Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this…
I just finished telling someone I think I enjoyed this book more than I did Cinder…which is saying a lot since I really liked Cinder and gave it 5 stars. I will admit, at first I was worried that this story would take me away from Cinder and her story but that really didn’t happen here.
The story picks up with Cinder in jail and trying to escape. She happens to come across Carswell Thorne who I will admit to having a slight crush on. Just the fact that he is winking in his prison picture has earned him a place in my heart. Don’t get me wrong, he is pretty full of himself but it was done in a way that made me like him more. The banter between him and Cinder was another plus.
At the same time, the other main storyline involves Scarlet Benoit and Wolf. Scarlet’s grandmother has gone missing and she is determined to find here – whether anyone will help her or not. Depending upon how you look at it, she meets Wolf. Although she suspects he has had a hand in her grandmother’s disappearance, she decides she is going to trust him and they begin their journey.
Where Cinder’s character was shy and nervous in the first book, Scarlet is the exact opposite. She is tough, opinionated, and independent. I really liked her and I honestly really liked seeing her relationship with Wolf evolve. The entire time I was reading, I was thinking…wait, the wolf is bad in the fairytale but I kept wishing for it not to be true. I don’t want to give anything away so I won’t but I was cautiously optimistic that I would get what I wanted.
I loved how Meyer brought all of the different pieces of the story together. At first I wasn’t sure how it was going to flow but she did it well by rotating the different pieces in and out. This was a well done second book and if how much I liked this one compared to the first book is any indication, Goodreads better come up with a way to give more than 5 stars.
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