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Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Hardcover $17.99 (454pages, FEIWEL & FRIENDS)
Ebook $9.99
Audiobook $39.99

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.

Author Site: marissameyer.com

Why grandma, what big secrets you have! (4 stars)

While Cinder is busy breaking out of prison and evading both the Lunars and the Earthens trying to hand her over to Queen Levana, Scarlet Benoit is just trying to find her missing grandmother. But the secrets kept by Scarlet's grandmother are the reason she's been kidnapped and why Scarlet is now in danger of falling into the wrong hands. Meeting Wolf, a mysterious young man with a skill for violence could just be a coincidence, or he could know something about who has her grandmother. But as Scarlet and Wolf make their way to Paris the secrets between them could destroy the growing feelings between them. When the paths of Cinder and Scarlet intersect worlds will collide and hard choices will have to be made to protect the people of Earth.

It's going to be a tough wait for the next book! SCARLET does move considerably slower and I had a difficult time plodding through the first 2/3 of it. With a mix of chapters focusing on either what was happening with Cinder or Scarlet it also made for a frustrating bit of wishing they'd finally cross paths. Even so, I think fans of CINDER would be doing themselves a disservice in skipping this one. There's a lot of revelation toward the end that makes up for the fact that we readers know Cinder's big secret from the get-go. Not huge surprises, but some interesting ones none the less.

Wolf is pretty enigmatic and under-developed. I wanted to like him more than I did but even once his big secret is out he lacks enough individuality to make me be more than ambivalent to him. Scarlet I liked in the way I always like Red Riding Hood, no matter her incarnation. In this case she's a tough farm girl who throws herself into her rescue mission without considering how dangerous it really is and that's actually kind of fun. The addition of another prisoner journeying with Cinder and the return of someone I don't want to spoil for you round out the cast nicely and the latter was done so awesomely I'm sure most fans of scifi and fantasy will love it.

Overall, a bit of a slow sequel that kicks up the pace in the last third that winds up being a good follow-up while setting up well for the next installment.

Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

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