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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

YA Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles Series.  Find Jesse's review to the first book, Cinder, here.

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“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

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. 

Scarlet  is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. The story continues right where the first book leaves off and introduces some new characters and points of views. Cinder has to break out of prison with some help from a new friend, mean while Scarlet does everything in her power to find her grandmother who she believes has been kidnapped.

I found Scarlet to be a lot more tolerable then Cinder was and I was impressed with the progression of the story. It's slowly starting to grow on me bit by bit. Meyer was able to reinvent a old fairy tale and make it new again. This time take Little Red Riding Hood and integrating it into her unfolding story.

This time around the plot was a bit more intriguing with excellent world building. In Cinder, Meyer was able to recreate a futuristic Beijing and for Scarlet she did the same for Paris. With cool writing techniques and funny dialogues between characters made for an interesting read.

As for the characters some of them were a hit and miss for me. My favorite would have to be Captain Thorne, and my least favorite this time around would be Scarlet. For Thorne I thought he was extremely entertaining with his demeanor and cheeky dialogues. I got a Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean vibe off him, and who doesn't like a little Johnny Depp once and a while. Unfortunately for Scarlet, it was just a disappointment. I didn't find her unique or interesting, her relationship with Wolf was odd, and there just wasn't anything I could connect with her on.

In conclusion Scarlet by Marissa Meyer was a step up from Cinder and I'm still intrigued to see where this story goes in the next installment. Let me know your thoughts on the book below and stay tuned for future reviews coming your way soon!

See ya next time,

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