Saturday, 23 February 2013

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) - Marissa Meyer; Review.

Book Details:
Hardcover: 454 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (5 Feb 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312642962
ISBN-13: 978-0312642969

Cinder returns in the second thrilling instalment of the New York Times-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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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After being drawn in to the magical world Meyer had created in her first book, Cinder, (the review for which can be found here) I was looking forward to reading the next instalment, and boy was it a surprise. In the best of ways of course (:

Meyer seems to have the Midas’s magical touch – whereby any fairy tale she touches, turns to gold. This was no exception, as in this new adventure, we’re drawn in to the tale of Red Riding Hood, with the ever present addition of the “Wolf.” We continue the story on from Cinder, but here we meet Scarlet. Just as kick ass as Cinder, just as cool, and just as likeable. We follow her on the quest to rescue her grandmother and weave in and out through the detailed and ingenious plot that Meyer creates.
I’m not the biggest fan of fantasy or alternate universe stories, but Meyer can’t help but draw you in with her writing, that’s balanced throughout the book. She doesn’t just throw in a twist and turn here and there to make it interesting, no, she actually slowly weaves it in so the pieces fall in to place in due time. I like that, I like that very much.

A great concoction of new characters, with a touch of flair that I’m coming to expect from Meyer’s storytelling, made this an enjoyable read, and my goodness, I can’t wait for the next 2 books in the instalment, which this time will feature Rapunzel and Snow White. So keep an eye out for the new ones guys!


  1. I have not read Scarlet yet! I loved Cinder and cannot wait to continue the saga! I have one question though: does the story still revolve around Cinder?