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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. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her 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. 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.


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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. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her 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. 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.

30 review for Scarlet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    “She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.” 3 1/2 stars. I do not know that this is actually an amazing book, but dammit, it was entertaining. Honestly, I pretty much hated Cinder when I finally forced myself through it last year. It was a 1-star, ranty hate at all the wasted potential and - worst of all - tediousness. But so many commenters told me to read Scarlet anyway. At first, I wasn't going to. Seems kind of stupid to read the sequel to a “She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.” 3 1/2 stars. I do not know that this is actually an amazing book, but dammit, it was entertaining. Honestly, I pretty much hated Cinder when I finally forced myself through it last year. It was a 1-star, ranty hate at all the wasted potential and - worst of all - tediousness. But so many commenters told me to read Scarlet anyway. At first, I wasn't going to. Seems kind of stupid to read the sequel to a book you disliked so much, right? But, somehow, over time, my curiosity got the better of me. And hell, I just had so much fun reading this. I think Scarlet is a much more interesting and less bland character than Cinder, and her introduction to the story actually contributed to making Cinder and her story more exciting. The big twist in this book is easy to guess, but it is surrounded by little mysteries and surprises that I never expected, keeping the pace at breakneck speed. I love the girl power, the emphasis put on Scarlet's love for her grandmother, and even the romance. Unlike with Cinder and Kai (who I also had way more sympathy for in this book!), I enjoyed the arc of this relationship and found myself curious where it would lead. And there's something about a sexy wolf that just does it for me. Maybe I have problems. So strange how much more I liked this sequel. It still feels very much like a light, YA sci-fi and yet the fire in this book makes the pages fly by and the characters appeal to me. We are starting to get answers to bigger questions and I'm looking forward to seeing what else Meyer has up her sleeve. I also can't wait to get to Fairest because Levana is a raging bitch and I want to know why! Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    (more of a 3.5) I really enjoyed this installment in the Lunar Chronicles, but I didn't think it was as good as Cinder. I was annoyed reading about Scarlet throughout this book. We really didn't get to know her, we only saw her concerned about her grandmother and wolf. I did love the sections that were focused on Cinder though! I also really liked how the two story lines came together. I'm looking forward to jumping into Cress!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    This series is quite special to me. Some months ago, after struggling with SO MANY science fiction reads, I came to the conclusion that, perhaps, it may not a genre for me. Dur. I didn’t take it well, let’s say, because that meant the hundreds and hundreds hyped sci-fi books out there would most likely not appeal to me either. I know that not every genre can work for everyone, but it’s always unfortunate to learn something like this. I just realized how dramatic my confession must have sounded, b This series is quite special to me. Some months ago, after struggling with SO MANY science fiction reads, I came to the conclusion that, perhaps, it may not a genre for me. Dur. I didn’t take it well, let’s say, because that meant the hundreds and hundreds hyped sci-fi books out there would most likely not appeal to me either. I know that not every genre can work for everyone, but it’s always unfortunate to learn something like this. I just realized how dramatic my confession must have sounded, but I can’t help it if that’s how I felt at that time. But, the thing is, after reading Cinder, Scarlet and some of their short stories and LOVING all of them – Scarlet the most however – I realized that, in the book world too, it is not exclusively black or white. There are shades, exceptions. And thank god, because starting this series literally made me realize how there are certainly some other books of this genre out there that I might enjoy as well. Seeking them doesn’t hurt. Now that this ‘‘problem’’ has been resolved, I shall start working my way to – at least – tolerating horror reads, heh. Why I preferred this sequel to the first book is probably due to the fact that this continuation to the Lunar Chronicles series contained multiple POVs, unlike Cinder did, of what I remember. We had Cinder’s – of course, Scarlet’s, Kai’s, Captain Thorne’s and even one chapter from Queen Levana’s point of view. With so many different events, plunging into a state of boredom was something impossible to achieve. But no one’s complaining, *wink* *wink*. Something else that appealed to me was the (swoon-worthy, handsome, charming, unforgettable…) male leads. I know Prince Kai was wonderful – even though a little too simple and banal, prince status aside – in book one, but I definitely saw a second side of him, more mature and serious and loyal in this read. If I wasn’t convinced before, now I absolutely agree that he would make a great and honest leader that will only grow and rule with kindness and as much fairness as possible. The only thing that could have been different is Scarlet and Wolf’s love for each other. It did take time before they warmed up to one another, but, when they did, their sentiments did not gradually evolve from that point. In the contrary, like a rocket, it is as if whatever sparkled could not be controlled and, well, it did not feel realistic. Although, I can understand, this being a fairytale retelling, that some elements were rather embellished to a magical and dreamy point. On purpose or not, that I do not know. Nonetheless, Scarlet deserves every single star I gave it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Maas

    Even better than CINDER! I could NOT put it down yesterday. And when I was forced to put it down (yes, FORCED), I could NOT stop thinking about it. It was absolutely amazing. Beautiful and heartbreaking and action-packed and just...wow. Can't wait for the next book!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” Once Upon a Time, there was a little girl (let's call her Rina) who loved fairytales. Her favorite was Red Riding Hood, and she knew this story by heart since she was 2-years-old (everyone thought that this was a sign of her intelligence but in my opinion it was a warning. A warning that she'd never shup up). The girl grew up and decided to become a lawyer (so that people would pay her to talk non-stop) and she came across a horrib “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” Once Upon a Time, there was a little girl (let's call her Rina) who loved fairytales. Her favorite was Red Riding Hood, and she knew this story by heart since she was 2-years-old (everyone thought that this was a sign of her intelligence but in my opinion it was a warning. A warning that she'd never shup up). The girl grew up and decided to become a lawyer (so that people would pay her to talk non-stop) and she came across a horrible, horrible dilemma: she had to choose between what she had to do and what she wanted to do. She had to study, she had to finish her incredibly boring/difficult essay and being a perfectionist she barely had enough time to sleep, let alone read. But she wanted to read, to get lost inside her books, to travel in faraway lands and witness the upcoming war between Earth and Luna. In a desperate effort to balance her life goals, she stayed up all night to finish Scarlet so that there wouldn't be any distractions from her studies. Pathetic excuse, I know. She read it because Marissa Meyer had the wondeful ability to make her forget her fears, her insecurities and worries and instead she introduced her to a world where Cinderella was a cyborg and a fugitive who tried to come to terms with the revelations that changed her life, where the Big Bad Wolf was a boy that tried to control his bloodlust and questioned the way he was raised, where Little Red was a feisty girl who would do anything to save her grandmother and smugglers were extremely hot. “She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.” Rina found Scarlet's story extremely addictive! She was not the heroine she expected her to be. She was brave, stubborn, hot-headed and always ready for a fight, she was the little sister Hulk never had! Rina followed her quest wide-eyed and eager for adventures, secrets and romance because stars above! Scarlet's dynamic with Wolf made her feel fuzzy and giddy and warm inside! It took her a while to trust Wolf, but she couldn't resist the urge to hug him and cuddle him and make him her personal teddy bear! “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.” See? Sweeter than milk chocolate! But his savage and wild side was also intriguing and kind of hot! Rina could not predict his secrets and the reasons he acted this way, he hurt her many times but she always forgave him! But Wolf wasn't the only adorable male character in Scarlet. There was also Kai and his difficult decisions that almost made her weep. And there was Thorne. Captain Thorne. A blend of Disney's Flynn Rider, Han Solo and Dean Winchester. Yummy! Such a hilarious character that could not stop talking (a sign from the Universe that he should marry Rina), self-centered and charming and loyal... just great! His interactions with Cinder? Brotp alert! Cinder was more likeable when she was next to him and wanted to smack his head! “A captain always knows where his ship is. It's like a psychic bond.” “If only we had a captain here.” When a book features an awesome gang, chaos, war, prison breaks, evil monarchs, bloodthirsty beasts, fights and psychic powers, it's impossible not to love it ! And bleary-eyed, disoriented and sleepy Rina was no exception! P.S. Do I even have to say it? ✨ Cinder review ✨ Cress review ✨ Winter review ✨ Stars Above review

