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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer- Review

Friday, June 20, 2014

There was no way I could wait much longer to read this book... which is the second in the series of the Lunar Chronicles.  Plus Cress the third book just finally came into the library so I had to really hurry. Here is the goodreads description

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.  

I love this series so much.  One of the better series I have read in a long time.  Could be that I love fairy tales so much???  I had no idea if I would like this book or not.  I mean... how many times has a second book in a series been awful?  Or just doesn't really move the series along? This is an excellent second book.  A few new characters are introduced and I think that is what really keeps this one going.  Plus we get to see Cinder (from book 1) and Scarlet's stories merge together into one... so while you are reading the book you are anticipating for this to happen.

These books also have a great cast of men.  And not those normal guys you read about in Young Adult books.  We have Kai, Thorne, and Wolf.  All enjoyable strong characters who are all completely different from one another.  My favorite so far is Thorne who has a great sense of humor.  His chemistry with Cinder is great. What I also liked about this book is there is a lot of back story going on here.  We are learning about the characters and this makes us feel connected.  I still like Cinder's story better then Scarlet.  Probably because since she is the first character we get to know.

I thought when I picked up this series that the whole series was out... well turns out there is a fourth book Winter still to come.  Sooo... I'll have to wait around for that one.  It was announced though that there will be a 5th book called Fairest that will be a prequel to the series.  What!!  It comes out in January so the good news is that it will hold me till November 2015 when Winter comes out. I just adore the cover!


The one thing about this series is we are never left guessing what is going to happen and who is who.  I remember discovering who Cinder was early on in her book and then in this book I guessed the connection between Cinder and Scarlet early on.  I suppose this is to make us want to just yell at the characters and tell them what is going to happen.  I love this series.  Well written plots and characters!

The crystal ball says:


Sun is shinning!!!  Great day to go outside and read this book.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
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30 comments:

  1. Quinn's Book NookJune 20, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    I'm SOOOOO glad you loved this Scarlet. I love it too. I agree, I do like Cinder more than Scarlet, but Cress is my favorite. There is lots of Thorne awesomeness in Cress, too!

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  2. Yay, I'm so happy you loved this one! And just echoing Quinn, Cress is even better! I love Thorne too - he's so funny, he steals the show so many times! :) I was happy to hear about Fairest too, although I kind just want Winter first, but I do understand if Fairest will make reading Winter that much more better!

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  3. I have yet to read Cinder, but at least I have it ! I'm looking forward to meething Thorne ^^

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  4. shootingstarsmagJune 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I really, really need to start this series. That's crazy that the fourth book isn't coming out for like, over a year. But I'm happy that the prequel isn't too far away - LOVE that cover.

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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  5. I can't wait to get started on Cress this week. I will be on vacation so what better time to read it???

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  6. I loved Thorne.. he is totally my type of guy. I just love him and Cinder together. I kind of hope she ends up with him and not Kai but I suppose I will just have to wait and see what Meyer has in store in the future books.

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  7. I recommend these books to everyone. I just actually recommended this for a teen and their parents are going to by it for them for their birthday. That never happens. I just hope she likes it.

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  8. He is like sexy sexy (in my mind at least). Though.. there is ever a darker bad boy in the book, Wolf. I just couldn't decide which one I liked better!

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  9. I can't comment on your blog. I can read it... but then when I hit the comment part Disqus and Blogger get confused. I think it's because you have that 18 and over warning and that freezes everything up.

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  10. Izzy @ Books With IzzyJune 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    I'm glad you love this series! I read Cinder a while back and I known Scarelet and Cress, but haven't read them yet. I've heard that Cress is amazing so I'm definitely going to have to pick them up soon. I actually didn't know about that prequel till now, but I think that does make me want to read Scarlet more, since the thing holding me back how long until Winter comes out!

