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February 13, 2013

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Title: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Raincoast (Feiwel & Friends)
Publication date: February 5th, 2013
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 464
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.
 *may include minor spoilers if you have not read Cinder*
After reading Cinder, I immediately fell in love with The Lunar Chronicles, and I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. At first, I was scared that the second book was going to revolve around Scarlet, but it didn't!! I got to read many many parts where Cinder is included *yay!* This story is about Scarlet (Little red riding hood), and she lives in France with her grandmother! One day, her grandmother becomes missing, and Scarlet is determined that someone kidnapped her, and she goes out to find out who. Scarlet meets Wolf, a street fighter, and with his help, they both go together to look for Scarlet's grandmother. Scarlet's story aside, there's Cinder trying to escape from the cell that the kingdom prisoned her in, until Queen Levana get to execute her. 
I really don't want to spoil anything for anyone out there, so I'll just talk about how much I enjoyed the characters. Scarlet was an amazing protagonist, though I do have to say, she didn't strike me as unique, compared to the YA protagonists out there. Cinder was more of a unique character, and if I had to choose between the two, I'd definitely go with Cinder. Wolf was a great character to read about as well, but I'm sad to say that I wasn't able to connect with him. I didn't feel like I really know Wolf, and I don't think I've seen many different sides of  him either. Maybe because this book wasn't entirely concentrated on Scarlet and Wolf, like how Cinder and Kai got all the attention in the first book. I squealed whenever it was Kai's part in the book, because he is surely one of my favorite characters in this series. There wasn't that much romance, so the book was more towards the action, and the problems, war, etc. 
You  might think that I didn't enjoy Scarlet from my review, but I did! The book was full of awesome adventures, and we also get to learn many new secrets! I definitely cannot wait to meet Cress in the third book in the Lunar Chronicles!! (2014 cannot come any sooner, ugh!) If you haven't start this series yet, then I do not know what you are doing with your life. (SORRY)
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  1. I can't wait for this to come in the mail!! It sounds like the story really progresses well, and the new characters are great!! It's too bad that you didn't connect with Wolf, but I"m glad that overall you enjoyed this book!! Great review!!

  2. I was also surprised by how much Cinder had to do with the book -- I didn't realize she would be the major character through all four books.
    And can we talk about how much I loved Thorne?????

  3. Wonderful review. Apparently I need it pick up Cinder and soon. This sounds amazing.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  4. I still have to read Cinder! Can you believe that!? I have heard nothing but amazing things about this series and I am very curious and excited to see how it turns out! I'm glad you enjoyed this!

    Fabulous review, Farah! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  5. Dude! The ending! AHHH! I want more of the book....NOW!

  6. I love adventures and it's awesome to know that Scarlet has plenty. Thank you, Farah :)

  7. I'm reading this right now & enjoying it heaps :D's a pity you couldn't connect with Wolf; I'm *sort of* liking him at the moment, but he's not impressive as far as male leads go. Still...glad you liked it so much!<3

  8. Farah, I wasn't attracted to this series at all, but I keep seeing it around lately and I'm thinking I should change my mind! All I see is love for this series. Lovely review. :)

  9. I haven't started this series, but I've heard AMAZING things about it and I adore Meyer. She is so down to earth.

  10. *squee* I loved Cinder and it made my top 10 for YA last year..I have Scarlet in my tbr pile, right now I am just savoring the fact that it is there and plan to read it soon. awesome-tastic review Farah!

  11. OMG :) I'm over halfway through with Scarlet now! And I do have to agree with you about Scarlet as a character and I loving the parts with Cinder! I can't wait to finish the book. Awesome review Farah! :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  12. AH! That just makes me want to run to the bookstore and get the first book. Yes, I haven't started this series yet. :(
    Great review!

  13. Great review sweetie :D I'm glad you loved this book. <3 Sigh. Cinder and Scarlet are just perfect books. I'm sorry you didn't love Scarlet and Wolf that much :( I did, though. But yeah. Cinder is AMAZING. <3 Love her. And KAI! Ahhh. I feel so sorry for him :( Sniffs. He and Cinder BETTER be together in Cress. Hih. <3 Thank you for sharing :)
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

  14. Dude! I really love this series. I'm glad you are enjoying it as well. Nice review!