Sunday, July 14, 2013

Review ~ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA dystopia, fairy tale retelling
Series and number: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Number of pages: 464
Edition: kindle ebook
Link to Goodreads page

Goodreads description:

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.
My review:

Rating: 4 stars
Date read: July 4 to 5, 2013
Source: Bought

I’ll start off with the amazing characters. First, Scarlet, the second heroine. She was hopeful, determined, and passionate. When the search for her missing grandmother was declared pointless, she refused to just sit and accept it. That is what made her special, not because she was an absolute one-of-a-kind. Cinder already filled that role. I loved how Scarlet accepted people without immediately judging them, like many had done to Wolf and especially Cinder.

The familiar heroine, Cinder—she began growing so much in this book and coming to terms with her identity and role in the battle between Lunar and Earth. I’m so proud of her, and I’m sure she’ll grow into an even greater character in the next book.

I also hope there will be more of Kai in Cress. He was a good guy who was trying his best to keep the planet safe and push away the feelings I know he still has for Cinder away. However, he did have his few spotlight moments, but there wasn't that many of them. Instead, an additional hero was introduced and developed, who was struggling with his inner beast. There were moments when he appeared to be a bad guy, but he defied expectations in order to remain better than many viewed him to be. Plus, he sounded so cute at those moments where he was absolutely clueless about such simple things, like can openers. He reminded me of a puppy in those moments.

Those four characters were great characters, as were Thorne (added humor), Iko (added even more humor), and even Queen Levana (she was absolutely evil). I wouldn't have enjoyed the books as much as I did without the cast of characters that it had.

Of course, I loved more than just the characters. The Red Riding Hood tie-in was great: there were the obvious components, but it had a nice amount of originality. The third person point of view gave more freedom because it gave more freedom to focus on different characters, which was perfect for this book. I also loved how the different paths Scarlet and Cinder were on were separated at the beginning, but converged to become the same one as the story progressed.

This and Cinder are very interesting books. The series has adventure, mystery, action, suspense, romance, and lots of cool technology. It has fairy tale tie-ins and a wide range of settings. I highly recommend reading the two and joining me in the wait for the next installment.

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1 comment:

  1. I just got this from the library, but I was wondering if it would be worth it. Glad to see it continues with Cinder and lives up to the world created in the first book. Keep the reviews coming! :)

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