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Posted on Jul 11, 2015 by in Book Reviews |

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or 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 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.

Wowie this book was very fun to read! I’m going to jump right into it.

The character development in this book is CRAZY (and by that I mean crazy good). Let’s take Scarlet and Wolf together. They have just known each other for a day and fall in love. Now usually, I would say something like: this is so unrealistic, no development, blah blah blah. But I didn’t even realize they only met a few days ago? I felt as if they had known each other for weeks naturally. You know they’ve seen and been through things if they’re already friends in a day.

I was soo happy when we could read from Cinder’s perspective. Upon seeing the cover, I was worried we would never read about her again until maybe the end of the series where it all comes together. Meyer does a really good job of playing two completely different story lines and then merging them together to one thing.

Speaking of Cinder, we see lot’s of development from her. I love how we can see her using her Lunar powers more and struggling with it. In some cases, characters are just automatically good and it’s not as satisfying to read. We also get to read about her inner turmoil about using her powers and manipulating. You can tell she doesn’t want to change into something she isn’t and I’m glad we got to read about that cause this can completely differentiate her from being a weak character to a strong character.

Now enough about characters and onto the plot. Like I said before, it moved quite smoothly with the two different perspectives. I never felt it was a bother or too abrupt. I actually enjoy reading from books like this. Sometimes, I feel too overwhelmed and frustrated about what’s happening. Then once you switch, it’s sort of a break from one character.

I can find no bad things I can say about this book so I’ll just conclude abruptly here.

It’s a great book and if you had any doubts in the first book, Cinder, then you won’t have any in Scarlet. I look forward to reading the next in the series!

5/5 tomatoes