Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

March 28, 2014 Review 54 ★★★★

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 454
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Science Fiction, Young Adult
The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

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.


You guys are going to hate me for this, but I thought Cinder was just…okay. So I wasn’t too apt to read Scarlet but I did buy a copy of Cress (for some unknown reason) so I read Scarlet. And really disliked it. Until I got past the first hundred pages and everything started to flow so much better. After that, I was converted. Hooked.

One of the best things Marissa Meyer does with her writing is showing not telling. Just like your English teacher drilled into you for all those years. For example, instead of saying: “The wolf’s howl scared her” Meyer wrote this:

 “A sickening howl stopped her, sucking the air out of her lungs.
The night’s chatter silenced, even the loitering city rats pausing to listen.
Scarlet had heard wild wolves before, prowling the countryside in search of easy prey on the farms.
But never had a wolf’s howl send a chill down her spine like that.”

In addition to the familiar characters of CINDER, there are plenty of new faces in SCARLET that you can swoon/cry/scream over. Thorne, Wolf, and Scarlet are three new main characters we get introduced to, and they are each written so originally and have such unique personalities you can not help but love them.

Characters in a gif:


Thorne is the comedy relief of the group. He is described as good looking and loves the ladies. The thing I liked about Thorne is how easily he can lighten up a situation while still taking everything so seriously when he needs to. While I don’t necessarily “ship” him with Cinder or Scarlet, I do like the friendship that develops between them. Don’t you worry, Thorne. You’ll have your girl.



Seriously, YA heroines have nothing to complain about unless they have lived a day in Cinder’s shoes. Cinder, Scarlet, and Kai have their set of challenges in this book, and none of them are easy. Scarlet’s grandmother has been missing and this strange guy she met might be her only clue to finding her-if he doesn’t kill her first. Kai has been trying to deal with the fallout of Cinder’s situation at the ball, trying to appease the evil Queen Levana by trying to track down Cinder all the while fighting his feelings for her despite her true origins. And Cinder, poor Cinder, is an escaped fugitive the entire world is on the lookout for.

 Queen Levana


This chick has some huge plans for Earth and they all involve death, destruction and mayhem, everything a villain could wish for. Kai’s hatred for Levana is so strong that it alone makes you despise this character. Plus, View Spoiler »


He literally can not be tamed *snort* Ah, the irony.

Is he a good guy, is he a bad guy? No one knows. Scarlet is sure intrigued by him, but can’t help her suspicion that he may be part of Team Bad Guy/Grandmother Stealing Meanies. Plus, what’s with that name-Wolf? Sounds prettyyyy sketchy.

Anyway, CINDER fans will be loving this one and if you didn’t like Cinder, still give it a try! I’m proof that this series can still win you over!

Rating Report
Overall: 4

54 Responses to “Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer”

  1. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    This is toootally my favourite of the series, still! I JUST ADORED EVERYONE IN THIS BOOK. I was originally weirded out by Thorne, but gosh, I love ‘im. (Although he kind of is a bit too much like Jack Sparrow??) I love his and Cinder’s banter. They are so witty together. XD And Scarlet/Wolf were quite kick-butt together. Marissa Meyer is so freaking fantastic. I would seriously buy anything she wrote now.
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    • Alise

      Even with Cress? :O I haven’t read it yet so I can’t judge :p

      Thorne was definitely a little weird at first, especially with his obsession with the ladies xD I agree, they are so fun. Yeah, and bonus because re-tellings :D

  2. Andrea @ Bookish

    The relationship between Throne and Cinder can only be described as brother and sister. And one of the best examples I’ve ever read – you’ll really get to enjoy it during Cress!

    I also really love the relationship between Scarlet and Wolf. So. Stinking. Cute. They’re probably the couple I ship the most of of the entire series. I don’t want to spoiler it for your readers who haven’t read it yet, but . . . that kitchen scene?! *dies*
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    • Alise

      That’s a great way to put it! They definitely have that dynamic, and it’s a great addition to any series. Can’t wait!

      They really are cute, I love them together. Perfect complements.
      xD yes!

    • Alise

      For a second there, I was like “Tom Hiddleston gifs?” and then I remembered: Loki. Didn’t put those two together for some reason then, haha. Right? Cinder was just alright, but Scarlet really impressed me!

  3. Kim @ Kimberly's Novel Notes

    I felt the same way about Cinder. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t Love it. So, like you, It took me a while to pick up Scarlet and I really enjoyed it. I had the same problem with the book until I hit the 100 or so page mark, then I was hooked!
    What I loved about this book was how wonderfully Marissa Meyer can write a character. All of the characters are just amazing!!
    Great review :D
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    • Alise

      That’s so awesome this book was a turning point for more than a few people. I bet it was Wolf ;)

      I so agree! All of them are so different and complex, which makes them an absolute joy to read about.

