Scarlet {Book review}

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Publish Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 454
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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. – Summary from Goodreads.

I know that I’m the minority when I say this but…. I had zero interest in this series. Now, this is not to knock Marissa Meyer or her ability to retell fairy tales with a sci-fi twist! I just simply don’t like this type of sci-fi. I don’t like androids…I mean, I have an iPhone for crying out loud. {…that was a joke, in case you think I’m being serious}

Anyway, I found myself choosing television over reading which was how I knew I just wasn’t invested. In the first book of the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, we meet Linh Cinder who is an android/human who embodies Cinderella {obviiii}. In the second book, Scarlet, we meet Scarlet Benoit whose grandmother goes missing and guess who is around to help find her? Wolf. Geddit?? LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD!!! *sigh* Ultimately, it missed the mark for me. One of the things that bugged me was how Meyer ties in Cinder and Scarlet by way of alternating chapters. At first I liked it but then I found myself wanting more of Scarlet and not Cinder. It was distracting. However, it all comes together in the end but by then I was skimming and didn’t really care.

So…yeah…I didn’t DNF this one per se but I totally zoned out.

I say to anyone who loved fairy tale retellings and androids and sci-fi, to give this series a try. It’s got an average of 4.31 stars out of 5 so clearly it’s popular. People love it!! Just not this person *points to self*. I gave it 2 out of 5 stars Oh well. I tried. Also, Cress is the final installment of this series. Just in case anyone wanted to know…

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24 thoughts on “Scarlet {Book review}

      • Haha well now that I think about it, it’s totally obvious.

        Like the foot thing is basically the shoe thing. Iko is basically like Gus Gus and the mice. Evil Step-mother, dead father. Oh geezus. It’s all staring me in the face now!

      • If there were, then I don’t remember because Gus Gus was the cutest little pudgy mouse friend.
        I honestly didn’t really like Disney movies. They all tended to make me feel uncomfortable. But I did love the Lion King!! Except for the dark parts. Me no like.

      • That is what fast forward is for. I can still quote that whole movie, with exception to the part where Mufasa dies and the whole “Be Prepared” hyena song after it because they scared the begeezus out of me! I would just zoom right past them!

      • You’re not kidding!! Disney isn’t afraid of making sure there are scary parts in their movies. The hyenas and the bone yard and Scar and …*shudders* I just hated all of them. But I did love that movie. You got me beat on the reciting though with the exception of some of the songs ๐Ÿ™‚ I do sing along hahaha.

      • Haha Disney does get pretty dark! Nowadays they just blow right through the terrible parts with a happy song. Have you seen Frozen? Let’s just act like the parents tragically dying isn’t so bad by singing about a snowman!!

      • I KNOW RIGHT?!?! They completely downplayed the parents untimely death. But I will say that I loved Frozen and kiiiinda want to see it turned into a broadway play. I mean, it felt like a play anyway. Maybe because Idina Menzel was in it? Who knows. But yeah, Disney isn’t afraid of the scary element.

      • Idina Menzel is my spirit animal. I loved Frozen, especially Olaf! Oh, and the whole let’s not mention why in the world Kristoff has no parents and was raised by boulders thing? Kinda ridiculous.

        If they could just make a Wicked movie with with the original cast, my life would be made!

      • Shut your face down!!! Wicked is my most favoritest play ever!!! And I would kill for an original cast movie a la Rent.
        Hahaha spirit animal. That’s funny. She’s so awesome. I saw her on broadway in Rent and was blown away!! Insane talent!!!

        Olaf has got to be the funniest Disney character ever!! Yeah, I thought Kristoff’s mysterious familial situation was odd for sure.

      • I would have died to see her in Rent! I have only been to NYC once, and we did get a chance to see The Lion King on Broadway and it was absolutely beautiful. We could have gone to Wicked, but I know I would have been a teensy bit let-down because it was no longer the original cast.

        I tried reading the book and actually thought it was kind of awful! I never even finished it because she was stuck at Kiomo Ko for basically like forever and I just couldn’t take it anymore. Definitely a strange story!

      • Rent was insanely good. Lion King was breath taking. I cried from the sheet awesomeness. Wicked was just amazeballs. I too loved the original cast but the new crew does hold their own. I just love it. I was singing For Good in the car yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚ such a theater geek, I am! Haha.
        Oh my gosh, I DNF’d the book Wicked too. It’s so weird and dare I say sexual and political!! I hated it. Glad to hear someone who feels the same!!

      • For Good happens to be my second-favorite! No Good Deed still holds the top spot though ๐Ÿ™‚

        Yeah, the book was so weird. Maybe I will finish it someday, just to say I did!

      • No Good Deed is such a good one:)) Defy Gravity is my favorite. I pretend I’m practicing for when there’s an open casting call for the play. A girl can dream, right? Hahaha
        Yeah, I hear you! I hate to abandon books but seriously- just… weird.

  1. And here I thought I was the only one.

    I wasn’t really into Cinder, though it seemed as though everyone else was. I have it 2 out of five stars. I read it at some point last year and still haven’t picked up the sequels yet D: I really wanted to like Cinder, but something about it made it a very slow read…

  2. I’m glad to read your thoughts about this- I’ve been on the fence about reading Scarlet. I generally like fairy retellings, but Cinder seemed a little bit forced. When I saw Scarlet was going to be a retelling of Red Riding Hood I had a hard time mustering up the desire to read it, but this series has been so popular that I felt like I should continue. Now I know I was right not to continue! Thank you!

    • I’m glad I could help!! I too felt Cinder was forced. And I felt pressure (mainly from myself) to read Scarlet. But I should have trusted my gut, which whispered, “don’t dooo eeeet!” Needles to say I will not bother with Cress. There are too many other books that begged to be read.

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