Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Title: Scarlet
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: February 5th 2013 by Feiwel and Friends
Genre: Young Adult Sci Fi

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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.

Once again Marissa Meyer has blown me away. I want to crawl into her imagination and live there forever. What a fantastic spin on the legends we all know so well. A couple more installments of this series, and I might even be a Sci Fi convert.

I was a little sad at what little page time Kai received, but I was very glad to meet the new characters. There is some great characterization in this series, even the bad guys (and girl) make sense to me. Of the new characters introduced, Thorne was by far my favorite. I hope he has a bright future of crime ahead of him (and maybe a girl or two) and doesn’t get killed off during the coming war.

Which is not to say that I didn’t like Scarlet and Wolf. How could I not? Scarlet was one bad ass Little Red Riding Hood, with her red hoodie and a gun in her belt, and Wolf was… dang adorable, actually. Sweet at times. Shy at times. Ridiculously cute when it came to food. Big Bad Wolf deserves all the cuddles. Then he about faces and nearly rips peoples’ heads off. Mr. and Mrs. Bad Ass, thank you very much. Their relationship is kind of awkward at the best of times and cheesy at the worst. Kind of low key and not at all in your face. Which makes it exactly my kind of thing.

What about Queen Levana? Bad, bad girl indeed. But in a very good way. I love that we got to spend a little time in her scary head.


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.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.

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