Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – The Wolves

13206760Title: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar chronicles #2

Genres: young adult, sci-fi, romance

Format: audiobook

Length: 11 hrs 22 min

Narrator: Rebecca Soler

My rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.

REVIEW:

NOTE: this review is spoiler free for both Cinder & Scarlet.

It wasn’t that long ago that I read and raved about Cinder, the first book in The Lunar chronicles, so I couldn’t wait to get my paws on the sequel, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! This series is quickly becoming a personal favourite and I just have to gush some more! 🙂 Let’s see why this book is so awesome.

The new take on Little Red Riding Hood. LOVED IT! It was a fresh twist on a well-known story, and it included many of the main points while still managing to surprise the heck out of me more than once. Well done.
Scarlet. So, as the title indicates, this book introduces a new heroine, Scarlet. Her character is very different from Cinder, and took a little time for me to warm up to, but I loved her so much by the end! She was a little hysterical at times, but her loyalty and courage are admirable traits, and her tough love attitude with Cinder was great to see. I hope there will be more of these interactions in future installments. And Wolf? Hmmm. Honestly, my opinion and general feelings fluctuated a lot here. Some of that came from the plot twists, some of that came from the fact that with Kai already introduced as Cinder’s love interest in the previous book, the bar was set pretty high. I don’t love him as much as I love Kai, but we were more than OK by the end. I’m really curious to see where Marissa Meyer takes this particular character next.
Returning characters. Fear not, the old gang is still here, with a brand new addition in Captain Carswell Thorne. Based on the blurb, I already knew that the plot was going to be split this time between Cinder and Scarlet, and in the beginning I wasn’t completely sure about it, but I’m glad to say it worked. Scarlet’s story moved the plot forward more, but there’s plenty of Cinder too. Which brings me to Captain Thorne aka Cress’ future love interest. I honestly forgot he was already going to show up in Scarlet as a fairly significant character, but it was a welcome surprise. Yes, he was full of himself 98 percent of the time, and had the emotional maturity of a 5-year-old, but I see a lot of potential for character development here. He doesn’t fit the bad boy or the nice guy stereotype and provides some much-needed comic relief along with Iko. And Kai? In addition to being a worthy love interest, he’s shaping up to be a great leader too, but it’s not without sacrifice. The guy just needs a big hug. And he needs to be included more. Hopefully we’ll see that in Cress?
The ‘villain universe’  is also expanding with a new type. These creatures are pretty scary (and a little gross to be honest), though not nearly as much as Queen Levana and the thaumaturges. Their mind powers still give me the creeps.
The ending is similar to Cinder, not what you would call a true cliffhanger, but it makes you want the next book ASAP. I can’t wait to see how the plotlines and the characters come further together in Cress and Winter.
Overall, Scarlet is an amazing follow-up in a great series, no sophomore slump here! Highly recommended for everyone, and for once, ALL the hype is very well-deserved. Now I need Cress, and hopefully I’ll be back with the next gushy review soon! 🙂

Narration:

Excellent narration once again from Rebecca Soler. All the voices are spot on, even if I’m not the biggest fan of French accents or accents in general (Scarlet and her grandma lives in France though, so I can’t really complain).

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