Author: Marissa Meyer
Fun fact: Scarlet is based on little Red-Riding Hood
Summary: Our beloved cyborg, Cinder, is back with a new full-of-himself accomplice on a break-neck mission. Half way around the world, stunning Scarlet is on her own mission to find her Grandmother, who’s been missing for two weeks. Accompanied by this stranger (…Wolf!) that she decides to trust, she sets off to do so. These two kick-ass heroines will find that their two missions are surprisingly intertwined.
This book is goals. #bookgoals
I finished this in… 2 days? 3 days? Which I think is a pretty impressive feat considering it is a whopping 454 pages long while juggling extra studies simultaneously.
~ the plot ~
“Besides, if you are who you claim to be, that makes you my true queen. Therefore, you have my loyalty.”
Wow. This really was not what I was expecting. If you read my review for Cinder, you would know I wasn’t too keen on it, having to force my way through half of the book and getting very bored in the process.
But I still intended to read the second book, Scarlet, and I’m so glad I did because it is such an immersing and intriguing read. It is jam-packed with plot twists round every page and it’s a proper rollercoaster of a ride with precious characters that enhance every step of the journey.
I had so many doubts and second doubts throughout this read. I tried to guess what would happen next, but I found myself wrong and then wrong again. It’s very surprising. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Cress – because I feel like now we have a proper crew and a mission with a clear purpose (because I feel like before it was a bit hotchpotch and they were like yeah we gotta do something but they hadn’t completed figured it out until the end of Scarlet) and I love it all!
~ the characters ~
“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.”
I couldn’t help sneaking a bit about the characters in the plot section above… and I’m sure its already obvious I love them all to pieces!
Cinder, I found is much more likeable in this book than in the first one, probably because she’s less thought and more action, which I prefer. Her beauty, I found, is emphasised a lot more here too.
“I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant.”
Scarlet is by far my favourite. She’s tough and has an undying love for her Grandmother which lead her to risking her life again and again. She is bold and brave. She’s also rash and impulsive, and can be somewhat stupid at times, and I kinda like that. It makes her more of a real character, though there were times were I was just face-palming. But I did relate to her, in a way.
“She sighed, annoyed at her restlessness. “So,” she said, disrupting Wolf in another backward glance.
“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. “How about a bear?”
“Why, do you see one out there?”
“Not yet, but I want to be prepared in case I have to rescue you.”
The smile she’d been waiting for warmed his face, a glint of white teeth flashing. “I’m not sure. I’ve never had to fight a bear before.”
Wolf, was the one I was having doubts about again and again. His presence really did bring about an array of questions, suspicion, but a tinge of hope. I try to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible (and if spoilers, I put them in white), so for those of you who have read this book, you know what I’m talking about, those of you who haven’t, well, you gotta read it to find out.
“I lied to you about a lot of things….but I meant every apology.”
Thorne, I found hilarious. I have to admit, a bit annoying at first, but once he proves his worthiness a couple more times you can’t really hate him. I definitely prefer him to Kai. I’m not sure about Wolf.
“He gaped at the controls. “Why is my ship talking back to me?”
Kai… I am annoyed. spoilers> why marry Queen Levana when that is obviously just officially dooming your country? Yeah, I get you feel helpless, but then at least try and work on some kind of… something… instead of officially making it impossible. Hadn’t Cinder warned him? He should’ve taken it more seriously since she risked her life and got thrown into prison and officially made herself Levana’s ultimate enemy?< Why? Why? Why?!
~ the writing ~
The writing isn’t anything too amazing, I think this book is more about the action and the plot than the descriptions and all. But it did a good job of portraying the story in a way that it flowed and all fit together.
I didn’t really have any problems at all 🙂
So that is my review for Scarlet! I hope you guys all enjoyed it!
Who is your favourite… Scarlet or Cinder? Do you prefer how the books begin with the main characters names or not? Kai or Thorne or Wolf?