Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Author: Marissa Meyer
Started reading: May 7th 2017
Finished the book: May 14th 2017
Pages: 454
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA
Published: February 5th 2013
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.30
My score:

Synopsis
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. 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 thoughts
This series is so unique, I loved this second book. Have read the first book twice now, and it's one of my favorites. The second wasn't a favorite, but I still enjoyed to read this book very much! The way Marissa Meyer can transform a fairy tale into a great sci-fi story and the fact that you still recognize the fairy-tale, is a real talent.

Pros
  • Characters: This second book introduces a couple of great new characters. Some series don't need new characters, but I feel that the new characters in this series can definitely add something unique to the story. The characters are likable and add a new layer to the story. Wolf is very intriguing and Tanner adds a nice dose of sarcasm and testosterone. 
  • Stories coming together: The way the stories in this book come together is really cool. Scarlet has her own story, as well as Cinder. The way their stories are woven together to a new story with all the history around it is very well thought through.
  • Action: The action in this book is awesome. I like action when it's adds something to the story and when it's written well so you can vision it in your head. The last part of the book has some gruesome action to it and I highly enjoyed it!
  • Queen Levana: The big "bad guy" (bad girl in this case) in this book is someone to be afraid of. Some books have an evil person and sometimes they don't scare me, but Queen Levana is someone to be afraid of, which she proves again in this book.
Cons
  • Vibe: The first book had a vibe, a feeling to it, which made me love it and add it to my favorites. I didn't feel the vibe in this book, although I absolutely enjoyed the book. Maybe it was because Cinder was on the run and the story had a lot of different aspects to it, while in the first book you really only followed Cinder around.
  • Plot-twists: I felt like this book didn't have that much plot twists, or maybe I figured them out too quick. There were some minor aspects that I didn't see coming, but in the end the book didn't leave me with big surprises that needed thinking through.
Overall
Such an enjoyable series that turns your modern fairy-tale into a great action paced sci-fi story. I love how every book evolves around a different fairy tale and how the different fairy tales are woven to one new story. This series is something very unique and enjoyable to read!
Little Red Riding Hood, eat your heart out!

Other opinions about this book
"Returning fans of Meyer's Cinder will gladly sink their teeth into this ambitious, wholly satisfying sequel."
- Publishers Weekly

"The author has stepped up the intrigue and plot from the first novel, and readers will be eagerly awaiting the next."
- School Library Journal

"Further development of this futuristic world plus plenty of action, surprises, and a fast pace will keep readers invested in their journey."
- The Horn Book

Memorable quotes from this book
"I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you."

"It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognized it as abuse."

Whats your opinion on this series? Did you read it and what did you think?
And if you didn't read it yet; are you planning on reading it?

  


8 comments:

  1. I really need to read this series. It sounds so good. Great review!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you'll get to it soon :)

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  2. I'm really hoping to start this series this year so super glad to hear you've loved the first two books! Great Review :)

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    1. I'm very curious what you'll think about the books!

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  3. I really enjoyed this one as well. I love Queen Levana! She is a great foe. I haven't read the rest of the series yet, so I need to get on that!

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    1. Yeah Levana is awesome! Great character.
      I hope to read Cress next month :)

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