    • Alise

      Yeah, I so can not wait to read Cress. Got to get through these review copies though, but I am eying Cress every chance I get ;)

    • Alise

      The cyborg thing is offputting to me by default, but I was fairly pleased with that, especially as you get to know the main character that is half-cyborg. Sci Fi isn’t *usually* my thing. Thank you!

  4. Kirsty-Marie

    I haven’t read Cinder yet, but it’s nice to see that somebody wasn’t that impressed by it, especially since everyone keeps raving about it. I caved and bought it a few weeks back, so at least I own it now. And also great to see that even if I don’t like it as much as I want to, I might just like Scarlet more. :) Glad you liked this one a lot better! :)
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    • Alise

      I know what you mean, I definitely felt like a black sheep for just “tolerating” it. This one has really turned the series around for me. Hey, that’s a step in the right direction :) Although if you are like me, buying it doesn’t promise anything xD Thank you!

  5. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I actually didn’t love Scarlet as much as Cinder, but this whole series is really great, so I’m glad that you are enjoying it! And I think Cress is the best of the three, so think you will continue to enjoy it! I love the gif you used for Thorne btw, it’s perfect! He is my favorite character in the series so far! :)
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    • Alise

      I’ve heard that particular thought a few times now. Was it the POV changing for you? Thanks! I really can’t wait to read Cress now, I just want to pick it up this very moment. Thank you! I think he’s my favorite as well :D Kai’s pretty cool but we didn’t see much of him in this one.

    • Alise

      Oh gosh, I can not stand waiting for a books! I may just try to put off Cress until then, ha. (But we both know that’s probably not going to happen.) :)

    • Alise

      I didn’t care for her too much in the first book either. Something about her character just put me off. Liked her in this one though!

  6. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    I definitely am with you! I liked Cinder, but I didn’t quite LOVE it, but Scarlet is just full of awesomeness – I think it’s my favorite in the series (so far…)! I agree – the characterization is just pheonominal and the romance is always so unique and well-done! They way Meyer blends together action, romance, characterization, and suspense is truly remarkable!

    Thanks so much for sharing Alise, and, as always, brilliant review! Glad you liked this one! :D
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    • Alise

      Awesome that you went through the same experience! Oh gosh, yes! I always prefer character driven novels but this has that plus so much more that just works so well-love it!

      Thank you so much, Zoe! :D

  7. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    A little embarrassed to say I still haven’t started this series yet (eeep!), but I’ve been meaning to, I swear! So glad this one picked up for you, all I seem to hear is gushing and love for this series from all my blogger friends!
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  8. Andreea

    Awesome review!

    I loved Cinder. It’s one of my favorites, but I gave Scarlet ‘only’ 4 stars because I wanted more of Cinder and Kay. I liked Scarlet and Wolf but didn’t love them as much as I love Cinder.

    But then I read Cress (which I will review soon) and I was blown away. In Scarlet, I didn’t care much about Thorne, but that was a different story in Cress.

    I love Meyer’s writing style and after reading Cress I think she’s a very talented author!
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    • Alise

      Yeah, same. Would have loved to see more interaction between those two. Maybe in the next book? I see their relationship being more slowly developed.

      Ooh, you’ve got me itching to read Cress now! As if I wasn’t before!

      I agree! All her books are very easy to get into.

    • Alise

      Throne is definitely an awesome love interest ;)

      Thank you! Anything is infinitely more awesome if Tom Hiddleston is on it.
      .. I feel like that sounds wrong xD

    • Alise

      I haven’t read Cress yet either but this one is also my favorite so far!

      And of course you can’t, it’s Tom Hiddleston, after all ;)

  9. Neysa Kristanti

    Oh, glad to hear that this one is a great read too!
    I’m planning to read Cinder soon, so hearing that the next book is also going to be great is nice!
    Also love the showing not telling kind of writing :D And Thorne sounds really interesting!

    Thanks for sharing, Alise! Great review!

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

    • Alise

      Yeah! So even if you don’t like Cinder, you may like Scarlet xD
      There are no words to describe Throne, you just have to experience it for yourself :P Hope you like the books when you get around to reading them!

      Thank you!

  10. Tanja

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one!!! :) I loved it too and your gifs are always amazing. Needless to say I always stop for a minute when you post Tom Hiddleston gif :)
    Great post :)
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  11. Aman

    I wasn’t a huge fan of Cinder either, but I loved the world enough to read Scarlet and I fell in love with that book the minute Wolf was introduced! I loved his mysterious personality, though a lot of readers said that if you read the Queen’s Army or something novella before, it would help explain his side of the story more. I haven’t read it, but seeing how far Winter is, I guess I have to. Oh YAY another Thorn fan! I loved him so freaking much! I can’t wait to see what you think of him in Cress. Great review, Alise :)
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  12. Alise

    Right? It’s interesting to know how many people felt the same. Oh, really? Now I really want to read that Novella! Yeah, me too! I’m really excited to read it. Thank you!

  13. Melliane

    I heard so many great things about this series and I confess I’m curious. I bought Cinder but I still need to try it. Can’t wait to see if my feelings are the same.

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