March 10, 2013

Review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer




The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

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.

add to goodreadsScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Publication Date:  February 5, 2013
Publisher:  Feiwel and Friends

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MaryAnn NewHow excited was I to get back into this amazing world created by author, Marissa Meyer?  OMG so very!  I was ready to become reacquainted with the characters I have come to know and love in Cinder, the first book in this amazing series.  Cinder, Kai, even the villainous Queen Levana!  And not only that, but being introduced to a new assortment of characters that I have easily come to adore, Scarlet and Mr. Brooding-and-Sexy Wolf!

Scarlet picks up where Cinder leaves off, with Cinder in prison, awaiting her execution by the evil Queen Levana.  But with a little help from an unexpected ally, Cinder finds a way to escape her confinement, and manages to pick up a stowaway, by the name of Thorne.  With an available ship, all thanks to Thorne, their ability to escape is slowly coming to a reality.

With Cinder still learning to grasp her new Lunar abilities, Cinder finds herself using her gift more often than she would like.  But it seems that her gift has gotten her out of more than one jam, and a slow realization that the reasons for the Queens incessant desire to be rid of Cinder may be more due to her strong ability.

After the death of his father, Kai is the new Emperor of the Eastern Commonwealth.  With Queen Levana breathing down his neck with threats of war unless he finds Cinder and brings her to her, Kai has to face many difficult decisions in order to bring peace to his people.  And even through all of this, his thoughts still linger on Cinder… *insert audible awww*

On the other side of the world, Scarlet finds out that her grandmother has been kidnapped and takes it upon herself to locate and bring her back home to their home on the farm.  And the help she needs to infiltrate the place where her grandmother is being held comes as a surprise to her.  Enter an underground fighter who goes by the name Wolf.  Wolf is strong, and sexy, and more than willing to keep Scarlet safe.  But there’s something about Wolf that seems off, and Scarlet’s need to trust him is tested over and over again.

As two worlds collide, the secrets that Scarlet learns about her grandmothers past and the secret that Cinder has just so recently learned about herself comes to the surface, and their lives are threatened by a common enemy who will stop at nothing to ensure that that secret dies with them.

Amazing!  Breathtaking!  Exciting!  Those are just a few words that come to mind when I think about Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.  I felt as though I’d been waiting for years for this book to come out, and was a little apprehensive when I started it thinking that I’d all but forgotten what transpired in book one, Cinder.  But such is not the case, my friends.  The minute Cinder re-appears in the book, I was taken back to this the world I originally fell in love with.  Scarlet was an action packed ride.  It was a page turning rollercoaster ride of excitement that I really did not want to come to an end yet!

What I really enjoyed about Scarlet was the interaction between Cinder and Thorne.  Right from their first encounter in the prison, I knew…KNEW!…that Thorne would be a character that I was absolutely love.  Not love in the sense of crushing on him, although in my mind he is a pretty hot.  I loved his personality, his wit, his one liners, his humor…every sentence that came out of his mouth had me giggling, and when Cinder and Thorne start in on one of their many unforgettable conversations, I was literally laughing out loud.

There were quite a few one liners that had me laughing that I had to mark them as I was reading so I could go back, re-read them, chuckle again, and then read them out to whoever would listen.  Of course, the effect wasn’t always the same… It helps to know what’s going on the story, I suppose… A moment that keeps coming back to me is a hilarious scene in a ship where Thorne is complete baffled that his ship is talking to him.  I was cackling like a mad woman…seriously!

The story of Scarlet, her grandmother, and Wolf was a wonderful twist in this series.  Scarlet is a fantastic strong, female character that would make the female populace proud.  Driven by her love for grandmother to search for her, and do whatever it takes, to bring her home.  And then throw in mysterious Wolf into the mix, and it’s a start to an unforgettable love connection.  Or is it…?  You’ll have to read it to find out folks.  This isn’t just a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf, but rather Little Red Riding Hood possibly taming the big bad wolf inside the man… There’s just so much I want to say about Wolf, but really, anything that I could possible say would absolutely giveaway so much of the story, that really, you’ll have to pick up a copy and experience Wolf and his story on your own.

All in all, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is an absolutely phenomenal follow up to Cinder!  Fans of the Lunar Chronicles will fall head over heels in love with Scarlet, and will completely adore Scarlet and Wolf.

About the Author:

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.

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  1. Ashley

    Fabulous review!! I agree that Thorne was hilarious! He was like a Han Solo or a Flynn Rider!!

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    OMG Ashley! You are totally right. I loved Tangled and you’re right on the ball with Flynn Rider.

  3. Elizabeth

    Great review. Both Cinder and Scarlet are definitely on my list of books that I need to read ASAP.

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Elizabeth! I hope you get to read them soon!

  5. I really loved this book :) I thought it was an awesome sequel! Thorne and Cinder had me laughing throughout the book and I loved how the author incorporated the two different characters, Cinder & Scarlet. Awesome review :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Janina! Loved this one more than Cinder! Can’t wait to see what the next book will bring.

  7. Sophia Rose

    Yay! I’m so glad its good. Can’t wait for my turn to read it.

    Thanks for sharing!

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