Sunday, March 11, 2018

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer

Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Synopsis (via 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. 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
“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”
I am really enjoying this series! I love the world, the writing, the characters--everything. Marissa Meyer is very good at what she does. I'm not usually a fan of retellings, but these are amazing! The subtle references don't overpower the story, and you can see how Meyer took a thread from an old fairy tale and made it something new and entirely her own.

Also, the narrator! I know I've said this about her before, but Rebecca Soler is WONDERFUL.

Cinder was about Cinder, and Scarlet was about both Scarlet and Cinder. We see everything unfold from various perspectives, so we know what is happening in multiple places at once. There are so many different layers to these books; hidden nooks and crannies that are not fully realized until all of the pieces fall into place. I cannot stop listening once I start (which isn't good for getting things done).

I loved Scarlet and her no-nonsense personality. She was straightforward and determined in her efforts to find her grandmother. I admired her capabilities (she had no issues pointing a gun at someone's face), but thought she was a tad too eager to throw herself into dangerous situations.

Wolf was an interesting character, and I would love to know more of his history. I think I might get my wish in the next book, if how it ended is any indication.

I loathe Levana. She's vile, vain, and virtually untouchable.

I feel like everything is building toward something catastrophic, and I cannot wait to find out what that is! I'm so happy there are still more books in this series to read!

19 comments:

  1. Yay!! I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one as well! Can't wait to see your thoughts on the next one :)

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  2. I’m glad you’re enjoying them. I love this series. I wish I could experience it for the first time again.

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    1. It's a beautiful feeling! I know they're going to be books I read again (and again).

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  3. I'm so happy that you're enjoying this series!! This was my favorite book (out of the 3 that I've read) because of Scarlet's and Wolf's complex characters. And Levana is THE WORST. You'll hate her so much more in book 3.

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. I love how they bonded so quickly, but it wasn't insta-love. They still have their reservations about each other, and they know their situation isn't ideal. They needed each other to survive, and they went through something traumatic together, which changes you. It's just written so well!

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    2. I'm going to hate her MORE? Ugh, I don't think I want to know...

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  4. I enjoyed the first book but I haven't read more for now. I'm curious to try this one though!

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  5. This one was my favorite (other than Levana's story - which is daaaark). i easily could have read another book with this couple.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Daaaark? She's so repulsive already... I cringe just thinking about what she could do to make things worse. She gives zero fucks about people's lives, which cannot end well for anyone.

      I really enjoyed Scar and Wolf! I love how their story has played out so far, but I want to know more.

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  6. Oh, I love this series. I don't which is my favorite...maybe Cress? I still need to read Winter, but I DO own it, so it will happen soon. Don't forget to read Fairest either, but it won't really make you like Levana any more I don't believe. LOL

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Thanks for reminding me! I had forgotten about Fairest. Does it "explain" Levana?

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  7. I really need to reread the first few books in this series so I can finish it. It's been too long since I read those first few books! Glad you loved it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Yes! Re-read them! I'm enjoying them so much, and I'm really trying to pace myself so they last.

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  8. I forgot to finish up this series, really need to get around to it this year!!

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    1. You forgot?! 😱 Haha! I've don't that, too. I'll start a series when it's still new, but then forget to finish them as the other books come out. I think I've decided I like reading a series once ALL of the books have been written and released. I don't like having to wait!

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    1. It's one of my favorites! I love the relationship between Scarlet and Wolf.

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