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    There should be more to this book. I'm a sucker for a good fairytale rewrite - so I (mostly) enjoyed this retelling of Red Riding Hood. BUT, the couple in this one (Scarlet and Wolf) and the book in general seemed to be missing something. “What’s your name, anyway?” That awkward shrug again. “They call me Wolf at the fights.” “ Wolf? How … predatory." It's like they are on the cusp of being truly great but fell a smidge short. Their rapport just seemed...off... Forced might be a better word. “Wol There should be more to this book. I'm a sucker for a good fairytale rewrite - so I (mostly) enjoyed this retelling of Red Riding Hood. BUT, the couple in this one (Scarlet and Wolf) and the book in general seemed to be missing something. “What’s your name, anyway?” That awkward shrug again. “They call me Wolf at the fights.” “ Wolf? How … predatory." It's like they are on the cusp of being truly great but fell a smidge short. Their rapport just seemed...off... Forced might be a better word. “Wolf, are you asking me to be ... your alpha female?" Perhaps it was Scarlet's complete lack of common sense. (oh, the Wolf has something to do with my grandmother? Suspicious background? Unparalleled fighting skills? Great, I'll follow him into the wilderness.) Or maybe it was the frustrating subplot. (CINDER - why won't you just send Kai an email or something? You're half robot, I'm sure you can figure out how to send a digital message.) Or it could have been the even more frustrating subplot. (KAI - You have LITERALLY trained for this your entire life. How are you so consistently bad at being Emperor?) Or maybe it was Wolf's - nah, he was just too great. He was the shining beacon of light in this one. Overall, this was an entertaining, light read. I liked most of it - especially the subtle hints of the characters yet to come and I really look forward to the next one! Edit: As pointed out by Angela's Booked, I completely neglected to mention the absolute best part of the book: Thorne. I mean, how could you not love him? There's this: A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?” “If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.” And this: "But I'm a wanted fugitive, like Cinder." Thorne continued. "They do realise I'm missing, don't they?" "Maybe they're grateful," Cinder muttered. AND THIS: "I don't like to think of it as 'stolen.' They have no proof that I didn't plan on giving it back" I am eternally sorry for neglecting the banter in my original review. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I don't even know what to do with myself right now. This review probably won't make sense, and I'm probably leaving a shit ton out, but here goes. I was lucky to score an advanced copy of Scarlet from Marissa Meyer while at Comic Con. Totally me. I was in the middle of another book which I quickly finished in order to start this. So, Cinder left us with our heroine basically on the run after finding out that she was Princess Selene. Scarlet opens by introducing us to the new character in this univ I don't even know what to do with myself right now. This review probably won't make sense, and I'm probably leaving a shit ton out, but here goes. I was lucky to score an advanced copy of Scarlet from Marissa Meyer while at Comic Con. Totally me. I was in the middle of another book which I quickly finished in order to start this. So, Cinder left us with our heroine basically on the run after finding out that she was Princess Selene. Scarlet opens by introducing us to the new character in this universe, aptly named Scarlet who is looking for her missing Grandmother and along the way meets a mysterious guy who goes by Wolf. The book started off a little slow for me. I, like I'm sure most will be, was more concerned with what was happening with Cinder and Prince Kai than I was with Scarlet and her journey. But Meyer's storytelling would not let that be, and I found myself eagerly enjoying Scarlet's feisty personality while also searching for how Scarlet would come to meet Cinder. How could these two completely different characters come together? How are their pasts joined? Well, let me tell you, the answer is pure genius. Meyer has created such a deep, complex story that when you find out how Scarlet and Cinder are connected, you're just like, whoa. Along with the flawless backstory, Scarlet introduces us to two more characters besides Scarlet herself: Wolf and Thorne. I really hope we see more of them in the final 2 books. And just as in Cinder with the classic Cinderella losing the glass slipper, Meyer's use of the the famed Red Riding Hood scene is flawless. I love the way she just weaves in the fairy tales but makes it work for the plot. Another thing I love about about Meyer's writing, is there's a point in her books that you hit where you suddenly can't put it down. You have to finish it! My point was when Scarlet and Wolf arrive in Paris and I sat on my couch reading like a madwoman until I finished. Now...WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW MARISSA???? THAT WAS NOT AN ENDING??? WHAT WILL CINDER DO NOW? WHAT ABOUT KAI AND HIS ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE END? I wanted this book so bad...so bad!! But now that I have it, I have to wait that much longer for the third one. WHY??????? Sigh...I will wait...rather impatiently for 2014 to get here. Just one final note: Prince Kai, no matter what happens: Truth

  8. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    its been awhile since i read cinder and, after reading this, all i have to say is ‘why did i wait so long!?’ holy smokes. i enjoyed this book so much more than cinder, and i thought cinder was wonderful. i was really impressed at how this not only had its own fairy tale twist (little red riding hood), but it also incorporated the previous retelling (cinderella) and resulted in this unique and entertaining book. i was a bit apprehensive at how it would work, being able to develop more of the stor its been awhile since i read cinder and, after reading this, all i have to say is ‘why did i wait so long!?’ holy smokes. i enjoyed this book so much more than cinder, and i thought cinder was wonderful. i was really impressed at how this not only had its own fairy tale twist (little red riding hood), but it also incorporated the previous retelling (cinderella) and resulted in this unique and entertaining book. i was a bit apprehensive at how it would work, being able to develop more of the story told in cinder and also tell the new story of scarlet, but i thought there was a really nice balance between the two. and when the stories finally merged, i was ecstatic! everything about this was just so great. the pacing and writing and development was on point throughout. and i absolutely adored all the new characters - i felt so spoiled that so many were introduced in this book. i also feel the need to mention that this series is giving me so many new book boyfriends. first kai, and now wolf. god bless marissa meyer, is all im saying. im so excited to continue this series. its been very fun and thrilling so far, and i know really cool things are in store. cant wait to see how the story continues to play out!! ↠ 4.5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steph Sinclair

