Sunday, March 17, 2013

Review: SCARLET by Marissa Meyer

Title: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

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.


I read a post not too long ago about how you might be afraid to give a negative review for a book that is written by an author you adore. Or a book that has had such high ratings. I will try my best to not let my biased feelings and emotions get in the way, but...guys. 

Marissa Meyer is an amazing writer and Scarlet is her testimony to that fact.

This is the second book in the series. 
If you have not read Cinder, I do not recommend this review.
It may contain spoilers from only Cinder.

Scarlet is feisty and strong willed. She is loyal to her grandmother and is determined to save her from whatever has kidnapped her. When her father comes to her house, she knows that whatever does have her grandmother is dangerous since they tortured her father (that is not a spoiler). Everyone in the village thinks that her grandmother is crazy and Scarlet is overreacting. But then she meets Wolf. Wolf is a very cute street fighter. She keeps him at a distance, but soon they both go on the journey to rescue her grandmother. 

That's the summary of the beginning. My thoughts? 

My favorite chapters in Scarlet were when Cinder appeared. Pretty soon, Cinder popped up almost every other chapter and I was thrilled. Because between the two characters, Cinder won for me. She had gotten tougher, more sarcastic, and less timid. She took charge (the first time we see her is when she is breaking out of prison) and even used her Lunar glamour. We also meet "Captain" Thorne, who was absolutely lovable. He was also in prison and they met very Count of Monte Cristo-like with Cinder appearing in his jail cell and they both worked together to find a way out of there. Not only was he lovable, but hilarious. He made me smile and laugh through the whole thing, definitely one of the best additions Marissa Meyer could have done, in my opinion. Like she says on her Twitter profile, "Fond spaceship captains."

Iko? She comes back! Iko was one of my favorite characters in Cinder and while not having as much of a spotlight in this one, she still made me smile. We also see bits of Kai in there, which I was immensely grateful for. I wanted to see what he was up to and how he was feeling. Don't worry, you do. And Wolf is a great addition to the story in the way that you never really could understand him until the end. Was he really the Big Bad Wolf or was he just misunderstood? 

The characters and plot built-up were great. However, there is always a but because I have to mention the negative for me. 

Let me explain a little more about why I did not like Scarlet as much as Cinder. Along with the facts I mentioned above about Cinder, I was not a huge fan for Scarlet. She was determined and focused, which I love. But she was blind to the things around her and annoyed me quite a bit in some parts. She did not pull me in and like my friend Alice says in her review, we go back to an ignorant character after going through such a revelation with Cinder. I can deal with that sometimes, but this time, I did not think the execution on Scarlet's revelations were done as well. While pigheadedness can be a good thing, it can also lead to doom. Hers was doom for me in some areas. Areas, I unfortunately cannot explain due to spoilers. 

At one point, she was even being a butt to Cinder and I was about to hop off my treadmill before I talk all ghetto to her for speaking that way to MY character, thank you get really upset. Although that might have been due to all the stress I had already been having in the novel so it all built up to a big thing where I was getting set off easily. 

All in all, Marissa Meyer gets another thumbs-up from me. The ending? It hints at what will happen in the next novel (actually, Cinder lays it all out), but I wish we had gotten an extra sliver of what will happen with the next protagonist, Cress (Winter is the last one:). I was actually freaking out when I closed it and realized there wasn't even a cover to drool over. 

Verdict: A great sequel that does not beat the first one, but does a well-done job at tension.


  1. Yay! I'm glad you liked it! I also get what you said about Scarlet. I never thought about the fact that we go from a character fully in the know to a character with no knowledge whatsoever, and how that can be an issue. Great review!

    Must point out, though, that the next title character will be Cress, aka Rapunzel, not Winter! Which is good, because it means more books! :D

    1. Thank you!

      Ugh. My gosh. This is about the second time I have mixed up a name. I really have to be better at getting on top of reviewing. I'll put it off for the longest time and then when I remember, I'm so tired...and mix up stupid facts. Thanks ;)

    2. I do that ALL THE TIME. I really need to get in the habit of reviewing IMMEDIATELY after reading, but I almost never do that.

  2. Now I really want to start this series! Cinder is at my library and I keep saying, "Must. Get." But then I start reading other books!

  3. I ignored your warning because I am a rebel like that. I just won both of these in a contest so I can't wait to read Scarlet! Great review, I definitely can't wait to see more of this Wolf character!

  4. Oh! I ordered this one last week, it should be in my hands soon! Anywho, fab review, Sunny!

    I'm a little nervous about my dreams being crushed by this one, though. Scarlet doesn't really sound like she's as awesome as Cinder was, and I've heard that Kai is a jerk in this one. But Wolf...sounds swoony. And Iko!! She's back! I might die now, seriously! Again, great review, Sunny! :D

  5. Dying to read this one with all of my heart! I thought Cinder was great and this one has gotten quite a lot of hype! Some even liked it better than Cinder. I'm excited to get some new characters to love but to also have past characters back. Amazing review <3


  6. I totally get you..Overall I like Cinder more than Scarlet as a character and I also loved Captain Thorne..I enjoyed the book though! :)

  7. So I was pretty much nodding my head throughout your whole review going "Yes! Exactly!" :) I'm glad you loved the Cinder chapters too! Thanks for the mention, and I totally get how you felt when Scarlet and Cinder met, and Scarlet went off on Cinder! When I was reading it I was thinking "Oh, Cinder and Scarlet are going to meet! This will be so good--You're saying WHAT now, Scarlet?! Take that back!" Cinder and Scarlet are such different characters, so I'm really excited to see what kind of personalities Cress and Winter will have! :) Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  8. Yes! Everything you said! I agree completely! Except that I may have liked this one more...but that might only be because of the addition of Captain Thorne. Yum. :) He can still my ship any day! :P Great review!!!