BOOK REVIEW: Scarlet – by Marissa Meyer

brscarletTitle: Scarlet
(The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
First published: February 5th 2013
Finished reading: July 5th 2015
Pages: 452
Rating 5

“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”

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I didn’t know I could end up enjoying Scarlet even better than I did Cinder. I guess I did. Or at least it was a really close call… I’ve become seriously addicted to The Lunar Chronicles and it’s hard not to start fangirling all over the place. This series is just so awesome! The characters, the prose, the setting… Everything just works perfectly together. Scarlet is more of a Little Red Riding Hood retelling and I love the new storyline with Scarlet and Wolf. Since I read The Queen’s Army before reading Scarlet, I was already aware of Wolf’s character and his ‘skills’. It didn’t take away my reading pleasure though, and I was on the edge of my seat until I reached the last page. And now I need to read Cress ASAP to know how it continues! Like I said, this series is highly addictive. Marissa Meyer has already made it to my favorite YA fantasy author lists… If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles and enjoy YA fantasy reads, this should be your next read!

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WARNING: do not read this summary if you haven’t read Cinder yet! It will most likely contain spoilers, even though I’ve made sure to keep it short.

Cinder now knows her true identity and she has to try to break out of prison to save herself. It’s not easy, but with some help she manages to escape. Cinder and prisoner ‘Captain’ Thorne find their way to Thorne’s stolen ship and soon find themselves temporarily safe… Lunar Queen Levana demands to have Cinder found and Emperor Kai is desperate to have her back to prevent a war. He doesn’t know about Cinder’s secret and doesn’t want Queen Levana to have an excuse to take over Earth.

On the other side of the world, Scarlet’s grandmother is missing. What she doesn’t know is that it’s connected to Cinder’s secret… And she ends up being in danger as well. Scarlet meets a strange street fighter named Wolf, not knowing there is something off about him. Wolf promises her to help her find her grandmother, but is he after something else as well?

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I’m having difficulties in describing how much I loved Scarlet and this series. There is just something about the main characters, the prose, the setting and the fact that they are all different fairy tale retellings that makes The Lunar Chronicles into such a perfect read. Plus, no love triangles so far! That’s a huge bonus, since most YA novels seem to have one lately. This series is definitely a must-read for YA fantasy fans!

WWW Wednesdays #47 – July 8th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

wonderthegoldfinchI’m currently reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio and really enjoying it so far. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to read it! I’ve also started reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Finally! I’ve had a copy collecting dust on my shelves ever since it came out… So I guess it’s about time. It’s too early on to form a proper opinion about it though.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Iscarletihuntkillers absolutely loved both last two reads and given them 5 stars each… It’s been a while since I had two amazing reads in a row! I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is a creepy, disturbing but amazing read. It ends with a cliffhanger that makes me want to read the sequel ASAP! Scarlet was just as great as Cinder or maybe even better, and I will definitely try to read the rest of Marissa Meyer‘s The Lunar Chronicles VERY soon.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavemasqueradeI have been saying that I am going to read either my TBR jar pick The Kings Of Cool or The 5th Wave next for the past two weeks… But apparently that isn’t going to happen. To be honest, I don’t have a clue what to read next. Maybe Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier for the When Are You Reading? challenge?

WWW Wednesdays #46 – July 1st

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

the100scarletI’ve started reading The 100 by Kass Morgan the other day for my Bookish Bingo challenge, but I was distracted by The Lunar Chronicles novellas and I didn’t make that much progress on it. I guess it ended up being a July read… I also couldn’t help myself and I’ve already read a few pages of Scarlet. I just have to know how the story continues!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Icinderflux‘ve finished Cinder the other day and I absolutely loved it! This series by Marissa Meyer is brilliant and I need to read all books ASAP… I’ve already read the first three novellas as well (Glitches, The Little Android, The Queen’s Army). I managed to forget my kindle on my mini break, but I found a copy of Flux by Orson Scott Card browsing the hostel’s book exchange which I was able to finish before returning home. It’s actually a collection of seven short stories and quite good.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavethekingsofcoolMy next TBR jar pick is still The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow… Although I will probably end up reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey first if I don’t decided to continue The Lunar Chronicles after I finish Scarlet. That series has me hooked!