Today’s review is written by guest blogger Mel, who helps run Novels, News & Notes from your Northwest Neighbors .
It was only a few days before I went up to Seattle to the Young Adult Blowout at University Bookstore that I finally sat down to read Cinder by Marissa Meyer. And as soon as I finished I started talking to everyone I knew that I wanted to read Scarlet. Cinder blew me away and I was in love with the characters and all the detail that Marissa included. So when Sara offered me Scarlet I did a happy dance and told her I’d do anything if I could read it.
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.
It seems semi ridiculous but I seriously wanted to clap after finishing this book. In fact, *blushes* I may have done that very thing. Scarlet reminds me of Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. Her book was a full circle but you totally want more. And then you find out there’s another book coming after it and you are giddy with excitement. And that is precisely how Scarlet has me feeling.
While I know this is part of a series of The Lunar Chronicles, each book in itself is a wonderful story. I love that we started off in Cinder with one main character and now as the series continues with Scarlet we add new interesting characters. Plus the storyline is linear and I didn’t find myself getting lost trying to remember who is who. There is enough detail that I am fully immersed in the world. Scarlet had a definite place in it where I felt like it had come full circle but also linked me to the next book easily though I was nowhere near the end. When I did get to the end I in no way felt upset, the feeling was one of completion, at least of this book, not the storyline. I can easily see how Marissa will carry us through The Lunar Chronicles series and am looking forward to reading all of her future books. If only I didn’t have to wait until 2014 to read the 3rd book coming in this series, ‘Cress’ and in 2015 ‘Winter’.
I have read other books knowing they were part of a series but the end of the first or even second book would annoy me with how things were left. Marissa doesn’t leave loose ends that way. She ties things up in a way that you yearn for more yet are cheering for the way the characters were left.
Scarlet will be in stores February 5th.