Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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

Goodreads rating: 4.49
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC from ALA

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment 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.

I loved Scarlet just as much if not more than Cinder. Meyer set us up with this fantastical retelling of Cinderella, and now she's complicated things even further with an added retelling of Red Riding Hood. And yes, there is a big bad wolf. Scarlet's grandmother has been missing for some time now and the police have stopped looking. Scarlet learns of this while she's making a produce delivery for her grandmother's business. And that's where she meets Wolf, a street fighter. While Wolf is hard to figure out, Scarlet comes to realize that he may have something to do with her grandmother's disappearance. It's been only her and her grandmother for a long time. Her deadbeat father shows up, looking for something of her grandmother's. He won't tell Scarlet what it is, but he's desperate for it. And it's also when Scarlet gets a part of the truth of what happened to her grandmother. It turns out that Scarlet's grandmother is hiding a lot of things. Things that involve Cinder. It was amazing how it finally all clicked to realize that this second book in the series is all connected by Scarlet's grandmother.

The romance between Scarlet and Wolf was amazing. It's nothing like what we saw between Cinder and Kai. Scarlet begins to see Wolf as a threat and someone she needs to beat up, or at least interrogate, because she believes he has something to do with her grandmother's kidnapping. Wolf has a tattoo that her terrible father mentioned a part of when he had also been kidnapped with her grandmother by the same people. When Scarlet confronts Wolf at a fight, he tells her that it wasn't him that kidnapped her grandmother, but someone with the same tattoo. In fact, there's a whole pack of them. After that, Scarlet begins to realize that she needs Wolf in order to safe her grandmother, so she has him take her to the headquarters of this pack so that she can break her grandmother out. Along the way is when Wolf and Scarlet grow closer and closer, but Scarlet isn't letting herself get too close because she's on a mission to save her grandmother and Wolf is just shy. But there's something--something big--about Wolf that Scarlet could have never prepared for.

The other main POV of this book is obviously Cinder. We find out through Scarlet's eyes that horrible rumors are being spread about Cinder. When we get to her first part in the book, it's actually through the point of view of a one Captain Thorne, who Cinder eventually escapes with. He was an interesting character, and I can't decide if he's being considered as a second love interest for Cinder here. It's never really said how old he is, but he is explained as good-looking, so I'll be interested to see how that goes. It seems as if Cinder and Kai are totally doomed. Especially since Kai, while conflicted of his feelings for her, is completely betrayed by the idea that Cinder is Lunar. But at the same time, it doesn't really bother him. He knows that it should, but it doesn't, and meanwhile Cinder thinks that Kai hates her. But he has to try to search for her, otherwise the Lunar queen will attack, which she plans on doing all along anyway. There's some crazy stuff that happens at the end, and not everyone makes it out alive, but there's always hope. Cinder has to step up, and I think she's ready. I loved this sequel, and I cannot wait to see what happens in book 3! SO FAR AWAY!!!


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