Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles book #2) by Marissa Meyer

  Title: Scarlet 
                                                                     Author: Marissa Meyer
                                                                     Pages: 454
                                                                     Published: February 5th 2013, by Penguin Group 
                                                                     Series: The Lunar Chronicles book #2
                                                                     Genre: Fantasy, YA
                                                                     Stars: 4/5

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.


Okay just hold on! Why on earth did I not read this series when it first came out?! I LOVED the first book of the Lunar Chronicles series and I’m IN LOVE with the second book; Scarlet! If you want to see my review for the first book Cinder click here.

Right, not that’s off my chest let’s get on with the review.

I really admired Scarlet, the main protagonist. She was a really gusty character for a small person and her hand held gun that she keeps at the back of her trousers was just another addition to her personality that served to strike her veryyy different from any other Red Riding Hood. She was just as hot headed as Cinder is.

On to Cinder, well I adored her just as much as I did in the first book. She’s going through a lot, processing a lot and not to mention trying to avoid being detected by a whole lot of people. Yet she copes reasonably well. She rocks!

Now on to the guys. The main guy here is called Wolf (haha so surprising) and at first he appears as a shy, awkward guy who can consume a ridiculous amount of food. However, as I delved more in the story, there’s more to this guy then what appears to the eye. He is tough and strong, there’s no question about it and of course that mostly has to do with his secret. But whenever he’s around Scarlet, he transforms into a shy little school boy. It’s quite sweet in fact and just shows the effect that Scarlet has on him.

I absolutely loved Captain Thorn’s personality!!! He reminded me sooo much of Flynn in Tangled (and guess what the third book is about....). He is absolutely hilarious, charming and was a lovely addition to the ever increasing cast (not that I’m complaining). I also loved the relationship between him and Cinder. Ahh, I just love the entire characters okay!!!

I loved the plot of this book. It fitted so well with the first book and you can see the unanswered questions left in the first book, being answered in this book. A lot of planning went into this entire series. I enjoyed reading about the role that Scarlet’s grandmother played in Cinder’s operation and learning about other juicy secrets that Scarlet’s grandmother had which automatically has an effect on Scarlet. Oh and Kai's small additions in the book was always good. 

I must say, reading the two perspectives of both Scarlet and Cinder and willing the part where both meet together to come faster was torture. It needed to come quicker but I did prefer it the way it was structured and written since it made it all the more enjoyable to read.

This book is just brilliant! 

Notable quotes/passages:
“Did you know that she was cyborg?” asked a woman in an unhidden tone of disgust.
Kai stared at her, appearing confused, then let his gaze dance over the crowd. He shuffled his feet
closer to the podium, a wrinkle forming on the bridge of his nose.
Cinder bit the inside of her cheek and braced herself for adamant disgust. Who would ever invite a
cyborg to the ball?
But instead, Kai said simply, “I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant. Next question?”
Cinder’s metal fingers jolted.” 

“He gaped at the controls. "Why is my ship talking back to me?” 

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