Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Book Review

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.

My rating: 3.5/5

“You said yourself that the people of Luna need a revolutionary.” She lifted her chin, holding his gaze. “So I’m going to Luna, and I’m going to start a revolution.”

It's so nice to return to a series! And especially to the Lunar Chronicles after what happened in Cinder!

“Soon, the whole world would be searching for her -Linh Cinder.
A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.
A Lunar with a stolen identity.
A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go.
But they will be looking for a ghost.”

Aggg God I love it!! Scarlet takes off exactly where Cinder finished, with Cinder trying to escape the lunar prison.

We also get to meet a new character, Scarlet, whose grandmother dissapeared without a trace a few weeks before, and the local authorities have ignored the matter believing her to have simply ran away. Knowing ehr grandmother all her life, Scarlet knows this is not possible, that she wouldn't have simply left for the sake of it and leave her alone, and when her father returned after so many years apart, looking for information on his mother, Scarlet is convinced something terrible has happened, and it might have something to do with Princess Selene.

She'll team up with Wolf, a street fighter who might know more that he lets on, to find her grandmother and the secrets behind her dissapearence.

I was so happy to finally be able to see whatever happened to Cinder! Her adventures in getting out of prison and her friendship with Thorn (Which is a relationship, btw, between two straight boy and girl that doesn't lead to romance!! So refreshing!), her chapters were the most exciting for me, especially when Cinder is debating on her Lunar gift and the fear that she might become like Levana, it showed a lot of characetr development from the first book.

However, and as I was so excited to keep reading about Cinder, Scarlet wasn't so fun for me. Maybe it was because I already knew Cinder and so I was more invested in her story? or maybe it was because Scarlet was rather naive and I kept banging my head against the table whenever she made a very obvious mistake? I don't know. I liked how brave she was when it came to stand up to Cinder, the poor girl that was about to be executed and who everybody mocked becasue she was a cyborg. Itw as also nice to see her take matters into her own hands when it came to her grandmother. She knew the local authorites weren't going to investigate, that people in town thought her to be crazy, so she started her own investigation, and that took a lot of gut and effort.

However, my problem was when it came about Wolf and how fast she trusted him. I understand that it was necessary for her to move the story along and having constantly doubting Wolf would have been a drag, but Scarlet's trust is too fast and too easy, and again the twist was too predictable.

But, regardless of this, I'm still very much looking forward to continuing with the series and see more of Cinder!


  1. I agree that Scarlet and Wolf's relationship was a little too instalove-y. Scarlet was probably my least favorite book in the series, but I still liked it too! I can't wait to read Cinder in the fall...Have you read Fairest yet?

    Annie @ Indoor Sojourner

    1. I meant that I can't wait to read Winter in the fall...#proofreadfail XD

    2. I haven't read Fairest though it's on my to-read list next to Cress! I hope I can read them all before Winter comes out. Though, it sounds dumb but I'm a little sad the series is ending, not that I would want it to go on forever but still...