Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Review: Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer @marissa_meyer

It seems I've read several amazing "2nd books in the series" lately -- and Scarlet is no exception.

Scarlet is a pilot and farms with her grandmother, who has been missing for a few weeks. When the police give up on the case, Scarlet decides she will try to find out what happened on her own. She meets a guy named Wolf at a restaurant where she is delivering her vegetables and develops a strange attraction to him.

Crazy things happen, and Scarlet and Wolf end up on an adventure to find her grandmother, but Wolf is hiding things and Scarlet doesn't know if she can trust him.

Cinder escapes from prison, and brings a pilot along with her. They escape in a stolen ship and seem to be safe orbiting the Earth, but Cinder is desperate to figure out just how she came to be who she is.

That's a really bare-bones explanation of a really exciting adventure. The new characters are great -- and the old ones continue to develop. Yes, we do see what is going on with Kai, but he's on his own trying to appease the Lunar queen. She continues to be one of the most villainous villains I've come across. I really WANT the good guys to prevail here, but I'm entertained by the path to get to that point. Cinder and Scarlet's paths do cross in the end and Meyer's plotting is brilliant.

The main setting in Scarlet is France, and some of it is in Paris. It is interesting how Meyer has created this new world, but really it's based on the world we are familiar with.

The ending is satisfying because the battle is over, but the war has only just begun. We know what Cinder's plans are, and I can't wait to see how it all works out in the next book.

You could probably read Scarlet without reading Cinder, but why would you want to? I highly recommend this series to my teens, and I know many of them that are anxiously awaiting Scarlet. They won't be disappointed.

Published by Feiwel & Friends, February 5, 2013
ARC obtained from Around the World ARC Tours
452 pages

Rating: 5/5





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9 comments:

  1. YAY! I can't wait to read this one! WOLF=right up my alley.

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  2. Very excited to read this one. The more reviews I read the more I think I'm going to more of a Wolf gal than Kai. I'm also curious to see how the paranormal is dealt with the book. So glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. I can't wait to read this one! I'm so glad Marissa is coming to Houston on her book tour.

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  4. Great review Annette! I have a few friends that are eager to get there hands on this one. I'm not allowing myself to buy any new books this year so I wont get it until next year, but I was thinking of giving the audio version a shot.
    I'm glad you liked it so much. The new characters sound fun!

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  5. Ahahaha I need to meet Wolf!! Cannot wait for it :)))

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  6. I am so excited for this book and even more now. I am glad it was a great continuation! Awesome review!

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  7. Oh, I am now even more excited to read this one!

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  8. I'm so glad you liked this one. I've read the book too and I liked how Scarlet's voice is different from Cinder's and it's great how the author managed to alternate POVs without it getting confusing. And Wolf! Wolf's appearance definitely doesn't match his personality which made him even more adorable. ;_;

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  9. Yay! Glad you love it too! Like you I am SO impressed with Marissa's ability to take the world we know and make it into a world filled with plausible, light sci-fi. You are so right, it feels like we're on a roll with 2nd books totally living up to their first books! I hope the streak continues. :-) Lovely review!

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