Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Summary (via Goodreads): 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.
I continued my read along with #TLCReadAlong by reading Scarlet in pretty much only two days! It was so good! I can’t wait to read Cress and Fairest this month, in anticipation of Winter coming out next month. I gave Scarlet 5 out of 5 stars.
In this book, we’re introduced to a whole new cast of characters. Most of the characters from the first book are barely seen, if they’re seen at all. I really liked Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne. Thorne was a little full of himself, Wolf was a bit creepy (read the book and you’ll understand why), and Scarlet was a little stubborn/hotheaded, but that’s what makes them so believable and likable in my opinion. Really, I’d take any of the main guys as a book boyfriend. Kai, Wolf, and Thorne are all awesome in their own way.
I read pretty much 2/3 of the book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. The characters were engaging, the action was enticing, and the suspense kept me on edge. I’ve heard that the series gets better with each book, and I have to agree so far. Scarlet was more amazing than Cinder, which I wasn’t sure was possible. Marissa Meyer does an amazing job hooking her readers and pulling them into the story. A 450+ page book would usually take me quite some time to read, but I flew through it.
The whole series is based on fairy tale retellings. In this book we’re supposed to see some of the Red Riding Hood fairy tale, and we definitely do. A red hoodie, Grandma is missing, traveling through the woods, wolves, etc. I also liked how the author put phrases from the fairy tales to start the different sections (books) within the novel.
I didn’t mark down any of my favorite lines because I was too busy devouring the book. But once again, like with Cinder, I kind of guessed what was going on. But there definitely were some twisty parts I didn’t see coming too. The ending of the book makes you want to pick up the next book and see Cinder, Scarlet, and the boys figuring out what to do next, how to survive while on the run, how to defeat Levana.
Final note: An amazing second book to the series! I can’t wait to read Cress and Fairest this month. Check out the series if you haven’t already. I’m positive you won’t regret it!