Book Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

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.

Release Date: February 5, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from publisher

I really enjoyed Cinder, book one in the Lunar Chronicles (read my review here), so it was a great treat to get to read Scarlet early.  

I felt like Cinder had a slow start, and Scarlet was the same for me. But once the story got going, I was hooked and could not put the book down.

Scarlet as a character had to grow on me.  I confess that at first, I wasn't too invested in her story, mainly because all I really wanted to read about was Cinder and Prince Kai.  I loved their s  But once I got to know Scarlet, I really liked her and enjoyed her strength, tenacity, and honesty.  I think it's so neat that Meyer has created two strong female leads, and I loved seeing their stores converge.  I really enjoyed it when Cinder and Scarlet end up working together.

One of my favorite things about Cinder was the magic of the Lunar people.  Meyer really built on that element in Scarlet, and the twist with the army was my favorite part of the book.  It was a great surprise and added another layer of depth to the story.

I love the world Meyer has created in the Lunar Chronicles.  I can't wait to read book three!   


  1. I swoon for Wolf, literally - he if just my kind of tragic bad boy who is actually good. Loved this one! I think book four is going to be Snow White.

    I admit I didn't realize it was going to introduce a new lead either.
    Pabkins @ My Shelf Confessions

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  4. Meyer's plot gets more complex with each instalment in her story. I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next one to come out!


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