    I have to give it to Ms. Meyer for one again combining your favorite fairy tales with sic-fi/fantasy. Seriously, well done! The Lunar Chronicles is quickly becoming one of my new favorite series and for good reason. It has kick-ass protagonists like Cinder and now Scarlet. When we first met Cinder in book one, she was shy and timid, eventually coming into her own strength. And when I heard that we would be introduced to a new main character, I was a little nervous. I was worried that I'd end up I have to give it to Ms. Meyer for one again combining your favorite fairy tales with sic-fi/fantasy. Seriously, well done! The Lunar Chronicles is quickly becoming one of my new favorite series and for good reason. It has kick-ass protagonists like Cinder and now Scarlet. When we first met Cinder in book one, she was shy and timid, eventually coming into her own strength. And when I heard that we would be introduced to a new main character, I was a little nervous. I was worried that I'd end up comparing the two and dislike Scarlet. But let me tell you! When Cinder was unsure of herself in the beginning, Scarlet is fierce. Who's afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? Not Scarlet. I should warn you that this review *will* contain spoilers for Cinder. So, if you haven't read book one... Scarlet picks up directly after Cinder left off. Cinder's busy breaking out of jail, Kai is trying to placate Levana (the wretch) and we get to meet Scarlet (yay!). And if you can't remember the finer details about what happened previously, there is a nice little recap. The biggest difference between this installment and Cinder is the point-of-view flipping. And with that, you have two different main characters with two separate goals. Scarlet's is to find her missing grandmother, who was abducted and Cinder's is to escape from the Eastern Commonwealth and... not get caught. Somewhere along the way their paths intertwine and revelations are had. Now, here's the thing: Though, overall, I did enjoy Scarlet, there are still a few things I really disliked about it too. Don't give me that look! There is method to my madness. Things I liked: 1. The new characters - Along with meeting Scarlet, we also are introduced to two other characters, the wolf, who travels to Paris with Scarlet in search of her grandmother and Carswell Thorne, a womanizer and fugitive that escaped prison with Cinder. I thought they were both great characters, especially Thorne, who I happen to love and hate at the same time. Wolf is a bit more complex because of his past (which I can't talk about due le spoilers), but I like the mystery surrounding his character. Scarlet is fantastic. I mean, the girl wears a red hoodie and carries a gun in her belt. Sweet and innocent? *pfft* How about sweet and deadly? She's all about action and doesn't take "no" for an answer. She doesn't sit back and wait for someone else to save her grandmother. And I think the best way to describe her would be to quote Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus: "Take chances, make mistakes and get messy!" So, while she isn't a perfect character, she certainly is determined to do whatever it takes to reach her goal. I loved that about her and I think other readers will too or at least respect her spirit. 2. I also really enjoyed the plot and back story. We get to find out more about Cinder's past and how she ended up ended up on earth and who helped her. I really think Meyer did a good job at telling two different stories and later having them weave together. And I really like seeing Scarlet and Cinder together. I only wish that they had teamed up sooner than the ending. Things I didn't like: 1. At times it felt like there was too much story to tell. (Maybe this was just me wanting more from Scarlet.) Even though Scarlet is longer than Cinder, I'd even say that I think that there was too much happening in this installment and not enough time spent developing the new characters or the new relationships, which, incidentally, leads to my next con... 2. I'm not sure I liked Scarlet and Wolf's relationship. Since the novel very frequently flips back and forth from Scarlet to Cinder and even Kai, there wasn't much page time the reader is left developing some kind of connection with their relationship. Actually, they themselves didn't even have much time developing anything and by the end, I found it all rather cheesy. And while they do both admit that they've developed feelings for one another (in a matter of days), it never felt real because I was too busy keeping up with all the story arcs. 3. I missed Kai and Cinder being together. Kai is in the book, but I missed the chemistry they had in Cinder. I think Wolf and Scarlet's romance was supposed to fill the void temporarily, but since I didn't really spend much time with them, the sparks never flew for me. Perhaps in book three, Cress, things will be different. But right now, I have my doubts considering it looks like we will be meeting even more characters. I'm starting to wonder if this world is just too big for this series. Ah, well. We'll see. The Ending: 'Cause, yeah, it needs its own section. Kai. WHY?! WHY? WHY? WHY? Okay. I think I need a moment to process that ending. *breathes in and out* Did that just make you want to read this book even more than you already did? Oops. So, in conclusion, even though I liked Cinder more, Scarlet was still a fun and exciting read. Meyer has built an interesting world, making "old faces" from fairy tales new again. And I know you're probably giving me dagger eyes for the little bit above, but just think how hard it will be for me to wait for Cress. It's torture, I tell ya. ARC was provided by Macmillan. Thank you! More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. ---------------- GAH!!! LOOK AT THE PRETTY COVER!!! And I just found out about the new Sailor Moon anime!! Too much awesome for one day. I shall be off in my corner spontaneously combusting. http://t.co/29QLtAD3

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    Edit: i kind if realized how much i hate myself for giving this four stars. I have sinned omg, changing my rating to five stars like right fucking now, THIS BOOK WAS TEN THOUSAND TIMES BETTER THAN Cinder. Scarlet and Wolf will be the literal death of me. I'm incapable of writing a review for this. It's just....READ IT PLS. THIS LAST IMAGE KILLED ME. I actually screamed you guys. I love Wolf so much it hurts. I need a Wolf in my life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》

    "She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him." She is sassy and fiesty. He is dark, mysterious, and ADORABLE! What more do you need people?! . . . Did i mention she carries a gun around?? Yeah, you don't mess with that one. ;) "Wait until morning," he said. "The world wont be safe tonight." Still cant find a perfect Wolf! This will do for now. Who do you guys picture as Wolf? Now that i have read all four books, i can say this without a doubt Scarlet "She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him." She is sassy and fiesty. He is dark, mysterious, and ADORABLE! What more do you need people?! . . . Did i mention she carries a gun around?? Yeah, you don't mess with that one. ;) "Wait until morning," he said. "The world wont be safe tonight." Still cant find a perfect Wolf! This will do for now. Who do you guys picture as Wolf? Now that i have read all four books, i can say this without a doubt Scarlet and Wolf are indeed my favorite of them all! I am very ashamed to say after reading Cinder i wanted to skip this one and jump onto Cress. It might have something to do with Rapunzel being my favorite fairytale, or me being uncomfortable with the idea of welcoming a new main character, especially since i know almost nothing about the Red Ridding Hood. I see them more as Beauty and the Beast. I JUST LOVE THESE TWO SO FREAKING MUCH! Holland Roden would make a perfect Scarlet. I have read this book 3 times already, it's about time I move onto the audiobook. Just can't get enough. =D

