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

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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    February 4, 2013

    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 :)

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    February 4, 2013

    Everyone is raving about this book (exactly what I was hoping for) I adored Cinder and I can't wait to get blown away by Scarlet! It sounds perfect <3 Great review.


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    Jenea Whittington

    February 4, 2013

    I keep seeing amazing reviews for this. I really need to pick up Cinder soon. Definitely sounds like something I would enjoy. Awesome review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    YA Book Queen

    February 4, 2013

    So happy you loved this one too, Hafsah! It really was an incredible sequel.

    Great review!

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    February 4, 2013

    You've made me want to read this book even more. Great review!

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    February 4, 2013

    So, if I haven't read Cinder, would I still be able to read this one? Scarlet seems to interest me more. But is it one of those sequels I wouldn't know what was going on?

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    February 4, 2013

    YAY!!!! Although, I'm not surprised. I loved Cinder and knew it would become one of my favorite series. Cannot wait to read this myself!

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    February 4, 2013

    I know, Marissa Meyer really killed it with Scarlet. I can't wait until Cress is released next year!!!!!

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    Janita @ Book, Interrupted

    February 5, 2013

    Want to read this so badly!! Hurry up, shipping! You're killing me!!

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    Diana Evans

    February 5, 2013

    I can't wait to read it. I'm so glad it is out now.

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    February 7, 2013

    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!

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    Tammy Sparks

    February 8, 2013

    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!

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    February 8, 2013

    thanks for the great review! I still need to read Cinder but I'm so glad that I have it to read :)

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    The Book Belles

    February 15, 2013

    I'm planning to read both Scarlet and Cinder back to back. I love how Scarlet is a take on Red Riding Hood. I'm so excited to read it, amazing review! :)

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    Christina Fiorelli

    February 15, 2013

    It's so awesome that it was so so perfect!! Love how you totally got into it:)

    Lovely review:)

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    Suzy Turner

    March 4, 2013

    I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't read Cinder… yet! It's on my TBR list but after reading this, I know I need to bump it to the top!

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    Adriana NaNa

    March 12, 2013

    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!

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    Mary Preston

    March 19, 2013

    I've heard so much about SCARLET. I haven't even read CINDER yet. I need to catch up. A very helpful review thank you.

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    Gina @ My Precious

    April 6, 2013

    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.