Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Square Fish
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Pages: 452
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2
Genre(s): Retelling, Sci-fi
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

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.

Oh my gosh. This book. I actually only think I put this book down to sleep and eat. I thought that Cinder was pretty good. I read it about a year and a half ago and gave it a five star rating on Goodreads. But, looking back I would drop it down to more like a 4, because, Scarlet took me on a freaking amazing rollercoaster ride. Marissa Meyer’s story in Scarlet was ten times better than in Cinder. I flew through this book, and now I have a book hangover.

I’ll admit that I was nervous going into Scarlet. I don’t like it when authors introduce new characters after the first book in the series. You see, I get attached to the original characters from book one, and form a shield against the new additions. I’m a loyal fangirl. But after reading just pages from newbie Scarlet’s perspective I knew I was going to love her. She’s fierce, feisty, and fiery, and I loved her personality.

Marissa Meyer did an amazing job of telling the stories of both Cinder and Scarlet, gradually weaving them together, and toward the end having them cross paths, leading into the next book. The few interactions that they had together were very enjoyable to read, and I look forward to reading more of the two of them together.

Speaking of interactions, I was happy to see the return of Iko! She was one of my favorite characters from Cinder, and having her back in Scarlet was awesome. She’s so funny, and is even more so in Scarlet. Their friendship is one of my favorite ever. Along with the return of Iko, there was the introduction of a couple new guys into the story, both of which I both adored. First we have Wolf – big, broody, and smoldering. Then there’s Thorne – egotistical, amazingly good-looking, and hilarious. Wolf and Scarlet’s relationship is definitely one that made me giggle, fangirl and smile uncontrollably. *swoons* As for Thorne, him and Cinder’s banter is priceless and I love the team that the two of them make. I can’t wait to see how their friendship progresses in the next book.

As for the story itself, there were so many reveals and tons of action! There wasn’t one thing that I didn’t love about Scarlet. So, overall, if you’ve read Cinder, Scarlet is a MUST read. The story just keeps getting better and better page by page. And if you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend that you do! It’s retellings like you’ve never seen them before.

Week in Review: August 10th

Week in Review

Week in Review is a weekly post in which I wrap up what’s happening in my life, in books, and in blogging (inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads)!

What I Did:

Sooo… my reading this week hasn’t been as gusto as I had hoped it could have been. I was at AP Art Camp every day this week from 8 in the morning to 12 noon drawing and believe it or not, it’s really tiring! But I won’t go on and list all of the excuses that I could for why I didn’t read as much as normal during my own read-a-thon. :/

It was my mom’s birthday this week so we went shopping, out to dinner and dessert and had a blast! Other than that there wasn’t much else notable in my week. It just went by so fast, kind of a blur, and it’s hard to remember everything.

Links I Loved:

  • This is an older article, but with all of the If I Stay movie talk at the moment, this article came to my attention. I was thinking about writing a whole post refuting Chloë Grace Moretz’s statement about the YA genre, but I just decided to write about it here in a few words to her. Chloë, that statement didn’t expose the shallow YA books, but rather your shallowness. There are many books like what she describes in the YA genre, sure, but also in Adult, too. It doesn’t mean that the whole genre is like that. Did you wear blinders through The Fault in Our Stars? What about The Hunger Games? Sure, there’s a love triangle, but there’s much more to the story of THG than that. If you can’t see that, than maybe you should be rethinking that statement you made, because clearly you’re the one who is “pathetic,” as you described it.

Forman’s novel might occupy a certain part of the bookstore, but Moretz doesn’t love the “young adult” designation. She thinks it diminishes the book’s value. “What’s interesting about Gayle’s novel is that it’s not really that YA. It deals with issues that are much bigger…it’s much darker than I think most YA is,” says Moretz. “I want people to walk in and feel like they actually felt something, and learned something, and realized something different about life that’s more than just, ‘Oh, I saw this love triangle and it’s super sad because she chose the guy I didn’t like. And then the movie was over.’ And you’re like, ‘Okay, that’s pathetic.’ You want to watch something that actually means something and makes you feel and makes you want to be involved. That’s what I wanted to make and that’s what I strive to make.”

-Entertainment Weekly article

  • Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books is looking for a co-blogger! She runs a fabulous blog so head on over if you think you may be interested. Or, head over just because her blog is awesome! 😉
  • The Delirious Reader shared that she is a mood reader! I totally understand her frustration as I am a TOTAL mood reader. It definitely makes it a little more challenging to be a book reviewer.
  • Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek did a second “Sharing the Bloggy Love” post featuring more bloggers! Go forth and discover new blogs!
  • Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings started a new feature called “Flames to Embers” where she showcases books she requested but then lost interest in reader after a while. I think that’s such a great idea to narrow down the books that she may still want to pick up after other people’s comments!

Books I Added to My Shelves:

*thinks hard* Oh my gosh. I. Did. Not. Get. Any. More. Books. This. Week. AHHH! What an accomplishment! I restrained myself from requesting NetGalley or Edelweiss review copies! YAY! 😀

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

I whizzed through Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, finishing it yesterday morning. I then veered away from my TBR for my #DustingofftheShelf read-a-thon to pick up Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Still blowing the dust off of this one as I’ve had it for a while so I’m not cheating, promise! 😉

On My Blog:

A lot less posts this week, but hopefully I’ll be back in full swing next week. Nothing planned so plenty of reading and blogging time! 😀

How was your week?! Let me know all about it in the comments!

xo, emily