New in Book Review: Scarlet (updated)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Macmillan

  • Imprint: Feiwel and Friends

Date Published: February 5th, 2013

Format: Advance Reader Copy (ARC)

Source: Received via contest fro Indigo Teen Blog.

Synopsis:

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.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 2.5

Cover:

scarlet cover

Since the copy I got was a galley, there was no cover art. However pictured above is the cover art for the finished copy that has recently been released online. The red hood and hair on the cover hints at who Scarlet loosely is based on, which if you know your fairytales you can easily guess. Still it does give off a mysterious vibe with the fog in the background and the fact that you cannot see her face which I find very appealing.

The Writing Score: 4.5 out of 5

Recommendation: A Must Read!!

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review:

After finally having read Cinder I have to say that I liked Scarlet even more. The storyline was interesting enough to capture my attention throughout the book, and knowing that the authour used to write sailor fan fiction you can easily pick out the little influences of it within the mythology of her books. I especially liked the fact that despite having not read the first book there are many references to the events in the first book so anyone can pick up Scarlet without reading Cinder and not be lost.

Despite being over 400 pages, the storyline and writing was done so well that everything just seemed to flow. I was quickly drawn into the setting of the book and its characters which made me lost track of time in the real world. I loved all the characters in the book, in particular I love how much of a badass Cinder in Scarlet. It felt like a natural and very nice change after the events of the first book. However just like in life her actions have consequences on others which are shown throughout the book. After reading Cinder I could kind of understand how Kai felt and I did feel sympathetic to his situation but I still liked his character better in Cinder.

In this book we are also introduced to some new characters such as Scarlet, the protagonist of this book who is loosely based on little red riding hood. And Wolf a mysterious street fighter who is hiding a few things from Scarlet as he offers to join her in her quest to find her grandmother. I loved Scarlet as a main character, she was fierce, independent and capable of defending herself when needed which is exactly how a female protagonist should be. Her relationship with the “wolf” was done well even though it felt a bit rushed because of the different perspectives that are shown in the book. Finally it was interesting to see Scarlet’s connection to Cinder as if gave more insight into Cinder’s background.

I am definitely looking forward to the next installment in the Lunar Chronicles series, as I love how the series is shaping out to be not just Cinder but now about her adventures with the team that she is slowly gathering. I love the interaction between the characters from Cinder and the new characters in Scarlet and I cannot wait until 2014 when I can read more about the adventures of Scarlet, Wolf, Cinder and the rest of the character in the Lunar Chronicles.

The opinions expressed in this review are my own; I did not receive any compensation in exchange for this review.

– Linh

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