Friday, May 17, 2013

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer [Joint Review]

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)5 out of 5 Robots!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Release: February 5, 2013
Hardcover: 452 Pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Julia and Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book 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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Julia and Shannon's Thoughts: 

The standard:  Favorite part?  Least favorite part? 
Julia: Favorite Part? This entire book really had me going, so this is hard for me to say, but I think my favorite part is Wolf coming to Scarlet's rescue. Knight in shining armor type deal. I was into it. My least favorite part is Cinder's hesitancy when telling Thorne that she is the princess. I'm not sure why that bothered me, I guess I just thought she should have trusted him sooner. They'd been through a lot together and he had helped her so much.
Shannon:  I agree!  It is so hard to pick just one favorite part because I felt the book was really strong from start to finish.  I think my favorite part was the decision to include new characters.  It kept the storyline fresh AND we got to see more of the world.  Europe in this case.  My least favorite part....was probably Cinder's inability to do much.  I know this will be resolved in the coming books, but when compared to Scarlet, Cinder comes across a little namby-pamby.  At least in this book.

2. How do you feel about the introduction of the new characters? 
Julia:  I liked it, I liked all the different point of views. Although Wolf is delicious, Thorne is my favorite new character. He is funny and has a hidden space ship. His reassurance every time Cinder does something is sweet. I know that the Lunar Queen isn't a new character, but I liked her point of view too. I love the Lunar stuff. I find it fascinating and  I can't wait until we get to read a story that is based there.
Shannon:  I LOVED it.  I think it really added a lot of excitement and our point of views.  Also, the new characters are all a lot of fun.  I loved each one for different reasons. Scarlet can be a little frustrating because she is incredibly headstrong and impulsive so she rushes into things without thinking it through and won't listen to anyone say anything bad about her grandmother.  Even though you KNOW there is something going on there.  I also liked that it opened up the world from just New Beijing to include Europe.  I loved all the Lunar stuff too.  Although I am a little surprised that no one has really caught on to some of it.  This was more an issue in the first book than the second, but still. 
3. Why is Wolf so sexy?
Julia: Because he has all this animal instinct, literally, haha. Gosh, I love a man who doesn't say much and is mysterious and gorgeous and shows you how he loves you with actions and not words. I'm done drooling now! Next question!
Shannon:  Totally.  Dangerous, but loyal.  Mysterious, but caring.  And not done in the total creepy I-watch-you-while-you-sleep way either.  Like bad boy with a heart of gold done right.

4. How well do you feel the fairytale retelling meshes with the sci-fi aspects of the book? 
Julia: I love it, I love how she twists things about. I love that Scarlet is the name of Little Red Riding Hood. I love Cinder and her cyborg-ness. I don't often like twists on classics, but Marissa Meyer is such a great storyteller. I am engaged from page one.
Shannon:  I love it too.  Most of the retellings I've read are either set in the present, or in the past.  I love that this series is set in the future.  I think it allows Meyers a lot of playing room and allows for some of those fantastical elements that are usually present in fairy tales, which I like.  I also like that Meyers draws on the fairytales, but isn't married to them either. 

5. Do you find it hard to describe this book to others, or is it just me? 
Julia:  So hard!! I have tried at least three times. I normally give up and say, just read it. They start looking at me like I'm crazy when I start telling them Cinderella is a Cyborg because she was injured so badly.... And the Lunar aspect? I mean, this isn't a confusing series at all, but for some reason, I find it difficult to summarize. Shannon:  "So I read this great book.  Its about Cinderella and it's set in the future.  Except she'  Which isn't as weird as it sounds!  Also, there are these...ah...Lunar...people who have mind pow - actually, you know what?  Just go read it.".  I gave up trying too. 
6. How do you feel about Cinder's story arc so far? 
Julia:  I like it, but I'm ready for her confrontation with the queen - or at least some huge battle between her followers and the Queen's servants. I didn't really enjoy Cinder running and hiding that much, I want her to take action... or at least try to.
Shannon:  I agree.  I felt her insecurities in the first book made since given her circumstances.  And I can kind of understand where she was coming from in the second.  But really, she didn't have a lot to do this time around.  Like I mentioned before, I think that will definitely change.  In fact, I KNOW it will given the ending.  But I have to say that if Meyers didn't include Scarlet's story (which is the majority of this book), then I probably would have been a lot more frustrated with Cinder. 
7.  What did you think about this book as a whole? 
Julia:  Loved it! If I wasn't in the middle of planning a wedding, I would have finished it in one sitting. I never found myself bored.
Shannon:  I completely devoured it.  It was engaging, fast paced, and fun.  I wasn't ever bored either.  And in all honesty, I liked it better than the first even.  The new characters were great, getting to see Europe was great, and everything that has been set in motion is great.  There were some parts that truly surprised me.  If you liked Cinder, you will probably love Scarlet.
8.  How do you feel about this series as a whole? 
Julia:  It is extremely unique. The next book, Cress, looks awesome - it is about Rapunzel. I haven't forgotten Scarlet already, I just don't have that much to say about this book except that I was entertained the entire time I was reading it. And now I am just ready to see what Rapunzel (Cress) has in store for us! And then Snow White (Winter!!!!!) AHHH. I don't know, I'm into it.
Shannon: I think this is an incredibly fun series.  It is well written and entertaining.  I can't wait to read the next books in the series and I love that Meyers is incorporating new fairy tale characters too!

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Cinder
2. Scarlet

1 comment :

  1. OMG - Julia's getting married?!?!?!


    I love your joint reviews, and I adored Cinder. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time with finding time to read Scarlet!



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