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It Blew My Mind: A Review of SCARLET by Marissa Meyer

Posted by on February 4, 2013
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2) 
Marissa Meyer
454 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Source: Publisher
Rating: LOVED

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

   CINDER was one of my favorite reads of 2012. And I was utterly certain there was no way Marissa Meyer could top her own debut. I was sure she couldn’t pull off a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood in the same world of a Cinderella retelling and mesh the two together to make a plot that would-


   I was wrong. SCARLET couldn’t have been any better.

   From page one, SCARLET was amazing. Scarlet the book and Scarlet the main character who just so happens to be a fiery redhead with a bright red hoodie -and carries a shotgun in her waistband. And owns a farm with delicious tomatoes. Pretty eccentric, don’t you think?

   The idea of the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ was so well-played I was in awe of Marissa Meyer’s imagination throughout most of the book, which, as you may recall, was the exact case with CINDER as well.

   Scarlet’s journey to finding her grandmother isn’t taken alone – she goes with Wolf, a streetfighter who might just be more sinister than his calm. And despite it all, I loved him from the beginning. And I loved Scarlet, her act-on-impulse ways and her whip-smart-remarks (although it did a little out of hand once or twice).

   Cinder isn’t out of the picture, as I had worried. SCARLET alternates between chapters with Scarlet and Cinder. And I couldn’t help but go ‘aha!’ when everything started fitting.

   Overall, SCARLET was a sequel as worthy as it’s predecessor – with fast-paced action, dangerous stakes, a world bordering war. If you have yet to read CINDER, you’re missing out. Big time.

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  1. I can't even tell you how excited I am for this book. I read your review with a huge grin on my face that could be considered either creepy or just insane, and part of my wanted to just write down OH MY GOD CAN I HAVE THIS BOOK NOW PLEASE in the comments. I love love love Cinder and I'm sure the world building and characters will continue to be nothing less than awesome in this one. Lovely review, Hafsah :)

  2. Hmm I didn't know the chapters alternated between Scarlet and Cinder. I am both happy and worried about that. I loved Cinder and want to continue her story but I hope it doesn't distract from Scarlet, which I am so excited to read about. But from your raving review it sounds like it was done well. I can't wait to start reading. My copy just arrived in the mail! Great review, thanks!

  3. I have Scarlet just sitting on a pile waiting while it waits for me to find time to read it! I'm so excited and glad you loved it! I'm really looking forward to new characters in addition to more of Cinder. Great review!

  4. I have heard everyone in the Blogger community rave about this book and Cinder. I had to choice but to listen and fall into the Marissa Meyer's craze and buy them. I can't wait to start these books!

  5. Great review! You pretty much sealed the deal. I want to buy this one from amazon and its sort of on sale at $4.99. I've been very excited about it since my a co-worker told me it was BETTER than Cinder. When I found out it was on special at Amazon I started delving deeper into reviews. It looks like most everyone concurs with her assessment – so I'm in. Thanks for a great and inspiring review.

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