Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin Books [Ebook]
Release Date: February 5th 2013 [Ebook]
Pages: 464
Read it in: 2 Days
Source: Christmas gift from my Mum

Synopsis: Goodreads

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.

My Review:

I instantly got Scarlet and started reading it and I have to admit, I was not as hooked by Scarlet’s story as I was Cinder’s. That was until we met Wolf. Then everything seemed to pick up in pace! So this novel is a retelling of Red Riding Hood, as the names may have suggested. And at first I was somewhat annoyed ’cause I thought that perhaps it was a separate story? And after the way Cinder ended, I was not okay with that. I quickly found out that was not the case, as every few chapters we got a chapter about Cinder and Thorne and Kai and so on. The stories were the same story!

Basically, Scarlet and Cinder are both from the same universe, fighting the same battle (As such) it is just two different girls during the same war and time. Or so I thought, because soon enough it became clear that these two stories were going to mix in a way I had no originally thought they would mix. And it was clever, and I loved the way they intermingle with each other. It just made sense.

Scarlet did start of slower and it just didn’t grab my attention much. That being said, she was a great character and although not as ‘center of attention’ as Cinder, she was still a great addition. Same can be said for Wolf, and I imagine he’ll play more of an important role in Cress (the third book in the series) so I’m excited to see where his character is taken. These two were really the only two characters that are continuing on (that were new in Scarlet) that I’m interested in, makes sense as they’re the Red Hood and Big Bad Wolf part of the Red Riding Hood tale.

The story is getting really really good! We’re delving deeper into this mystery and I am loving every moment of it. Every time some new information is revealed I audibly react! Whether through a ‘ooooo’ or a ‘what?!’ – I’m sure my boyfriend is fed up of me reading this series now. But as I said, the more we find out, the more I’m so very invested in this series. It’s doing a wonderful job of keeping me hooked.



Although not as good as Cinder throughout the whole book, it was certainly a good addition to the series and I am very excited to see where it goes next!

“But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.” – Wolf


3 thoughts on “Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

  1. Ayunda says:

    I really enjoyed Scarlet too! It was filled with so many twists and turns and opposite from you, I actually like Scarlet more than Cinder! Also the chapters from Kai’s point of view was really great to read. Cool review!

    • TylerRosexD says:

      I also really enjoyed Kai’s chapters 😀 I’ve seen a few reviews that say one or the other, so I can’t say I’m surprised that you prefer Scarlet 😀
      I’m glad you enjoyed the book though! 😀

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