Scarlet // Review

Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
No. of pages: 452, Paperback
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Date Read: April 29, 2018
          Second book in The Lunar Chronicles


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. (Goodreads)


This is the second installment of my binge-read of The Lunar Chronicles. Mainly, I’m just over here trying to get them all read before my June Flick the Wick box gets here cause it’s based on the Rampion…. And I’m absolutely loving it and I’m hating myself for not reading these earlier.

Out of the two books I’ve read in the series and the two novellas I’ve read… This book is easily my favorite… Again, so far. I definitely liked it more than Cinder, and honestly, I’m not sure why, but it very well could be the fact that Scarlet seems like a girl I would be friends with. She’s a take no nonsense girl, and she’s got family issues, but that doesn’t stop her from being horrible to people. Also, she’s from France. I’ve always wanted to go to Europe. If she was real, it’d be a plus.

Also, I think from a writing standpoint, it was just better. The introduction of Scarlet, her grandmother, more of Cinder’s story and her adventure with Thorne, and also Wolf, just added to the complexness of the story, but also added a depth layer that wasn’t there previously in the first book.The first book set it up as, “This girl is a hidden princess,” and the second book opened it up to the fact that there were multiple people that had a hand in keeping Cinder hidden and alive. It wasn’t just her life at stake.

Also, can I just talk about Wolf for like…. I don’t know… forever? Also, after reading the novella about him after reading this one, he’s definitely in my top two favorite characters so far in this series. The boy literally did whatever he needed to in order to keep his pack alive, and then tried to get away when he saw his chance, but then went back to help this girl that he JUST MET AND FELL IN LIKE/LOVE WITH while risking his own life. Again, to protect those who might not necessarily be able to help or protect  themselves. This is a character I can get on board with. And rightfully so.

As I’m reading, I’m completely falling more in love with this storyline and this idea of fairy tale retellings, but in a refreshing modern way with a twist. Scarlet was an informal retelling of Red Riding Hood. I actually can’t wait to see how the rest of the series plays out.

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