Friday, January 25, 2013

ARC Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
By: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 5th/13.
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC received from Publisher
Read the first 5 chapters here.
WARNING! This is a sequel, and as such may contain spoilers for Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1). You have been warned!!!
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 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.

My Thoughts:
Much more exciting than it's predecessor. No, seriously, Scarlet far surpasses Cinder in world-building, action, characters and ROMANCE!!!

In case you it's not obvious with my above statement, I LOVED Scarlet! Don't get me wrong I really enjoyed Cinder and its originality, but Scarlet played out like a box office film in my head. Meyer has out done herself in every possible way with her sophomore release!

We're introduced to so many wonderful characters that will have you swooning, laughing and crying a bit. Thorne is the perfect comedic rake, I love his and Cinder's platonic partnership! Meyer has a real knack for creating kick-butt heroines. Even though Scarlet and Cinder are two very different characters, with very different personalities and upbringings, they're both still so relatable and likeable, you just want to clap for their victories and cringe at their failures.

And Wolf *Sigh* I love this beast (excuse me I mean man). He is the strong silent type, but he puts Scarlet above everything and everyone, and will do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if that means keeping a few secrets of his own...

The chemistry between these two was great and the build up towards the relationship was paced perfectly!

I thoroughly enjoyed the way Meyer interconnected all her characters throughout Scarlet through multiple narratives. We're given a wider scope of the futuristic world that Meyer has created in her Lunar Chronicles series.

The ending was great at wrapping up some plots while creating the groundwork for the showdown that's sure to occur in the next instalment.

Just writing this review makes me want to read Scarlet all over again. I love all the characters and am eagerly awaiting book #3! Go pre-order Scarlet now! This series just gets better!

Happy Reading!!!

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  1. Well, I have not read this series but it sounds so intriguing. A retelling of Cinderella and Little red Riding Hood, like WOW! Scarlet and Cinder sound so intriguing, both of them look like strong heroines.
    LOVED your review,
    Your reader,

    1. Thanks Soma! I definitely recommend starting this series! :)

  2. Revises for scarlet is torture!!! I want to meet this chick already!

  3. This is the second great review I've seen for these books, and I'm going to have to bump them up on my TBR list....especially if the second one is better.

    thanks for the great review.

    1. Thanks so much Jen, you're making me blush! haha

  4. I am loving this series so far. Cannot wait for the third book!

  5. I just read Cinder and Scarlet last May, and I definitely loved Scarlet more than Cinder (not to say I didn't like Cinder...). Have you read Cress yet?