Monday, February 3, 2014
by Marissa Meyer
Published: 2.5.14
Pages: 454

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.
Here it is! My three-month overdue review! 
I don’t know what it was that took me so long to read Scarlet, but it took me just that, a long time. And I regret that so much. Where Cinder was fun, Scarlet was the bomb. Where Cinder made your heart smile and flutter, Scarlet made you Swoon to high heavens!! Where Cinder was full of intrigue and building plots, Scarlet was exploding with action and twists. Basically take Cinder and multiply it by two and throw in a side of more freaking epic characters and you have Scarlet in a nutshell.

Scarlet ups so many of the dimensions that Cinder presented. We have a new batch of characters, mainly Scarlet and Wolf, (and Thorne!) bringing with them a new fairytale thread. I loved these characters. The way I was able to slip into their minds and enjoy the story was fantastic. Their voices were unique and filled with character. Scarlet was intense, passionate and brave. Wolf was fierce, mysterious and strong. Thorne was the comedic insert to the story. While we mostly saw Scarlet or Wolf narrating, all three had interesting storylines to match their fun and humorous voices.

And while these new voices are new, we still got to see some of Cinder and Kai. I’ll admit I was never totally in love with Cinders character. She’s interesting and I like her and Kai, but I’m so glad that we see much more development of the two in this book. This book gives so much more dimension to them and I really liked the direction they're headed as characters. Whereas Thorne, our new side-kick is so fun. He's quirky, and so funny. He's doesn't have a romantic interest but you love him all the same. 
 As for the romance build-up between Scarlet and Thorne it's done seamlessly! Their interactions grow and and so much fun and in the subtle ways that just work so well, chemistry builds until we are as much in love with them as they are with each other. **SWOON ALERT**
Cinder and Kai on the other hand are a totally different story! (If you know what I'm talking about from the ending of Cinder.) These two have a chance to develop more on a personal level, while at the same time, this development makes them seem so much more awesome, leaving you anxious for more of them in the next book. 

What makes these books so much fun is the fairy-tale aspect. And Marissa Meyer did a fabulous job of mashing Little Red and Cinderella together!  And the way she is able to cleverly fit the stories together and in the new futuristic society is just mind-blowing. Scarlet builds on the tension and continues on to be filled with action while exploding with new secrets and information. It’s all fantastic. This book left me with a thrill of adventure, fairy-tale (or not) romance and lots of exciting cliff hangers for Cress. I can for sure say this book was better than the first. I loved it all, the characters, new locations and world building. The new cast of characters is so much fun and it’s just SO. COOL.

Even if you weren’t blown away by Cinder I highly recommend you check out Scarlet. It’s for sure an awesome build to the world, characters and EVERYTHING! You'll be finished before you could say Big Bad Wolf.

Stay tuned for me review of Cress, live tomorrow on the release date! Happy Monday! XOXO, 


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