Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: February 5th, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 454 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Retellings, Fairy Tales


I had herd that many people didn’t like this book as much as the first, I was expecting to feel the same way but I found that that wasn’t the case. I think that I enjoyed Scarlet more than Cinder because in Cinder the big surprise in the end that the entire book was building up to I ended up figuring it out pretty fast, it wasn’t the case with this book.

I thought that it was great that they started on a new part of the story while also continuing on with where Cinder left off, and eventually they come together. The beginning was a little slow for me when it came to Scarlet and Wolfe, I found that at first I was bored with them and their storyline, I was only mildly interested in what happened with her grandmother. Over time the plot did pick up and it became more interesting, and they were able to keep my interest throughout the rest of the book.

The book did feel like it started at different speeds, where Scarlet and Wolfe’s was slow, everything that was happening with Cinder, “Captain” Thorn, and Kai feels like it started at a faster paste and kept it going throughout the book. This may because we were technically starting a new story when it came to Scarlet and Wolfe, but were continuing the story for Cinder, this may be why I have this feeling.

The characters that were introduced in this book, over time I did come to like Scarlet and Wolfe. My favorite character so far in the series is “Captain” Thorne, is it just me or does he remind you of Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise? I just love “Captain” Thorne, he is just so funny and I love acts in certain situations.

The ending did leave me with some mixed feelings, the little scene we see of Queen Levana makes me believe that there is more to her than meets the eye, I can’t wait to see her character explored more. I did notice and improvement in Marissa Meyers writing from book one to book two, this makes me even more excited to see what she has in store for us next.

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