I miss Cinder. I enjoyed Scarlet and Wolf, but I wanted more Cinder and Kai. I feel like these should have been sister series like Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega. My fear is that book 3, and 4 will add even more characters and I will see Cinder even less.
Ok now that I have whinned about that let me actually review the book. It continues right from where the other one ends. We get to meet new characters and learn more about the consiracey, and about how Cinder got to where she is. The new characters are good, and are based off another fairly tail Little Red Ridding Hood. I actually liked Wolf a lot. He is an interesting spin on the warewolf without all of the shape changing and how much it hurts.
I already was checking to see when the next book would be released. I just hope we don't get another fairy tail and have to keep up with 3 female leads. If that happens I want a bigger book.
a dedicated dilettante
Marissa Meyer takes her Lunar Chronicles to the next level in Scarlet with a riff on another fairy tale, Litte Red Riding Hood, added to the series. In this sequel to Cinder, Ms. Meyer has two storylines to manage, each with their own set of characters and geography. (The Cinder storyline takes place in New Beijing and Scarlet takes place in the French countryside near Toulouse and Paris.) Along with the new storyline, she has the challenge of increasing the stakes for Kai, the Eastern Commonwealth and the whole Earthen Union. Ms. Meyer handles all this with aplomb making it seem natural and effortless, which, of course, is indicative of lots of effort.
What are some of the things I love about Scarlet?
- The characters: Iko shines in her new role, Wolf is cool, although some seem annoyed with Cinder, I like her and Scarlet as well.
- The storylines and how they come together. Each storyline is good in itself but the two together are marvelous.
- The broad use of the world; I like that we now have Europe involved as well as Asia and that American, Chinese and French are all in it. It adds local interest and overarching sweep.
What do I not love?
- The Lunars seem almost too powerful. I guess this will play nicely towards the end, assuming Queen Levant can be defeated. It's looking pretty hopeless right now. Maybe that's the point.
- Yes, Kai is just a little too perfect.
As is my practice, I went back and forth between the Kindle and Audible versions (using the magic of Whispersync for Voice to keep moving), although I leaned toward listening due to Rebecca Soler's fabulous narration. I continue to love her emotional Iko; ships with personality are always interesting (just ask Dave). Her own subtle lilting accent plays very nicely in the internationally flavored SciFi/Fantasy. Her pacing continues to be be spot on providing a sense of the urgency and excitement of the story while being readily able to follow her. I'm look forward to her narration of Cress.
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I don't understand what Scarlet has to do with Cinder.
I was expecting the continuation of Cinder's story
The Narrator was fine. Nothing outstanding
Won't bother to listen to book three. To bad I was interested in what would happen to
Cinder once out of jail
Yes, enjoyable continuation of the series. New characters added to the circle from the first installment.
The new direction taken by the story, with new people to enjoy yet the story continues the tale from Cinder.
I enjoyed the idiot Captain.
Makes me want the next even sooner.
Yes but I think reading it would be better
I have listened to others the narration of the different voices is annoying but if you can get past that its not so bad
so far this series is fairly good
Don't think I can take another book if it's similar to this one. Don't listen to Scarlet with your head phones unless you want to damage your hearing. I enjoyed most of Cinder, but the second book is just irritating (my opinion). I got real weary of hearing about the lost Grandma, and I couldn't understand what Scarlet's accent was, but, boy was she a screamer. The violence level was extremely high and I had to fast forward quite a bit. Couldn't wait for it to end.
She could have kept the interesting characters, but made them more likable. I thought I liked Cinder, but she was as irritating as Scarlet in this book.
I didn't have much problem knowing who was who, until all the wolves showed up. Got a bit confusing.
I was inspired to take an anti-anxiety pill.
I've said enough...gotta go take another pill.
I'm a Registered Nurse. I've been an avid reader all my life. I love Audible books. I'm able to enjoy books and still keep busy!
I enojoy the ability to continue to hear all the action in the story as I drive to work or do errands around town or at home
Wolf is very sympathetic, imperfect but trying to find a reason to change
very Much enjoy all the characters, The Captain, Wolf and Scarlett
On the Train
I have spent a good bit of my student loans on audiobooks.
The initial thing about this sequel is that it is told in three different POVs. Normally, I am completely off putted by multi-POVs. I hate it when the first book is epic, and you love and care about the protagonist, then they throw in a random narrator in the second books (Eldest, anyone?). You are always filled with a sense a dread when the chapter ends because you are thrown into some of character's head on some other part of the universe. However, I LOVED this aspect of Scarlet.