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kassidy

    *4.5* I loved seeing all of the storylines coming coming together and the different perspectives. Things got crazy in this one and it was awesome! Loving this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I really didn't want to write this review because I hate being an outlier, especially when I'm being Debbie Downer. I fully expected to love this one. After all, I gave Cinder four stars and by all accounts Scarlet is even better. Perhaps I was expecting too much, but I also have to chalk some of the discrepancy to a change in taste. The things that irritated me about Scarlet were issues I noted with Cinder, only they were more problematic for me this time around. The first sign that Scarlet and I really didn't want to write this review because I hate being an outlier, especially when I'm being Debbie Downer. I fully expected to love this one. After all, I gave Cinder four stars and by all accounts Scarlet is even better. Perhaps I was expecting too much, but I also have to chalk some of the discrepancy to a change in taste. The things that irritated me about Scarlet were issues I noted with Cinder, only they were more problematic for me this time around. The first sign that Scarlet and I weren't going to get along was my irritation over the writing style. It is very juvenile. There is a lot of telling and very little showing, and everything is told in a very simplistic way (as opposed to Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, which also has a fair amount of telling but with very pretty prose). Instead of providing visual or auditory clues to show character emotion, characters in this novel say things in a/an [insert emotion] way, or [insert emotion] radiates off of the character, or [insert emotion] is written all over the character's face, or one character senses that another character is feeling [insert emotion]. This made it hard to visualize many of the scenes, and kept me from vicariously experiencing the story. As with Cinder, the world-building, both in terms of history and present scenery, is lacking. By the end of the second book, there should be a clearer picture of how this post-apocalyptic world came to be, yet the reader is given no more details about the vague world wars and consolidation of countries than in the first book. While I do think there was some improvement in the description of the current scenery—there are actual French landmarks mentioned in Paris—the setting was still superficial. I could find nothing to distinguish Asian, American, and European culture aside from Europe having wine and Asia having dragon decor. In terms of plot, Scarlet suffers from predictability issues, partly because the story follows Little Red Riding Hood and partly because much of Wolf's character is spoiled by The Queen's Army. I think I would have enjoyed Scarlet more if Wolf's history had been a mystery. The Queen's Army is a nice addition to the series but would be better read after Scarlet. There were also a couple plot twists that were obvious to me because I knew the story of Little Red Riding Hood. (view spoiler)[There was no question in my mind that Wolf was going to betray Scarlet and that his finding her was all part of the plan because of the fairytale. I think the story would have been stronger had I been less certain of Wolf's motivations. (hide spoiler)] While Cinder also had predictability issues related to Cinder's history, I thought there was enough suspense in other areas to sustain the story despite its predictability. In the end, the most problematic aspect of Scarlet is the characters and their utter stupidity and nonsensical thinking. They all have a real blind spot when it comes to figuring out that Cinder is Princess Selene. Kai still doesn't figure it out, nor does Captain Thorne despite having clear evidence thrown in his face. But it's Scarlet and Wolf who win the award for most oblivious. They know that Princess Selene was adopted by a man from the Eastern Commonwealth, that his surname is Linh, that there is a Lunar teenage fugitive whose surname is also Linh, that she is the same age as Princess Selene, and that she is wanted by Queen Levana, and they don't figure it out. Their lack of reasoning is unbelievable and it makes them both look like idiots. Character stupidity does not end at Princess Selene's true identity. Scarlet shows poor judgment in trusting Wolf after knowing him only a day. (view spoiler)[In fact, she doesn't truly begin to trust him until after she finds out that he's been lying to her the entire time they've been together. Instead of taking this information to mean he isn't trustworthy (the logical conclusion), she proceeds to fall in love with him almost instantaneously. (hide spoiler)] While there is no love at first sight between Scarlet and Wolf, the love between them comes out of no where and is baseless. (view spoiler)[Despite having met only a week prior and having spent maybe two days together total, by the end of the story they have fallen in love, risked their lives for each other, and decide to be life partners. (hide spoiler)] Kai's solution to the Lunar problem also makes absolutely no logical sense. I can't give him credit for nobility because he's only making the situation worse. (view spoiler)[His decision to marry Queen Levana doesn't reduce the Lunar threat, and, in fact, increases it. He knows Queen Levana plans to kill him after they're married and use the Commonwealth as a stepping stone to taking over the planet. Marrying her does bring about temporary peace, but it also puts Earth in more danger. (hide spoiler)] None of the characters are particularly intelligent. Lastly, Meyer gives inaccurate information about the social structure of wolves. This indicates a lack of research, which is one of my biggest pet peeves. Even Wikipedia gets it right, and there are several free scientific journal articles on that subject that are readily available. While it would certainly make sense for Wolf and his hybrid pack to behave as they do (with betas and omegas and such), it's misleading to suggest that this is how wolves behave in the wild. While I did not enjoy Scarlet, I do think most people who liked Cinder will like this one as well. The things people loved about Cinder are still true in Scarlet. The plot is fast-paced and the female characters are strong-willed, however, I would caution people away from this book if they are at all sensitive to shallow world-building, simplistic writing, obvious plot points, or oblivious characters.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    11/8/15 - UPDATED thoughts and miscellany: Still my favorite in the series, for more than one reason. Obviously, I love Wolf. But I equally love Scarlet: “I just think we shouldn’t judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first. That maybe we should get the full story before jumping to conclusions. Crazy notion, I know.” PREACH. And while most people would react to Wolf's "enhancements" with disgust: “So are there any other oddities I should know about? A tail, perhaps?” Finally, 11/8/15 - UPDATED thoughts and miscellany: Still my favorite in the series, for more than one reason. Obviously, I love Wolf. But I equally love Scarlet: “I just think we shouldn’t judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first. That maybe we should get the full story before jumping to conclusions. Crazy notion, I know.” PREACH. And while most people would react to Wolf's "enhancements" with disgust: “So are there any other oddities I should know about? A tail, perhaps?” Finally, he met her gaze, flushed with insult until he found her smiling up at him. “I’m joking,” she said, offering an apologetic grin. “They’re only teeth." My kind of broad. THEORIES and spoilery (but swoon-worthy) quotes: (view spoiler)[ THEORIES: 1. This is left over from CINDER, but since I didn't include any theories in that review, it's carrying over to this one. Anyway, Torin, adviser-to-the-emperor guy? I'm 99.9% sure he's a RAT. A shmoebag traitor. Planter of Lunar bugs and probably various other spy-type devices. Do I have specific reasons for thinking this? Well, no, not really. BUT. He's always struck me as being more PRO marrying Levana than any good adviser should be, b/c, come on . . . the only thing such an alliance would accomplish is legitimizing her INEVITABLE hostile takeover of the WORLD. And he should know that. So maybe I do have a specific reason. Also, a lot of his reactions to the Lunar embassy and their shenanigans seem vaguely . . . off. 2. “Your Majesty?” said Sybil. “No, don’t send Aimery,” she said, her attention glued to the cub as he writhed in pain. Still fighting his mistress’s control. Still struggling to keep his own mind. Still wanting to be a little boy. Not a soldier. Not a monster. Not a pawn. “Let Jael’s pack go. The special operatives have served their purpose.” $20 says this turns out to be a HUGE mistake. Which makes me happy, b/c hate dat bitch. I bet Wolf gathers them b/c ALPHA, and they pledge themselves to Cinder. Disclaimer: if the above has in fact already happened, please excuse. I've only read CRESS once, and it was right after it was released. I am old and senile and therefore can't be held accountable for lapses in memory. WOLF SWOONS: “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.” ". . . you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.” (hide spoiler)] 11/7/15: REREAD. B/c WINTER. On TUESDAY. Reviewed by: Rabid Reads The first time I read SCARLET, I nearly lost my mind. CINDER had been one of my favorite reads from the previous year, and I had waited the entire twelve months for the next installment to come out. When it showed up at my house (after being pre-ordered for months), I probably hugged it tightly to my chest and SQUEE-d. Then (after petting the lovely cover) I ran to my comfy chair, settled in, and began to read. And the perspective I was reading . . . Was. Not. Cinder’s. If I was the kind of person who threw books, I would have thrown it across the room. Then jumped up and down on it a few times. But I’m not that kind of person. So instead, I shrieked in pure frustration--probably a few times--then I forced myself to calm down and come to terms with the situation. So this was a new story, from a new perspective . . . it could still be good right? Right?! Sighing heavily and not at all convinced, I began to read again. I soon discovered that once again “Scarlet” was both book title and MC. And that a grandmother was missing. Then a mysterious underground fighter shows up who is described as acting like “a scolded puppy” and goes by the name of “Wolf.” Wait a minute . . . I flipped back to the cover. That looks like it could be a . . . LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD!! Things were looking up. Then I got to chapter four and woo-frickin’-hoo there she (she being Cinder) was. All that rage for nothing. I then decided, belatedly, to do some research. I knew the LUNAR CHRONICLES was a four book series, but I learned that each book was a retelling of a different fairy tale, not a four book-long retelling of a single fairy tale, like I had originally assumed (yes, I am distinctly aware of what that makes me). The four retellings are as follows: 1. CINDER – Cinderella 2. SCARLET – Little Red Riding Hood 3. CRESS – Rapunzel (My personal all-time favorite fairy tale) 4. WINTER – Snow White Firm in the knowledge I finally knew what was going on, I returned to SCARLET. The rest of the story was told alternately from Cinder and Scarlet’s POVs, with a few chapters from Kai’s perspective tossed in for fun. And let me tell you--Meyer has mastered the art of the cliff-hanger chapter (to the tune of several more shrieks). You may be the kind of reader who can nonchalantly skip back and forth between chapters, I, however, am sadly not. But don’t freak out. While Meyer heartlessly ends chapters at pivotal moments, thus far, she has not ended an entire book that way. And SCARLET was S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R. I loved it even more than CINDER. Scarlet and Wolf’s story is pure hearts and flowers (in that I saw them in my head, not in that they didn't encounter any difficulties--they definitely did). I sighed in blissful happiness NUMEROUS times throughout the progression of their relationship. Toss in Cinder’s new sidekick (and fellow jail-break-ee) Thorne, who is equal parts swagger, flirtation, and hilarity, and what’s not to like? Cress, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles, is TBR February 4, 2014—NEXT WEEK. My other reviews for this series: Glitches (Lunar Chronicles 0.5) Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles, #1.5) Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    4.5 I loved this book! I don't think I liked it as much as Cinder but I still really enjoyed it. I just love being in this world. Things I loved: -Scarlet/Wolf <3 -Cinder and Thorne's friendship -Iko being a ship -Captain Thorne. I read the majority of the book in one night, I was so addicted to it. I'm very excited to move onto Cress now as it seems to be most peoples favorite.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Actual rating 4.5 Stars I liked Cinder, it wasn't anything magical or something that really stood out to me, it was just okay. However Scarlet the second book in The Lunar Chronicles has made me think again. I honestly really liked this book, I liked the new characters. I can't even decide between Scarlet, Wolf and Thorne because they al bring something different to the plot. The building of the story progressed really well, I was curious as to how these two stories would entwine, but it was appar Actual rating 4.5 Stars I liked Cinder, it wasn't anything magical or something that really stood out to me, it was just okay. However Scarlet the second book in The Lunar Chronicles has made me think again. I honestly really liked this book, I liked the new characters. I can't even decide between Scarlet, Wolf and Thorne because they al bring something different to the plot. The building of the story progressed really well, I was curious as to how these two stories would entwine, but it was apparent quite early(ish) on. I thought it was really clever how they described Scarlet, with the Red Hoody, her companion is wolf and when she went to watch a fight they were called Hunter. Little attention to detail like this made me really happy and just think of the story that this once was. I honestly think I preferred Scarlet and Wolfs story rather than Cinder and Thornes, although later on in the later chapters I did enjoy this. Thorne was an added bonus to the story, I always like some form of light heartedness and that comes perfectly with this cheeky character. I'm looking forward to continuing on with he series, the ending of this book has set up the next book perfectly. Wolf are you...going to ask me to be you alpha female? Swoooooooon, Swoon, Swoon. Wolf is my fave, there I said it. Reviews: Cinder- 4 Scarlet- 4.5 Cress- 4.5 Winter - 5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