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  11. I'm so intrigued by this series even though it it so outside of my comfort zone in terms of what I normally reach for in a book. I like that there's a solid group of male characters. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I still haven't picked up the rest of this series, I only read Cinder, but LOVED it! Glad to see that you enjoyed Scarlet! Your review makes me want to go grab it off my shelf and read it right now (:


    Lisa
    www.turningpages94.blogspot.com

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  13. I am so so soooo excited for Fairest!! I love it when authors expand their series like that!! But, come now...more books I must desperately wait for?!! XD I think Winter comes out in Jan or Feb?? Either way I'm absolutely dying to read it. I must know how this all ends!! I've never read a series where I've rated ALL the books 5-stars! Until this one... ;)

    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

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  14. I have yet to read Scarlet (*whispers* fairy tales are not really my thing), but I'm glad you enjoyed it. Isn't it the best feeling when you find a book that you want to read on forever? I did enjoy Cinder quite a lot though, so I'll try to "make" myself continue this series.

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  15. I have trouble commenting on Wordpress these days, but I don't have problems with Disqus and Blogger on other blogs ? Well, that's how the net goes :)

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  16. I love the Lunar Chronicles! It is going to be impossible to wait until November for Winter, but I will be reading Fairest as soon as possible. I'm so excited for where this series is heading. I love how strong of a character Scarlet is.

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  17. Well... I suppose that now we do have Fairest to keep us busy until Winter comes out. I love Meyer's writing... so I expect great things from her next books.

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  18. Humm... well... I don't know if I should recommend it or not. What do you usually avoid? Young Adult or Fantasy/sci-fi? If it's Young Adult I would say pass... but if it's fantasy then I would say give it a shot.

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  19. Seriously... push it ahead of all the books you want to read... push it ahead!

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  20. Winter was pushed back to Nov 2015. Sooooooo Fairest now comes out in Jan. I hate to give you the bad new. This is a five stars series so far for me too... I didn't even think about that! I have been sick this week laying out in bed... and am about to start reading the next book.

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  21. I don't think I've read a bad review either now that you say that. It is a great series... I am sure it will join the YA movie craze next and we will see these books on the big screen.

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  22. If you enjoyed Cinder you should enjoy this one too. It wasn't as good as Cinder to me of course but I still really enjoyed it. I would be interested to see what you think.

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  23. So many fans of the series! So fun to read those types of comments. I just love when everyone loves a book!

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  24. Yeah... I kept clicking on the dang thing to comment and it kept going to the warning before it would go to Disqus which is fine and I clicked yes... then it would just go to a blank page. Could've just been that night though.

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  25. Excellent review, Angela! I really enjoyed reading about how much you love this series, and I agree that the cover for Fairest is quite stunning!
    I'm not a fan of the series myself, I just could never get into Cinder unfortunately (I really wanted to like it), but the love I see for it in your post makes me happy, and I'm really glad it's such an important book/series for you.

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  26. I remember you saying that now ... that you didn't really enjoy Cinder. I almost thought I wasn't going to enjoy this one. I started it and just wasn't in the mood to start a new book and then it took a little while but I did get into it after all.

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  27. Sigh, I agree with you: SO MANY TIMES a sequel just fails to live up to it's predecessor but I was equally thrilled that Scarlet MORE than lived up to Cinder! It was just such a wonderful and addictive addition to a stellar series so far. I still need to read Cress myself but it's been staring at me from my shelf for far too long, I need to give in soon ;-D I'm already excited for Winter AND Fairest!! Awesome review ^^ we'll have to compare notes on Cress!

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

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  28. I just went ahead and grabbed Cinder last night and decided to just read it ahead of everything I am reading. I decided why read something I am unsure of.. and just read Cress because I know it is going to be good. I can't wait to see what you think about Cress too and I am going to go and look for your review on Scarlet.

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  29. Woot woot! I loved Scarlet as well! But sadly, I haven't been able to get to Cress yet. It's so depressing. Lovely review Angela!

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  30. I am reading Cress right now and really really loving it. This series is just AMAZING! It took me a long time to get Cress from the library. Seriously.. I just got it which is why I am trying to hurry and read it before it's due back.

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