I was panicking because I thought Cinder would no longer be a narrator. How horrible would it be to never be inside Cinder's head again? But, that wasn't the case. We see Cinder directly after the happenings from the first book. She picks up a hilarious new companion, and she carries on. I am in love with the character developing that is happening with her. In the first book, we have a girl who is synonymous with a slave. She is extremely self-conscious and dislikes herself to a certain extent. All she wants is freedom. Now she has freedom, but she is now forced to face that she IS the rightful queen. Cinder has to cope with the loss of her new found freedom and has to grow into her role. She will seriously be amazing by the end of the series, I just know it.
As for Scarlet, I LOVED her. She was hilarious. I am a strong fan of a badass female protagonist, and Scarlet is definitely one. She lets no one hold her back, and she will literally shoot you if you stand in her way. Sometimes her obsession with her grandmother was a little too much, but I know I would feel the same way if one of my family members was kidnapped.
I appreciated how each character would have two chapters for their turn. I hate when both story arcs are broken up where the chapter ends on a climatic part and then you are thrown into the other side of the story. It's terrible writing when authors do that - Meyer does not.
I personally loved all the voices that Soler provided. She is fantastic. She gave the characters such depth and emotion. Whenever Scarlet was upset, you could feel her emotions instead of just hearing them. It also was great since the story is told in different perspectives. It's nice to know that okay, we hear the accent, we are with Scarlet now.
I loved this one more than Cinder. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire listen, and the comic relief provided by Thorne was wonderful. I simply cannot wait to see how the rest of the series unfolds.
Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
I was fascinated by Cinder’s story and surprised when I got to the end of it. Because, while it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, Cinder’s story is far from being over! I was worried about how we would learn more about Cinder’s story when Scarlet’s story was being told next. Well, I had absolutely nothing to worry about, because while this story is about Scarlet, it’s still very much Cinder’s story too. Bringing back old beloved characters from book one, as well as some fascinating new additions to the cast, Scarlet was one one hell of a sequel!
This time around, Meyer tackles the story of The Little Red Riding Hood, while adding her own fun twist to it of course. When Scarlet’s grandmother goes missing, Scarlet knows that her grandmother is in danger. She’s determined to find her but with the authorities so quick to rule her disappearance as a run away case, Scarlet is on her own. That is, until she meets the mysterious Wolf. Scarlet knows that Wolf is somehow connected to her grandmother’s disappearance and she convinces him to help track her down. Despite all the danger these two are up against, the undeniable attraction between Scarlet and Wolf is hard to ignore! And wowza, is their chemistry intense!
Meanwhile, Cinder is on the run from Queen Levana only this time she has gained a new companion. Captain Thorne was such a fantastic addition to this book! Although I was a little bit worried at first because I though he would be a new love interest for either Cinder or Scarlet, I was so happy to fiind out that not only is there no love triagle, but I LOVED the friendship that developed between Cinder and Thorne. So many of my favorite highlighted quotes were Thorne scenes. While Scarlet is off looking for her grandmother with Wolf’s help, Cinder and Thorne are busy trying to stop the war Levana is determined to bring. Eventually, their paths cross and this is a moment of pure brilliance! I loved the way Meyer pulled this off seamlessly.
We get to see Cinder and Scarlet’s POV’s as well as a few other characters, mostly Kai. Usually, I don’t like anything more than two narrators, but this author definitely knows what she’s doing and the two storylines and multiple POV’s somehow worked for this story. Scarlet was such a fun character to read about! She was feisty and fearless and a perfect match for Wolf and his standoffish attitude. Putting all these different personalities together makes for some hilarious moments when they finally all meet. I love how the Little Red Riding Hood similaries were woven into the story, making even the smallest detail (like Scarlet’s red hoodie) that much more special. And can I just say how much I love that these books don’t end with a cliffhanger? Don’t get me wrong, because despite the cliffy ending, you will be left desperately wanting to get your hands on the next book! Luckily, I was able dive right into Cress after finishing this. I thought Cinder would be hard to top, but Scarlet surpassed all my expectations! I can’t wait to read more! And of course, I can’t get enough of Iko!
Audiobook Comments: Wow, I know I already gushed about Rebecca Soler’s amazing performance in my review of Cinder, but she blew me away with her performance in Scarlet. This is hands down the best narrator I’ve heard! She doesn’t just tell you the story, she bring it and all of the characters to life! It amazes me how she has a distinct voice for every character and how she can make them sound so completely different from each other. Her Scarlet voice was by far my favorite. I love how she gave her a slight french accent but still managed to make her sound tough and kick ass. With narration as good as this, this series deserves to be heard on audio!
Say something about yourself!
The narrator has done a fabulous job bringing each person to life in this very interesting world. I have fallen in love with the storyline and cannot wait for the next book.