Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

13206760Title: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publishing Information: February 4, 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction Romance, Retellings

Series information: Book 2 in the Lunar Chronicles

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Source: Unedited ARC

Recommended For: Readers looking for a strong willed heroine, a brooding male lead and a new spin on an old tale

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. 

There is so much to say about this book, yet so much of it has already been said. In a nutshell, here is my commentary while reading and my mini review immediately after finishing:

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Yeah…so there’s that. Basically I loved this book. LOOVEDDDD the characters and the setting and it was one of my biggest book hangovers OF THE YEAR.

Remember how I said I wanted more world building while I was reading Cinder? Marissa Meyer delves right in and we are able to see a bigger landscape in Scarlet, complete with bonfires and farm frolicking (erm..kind of).

Scarlet Benoit has made my list of favorite female characters of all time. She is plucky and rough and fights her own battles. She is determined to find her grandmother and though she works hard to do what is right in most situations, she also has no problem getting dirty to do what needs to be done. Then there is Wolf and I don’t even know what to say about him because he is so swoonworthy I can’t even…I am all for the strong females who can take care of themselves but I also love a guy who stands up for his lady and maybe Wolf gets a little overprotective and ya know…murderous…but I’m kind of okay with that given the yumminess. Also Meyer introduces us to some other fabulous new characters, I specifically adored Captain Thorne. He is quite a character, he is intelligent, snarky and kind of crazy. Though Wolf is my favorite guy, I have joined the fangirling of Thorne as well. Scarlet and Cinder are vastly different characters and while reading book one I sometimes had a hard time connecting to Cinder. While reading Scarlet I didn’t only feel more connected Scarlet Benoit but I reconnected with Cinder and better appreciated her to the point where I can’t wait to go back and re-read Cinder.

The story was fabulous, I was surprised and thrilled. I highly recommend you read Cinder and then pick up this one immediately, it comes out soon so hurry!! It honestly left me with one of the biggest book hangovers of the year and guys, I can’t stop singing “OHHH WOLFIEEE, OHHH WOLFIEEEE AIN’T YOU THE ONEEE!”

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16 thoughts on “Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

  1. Haha-we both posted our reviews of Scarlet today. I was one of the bloggers who didn’t fall in love with Cinder (the book-I liked the character a lot) but I’m so glad I read Scarlet because I ended up adoring it!

  2. YAYYY. I skipped the specifics, but wanted to tell you I’m excited to read it LOL. I cannot wait to see what happened after the end of Cinder!!! Hopefully it shows up soon because I’m anxious to get my hands on it! lol

  3. I am SO excited to read Scarlet! I love how you said that Scarlet Benoit has made your list of favorite female characters of all time; I love strong female leads and the other characters sound awesome as well! Great review! 🙂

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  4. TOTALLY AGREE. I loved Cinder and then re-read it and loved it even more. But I can’t EVEN believe how much fun Scarlet is. Plus I was thrilled at how much Cinder is included in Scarlet’s book, so it’s like the best of both. I’m gonna wait a while and re-read it. I am beyond amazed at Marissa Meyer’s imagination. And WOLF.

  5. Hehe, so you know what I realized when thinking of my love for Wolf and Thorne? Wolf is totally the kind of guy I pick as a book boyfriend. Thornes more the kind of guy I date in real life…I’m not sure what that says about me, but I’m cool with it. Also, I LOVE Scarlet–I think it’s fantastic that all of her characters are so damn well done. They’re all strong in their own ways, and so easy to love or hate. So glad you’re hooked.

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