Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: 5th February 2013
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Genres: 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.
At the rate Marissa Meyer is going, she’s going to end up one of my all time favourite authors. I really enjoyed CINDER and had heard SCARLET was even better, but I never expected it to be this good. I loved it so much. So so much. It’s one of my favourite reads of the year and is a fantastic retelling of some classic fairy tales. Marissa Meyer needs to tell us her secrets. Or just write something like:
How to Write an Awesome Fairy Tale Retelling, A guide by Marissa Meyer (sort of)
- Take a well known & loved fairy tale and give it a unique twist
- Now put that in an amazing setting
- Add some side characters that are deep and awesome and make people fall for them. Strong leads that can are relateable and fun to read about are are a good idea.
- Write a heart breaking and fun interpretation of the original story
- Bring in more fairy tales and connect them to the first one in surprising ways
- Add more characters that people will LOVE
- Connect the two fairy tales in an awesome way that cannot be bested
- Bring some danger and suspense and twists to the plot.
- Don’t forget the lighter parts. AND SOME REALLY HOT ROMANCE TO MAKE READERS SWOON
- Write it and write it well with brilliant world building and foreshadowing and showing.
- The process is complete.
I am pretty sure that was her exact writing process in SCARLET :P Everything that I listed there is what made it so perfect. Scarlet is an amazing MC–stubborn and fiery and very different to more reserved and quiet Cinder. She stands up for what she believes in and defends other people.
Cinder is also in it, along with our favourite characters from that first novels. New characters like Thorne and Wolf are also introduced and are great additions to the plot. Thorne is hilarious and Wolf… he is dark and mysterious and HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH SCARLET ADHLSKHDKJSHDkS. Yeah, this has great romance. LOTS of chemistry between Scarlet and Wolf and it’s just magnificent.
Other things I really enjoyed was the plot and the way the Scarlet’s story connected to Cinder’s. I never expected it to connect so well, and it’s great. It give you a lot of answers and generates even more questions. The plot of this also had a lot more action than CINDER (with 2/5 main characters being fugitives and the others hunting for a missing person kidnapped by the villains) and there were some good twists. Very good twists.
The only thing I would have asked for was more Kai and a glimpse of Cress. Also more pages for Scarlet x Wolf romance. I wanted more of that. Everything else about the book was borderline perfect. I cannot wait to see how Cress’s story becomes entangled with the gang in the next book which really needs to be in my hands RIGHT NOW (who has a ARC of CRESS and wants to send it to me? I will love you 5ever)
If you’re looking for a unique, great fairy tale retelling you really need to get into this series. Chances are you’ll love it.