    REVIEW TO COME TODAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I AM REREADING IT NOW ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I WILL REREAD THIS SERIES THIS YEAR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Second Read Review "I just think we shouldn't judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first. That maybe we should get the full story before jumping to conclusions. Crazy notion, I know." the first time I read this book was in 2015 and I LOVED it so much and this book instantl REVIEW TO COME TODAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I AM REREADING IT NOW ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I WILL REREAD THIS SERIES THIS YEAR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Second Read Review "I just think we shouldn't judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first. That maybe we should get the full story before jumping to conclusions. Crazy notion, I know." the first time I read this book was in 2015 and I LOVED it so much and this book instantly became one of my all time favorite. So months ago, I had this thought to reread this series just to make sure whether I still loved it or not and I was so excited when I finished reading Cinder because that meant I would read this book and this book was also the one who made me fall in love with the lunar chronicles world and I hoped so much that I still could love this book but I didn't feel the same anymore about this book and I think I used to give this book 5 stars but now I just gave it 4 stars but I still enjoyed reading it and here are the reasons I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 stars like I used to rate it. The Romance I seriously don't know what's happening to me now. I mean, I fell in love with Wolf when I read this book for the first time and I really really loved him so much until I even wrote his name all over my school books and my friends even called me weird for loving him but well, I didn't care and after I finished reread Cinder, I was so excited to start this one because I used to love this book so much but I think that time I loved this book so much because I loved Wolf and I expected myself to love Wolf even more when I reread but it didn't happen and honestly, I was sad I didn't love him anymore and I don't know why I thought this book was slow burn romance because I didn't think it's slow romance. it's insta-love. This was just one more example of her emotions carrying her away, all over a guy she'd known for only ... she strained to count back and realized with some shock they'd barely known each other for a day. and insta-love is one my bookish pet peeves and I don't know how could I said this book was slow burn in 2015 and you know I kind of hate myself for not loving Wolf anymore. I had been in love with him since 2015 and then I reread this book and POOF! I don't love him anymore. how could something like this happen to me!? I just feel nothing toward Wolf now and he used to mean everything to me. and when I read it for the first time, I used to cry over some scenes and when I reread it, I was just like this The Story I used to think that this book was better than Cinder and now I don't really think so ... I mean, yeah it was better because there's Thorne in this book! but sometimes, I felt uneasy every time I read Scarlet's POV and I don't know why! it frustrated me! maybe it's because I felt guity for not loving Wolf anymore ( ? ) ( did I just sound weird? ) and I enjoyed Cinder's POV much more but the story was great and I enjoyed it. I have nothing to complain to the story, which is a good thing, isn't it? but sometimes, it's really annoying when I enjoyed reading a certain POV then it changed. sometimes, it's annoying because I was focused on that but well, it's not really a problem even though it's kinda annoying. The Characters THORNE!!! this guy is so funny! and he's one of the reasons I enjoyed reading this book. he made me laugh and sometimes I just wanted to hug him but he's annoying as well but you know what's special about him? he still managed to make me grin even though he's kind of annoying and I have nothing to complain about the characters. they're all good, especially IKO AND THORNE. ❤❤ oh and I just have one word for Levana First Read Review (view spoiler)[ this book is my favorite book in the lunar chronicles series because i loved every scenes in this book and this book was really really perfect. guys,do you want to know why i loved this book so much?? 1.The Characters Wolf:oh my god, he's the only guy i loved in this series and i really loved his smile,i really loved his eyes and i loved his heart too, and he's a cold hearted guy too. he's really kind guy and he always made me smile and i know this is weird but he made me blush and i really loved the love chemistry between Wolf and Scarlet,it was really sweet and so so romantic. “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.” i cried when he said those words because he really touched my tiny heart. Scarlet: she's the best heroine i've ever read, i really loved reading her POV and i always agreed with every decision she took, and i loved the scene when she kissed Wolf because it was really really romantic. i know this is weird but when i read this book i always thought that i was Scarlet and Wolf was my boyfriend*LOL* (view spoiler)[after i found out that Wolf, at first had the intention of betraying her,i cried so much on my pillow until my pillow was soaked with my tears, i actually already suspected his intention of betraying Scarlet but i never believed it. (hide spoiler)] 2.The Story i couldn't even describe my feeling toward this story but i just can say that this book was great,super super great. if i could give this book more than 5 stars i would give this book 500 stars. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bangadybangz

