Scarlet

Zoe N. | January 6, 2014 | Review

Scarlet

Summary:

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.

Review:

When I read Cinder – Marissa Meyer’s debut – last year, I won’t hesitate to admit that while I liked it, I didn’t really love it as much as some of my fellow bloggers. However, despite my ambivalence about the first book, I was determined to give Marissa’s series another try, and I am so glad I did.

Scarlet starts up right where Cinder left off – Cinder has been arrested, and is looking for a way to get out of jail – even though by doing so she’s going to be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

However, Meyer also seamlessly integrates the story of Scarlet Benoit, who lives halfway around the world in France taking care of her family’s farm. But her grandmother is missing, and she’s the only one who can find her…

Cinder and Scarlet’s stories end up intertwining in a brilliant and entertaining way as the two must come to face the fact that the power-hungry Queen Levana will give up nothing until she has control of Earth, and that Cinder and Scarlet might be the only ones willing to put a stop to her.

As for Scarlet, I loved her character just as much – if not more – than Cinder. Scarlet is a very strong female protagonist in my opinion; yet in a completely different way than the intelligent and reserved Cinder. She’s incredibly brave and spunky, with a loyalty to those she loves that I found admirable.

As protagonists, Cinder and Scarlet complement each other extremely well. They’re both two completely different people with two completely different personalities and ways of looking at the world – Cinder being quiet and thoughtful and Scarlet being fiery and impulsive – but they’re both equally strong heroines regardless, and together they are truly unstoppable.

While I was a bit indifferent towards the romance between Prince Kai and Cinder in the first book, I found myself absolutely shipping the romance between Scarlet and Wolf, the mysterious street-fighter whose intentions are – to say the least – quite questionable. The chemistry between the two of them is wonderfully written and real, and the way Meyer manages to avoid instalove or any other romantic cliches was extremely impressive.

The spunky and fiery Scarlet has secured her spot in my heart, just the way Cinder did before her. Meyer proves herself to be a completely capable writer, and the way she was able to combine the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella while adding an extra layer of science fiction was absolutely pheonominal, and I can’t recommend this series enough.

Scarlet

Marissa and I

four-stars

11 comments

  1. I can’t agree more with your thoughts on Scarlet… and the gifs! I loved the multiple POVS too 🙂 I can’t wait to see what Rapunzel’s point of view adds to the story in Cress. What an awesome review!

    1. So glad you agree Emily! <3 It's always awesome to have someone who shares my opinions so I can discuss them! And weren't the POVs just amazing! (Well, obviously, they would have been even more amazing if Wolf had had his chapter, but maybe next time… 😉 )

      I’m so excited for Cress…especially since Rapunzel has always been one of my favorite princesses! 😀

      Thanks so much! <3

  2. OH YAY! SCARLET!!!! Okay, okay, I’ll calm down and leave a (semi) intelligent comment. You’re welcome in advance.

    I actually did send Cinder back to the library before finishing it the first time. I don’t know! It was overdue and we didn’t click. The second time I borrowed it, I ate it in like 3 days flat. Scarlet was phenomenal though. WAY better. Everything Cinder lacked, I thought Scarlet went BOOM on. I ship Scarlet/Wolf so hard…oh gosh. They were adorable and vicious. Thorne, though?! THORNE!! He reminds me of Flynn Rider… I didn’t mind the huge amounts of POV, though usually that confuses me. I think she balanced it all so well. Okay, I’ll stop. But I loved this book! *showers world with cupcakes*

    1. I definitely agree! I thought Cinder was good, but Scarlet was just beyond phenomenal! I definitely agree that Cinder and Scarlet complemented each other perfectly. While they’re both PHENOMENAL female protagonists, I felt like Cinder was all quiet, thoughtful and reserved, while Scarlet was impulsive and determined. Needless to say, I felt that – together – they were AMAZING!

      YEAH! I’m glad you ship Scarlet and Wolf just as much as I do! Not all of my blogging friends have seemed to like them (how that’s possible will always be a mystery to me…), but I’m glad you do!

      And yes…now that I think about it, I can SO see Throne & Flynn Rider as long-lost brothers! 😉

      Glad you liked this one too Cait! Can’t wait to see what Cress has in store! *showers you back with chocolate!*

  3. Another Wolf fan. I’m glad, since some of my friends don’t like him, but at the same time I’m not sure that I want to share him. :-p

    I think you’ll love Cress. Meyer keeps adding layers, and the plot is ten times better than it is in Scarlet. It’s truly amazing the way she’s grown this series into something epic over the course of the three books!

    1. 😉 Ha – I feel the same way! :-p

      Ohmygosh…you’re making me so excited! Cress sounds SO GOOD! Gah…I need it now!

      Thanks for stopping by Christina! Glad to see you adore this series (and Wolf!) as much as I do! 😀

  4. Your review made me smile a ridiculous amount of times! I read Scarlet last year, but now I want to go back and relive the magic again. 🙂 I’m so happy to have found someone who is as wild about Wolf as I am. lol I’m not crazy after all. 😛 I can’t wait to read Cress! I’ll have to find you once I do, so we can gush over it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Zoe!

    Marlene @ The Flyleaf Review

    1. Yeah! I’m so glad to find another Lunar Chronicles fan! 😀
      Hehe…Wolf forever, right? 😉
      Definitely! Sounds like a great plan! 😉
      Thank you for stopping by Marlene! <3

  5. So glad you liked this one too Zoe! I too found myself engrossed in Cinder, Scarlet, and Kai’s world and I can’t wait to see what Cress has in store! Great review!

  6. I really liked Scarlet but I think I liked Cinder a little bit more and Cress is so amazing. Scarlet and Cress are both quite hefty but I loved how much goes on in both of them. I can’t wait for Winter. I started the series late, but I’m so glad that I started it because even though I don’t usually like sci-fi I really log

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