“Well, this proves it doesn’t it? The princess really was here.”Thorne, Scarlet Page 323
Author: Marissa Meyer
Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today I will be doing another book review, this time for Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. This is the second book in the The Lunar Chronicles series. If you have not yet read my review on Cinder make sure to check it out (you can click on the title of the book to go to the review). This one took me a little bit longer to get through than I would have liked because I was just in a reading slump the week I read it. Which is actually how I ended up reading Lola and The Boy Next Door for my OWLs because I needed something to get me out of the slump I was in. Also there might be spoilers for the first book in this review since it is part of a series. If you have not yet read Cinder please proceed with caution.
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. 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.
Scarlet started off a little slow for me. I knew that I would like it but I just had to get into it. The hardest thing for me about this book was that I fell in love with the characters from the first book and the beginning of this book takes you into a whole other “story”. You still get to see your favorite characters and it really is just adding on to the world, but the main story line of this one is different. While Cinder was a retelling/add on to the Cinderella story, Scarlet does a similar thing with Little Red Riding Hood. Now little Red Riding hood was definitely not one of my favorite stories growing up. I found it completely ridiculous that the girl was going to her grandma’s house and that she about gets eaten. Because of that fact I didn’t expect to love this book as much as the first but the way that Meyer’s changed up the story was great. It still integrated parts of the first book that were important to the world, like Lunars, but added on to make the world and story grow even more.
Personally I found Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship to be a bit weird at first, but by about midway through the book I was rooting for them. I have fallen in love with them, even more since starting the third book (don’t worry hopefully that review will be out soon) and I think a lot of my current love for them is based off of something that happens then.
I also am annoyed with Kai and Cinder in this book but mostly just because I want them to be together so bad. That obviously won’t happen anytime soon, cause Kai gets engaged (which let’s be real we knew was gonna have to happen at some point) and Cinder is trying to escape from prison. Thorne is also a thorn in my side and I just kind of wanted him to go away during this book.
Overall I really did enjoy this book. I think that it is a good mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and fairytales. The world that is created in this book is one that you just want to see yourself, even with all the crazy things happening. I also petition that this series needs to be made into a movie, or a tv show. A tv show would give me more time to watch it and you would be able to add ALL THE THINGS. So okay, tv show. I want a The Lunar Chronicles tv show.
If you have not picked this book up yet, make sure you do. It is so worth the read.
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