Scarlet | A Re-Read Review

Posted October 19, 2015 by Carlisa in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Scarlet | A Re-Read ReviewScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Also by this author: Fairest, Cinder, Cress
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 5, 2013
Genres: YA, Retelling, Fairytale, Romance
Pages: 452
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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.

Scarlet, Scarlet, Scarlet. I’m here to talk about Scarlet. Okay, I’m going to be frank here–I’m awful at re-read reviews. You know, when you read a book for the first time, everything is new to you so you have a lot of things to talk about. Everything is a new experience and, thus, the things that you liked stick out to you and the things that you didn’t like stick out to you. Because they’re fresh.

But on a re-read, I’ve already been introduced to the characters, to the plot, to the twists. Nothing is new. So I have a hard time writing a review for something I’m not reading for the first time. Bah. Maybe I’ll write a post about it someday (…today is not that day). But all that being said, let’s just talk about Scarlet by Marissa Meyer for a second.

First of all, I love this book because it’s when we start to see the fairy tales intertwine. Fairy tale mash-ups are the bomb in my brain. They’re so cool because usually these stories are quite different. I mean, you obviously see some overlap. There are princesses with hunky princes and a villain. Good usually overcomes evil, yadda yadda yadda. But besides that the stories are intricate and individual and unique (sorry, couldn’t think of another i-word). So I love when they’re combined well because it would take a lot of planning and thinking to make it work while still retaining the classic beauty of the original fairy tale. And in Scarlet, we see Cinder (aka Cinderella) meet Scarlet (aka Red Riding Hood) and it’s pretty interesting how their two stories work out throughout the novel, but I won’t get too much into that.

I’m going to be honest. Scarlet is probably my least favorite character of the three main characters we’ve been introduced to (including Cress from the third book). For some reason I just don’t click as much with her. She’s really stubborn and set in her ways…but then again, so am I, so maybe that’s what the problem is. And Wolf, the boy that gets involved in her life (and I’m sure you can assume some swooning happens between the two), he just doesn’t do much for me. But, you know, that’s okay. Because I’m not the one who likes him so I don’t have to worry about it.

not my job

Anyways, there’s more action in this one than in Cinder, which, you know, is a good thing. Lots of evil genetically-modified creatures from the moon and fugitive cyborgs trying to find the truth. It’s all very exciting, really it is.

BUT, yes. If you haven’t read this  yet, then you should go read it because my favorite is Cress. Which I’m pumped to read. And then the big beautiful 800-page glory that is Winter is being published in like three-or-so weeks. THREE OR SO WEEKS, PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Okay, bye.