Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet

Format: Paperback
Published February 5th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

From Goodreads
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.

My review
Oh please!! Scarlet, who wears a red hoody, and meets a street fighter called Wolf who offers to help her find her kidnapped Grandmother?! This book was never going to be anything other than amazing! Marissa Meyers writing ensured it was, in fact, AH-MAZING!

This is the second book in a series. You know when you read a second book and it is a huge disappointment, nowhere near as good as the first? Yeh, this wasn’t like that. This was BETTER! This was the book that made the Lunar Chronicles a series that is going to be sitting in prime position on my eclectic bookshelf for a very long time!

The book follows the two main protagonists, Cinder from the first book, and Scarlet who is introduced in this book. At first, I couldn’t really see how their stories were going to connect, but when they did, I was grinning, it was perfect!

Cinder actually gets even more likeable in this book, she breaks out of jail with a fellow inmate, Thorne. Or Captain Thorne as he would like to be called! There isn’t much of the romance between Cinder and Kai, seeing as Cinder has totally lied to and betrayed him, but you can still feel how much he wishes she hadn’t, even as he orders for her to be found and handed over to Queen Levana.

For example, at a press interview:

“Did you know that she was cyborg?” asked a woman in an unhidden tone of disgust.
Kai stared at her, appearing confused, then let his gaze dance over the crowd. He shuffled his feet
closer to the podium, a wrinkle forming on the bridge of his nose.
Cinder bit the inside of her cheek and braced herself for adamant disgust. Who would ever invite a
cyborg to the ball?
But instead, Kai said simply, “I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant. Next question?”
Cinder’s metal fingers jolted.”

At one point, I wondered if Cinder and Thorne were going to get together, but that sort of wore off when her story connected with Scarlet’s. For which I am grateful! They are, after all, a retelling of the fairy tales! One true love and all that! Here is one of the great quotes between the pair!

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”

I also have to add in a bit about Iko in this review. Iko was Cinder’s Android, but her Aunt had her disassembled. However, Cinder saved Iko’s personality chip and she becomes a SPACESHIP! Which makes for some really funny statements on poor Iko’s behalf. Iko would really like an escort android body so she can be pretty, being a ship is not what she wants!

“Cinder,” Iko said after a few silent minutes of explorations. “I’m enormous.

And then there is Scarlet. Oh, Scarlet, where do I begin! Scarlet lives in future France on a farm with her grandmother. I can’t really say a lot about Scarlet without spoiling the story, apart from perhaps, stubborn, willful and quick witted. Her connection with Wolf the street fighter was a little insta-love, but as the story progressed there were definitely some pretty high walls thrown between them, which made it believable.

“She sighed, annoyed at her restlessness. “So,” she said, disrupting Wolf in another backward glance.
“Who would win in a fight—you or a pack of wolves?”
He frowned at her, all seriousness. “Depends,” he said, slowly, like he was trying to figure out her motive for asking. “How big is the pack?”
“I don’t know, what’s normal? Six?”
“I could win against six,” he said. “Any more than that and it could be a close call.”
Scarlet smirked. “You’re not in danger of low self-esteem, at least.”

Overall, the book is one of my favourite reads of January, so…

I am going to give this book
Fivestars
FIVE STARS
It was amazing, mind-blowing, let me live in this story world for ever and ever and never leave!

Add to your TBR pile on Goodreads

Book Haul! 29/01

I love this time of year! Cold crisp mornings, long rides on my horse followed by cosy evenings in by the fire with a good book! And I had the most exciting packages arrive this week!

Amazon box
The most exciting boxes to ever arrive out of nowhere!

I went a bit overboard on the books this week, and spent a lot of Christmas money. However, I am sure it is money well spent, as I cannot wait to get stuck in to these books, hopefully my reading slump is soon to be over!

Paperbacks

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress
I absolutely love this cover, look at that hair!

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

The Blue Book By A.L. Kennedy

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

London Fields by Martin Amis

The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall

The Electric Michelangelo

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Hardbacks

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy 3) by Deborah Harkness. I absolutely loved the first two in this series, but I was trying to wait for this to come out in paperback. However, I reached a stage of such desperation, I thought I would use my Christmas money! 

Girl Defective by Simone Howell. I read the first three chapters on Pulseit as an extended excerpt, and I loved it so much I new I would have to buy it! 

Girl Defective
I love how this book cover is like a vinyl case, it is just perfect for this book.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Kindle

Broken by Dean Murray

And a preorder arrived today…Fake (The Scarab Beetle Series) by C.L. Stone on my Kindle

fake cl stone
I am so excited to read this, sleep might be an optional tonight!

Non-fiction

I also ordered a new creative writing book called Back to Creative Writing School by Bridget Whelan.

Back to Creative Writing School

 

Original Work: Boring January by Eleanor St Clair

My sister told me January was boring. I disagree.
There are so many things January brings,
things to excite and amaze.
Things begin in January.

My new years resolution is still,
unspoilt, it could be kept.
I stop putting things off until the new year,
I can go for that run right now. Maybe.

Shops are busy with January sales,
I have no money anyway.
Staying away isn’t hard.
The supermarket is pretty empty again.

The thank you letters have been sent.
Christmas is over.
My time is my own again,
To waste as I see fit.

I can start again in January.
Failures from last year can be
Forgotten, cleaned up, erased.
Ready to make new mistakes again.