I’ve been re-reading The Lunar Chronicles in anticipation of WINTER’s release in November and I’m having the best time! (Pssst check out the Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along if you want to join in for CRESS and WINTER!) I’m re-reading each book on audio and I’ll be reading WINTER in print when it comes out and it’s been so much fun reliving one of my favorite series!
Since I’ve already done one formal review of SCARLET back when I first read it, I’m switching things up a bit with a bit more feeling and a little less analyzing with “10 Things I Felt About” SCARLET!Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Publishing Info: February 5, 2013 by Macmillan
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: August 9, 2015
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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.
10 THINGS I FELT ABOUT SCARLET
- CAUTIOUS. I’ve loved all of the books (of course) BUT I remembered that Scarlet was my least favorite heroine and I couldn’t remember why. I was a bit nervous to find out where that feeling came from!
- FORGETFUL. Ummmm, I forgot a LOT about Scarlet’s story line. I pretty much remembered the train scene and the action at the end haha! Okay, that’s exaggerating — I did remember more than that but everything was super fuzzy so I was excited to sort of re-discover it!
- DOE-EYED. Oh, hello again, Thorne. How I love you so.
- WOLF-INCLINED. I forgot how much I really liked Wolf in this book. I’m not sure why he didn’t seem to make a more lasting impression on me during my first read. Possibly because he’s more reserved, closed-off, and less in the spotlight. Wolf’s got a lot more history and secrets than Kai so seeing him as the love interest for Scarlet was a very different experience and I loved his protectiveness! I can’t believe I forgot that.
- FRUSTRATED. Not gonna lie… This was my reminder why I didn’t like Scarlet as much as the other heroines and I think the audio didn’t help. Scarlet is very “head towards a goal at full speed”. I’m not saying in her situation that I wouldn’t be but that’s something that the more I read, the harder it is witness. Scarlet really has a one-track mind to save her grandmother and it started to wear on me when she really started making very bad decisions and easily losing her cool. (Maybe it annoys me because that’s probably how I would actually act haha! But still — hard to read sometimes.)
- INVOLVED. Another silly thing that I don’t know why I thought it… From my first read, I felt like there was a lot less Cinder in the book but from my re-read, I felt like it was about half Cinder’s story, half Scarlet’s. I think when I read SCARLET for the first time, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect so to lose part of Cinder’s POV was probably more noticeable. Now that I’m more comfortable with the story being split up amongst the heroines, I feel like Cinder was much more prominent in SCARLET!
- AMUSED. The banter between Cinder and Thorne is delightful. You know I love snarky guys and Thorne is absolutely perfect. Charming and funny — oh yes. Cinder has a sarcastic sense of humor and doesn’t take any of Thorne’s crap so the back and forth between her and Thorne cracks me up!
- HORRIFED. I forgot how violent some of these scenes actually are!! I’m usually okay with some gore but eeek, it was a bit cringey. Not in a bad way but woo boy, you gets some gory details!
- AWESTRUCK. I love, love, love how these story lines come together throughout this series. More and more pieces fall into place how these seemingly un-related girls all share pieces of the same story. Marissa Meyer is a master storyteller and the pieces fall into place flawlessly!
- EXCITED. I think CRESS might be my favorite book of the series so far so finishing SCARLET just made me even more excited to continue on with the series!!
I don’t think SCARLET tops CINDER for me but it’s a very small adjustment there — I love all of these books and I adore the stories they tell. This series is so worth the read and re-read!
12 thoughts on “10 Things I Felt About This Book | Scarlet by Marissa Meyer”
Wolf + Scarlet are my favorite characters from THE LUNAR CHRONICLES! I was head over heels in love with SCARLET, and I’m really excited to reread it before November and be reminded of why. Really enjoyed seeing how you felt about it!
I definitely liked Cinder more than Scarlet, but I did end up giving them the same rating. (I don’t know, my mind is weird.) I loved that Cinder was featured so much in Scarlet – I wasn’t expecting there to be so much attention on her still, but I’m SO glad there was. I don’t even want to TALK ABOUT THORNE. I love him so much. I started Cress a few days ago and I can tell (like only 20% through it now) that it’s going to be my favorite of the three. LOVE that you organized this readalong so I could finally make myself read this series!! Lovin it.
Even though at the beginning I didn’t like this book when I first read it (for the first half!) I loved the second half and after reading Cress knew it was my favourite book in the series 😛 Everyone loves Captain Thorne to bits and although he IS wonderful, I do think that he can’t compare to Wolf at all? Yep, Wolf has always been my favourite since Scarlet. *and he is so <3 in Cress too*
I love this post! I am sure if I reread Scarlet, I would feel the same way as you. Thorne and Wolf are wonderful characters and I love them so much. I do believe that Cress is my favorite novel. I just loved her! And I also loved everything that happened in it.
Ah man, I’m going to have to re-read them too. I have so much “find books to recommend to reluctant readers” going on that it’s hard to justify reading not just one, but 3 1/2 books I’ve already read. But seeing this makes me want to refresh everything before Winter comes out.
I have been with The Lunar Chronicles since it came out. I remember reading about a review for Cinder that simply said Cinderella was a cyborg. I’ve been hooked ever since, it’s hard to determine which is my favorite. All of them have had their good qualities. I absolutely loved Cress and Fairest too. November 1st cannot come soon enough! I need to know how it all ends in Winter
I thought Scarlet was the weakest book character wise. I loved what we learned about Scarlet’s family, but Wolf and Scarlet didn’t cut it for me.
I think I felt pretty similar to you when I first read Scarlet. I just wanted more of Cinder’s story and didn’t appreciate the distraction. Right now, I’m in the middle of my reread of Scarlet and don’t feel nearly as frustrated with her plotline. Plus I’m catching all these details that I missed the first time!
This series always puts a big smile on my face! I love this type of review. I may have to give I try some time. I can’t wait for Winter and I really want to re-read the series again too. Hopefully I make time. Happy reading! Hopefully this month with fly by.
I really love Wolf and his quietness too. And Scarlet is my least favorite book and heroine (although I still absolutely Loved it and her).
I can’t wait to start my reread (finishing The Alloy of Law first). I liked Scarlet (the book) a little more than Cinder (the book) because there was more action and less exposition but I agree, I like Cinder (the character) better than Scarlet (the character) but it’s a little bit because of her development. I don’t mind the single-minded recklessness. Great re-review!
I’ve yet to start the Lunar Chronicles (yes, I’m probably the last to read them LOL). I didn’t realize that the characters carried over from book to book. I though each book was, maybe not a stand alone, but focused solely on new characters. How fun that they show up in each! I’m looking forward to starting the series.