The title makes it seem like this is one of those paranormal/shape-shifting spicy romance books, but I promise you it is not— unfortunately…if that’s what you’re into lol.
A little reminder that this book, Scarlet, is the 2nd book in the Lunar Chronicles Series. You can check out my review for the first book in the series, Cinder, here.
I was so excited to jump straight back into this world, and catch up with Cinder and the rest of the gang.
and spoiler alert!: I loved every second of it.
Edition: Hardcover, 1st, 454 pages
Publication Date: February 5th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 0312642962 (ISBN13: 9780312642969)
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2013), Premio El Templo de las Mil Puertas Nominee for Mejor novela extranjera perteneciente a saga (2013)
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.
Scarlett picks up right where the last book ends, and give us no time to even take a deep breathe after all the drama of the first book— which I love. However, the first few chapters do slip in some reminders of what had happened in the previous book, which is also very much appreciated.
First of all, I love how all the titles of this series are the main character’s names. It’s short and straight to the point. It makes the book and characters more memorable, and allows each main character to be the star of their own despite other characters having regular appearances in each other’s books.
The romance. Compared to the ‘will-they-won’t-they’ romance in the first book between Cinder and Kia, the love story around Scarlett and Wolf was a lot more “insta-love”, so much so that by the end of the week (7 days) Wolf confesses about possibly having some deep feelings for Scarlett in the most unlikeliest of circumstances (lol). That being said, I still think the romance was well-written and the end of the book really will have readers feeling relieved that (unlike Kai and Cinder), these two are still together till the very last page.
Spoiler: Wolf’s betrayal was a bit predictable, but it was still nevertheless a well executed plot twist due to the fact that the readers were given the opportunity to care about his character, and see how this affects Scarlett. A character betrayal would not be as impactful or shocking if readers could not see a connection between the character who gets betrayed and the character who does the betraying. In this case, it was shown just how much Wolf’s real identity and secrets hurt Scarlett, and as a result, it makes the reader feel the conflicting emotions. This is one of the best things about Marissa Meyer’s books— the way she made me care about these characters.
Speaking of characters, we are introduced to quite a cast
The world-building is a absolutely fantastic. Marissa Meyer’s writing never disappoints, and this book is proof of that. There was so much detail and fantastical elements in this world, that it was almost like watching a film in your head. I love that the author didn’t just create a world for this series, but an entire universe— I really enjoyed learning more and more about the world that these characters live in. There’s politics, royalty and spaceships— what more could you ask for?
This series just keeps getting better and better! I’ll be picking up the third book, Cress , as soon as I finish writing this review. I cannot wait to delve right back into this world!
Have you read ‘Scarlet’ by Marissa Meyer or any of her other books?
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