Thursday, April 4, 2013

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet
by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
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The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth... Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the 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 or 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 is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Cinder earned a spot on my top ten young adult reads in 2012 making Scarlet one of my most anticipated reads for 2013. The dystopian world and characters she created in Cinder captured my heart. Scarlet hailed as a companion book offers a retelling of Red Riding Hood and drops her right into Cinder’s world; it was captivating, original, filled with danger and I loved every minute of it. 

The tale unfolds from dual points of view and an occasional perspective from others. We split most of our time between Scarlet and Cinder. Cinder’s adventure continues from where we last saw her and Scarlet’s adventure is just beginning. As the two tales unfold events slowly bring the two storylines together and I was held captive despite a predictable storyline. The thrill lies in knowing what will happen and not being able to warn the characters as they move towards danger. 

We all know the characters from these beloved tales but Meyer molds them into unique, strong characters that you become passionate about. Cinder sees growth and acceptance in this second installment. She has already displayed loyalty and strength but here we see her vulnerable side as she struggles with her conscience. My beloved Iko is back! She has taken on an interesting form but her sense of humor was present. Kai is still struggling with his role as king, and his feelings for Cinder and his role is small in this book. Through Cinder we meet Throne a humorous characters with some amusing characteristics. I found myself giggling over some of his statements and actions. We meet Scarlet who lives on a farm in France. Her Grandmother Michelle Benoit has been missing for almost two weeks, and the police have called off the investigation claiming she is a run away. Right away we can see that Scarlet is a fiery character and I instantly connected with her. Wolf a street fighter agrees to help Scarlet search for her grandmother. He is streetwise, and goes from protective to leery as he interacts with Scarlet. Bad-boy from top to bottom Wolf reeks of confidence and purpose. He surprised me and I found him quite  swoon-worthy. He is taken aback by Scarlet and her bold, no-nonsense, in your face, just do it attitude. Their relationship is volatile and at times romantic. Our villain Queen Levana is back and ooh how I love to hate her!  We see growth and movement in Scarlet, Cinder and Wolf. Meyers has definitely created characters that are memorable and each has a unique voice.

I love the dystopian world Meyers created and while the tale that unfolds is predictable it offered me a unique chance to become caught up in the characters themselves. The romance which at first felt awkward slowly developed into something warm and fuzzy. I am looking forward to seeing how it develops. I still walked away with questions about the world, cyborgs and Lunars but I am confident my questions will be answered.  The author did a fantastic job of weaving these two fairy-tales together creating a memorable and enjoyable story. The ending left me in a  good place with high expectation for Cress the third book where we will meet Rapunzel. *dances*

Fans of dystopian and retellings will find Cinder and Scarlet delightful filled with unique characters, action packed moments and a few giggles. Cress will release in 2014 and yes my friends the wait is killing me!

Five cups of coffee from the Crescent Moon cafe out of five
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5 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM , Anonymous karina said...

5 coffees! I so need to read this book already! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM , Anonymous Debbie Haupt said...

Thanks Kimba another one to put on that all too huge tbr pile :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM , Anonymous Melissa said...

Oh I do need this series. That's all I can say. lol.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I enjoyed Cinder although I didn't love the romance in that one. However, I'm seeing so many good reviews for Scarlet. I wanted to read this one after the first, but now even more! Very curious about wolf. So need to see if I can get a hold of this book!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous Trish Hannon said...

Hmmh, so Cinder made your list for top 2012 books, that grabbed my attention. Would like to read both of these now. Love the idea of using Fairytale characters that we all know and love. Great review, makes this one hard to resist! Not like I have any willpower when it comes to book anyway.

 

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