisfy my Kai cravings (and don't even get me started on how much it's killing me that he and Cinder are not together!!) but there were just enough moments to keep me appeased. In the glimpses throughout the book, you see him dealing with Levana in the aftermath of Cinder's escape and his own conflicting emotions towards New Beijing's best mechanic.... Basically the result is me in utter agony. Especially after the way this book ended! I swear, Marissa Meyer is trying to kill me with all this anxiety. Evil, evil author.....(just kidding).

If I thought Cinder was amazing (and it totally was) then Scarlet basically took all the awesomesauce that went into writing Cinder and upped the ante, taking readers from the sweet innocence of the Cinderella retelling to a darker and grittier story. The alternating POVs in this story were handled incredibly well, and the way in which Cinder and Scarlet's arcs converged was flawless. Like a puzzle whose pieces are falling together, I'm starting to see how all these different fairytales are interconnected and it is kind of blowing my mind!

All in all:

For the love of all that is good and holy, I need that next book. I can't even bring myself to start another book because my head is still wrapped up in the world of the Lunar Chronicles, yearning to know what happens next. MARISSA MEYER, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?


  1. Great review. I can see this series is loved because all i hear are good things.

  2. I KNOW RIGHT. I read this book about a month before I could scrounge up the courage to write a review for it (but I finally got to it Monday, haha)!

    And OH. MY. GOSH. I could talk about every single lead male character in that series for days on end. I JUST LOVE THEM ALL.

    But can we all just take a moment to appreciate this sentence:
    "I don't see that her being cyborg is relevant."

    Commence fangirling.

    Scarlet was awesomesauce, and so was this review.

    -Maggs (Raindrop Reads)

    1. NO.

      Maggie. No.

      N O.


      My poor fangirl heart was not prepared for that.

  3. Hahaha, I KNOW, I KNOW. I adooooooooore this book *fangirls* It is so torturous to let us wait so long for Cress! I'm starting to feel a bit like Carrie from Stephen King; kidnapping an author to make them write faster! Haha :p


    1. Well. There's an idea. You know, I would totally help you with kidnapping if it meant we could get Cress and Winter out sooner...

  4. wow, this is a fantastic review! I'm actually super excited to read scarlet now. I was kind of avoiding it because I liked Cinder but was afraid that this one wouldn't be that good. You're review has given me a lot of hope and expectation (the good kind). I'm thinking I'm going to reserve it at my library like...right now.

    1. Oh no, Scarlet is definitely just as good as Cinder, if not better! I hope you pick up the book soon!

  5. Great review! It killed me too! LOL. Love the gifs. :)

  6. I can't wait to read this one. I have had a copy since ALA back in June! I guess I just didn't want to wait that long wait for Cress so I've been putting this off. Now that I know the novella is something that will help me understand some new characters better I think I shall go read that first and then make my way to this one.

    Thanks for the great review so glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Gahhh, so jealous you got to go to ALA!

      You should definitely read the novella- I loved that so much! It takes some of the mystery away from reading Scarlet, but I think it's totally worth it.

  7. Aww, what a lovely review, Joie! <3 I'm so glad that you really enjoyed this book. And girl, I totally understand the feeling when you want to read a book later because the wait for the next book might just kill you. Experienced it before and yeah, it didn't last long. :P Anyway, I can't believe that I haven't started this series yet! Everyone seems to love this book very much, and oooh Big Bad Wolf! Gotta meet that lovable Wolf. ;)

    Thank you for sharing with us yet another fabulous review, hun! <3 :)

    1. GASP.

      Hilda, you haven't started this series?! This must be rectified immediately. Seriously. I think you'd really love the creativity of this retelling. Hope you can read it soon!

  8. Yay! Glad you enjoyed. I couldn't get into Cinder, but still love hearing how much others love this series.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  9. >_____< I'm sorry to say but I scanned your review...not really...I just skipped over parts where you were talking about Cinder....I GOT A REASON! I am going to read Cinder so, ehmm, yeah. But I love your fangirling!!! I want to meet Wolf! I love sweet guys that kick-butt--yeah! And Scarlet gosh she sounds so badass and I want to see Cinder as well! Ohhh so much awesomeness. *____* Why can't I find Cinder anywhere?

  10. O____________O

    I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! Thanks for your review, it got me all giddy and whatnot! :)

    1. Oh, I really hope you get it soon then! :)

  11. Wow. You made it sound soooo good!! I still haven't picked it up :P I have too! I really enjoyed Cinder and I think I will probably enjoy still one as well :) Awesome review, Joie! ;) ;)

    1. WHAT.

      NEA. WHAT.

      You still haven't read Scarlet yet?! Goodness gracious, girl, you need to go and read it immediately!


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