Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

February 23, 2015
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Book Review, InToriLEx

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
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.


“I lied to you about a lot of things....but I meant every apology.”
I really enjoy where this series is going, and what its turned out to be. In Scarlet Cinder has come to terms with who she is and what she has to do next. The characters are charmingly fleshed out enough, so that no  part of the book comes off as filler. The frazzled emotions involved come across loud and clear, but the occasional humor keeps the book light-hearted. Ms. Meyer has once again merged a fairy tale with enough action, sci-fi and adventure to keep every reader entertained, and transform it into her own.

My favorite character who really shined throughout the novel is Wolf. His journey throughout the  highlights his own resiliency, while dealing with how own nature v. nurture . The sc-fi involved in this world continues to be innovative, but has real world limits.  There are set rules and systems, which makes for realistic instead of lazy sci-fi which is rampart in Young Adult books. We learn more about Cinder and how she's come to be part Cyborg, Lunar and eventually Earths savior.

The only part of this book I couldn't enjoy as much as I wanted to was the romance. As a admitted non-romance fan, parts of what's described comes off as overly mushy and cliche. For example: Wolf’s eyes saddened. “I know. You’ll do what you have to do.” Peeling her hands off his shoulders, he placed a sweet kiss against her wrist, where the blood pulsed beneath her skin. “And so will I.”  While this sets a nice scene, I can't help but think that it's very unrealistic.  My engagement with the narrative breaks whenever I eye roll in disbelief, and that's why I couldn't give the  book five stars. However that likely won't be the case for many other readers, so not enough to take too much from the overall rating.

Definitely a enjoyable read, which plot develops in ways I didn't expect. If you enjoyed Cinder you should definitely continue with the series, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment. I cared about what happens next  throughout, and would have finished it much quicker if I could.
“It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognized it as abuse.”

My Other Reviews for the Series:
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Fairest: Levana's Story (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) 


I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.


Gabs @ My Full Bookshelf said...

I loved Cinder, but I keep putting off reading Scarlet. I'm really not sure why; it sounds so fantastic! I'm glad that this was a nice continuation of the series, and I can't wait to pick it up for myself. Great review!

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InToriLex said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, and definitely continue you it!!

InToriLex said...

Thanks for the nomination I will be doing a follow up soon!!!

Ella @ Novelly Ella said...

I absolutely HATED Cinder and DNF'd it like 3 times, but I decided to give Scarlet a go AND I LOVED IT!! I'm reading Fairest at the moment and it's brilliant as well! :'))

Great review and new follower via Bloglovin!

Ella @ Once Upon a Bookish Time

Anonymous said...

I've read Cinder, need to get back into this series with Scarlet. I've seen loads of great reviews for it.

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