Book Review: Scarlet

ScarletScarletScarlet by Marissa Meyer. Book 2 of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The second book in the Lunar Chronicles series that began with Cinder.

I tried to temper my enthusiasm for this book after falling hard for Cinder, but it was difficult not to get my hopes up too much. Overall, I still really like the series, but I did prefer Cinder just a bit.

Scarlet is also lots of fun, but it feels a bit darker. I also missed Cinder and Kai’s interactions. My biggest issue with the book was because of its structure – Meyer flips between the tales of Cinder and Scarlet, and I hated being pulled from one story to go to another one; I liked them both and would be involved with whichever one I was in when suddenly it was time to go check in with the other one.

My other (tiny tiny) complaint with the book doesn’t take place until the end, so I don’t want to mention it lest it be seen as a spoiler. Although there was something else that happened towards the end that was awesome and more than made up for that tiny complaint.

The problem I have now is that the third book in the series doesn’t come out until 2014. And the final book in 2015. This is why I often prefer to read older series, where all the books are already released. No impatiently waiting for what seems like forever for the next book to finally be released. Yes, I’ve got plenty of other books to keep me busy until then, but I want to read the other two now!

Publisher’s Description:
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.

Book Details

Title: ScarletScarlet by Marissa Meyer. Book 2 of the Lunar Chronicles
Author: Marissa Meyer
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
My Rating: 3.75 Stars

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  1. Aaaaah I have both of them on hold at the library and it is taking FOREVER for them to come in! I love this sort of story.

  2. I thought that “Scarlet” was stronger overall, yet Cinder is still my favorite character of the series, and I’m not sure Scarlet could’ve carried the book without her. I was annoyed at the fact that the titular character had such a temper; don’t redheads get enough grief? Looking forward to the next one in any case.

    • I cannot wait to read the next in the series. It’s finally starting to feel like it won’t be forever…


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