Book Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Book Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends on February 5, 2013
Genres: fantasy, science fiction
Source: Purchased
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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.

My thoughts:

GOOD NIGHT. Meyer has done it again. I honestly did not think that Scarlet could even approach the greatness that was Cinder, but I was wrong. I was very wrong.

We get to meet the main character of course, Scarlet – who is a bad ass mother…well, she’s a BAMF, ok? I absolutely loved that she was so kickass but was still amazingly relatable and feminine.

She wears a red cape and carries a gun in her belt…WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?? Scarlet has easily become one of my favorite characters ever, definitely a favorite from this series. I….well, I’m struggling with this confession but…I think I may even like her more than Cinder!


Did I really just say that? I REALLY JUST SAID THAT.
*goes to corner to sit and rock back and forth*

How do I go on?? I guess I could talk about Wolf.

Wolf…oh Wolf…how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Oh…ahem, I mean uh, Wolf. Yeah, he’s this totally sexy beast of a street fighter (see what I did there??) who Scarlet gets mixed up fairly early on in the story as she goes on the hunt to find her missing grandmother. Of course, this is a Little Red Riding Hood retelling so we can’t help but wonder if Wolf has something to do with that disappearance, but we also can’t deny how much we absolutely love want to like him either, especially when he shows us his soft side. Just give me babies already, alright Wolf? Sheesh, there’s no point in all this beating around the bush. I WANT YOU. And I know you want me too, so let’s go.

Too much? Sorry, I couldn’t help it. Let’s talk about Thorne before I get carried away again. Thorne becomes Cinder and Iko’s traveling companion during the story after he and Cinder meet up in (and break out of) prison together. I was sure about Thorne at first – he’s arrogant and self-centered and a little childish sometimes, but somehow it all comes together to make him a likeable character after all. He’s like the Han Solo to Cinder’s Luke Skywalker – I love the relationship he and Cinder build. And did I mention Iko? Because yeah, she totally endeared herself to me even more in this book. My little android, all grown up into a badass spaceship! Oh, and let me just say that I was also one who was more than relieved that there didn’t end up being a Kai-Cinder-Thorne love triangle, because I worried about that as well. DIDN’T HAPPEN! Thank you so much, Marissa!

Proof. Proof that there can be awesome romance in books without things getting all geometrical.


But Kai…omg, Kai. He killed me in this book. I just really don’t know how I feel about him anymore and that makes my feelings so sad. And the Lunar queen?? I can’t even remember that fool’s name, I’ve tried so hard to block her grimy filth of a character from my mind. UGH. I hate what she’s doing. HATE it. But I did like how in this book we got to experience so many different POVs! A lot of times that DOES NOT WORK so well, but Meyer excels again.


*chants* Cress…Cress…Cress..Cress…

I NEEDS IT NOW. So going to try and get an ARC.

If you haven’t read this series yet, you need to. NOW. It’s right up there with Mara Dyer in my book, which is just barely trailing behind HARRY EFFING POTTER. That’s how good this is.

You can read a little bit about how much I loved Lunar Chronicles #1, Cinder, in my Best Books of 2012 yearly wrap up!

Note: I apologize for all the strong language in this review. WAIT, NO I DON’T. But I do hope it doesn’t offend anyone too terribly. IT WAS NECESSARY. Ok, bye.


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  1. Kelley

    lol You are so hilarious! I love your enthusiasm with this review. Although, I can totally relate to Jon Stewart in the gif up there. I can’t imagine loving a character more than Cinder!!

    Awww, don’t be down on Kai! That poor guy has a LOT of crap to deal with, and he already knew he was kinda weak / in over his head from the first book. :<

    • Shannon

      LOL, I’m glad someone else thinks I’m hilarious because I was cracking my own self up with this review. I totally stole that Jon Stewart gif from Octavia – I had to, it fit perfectly! Have you read Scarlet? If not, you must. I’ll be interested to see if she steals your hear like she did mine!

      Kai. UGH. I don’t like weak men. BE A MAN ALREADY.

      • Kelley

        Oh yeah, I read Scarlet like a year ago, lol. I liked Scarlet and Wolf, but Cinder will always be my favorite. <3 And of course, I adored Captain Thorne and his banter with Cinder!

        I know what you mean about Kai, but I keep thinking that if I were in his position, I don't know how differently I'd be acting. I mean, dude has a LOT of shit on his shoulders, plus all the Lunars keep trying to manipulate him. AND his dad just died. =/

        • Shannon

          You’re right, you’re right…maybe I’m too hard on Kai. He’s just been a blah character for me…

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