Book Review: Scarlet

Book Review: ScarletScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 5th 2013
Pages: 464
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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.

Reviews: Cinder

* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series.

Read at your own risk *

Cinder was hands down one of my top five reads from 2012. Beautifully written, fabulous characters, and one of the best fairy tale retellings I have ever read. But with the unresolved ending, and knowing the next book in the Lunar Chronicles would be featuring a new character and a new story line, the outlook on this series was looking a bit foggy.

Or it was until I started reading Scarlet.

It is safe to say that if you enjoyed Cinder, you will enjoy Scarlet. Sure, there are few tweaks in the overall format, but the magic is still there all the same.

One of the biggest tweaks is the addition of multiple points of view. Scarlet and Cinder with the occasional Kai mixed in. While I enjoyed all of the points of view and how Marissa Meyer handled them, I really missed the intimate feeling I had with the characters in Cinder. Between Scarlet trying to rescue her grandmother, figuring out the situation with Wolf and Cinder trying to piece together her past, it is a lot for readers to take in. And because of all that is going on, it was hard to truly have that emotional connection that I had in Cinder. But does that mean that I loved Scarlet any less? Absolutely not. However, it did make me feel as if there was a wall being put up between me and the read.

Final Verdict:

I was on pins and needles prior to starting Scarlet. Wondering if the magic would return in the second installment. Or if I was just getting my hopes up too much. Thankfully, many of my fears I had never came to be. And Scarlet was able to make me fall in love with this world all over again.

Will I read the next installment?

Do you really have to ask? Lunar Chronicles is an amazing series. There is no doubt about that. However, I am starting to have fears about the next installments. It is clear from Scarlet that Marissa Meyer has a no character left behind motto. Personally, I am glad about that. I am just concerned that unless some plot lines get resolved that the series will start to have a bloated feeling about it.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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5 responses to “Book Review: Scarlet

  1. All the characters being incorporated is one of my concerns for future books-will they become too bloated? But I didn’t have high expectations for Scarlet and yet was blown away so I’m going to trust that Meyer can juggle it all.

    • Kate B.

      I am in the same boat. I really didn’t think that Scarlet was going to be able pull it off. But I was wrong. I just hope the next books will have the same magic.

  2. Well i have heard a lot about this series. But i have a strange feelings. If the characters from Cinder came back in Scarlet, then will the characters from both books come back in the third book? And so on. I think if we have so many characters, it would be really hard to grasp or have an emotional connection to them
    GREAT review, Kate
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

    • Kate B.

      Soma, that is my worry as well. By the fourth book, will we have Cinder, Scarlet, and so on all having story lines still going? Will be basically be 4 books in one so to speak? I don’t know, but if handled right, I think it can be done.

  3. Great review. 🙂
    I have seen some fabulous reviews on this one and it sounds like a wonderful read, but I am not sure that I will like Cinder and have a thing about reading series in order. Lol.
    Thank you for sharing.

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