    I don't know why so many people dislike this book. I thought it was cool! Scarlet is competent and resourceful and I really like her as a character, and I didn't find the plot boring at all. I was always super interested in learning more about the wolf lunar people. They're like werewolves but not werewolves because... Science. Also, CAPTAIN THORNE! Damn, I love that guy. He's like a slightly dumb yet still totally charming Han Solo. I even pictured the Millennium Falcon as his ship for the whol I don't know why so many people dislike this book. I thought it was cool! Scarlet is competent and resourceful and I really like her as a character, and I didn't find the plot boring at all. I was always super interested in learning more about the wolf lunar people. They're like werewolves but not werewolves because... Science. Also, CAPTAIN THORNE! Damn, I love that guy. He's like a slightly dumb yet still totally charming Han Solo. I even pictured the Millennium Falcon as his ship for the whole book. And by the end, I'm already itching to dive into Cinder. So I would say... SUCCESS =D

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I re read this on audio I love Scarlet so much and of course, Wolf! This is my wolf, not just a wolf man that he really looks like =) I always wanted to be a werewolf when I grew up but it hasn't happened yet and I doubt it ever will! ***SOME SPOILERS*** Scarlet has been looking for her grandma ma. Where is she? What is gong on? Well, I'm not going to tell you about that. Scarlet helps her grandma run their farm, Benoit farms. Scarlet cruises around in her hovercraft thing dropping off veggies to I re read this on audio I love Scarlet so much and of course, Wolf! This is my wolf, not just a wolf man that he really looks like =) I always wanted to be a werewolf when I grew up but it hasn't happened yet and I doubt it ever will! ***SOME SPOILERS*** Scarlet has been looking for her grandma ma. Where is she? What is gong on? Well, I'm not going to tell you about that. Scarlet helps her grandma run their farm, Benoit farms. Scarlet cruises around in her hovercraft thing dropping off veggies to some places. On this one trip, Scarlet manages to meet Wolf and he ends up coming with her. Meanwhile, Cinder is in jail and she meets Thorne. Oh, Thorne is a character. Cinder and Thorne make their escape because Thorne has a spaceship. The joy! Cinder can get the hell out of dodge. Iko ends up becoming the ship, fun times. The ship is called Rampion in case you were wondering. Cinder and Thorne end up meeting up with Scarlet and Wolf down the line and they are all in it together now. I LOVE IT! In other places, Prince Kai is dealing with Queen "jerk" Levana. Fun times for Kai as well. NOT. Anyhoo, I loved the re=read on audio and off to the next. ♥ ***Old stupid review from 2015*** This book is so awesome!! I loved it more than Cinder and I loved that book a lot. Cinder was just the start of a whole new world. Scarlet continues on with Cinder and new people that you love and hate. I'm so glad to have started reading these books. I will be reading Cress soon!!! I can't imagine where that one will take me !

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joie

    It’s no secret that Scarlet has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2013. I bought this book the week it came out but forced myself to wait because I didn't want to plow through and then face the agonizing one-year wait before the next one. Ye-ah, that self-imposed wait did not last very long. And now that I’ve finished Scarlet, you have NO idea how hard it is to write a coherent review when all I want to do is flail my arms and fangirl about the book. Because it. Was. SO GOOD. In this retelli It’s no secret that Scarlet has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2013. I bought this book the week it came out but forced myself to wait because I didn't want to plow through and then face the agonizing one-year wait before the next one. Ye-ah, that self-imposed wait did not last very long. And now that I’ve finished Scarlet, you have NO idea how hard it is to write a coherent review when all I want to do is flail my arms and fangirl about the book. Because it. Was. SO GOOD. In this retelling, Scarlet (our Little Red) has traded in her cape for a functional hoodie and her basket of goodies for a handgun. One that she is not afraid to use, I might add. This girl is a badass. Not to mention tough and stubbornly determined to find her grandmother, no matter who stood in her way. I found Scarlet to be a tougher and more fiery character than Cinder, and I ended up loving her just as much. And speaking of characters that I loved.... Wolf. What can I say about Wolf except He's definitely not what I expected of a Big Bad Wolf incarnation. He was... shy. And quiet. And very adorable. Well. When he's not being an deadly fighter, that is. I can't even find the words to describe him because all I want to do when I think about Wolf is (I'd highly recommend reading The Queen's Army before Scarlet because it's going to provide a lot more back story to Wolf's character.) Cinder's adventure is continued in this book and picks up soon after her arrest at the Ball. She manages to escape from prison with the unlikely help from a fellow prisoner, one Captain Carswell Thorne, flirtatious American pilot. Thorne provided some much appreciated comic relief throughout the story, and OH MY GOODNESS, you guys, I am 95% sure he's going to be the love interest featured in the next book! *Squeeeeeee* >___< As interested as I was by Scarlet's story, I was still riveted by Cinder's journey. Slowly, she is learning more about her newfound Lunar abilities as well as her past as Princess Selene. Watching Cinder explore her Lunar gift was awesome. I think it'll only be a matter of time before Queen Levana should head for the hills! (Fingers crossed). Kai's story is continued in Scarlet as well. There weren't enough scenes to fully satisfy my Kai cravings (and don't even get me started on how much it's killing me that he and Cinder are not together!!) but there were just enough moments to keep me appeased. In the glimpses throughout the book, you see him dealing with Levana in the aftermath of Cinder's escape and his own conflicting emotions towards New Beijing's best mechanic.... Basically the result is me in utter agony. Especially after the way this book ended! I swear, Marissa Meyer is trying to kill me with all this anxiety. Evil, evil author.....(just kidding). If I thought Cinder was amazing (and it totally was) then Scarlet basically took all the awesomesauce that went into writing Cinder and upped the ante, taking readers from the sweet innocence of the Cinderella retelling to a darker and grittier story. The alternating POVs in this story were handled incredibly well, and the way in which Cinder and Scarlet's arcs converged was flawless. Like a puzzle whose pieces are falling together, I'm starting to see how all these different fairytales are interconnected and it is kind of blowing my mind! All in all: For the love of all that is good and holy, I need that next book. I can't even bring myself to start another book because my head is still wrapped up in the world of the Lunar Chronicles, yearning to know what happens next. MARISSA MEYER, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maram

    "It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognized it as abuse." It probably shouldn't come as a surprise for those who have been following my progress updates on this but I enjoyed reading this a lot more than Cinder :') Firstly, the characterization was what grabbed my attention from Cinder and I'm so glad that Marissa Meyer introduced even more characters for me to fall for in Scarlet. Her writing makes it tough not to feel a certain emotion for every single one of them. Secondly, "It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognized it as abuse." It probably shouldn't come as a surprise for those who have been following my progress updates on this but I enjoyed reading this a lot more than Cinder :') Firstly, the characterization was what grabbed my attention from Cinder and I'm so glad that Marissa Meyer introduced even more characters for me to fall for in Scarlet. Her writing makes it tough not to feel a certain emotion for every single one of them. Secondly, the world building and political intrigue was spot-on; that's not to say that this book was heavy on that. In fact, the author gave just enough for us to revel on. Thirdly, there were even more action in this book. Lots more. To the point where I needed to put the book down (several times), all so that I could breathe properly. It's that good! The combination of all three above-mentioned factors, along with the mashup of Scarlet's and Cinder's story... you have one helluva kickass book!! PROS: - NEW MAIN CHARACTERS: SCARLET, WOLF AND THORNE!!! - Scarlet is a fighter. I appreciate the lengths that she took in order to seek her missing grandmother. That said, this world literally unfolded before my eyes because of Scarlet’s story. - WOLF. I was engrossed from the minute he was introduced. I also felt that he was equal parts dangerous and powerful, sweet and shy. AND I JUST ADOOORE THAT. - THORNE. OH MY PRECIOUS THORNE. I LIVE FOR HIS BANTERS. I LIVE FOR HIS RANDOM FLIRTATIONS. I LIVE FOR HIS HUMOR. I NEED HIM IN MY LIFE, OKAY?! - I’m not sure if I mentioned this before but I AM LOOOOOVING THE MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES. The cliffhangers at the end of most chapters was my shot of adrenaline to keep me going. - Wolf and his tomatoes. - ALSO. The world became 100000x more interesting in this book (view spoiler)[because “Lunar Special Operatives” ;) (hide spoiler)] - THERE WAS A PLOT TWIST THAT I DIDN’T PREDICT FOR ONCE! - Cinder, Thorne, Iko, Scarlet and Wolf as a SQUAD. - I’m craving a cinnamon roll. Thorne is a cinnamon roll. - THE WAR. It did so many things to my heart… - FIGHTING THE EVIL QUEEN HAS NEVER BEEN MORE DIFFICULT. UGH. - THE ENDING. HELL YES. CONS: - I wasn’t feeling the romance between Scarlet and Wolf (THEY SPENT ONE DAY TOGETHER Y’ALL). Don’t get me wrong, there were times when they had me gushing for them but I just wish that their “insta-love” was a bit more believable. We’ll see how it goes in Cress because I am 100% rooting for them :D ~ 4.5 stars ~

