Monday, May 20, 2013

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

Summary:  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.  (Summary and image from

My Review:  Oh, my goodness, I’m so enjoying this series! Retelling fairy tales is always tricky, especially when they’re well-known (and well-rehashed), and it takes a master to breathe new life into a tale without making it feel stale. 

Meyer did it again! 

Not only did she take on the well-known “Red Riding Hood”, she seamlessly entwined the story with the already-established mythology she created in Cinder.  Scarlet is faced with a passive police force, a missing grandmother, and her only ally is a street fighter called Wolf.  Cinder, on the other hand, is also searching for Scarlet’s grandmother … trying to validate what she learned the last time we saw her.  Meanwhile, the treacherous Queen Levana has started to enact her plans, putting the entire Earth at risk.

I’ve been immersed in some serious reading lately, and Scarlet was my reward, and it was exactly the release I needed.  I love the way that Meyer is weaving these fairy tales together, and her fresh take on them is a welcome change.  This installation was darker than I remembered Cinder, but that’s typical as characters move through the series.  The only issue I take is that these books aren’t coming fast enough!

My Rating: Four stars

For the Sensitive Reader:  There is a “fade-to-black” scene, and there are some pretty gruesome fight sequences. 

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