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Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

With Scarlet, I almost had the exact opposite experience to Cinder. Because Cinder helped open my mind to cyborgs and crazy science fiction, I was worried about Scarlet.

Would it live up to my expectations? Would it be everything I hoped (and maybe more)? The answer is yes and yes!

Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Title & Author: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA – Science Fiction, Retelling

Release Date: February, 2012

Series: Lunar Chronicles #2

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

How I Got the Book: ARC from Publisher


“Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.”

Warning! Potential spoilers for Cinder are in this review!

What Big Eyes You Have

Scarlet starts off by picking up where Cinder left off – in the royal jail. Only she doesn’t stay there for long…

As I was wondering when and where Cinder would meet Scarlet, the new character of the book, whose story is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, the point of view switched. With occasionally switching POVs, Scarlet is really the heroine of this book.

Although that isn’t what I was expecting, it was a nice change and a fresh start to Scarlet. She’s not a cyborg like Cinder, but Scarlet has just as many problems (if not more) than our beloved royal rebel.

Just like with Cinder, Scarlet gives subtle nods to the original Little Red Riding Hood story: Scarlet wears a red hoodie and meets a dark, mysterious boy named Wolf.

Omg, Wolf! I’ll go into more about him later. 🙂

And, Scarlet’s grandmother is missing. The police have stopped investigating, so naturally Scarlet decides to find her grandmother herself. And the crazy times begin.

And Your Teeth Are So Big!

So far, a pattern I see in Cinder and Scarlet is the slow reveal of super huge secrets. And, what’s genius about this is that Scarlet and Cinder are connected, which is shown throughout the second book. It’s not just one-off stories; they’re intertwined.

Cinder and Scarlet are part of an epic space opera that has two more installments – Cress in 2013 and Winter in 2014. I have no idea how shizz is going to go down in those books, but I honestly can’t wait.

Back to romance (like I needed an excuse). There was no instalove and there are no love triangles. Phew.

The tension between Scarlet and Wolf is a mutual feeling of “can I trust this person?” Scarlet thinks Wolf has a wounded past, which he carefully avoids talking about, and Wolf continues to protect Scarlet, even though he knows he shouldn’t get involved.


A few other things about Cinder’s story in Scarlet: I think Iko is just the cutest thing ever. She’s an android who is super girly and very impractical. A walking, talking R2D2.

Sticking with the Star Wars theme, there’s a new character who totally reminds me of Han Solo. Fifty points to you if you can tell me who it is.

There are glimpses of Kai and the Lunar Queen, too, and I’m hating her more and more. Yuck


The strong writing, interestingly intertwined storylines and the strength and courage of the Lunar Chronicle heroines has me hooked. I loved this second installment of the series! Read Scarlet – you won’t be disappointed.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.