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    I love all of the characters but can we just talk about CARSWELL THORNE for a moment. The books are worth reading just for this adorable, sarcastic, arrogant idiot. He is still one of my favorite characters of all time and he just gets better and better throughout the series. His friendship with Cinder is everything. This book was actually the weakest one in the series for me but I still loved it in the end! The characters and their stories haven't all come together or synced up yet, so the story I love all of the characters but can we just talk about CARSWELL THORNE for a moment. The books are worth reading just for this adorable, sarcastic, arrogant idiot. He is still one of my favorite characters of all time and he just gets better and better throughout the series. His friendship with Cinder is everything. This book was actually the weakest one in the series for me but I still loved it in the end! The characters and their stories haven't all come together or synced up yet, so the story is very split between Scarlet & Wolf on their mission and then Cinder & Thorne doing their own thing. But this book also feels like a necessary stepping stone in order to make the scope of the story so much broader in the sequels. The tone of Scarlet's story seems a bit darker than the first book because she has to go to Paris to rescue her grandmother who's been kidnapped by a gang. Wolf is a street fighter and Scarlet meets him at a French cafe she's delivering her farm's vegetables to, so everyone gets a solid backstory. I wasn't totally sure what to make of Wolf and his pack at first, but I liked him way more in the sequels. This whole story was super creative and I LOVED the way everyone's storylines came together at the end! It's clearly a fairy tale retelling (Scarlet even wears a red hoodie), but it builds such a creative world with complex characters and a strong story that it seems completely original... and it really is. I haven't found a group of characters this realistic, diverse, and lovable in many other books!

  23. 4 out of 5

    emma

    Marissa Meyer Was There For Me When No One Else Was review 2 come ---------- currently-reading updates Scarlet and Wolf = Matthias and Nina and that's the tea ----- this is officially a Binge Read™

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    4.5 Stars Overview: “I just think we shouldn't judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first.” I read Cinder almost a year ago, and was very underwhelmed. In fact, I didn’t really plan on continuing the series. Except bestie kept bugging me about it. So I started this, a little reluctantly. And then... THIS WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN CINDER. LIKE WHAT. Pros: By far my biggest problem with the first book was how predictable it was. Like we all could all pretty much guess what the dea 4.5 Stars Overview: “I just think we shouldn't judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first.” I read Cinder almost a year ago, and was very underwhelmed. In fact, I didn’t really plan on continuing the series. Except bestie kept bugging me about it. So I started this, a little reluctantly. And then... THIS WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN CINDER. LIKE WHAT. Pros: By far my biggest problem with the first book was how predictable it was. Like we all could all pretty much guess what the deal with Princess Selene was, couldn’t we? Most of that book was just establishing the dynamic of Cinderella and her step-sisters, and then she meets the prince... and oh wow they start to fall in love. Surprise. Surprise. We’ve all seen it before and it was boring. NOT HERE This perfectly blended the original fairytale with sci-fi elements in fun and creative ways. There were so many things I didn't see coming and I just honestly had no idea where the story was going. Scarlet’s story blended very well with Cinder's to expand upon this really interesting world. I really enjoyed most of the characters here, including one’s that seemed flat in the first book? Kai is still a little boring to me, but Cinder really started to come into her own. She was an all-around stronger character and her struggles were more interesting than the classic Cinderella struggles. But it was definitely the new characters that made this book for me. Mainly: Scarlet. My bae. - Is appropriately afraid of hot-guy when she needs to be. No Bella Swanning here - But that fear doesn’t mean she also won’t fight like hell. Because she will. - Has a deep loyalty to family that didn’t extend to justifying their mistakes. - Penchant for firearms. - The whole world is going to hell and there’s all this chaos and then: “I can fly the ship.” - A little ball of sunshine and rage - That shotgun scene. Just yes This is how you write “strong, sassy” female protagonists, YA authors. She wasn’t overpowered. She wasn’t annoying. She wasn't absurdly special or good at things. She was just delightfully independent character with her own motivations and goals--and ability to move towards those goals. Thorne. How do I count the ways? - Started a prison riot over soap - Winks during his mugshot - Seems to ship Cinder and Kai after watching one press conference - Leather jackets - Befriends a cyborg in a society prejudiced against them - Tells Iko she’s “the prettiest” He gave me Han Solo and Jack Harkness vibes (two other cocky space-captains I love) and really invigorated a ton of desperately needed humor into this story. His friendship with Cinder was glorious and showed how funny she could be as well. The writing here was really sharp and fit the story very well. It did a great job establishing the characters and the setting without relying on purple prose. Especially since this changed from the Beijing setting to France and the differences were illustrated very well. I didn’t quite love Wolf as much as everyone else seemed to, but I’m very curious to see more about him. He has a ton of potential and a very interesting backstory. I just want to see how he proves himself further on. Cons I really enjoyed Scarlet and Wolf… but couldn’t help but think they moved a little fast? I really enjoyed their whole dynamic, but they’ve known each other like what, two-days? There were a handful of times I really wished Marissa Meyer would have shown rather than told. Particularly statements like ‘It looked like the words pained him, but he had to continue on.’ Or ‘She seemed happy.’ Or ‘He looked at her with a protective stare.’ (All of these are paraphrased, but you get the idea.) This matched the writing style, I just wish we’d been shown what some of these expressions looked like so we could infer their meaning, rather than simply being told. Not a reflection of the book itself as much as me expressing displeasure. This is my physical copy of the book. I was pretty certain that wasn’t the actual line, and Google was quick to affirm this. So… why is this what mine says? Is this something I can contact the site I purchased the book through? Or is it just an unfortunate misprint I have to deal with? In Conclusion Can’t talk right now, I’m looking for my copy of Cress. I need to see where this story goes.

