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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cinder was one of my all-time favorite debuts from last year. I honestly didn't know how Marissa was even going to top it when Scarlet came out. And thanks to my awesome and lovely friend Amy at Denim-Jacket Librarian Dishes, I have a signed copy!! Anyway, I was super excited for this one and just tore into it as soon as it was in my hands.


Here is the summary 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.

What I Liked: Ahhh!! Oh my gosh. Okay, so when I thought that nothing could top Cinder, clearly I was wrong. 1) First let's talk about the addition of Scarlet and Wolf. Miz Meyer has an awesome talent for creating characters that are likeable and realistic, even if they are supposed to be kind of unrealistic (a cyborg, a fairy tale character...). I kept forgetting that I was reading a book because I was so into it. And (back to my original point) adding Scarlet and Wolf to this story brought us a new story arc and a new setting to us, so it made it all the more interesting. 2) At first, I wasn't sure how Scarlet and Cinder were going to relate to each other, because for a long time it seemed as if we were just following two separate stories that didn't overlap at all. But the deeper I got into the story, the better I liked how were were switching back and forth between Cinder and Scarlet's plots. I should have known that at some point they would have to have some relation to each other. 3) I...ah! I'm still in awe of how creative this story is. So we all knew going into this one that it was going to be, well, a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. But re-telling is not the best word. That's what is so great about this one. All of the key elements are there, but the story in itself is so creative that I never once felt like I fell into that familiar story arc from LRRH. 4) The...details. Or, even just her writing style. (Geez, I am fangirling big time over here. It's almost embarrassing.) Her language is so active that the story just jumps off the page and I was able to dive headfirst into it. 5) One of the things that is so unique about the Lunar Chronicles series is that it doesn't fit into a neat box. Dystopian, sci-fi, teen romance, fantasy - Marissa Meyer has taken elements of many different popular genres, and created a series that's one of the most unique stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

What I Didn't Like: Yeah, since I almost broke my computer with all the fangirling...

Overall Thoughts: Scarlet is easily my favorite book I've read so far this year. I don't know that I can give a more ringing endorsement than that.

My Rating: 5 shots
 

4 comments:

  1. I checked it out, took it home, and didn't read it. Must start all over. Thanks for the hype. I'm on it!

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  2. Awesome review!! I really need to read this. I had it pre-ordered and still haven't read it yet lol!! I just haven't had time to fit it in.

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  3. I loved this one. I really don't think I've seen anyone who loved Cinder and didn't love Scarlet. Excellent second book. Great review!

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  4. I also didn't think anything could top Cinder, but man, Scarlet was amazing! I'm totally a Marissa Meyer fangirl!

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