Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Source: Received for review
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwal and Friends
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.
Everyone I knew raved about Cinder and couldn’t wait to get their hands on Scarlet. I felt like I was missing something because while I enjoyed Cinder, it didn’t blow me away. That has all changed after reading Scarlet! I loved it and cannot wait for the next book.
When I first heard that it was about a new character Scarlet I was confused over how it was going to related back to Cinder. I thought the story was going to focus more on Scarlet with Cinder in the background but never fear Cinder fans, you will get plenty of Cinder time as well. That said the new characters definitely stole my heart. Move over Kai there’s a new man…er…wolf? in town and I am in love with him. Cinder’s new sidekick, Captain Thorne, cracks me up and readers definitely will want to see more of him.
The story itself was wonderful as well. There are plenty of twists and turns in the story line to keep you on your toes and it’s definitely action packed. The only slightly downside to the story was Kai. Granted he did not get that much attention but I felt what he did get didn’t show him in the best light. He fell flat to me and didn’t have much spunk to him but hopefully that will change in book 3.
I definitely recommend this book whether you were a fan of Cinder or not!