  25. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    *4.5 STARS* First read - 15th February 2014 Reread - 13th November 2015 I don't know, for some reason this is my least favourite in the series?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maria V. Snyder

    I usually take a break between books in a series, not this time - I'm binge reading them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    prag ♻

    I'm!! A!! Mess!! (scroll down to see why) Exhibit #1) Flirting at Gunpoint: “I will shoot, you know.” “I know.” A flicker of kindness passed over him and he pointed at his temple. “You’ll want to aim for the head. That usually makes for a fatal shot. Or, if you’re feeling really shaky, the torso. It’s a larger target.” “Your head looks pretty big from here.” He laughed — the expression changing everything about him. His stance relaxed, his face warmed. Not that I’m the worlds biggest expert on Wh I'm!! A!! Mess!! (scroll down to see why) Exhibit #1) Flirting at Gunpoint: “I will shoot, you know.” “I know.” A flicker of kindness passed over him and he pointed at his temple. “You’ll want to aim for the head. That usually makes for a fatal shot. Or, if you’re feeling really shaky, the torso. It’s a larger target.” “Your head looks pretty big from here.” He laughed — the expression changing everything about him. His stance relaxed, his face warmed. Not that I’m the worlds biggest expert on What To Do When Someone Points A Gun At You, I’m pretty sure flirt with her wouldn’t make it to the top ten things. (Unless it’s a girl living alone on a farm and you’re a handsome dude with gorgeous eyes). Exhibit #2) Tomatoes, The Start of Every Healthy Relationship: Two seconds after she pointed a gun at him, she’s feeding him tomatoes from her farm. I mean, this guy has charm. “Until yesterday, I didn’t even know what a tomato was.” Scarlet smothered the start of a grin. His frustration was almost endearing. “And now you do,” she said. Who knows? Tomorrow you might learn about broccoli. By next week, you could know the difference between summer squash and zucchini.” Exhibit #3) A Touch Will Save Your Life: Scarlet followed Wolf’s lead and pressed herself nearly to the ground, listening to the pounding of her heart, the rush of adrenaline in her ears. With a start, she felt Wolf’s warn fingers pressing into her back. They were steady against her, calming, as she watched the android’s light scan back and forth, darting into the forest canopy. THEY’RE BEING CHASED BY A PACK OF DANGEROUS WOLVES AND THIS. THIS IS WHAT COMFORTS HER MY HEART. Exhibit #4) How To Insult A Guy Into Liking You: “Who would win in a fight — you or a pack of wolves?” He frowned at her, all seriousness. “Depends,” he said, slowly, like he was trying to figure out her motive for asking. “How big is the pack?” “I don’t know, what’s normal? Six?” “I could win against six,” he said. “Any more than that and it could be a close call.” Scarlet smirked. “You’re not in danger of low self esteem, at least.” “What do you mean?” “Nothing at all,” She kicked a stone from their path. “How about you and . . . a lion?” “A cat? Don’t insult me.” She laughed, the sound sharp and surprising. I live for their banter?? Why do they have to be so cute this is why I have high standards for relationships smh Exhibit #5) Your Kiss Makes Me Lose Control ft Wolf: Scarlet found herself pinned beneath his gaze, intense and terrified. He was still breathing hard. She was still shaking, couldn’t stop shaking. Her mind emptied of everything but the gusting wind and how fragile Wolf looked in that heartbeat, like one movement could break him open. “I’m all right,” she assured him again, wrapping her free arm around his back and pulling him toward her until she could curl up beneath the shelter of his body, burying her head against his neck. She felt his gulp, then his arms were around her, crushing her against his chest. She kissed his cheek and he almost got them killed he was so overwhelmed by that, what the actual fuck that’s the kind of relationship I aspire to have?? Exhibit #6) Kiss Me On The Mouth, And Set Me Free: His eyes lingered on her lips again. She hesitated. When he still didn’t move, Scarlet leaned forward and kissed him. Softly. Just once. Barely able to breathe around her hammering heart, Scarlet drew back enough for warm air to slip between them, and Wolf dissolved before her, a resigned sigh brushing against her mouth. Then he was pulling her toward him and bundling her up in his arms. Scarlet gasped as Wolf buried one hand into her mess of curls and kissed her back. I’m honestly at a a loss? I HAVE NO WORDS FOR THIS LEVEL OF FLUFF. ● ● ● I CAN'T BELIEVE I WAS A WOLFLET HATER I HAVE NEVER HATED MYSELF SO MUCH WHAT THE HELL @ME

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Alsberg

    SO GOOD. Just wow, amazing! Marissa Meyer has done it yet again!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    I put off reading this for like two years because I really didn't like Cinder, but holy crap. I liked this 382827282x more than I liked Cinder. Wow. Wowwwwww.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    She did know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him. Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Once upon a time there was a girl with red hair and a scarlet coat. She lived on a farm with her grandmother and delivered fresh vegetables to restaurants and people around their town. But one day her grandmother disappears and after a few weeks the police stops searching for her. When all hope is lost Scarlet meets Wolf - a young street fighter who seems to know more about her grandmother and the p She did know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him. Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Once upon a time there was a girl with red hair and a scarlet coat. She lived on a farm with her grandmother and delivered fresh vegetables to restaurants and people around their town. But one day her grandmother disappears and after a few weeks the police stops searching for her. When all hope is lost Scarlet meets Wolf - a young street fighter who seems to know more about her grandmother and the people who took her. Cinder is on the run. Not only the soldiers of her own country but also the Lunar are searching for her. Kai, The Young Emperor who took the throne and her heart is hunting her down to save the country. This time there is much more action, more blood, death and betrayal and I loved it. It was definitely an improvement to the first book. I think this series is a great retelling of famous fairy tales - like little red riding hood in this one. Character 🌟🌟🌟🌟 I just think we shouldn't judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first. That maybe we should get the full story before jumping to conclusions. This time the main character part is divided into two female characters - Scarlet and Cinder. Scarlet is a new character with a fierce and loyal personality - but who sometimes still cries easily. She fights for her loved ones, knows how to forgive and how to use her intelligence. I liked her a lot - maybe even more than Cinder. She was proud of herself, proud of her grandmother and her life on the farm. She didn’t care about anything people talked about and knew that sometimes the majority of people can talk absolute sh*t. Then there is Cinder who seems to have a background role in this one. She still isn’t that proud of her cyborg parts, but she accepted her Lunar heritage in some way. I liked that she did change a little bit positively and that she protected her new and old friends as good as she could. Then there is my baby Thorne - oh my god - what a cinnamon roll. He was such a precious and pure baby. Sure he was a criminal and a deserter of the army, but he had such a good and kind heart. He didn’t care what or who you are as long as you’re a nice person with a good and rightful heart. Then there is my street fighter Wolf with the muscles and big heart. He was a shy guy with a kind heart - who wanted to help Scarlet as good as he could. He protected her whenever he could and knew that sometimes he needed to listen to her. All in all I think that the characters did improve and I’m really really happy about that. World 🌟🌟🌟 The world is divided and in danger. The Lunars are threatening the earth with war. The queen of the Lunars is ruthless and does everything she can do be an empress and get earth into her hands. And now she has the possibility to. Soon the world is filled with blood and beasts - and the humans are fearing the wrath of the dark queen. Relationships 🌟🌟🌟 “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.” I like that in this series there is always a cute fluffy love story with the typical heartbreaking and swoon-worthy scenes. This time there are Scarlet and Wolf - two different people with two different paths who found their way to each other. Soon there are fights, blood, betrayal, secrets and mysteries. And still... they felt something for each other. And that was the cutest thing ever. (Even though it was nearly an insta-love story) But it wasn’t rushed, it was cute in an easy teenage way. Writing style 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Again, the writing was highly entertaining but not as beautiful as other books. There were some funny scenes (especially with Thorne involved) but also sad and action-filled scenes. All in all I think this book was really worth reading and I will definitely continue the series.

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