Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I read the first book in the series ‘Cinder’ and I still can’t believe that I forgot how amazing this series is!

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.

Being able to travel all over the world, and see more of this futuristic world Meyers has created was great. The Lunar Chronicles manages to not only create a futuristic community, but a dystopian world. You never have to wonder what people on other continents are doing because soon enough, you’ll find out. Scarlet was mostly set in France which I was excited about as I am huge lover of French culture and France itself.

I loved the multiple points of view in this book and the fact that the two storylines crossed and hopefully plan to cross in future novels which I am looking forward to. I thought it worked really well and when Cinders and Scarlets paths finally crossed, they crossed with a bang and a huge action packed fighting scene! Yes!

Scarlet was not what I expected, she was such a badass and again such a strong character who won’t give up on anything or anyone. From the first chapter we see her not only defending Cinder but causing a fight, which I wasn’t expecting but loved.

“I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant.”

Cinders back and she’s kicking ass again! Cinder herself went through so much development and I really was able to connect with her while I wasn’t able to before. I do have to admit, I preferred to read Cinders chapters but I did find Scarlets chapters equally action packed and engaging! I have to love a book that gives me, not one, but two strong heroines.

Now time for the men! Wolf was again perfect, he has that mysterious dark side to him as well as that loveable puppy side! From what we learn he will be more involved with Cinder and Scarlet which I am looking forward to.

Captain ‘Marry Me’ Thorne is just perfect, and has easily gained a spot on my top five fictional boyfriends list! He’s just arrogant, touchy but also so much fun and I can’t wait to see and learn more about him in ‘Cress’. The banter between him and Cinder was also really enjoyable and sassy! I did feel bad for him at times when he was left in the dark about Cinder being the princess when sometimes it was really obvious!

Kia I thought was quite distant, while he was in some scenes, he was pretty much absent the entire book. Missing Kai made me see how much I really love him. His story is slowly building and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

It was also a lovely surprise to find a chapter from the point of view of Levana which gave us in an insight in to what to expect from her character and her plans in future books!

My only negative, is that I felt like Scarlet and Wolfs relationship wasn’t fully convincing as it was very ‘instant’ love but I hope it develops more and becomes more ‘real’ in the next book. However there were some bits when I did swoon and squeal!

“Wolf, are you asking me to be … your alpha female?”

Did I like it more than ‘Cinder’? Yes, I did. I loved the characters more and i felt like the storyline was more engaging. It was easy to rate this 5/5 stars and I highly recommend you read this series, it’s basically fairytales on steroids; they are brilliant and I can’t wait to pick up Cress soon! Do check out my spoiler free review on Cinder which can be found here.

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