Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
February 5, 2013
Feiwel and Friends
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.
SCARLET is an absolutely stunning sequel to the much-loved CINDER that is sure to make fans fall even more in love with the complex storyline. It picks up right where CINDER left off, this time with the introduction of new characters that I came to enjoy just as much, if not more, than the ones introduced in the first book. Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne are excellent additions to the dangerous world the books are set in. The action is multiplied in SCARLET and it takes us to a whole new realm of pure magnificence.
Scarlet’s introduction to the cruel world that Cinder inhabits is done with such an ease that it is a surprise she wasn’t in the first book. I came to adore Scarlet’s inner strength and all-encompassing loyalty and love she holds for her Grandma. The interactions between her and Wolf are sweet and hesitant at the same time, making their romance that much more special. Wolf is the perfect match to Scarlet. His personality will have readers of all ages swooning with delight. His raw power accompanied with his adorable shyness makes for a man who I can’t help but covet. Can I have him, please, Scarlet?
Cinder has her own role in SCARLET that will have readers intrigued. She still has much to learn about her Lunar powers and how to harness them, but she has a bit more confidence in herself after all that she’s been through, making her someone readers can easily root for. The introduction of Thorne who aids Cinder in her endeavors in SCARLET comes with much-needed comedic relief to such a dark plot. He made me giggle every time he opened his mouth! Along with his humor, he is a terrible flirt which made him even more amusing. I love Thorne! And no matter what Cinder says, I think she appreciates him too.
While CINDER had a heartbreaking ending, there is more hope in SCARLET. That being said, there are new threats to Cinder’s world that show just how ruthless Queen Levana can be when she wants to. She is a heartless ruler who will do anything to further her selfish agenda, no matter the cost to her own people. She made me want to slap her SO HARD. What an evil woman. And with further developments and secrets that come out in SCARLET, readers will learn just how far Levana will go when she does not get her way.
SCARLET is a phenomenal installment to the Lunar Chronicles. Readers will be heartbroken when the book finally comes to an end, if only because they can’t get their fix of this world for a whole other year. 2014, get here faster! We need more Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne!