Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

December 29, 2013 Review 36 ★★★★★

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Purchased
Pages: 454
Release Date: 5th February 2013
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
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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)
  1. Take a well known & loved fairy tale and give it a unique twist
  2. Now put that in an amazing setting
  3. 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.
  4. Write a heart breaking and fun interpretation of the original story
  5. Bring in more fairy tales and connect them to the first one in surprising ways
  6. Add more characters that people will LOVE
  7. Connect the two fairy tales in an awesome way that cannot be bested
  8. Bring some danger and suspense  and twists to the plot.
  9. Don’t forget the lighter parts. AND SOME REALLY HOT ROMANCE TO MAKE READERS SWOON
  10. Write it and write it well with brilliant world building and foreshadowing and showing.
  11. 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.

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Overall: 4.7

36 Responses to “Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer”

    • Bec

      It’s a very brilliant concept! I love both of the girls. They’re very different. I can’t wait to read more of Marissa Meyer’s stuff :)

  1. Alise

    Sigh…your review makes me feel bad for putting this one down. Maybe I’ll try to pick it up again-I didn’t even get a chance to see all the characters meet yet! I did like Wolf though haha

    • Bec

      YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD!! But it might have been a good thing. I’d prefer you to read this book when you’re in a good reading mood.

      The characters don’t meet til the end, but they have a lot of connections. And Wolf is great ;)

  2. Kezia

    GAHHH BECCC!!! >< I wish I could do magic so I can pop a copy of Cinder out of thin air (and yes, I will give Cress to you I could do that HAHA xD) Not gonna lie, I'm eager to get my hands on a copy and start reading it already! This is about Little Red Riding Hood right? It's one of my faves fairy tale so I can't wait to know how Meyer adds her own twist! Great review, Bec!
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    • Bec

      I wish I could perform magic too because then I would magically give everyone a copy of all these books, and I’d get Marissa Meyer whatever she wanted so she could write more.

      This one is Little Red Riding Hood! (the other tales she’s done/doing are Cinderella, Rapunzel and Snow White). I can’t wait to see how she twists the other fairy tales in the late books.

      Thanks :)

  3. Jessica Nicole

    I just received this book and I can’t wait to read it! :D Your review only makes me want to read it even more! I enjoyed Cinder, but I wasn’t sure what to think of Scarlet, but I’ve read nothing but good things, so I’m excited to finally have the chance to read it! :)
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    • Bec

      I had the same sort of thoughts before I started Scarlet :) It’s a great sequel. I hope you love it like I did!

  4. Cait

    This is rapidly becoming my all-time-favourite series!! My GOSH. How can they be so awesome?! I really liked Cinder, but Scarlet just knocked my socks off. Wolf+Scarlet…yessss. I think Kai needed a bit of a slap in this one, but I’m hoping he sees the light eventually. I’ve read the first chapter of Cress…dying here. It can’t come out quick enough. :)
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    • Bec

      It’s pretty amazing :D Kai is doing what he thinks is the best thing for his country, even if we don’t necessarily approve of his decisions. And it is hard to overcome all the prejudices and beliefs you’ve been raised with so I can understand his decisions/thoughts.

      I refuse to read anything of Cress until it comes out cause I want read it with a clear, unspoiled mind. Can’t wait for it to come out :D

  5. Tanja

    I shall say this really quick and then run and hide! I STILL HAVEN’T READ CINDER. Yes, I’m an idiot and I do know that. I have heard most amazing things about this one and I know I’ll love it but I need to get myself to read it. I’ll do it next year, I must. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and amazing review :)
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  6. Iris

    I haven’t read any of her books yet… *goes hiding behind the couch*
    This is happening with too many books for my liking… I need to take some extra time of to read all the books that I still want and NEED to read!
    and your review only manages to put emphasis on that thought *sighs*
    Great review!
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    • Bec

      I need some time of uni to do that too. There’s so many good books on my wishlist that I haven’t been able to read yet…

      Thanks!

  7. Neysa Kristanti

    Yay, glad to hear that the MC in this one is more outspoken than the one in Cinder! I actually put my Cinder back in shelves since the MC kinda frustrates me with her yes-I’ll-do-it-nod-nod kind of trait. But seeing that its sequel sounds this amazing, I’ll probably pick it up again :D

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Bec

      Each of the heroines in these books are going to be very different from each other. I hope you can try Cinder again :)

    • Bec

      I was scared of that too! And it ended up being better than I expected! I can’t wait to see how Cress develops the plot further :)

  8. Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    So glad you enjoyed this as well. I know a few who didn’t like the sequel for some reason, but I really enjoyed it! I loved how the author incorporated both Cinder and Scarlet and thought she did an awesome job. I was all like YES when Cinder made her first appearance in the book lol Great review! I’m really curious about Cress.
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    • Bec

      It was such an awesome way to integrate the stories. I’m glad the characters stay in the other books of the series and actually play major roles.

      Thanks!

    • Bec

      That’s fair enough. Different people different tastes. I personally really loved it (obviously). I hope Cress is even better for both of us :D

      Thanks!

    • Bec

      Thanks! Retellings are some of my favourites so I’ve become obsessed with them slightly. I went through a stage where I basically marathoned Once Upon A Time books…

      I have not heard of this series. But I am going to look into it more, I can’t help myself.

    • Bec

      Reading them back to back is a great idea! I couldn’t wait that long though…

      Thorne and Wolf are amazing! I hope you love them.

      Thanks!

    • Bec

      It’s a pretty badass sequel. Not the best (I read some amazing sequels this year… well last year now) but it’s definitely good.

      The side characters are beautiful. I think we’re going to get a lot more Thorne in Cress. At least I hope so.

      The chemistry was hsdfksjhfafgdjk

    • Bec

      Thanks! We didn’t actually come up with this (it’s a free plugin made by Creative Whim I believe…) but it’s a good way to rate things.

  9. Kris (Imaginary Reads)

    I absolutely loved this book and how Marissa Meyer connects the fairy tales together. Plus, the characters are awesome. I love your review and how you came up with the steps for the writing process of an awesome fairy tale retelling. It’s a creative way to showcase the elements that make Scarlet the great book that it is!
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    • Bec

      Thanks!

      It’s a great book with amazing characters. The steps were a spur of the moment thing when I started the review :)

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