Scarlet: review & giveaway

January 9, 2013 2013, 4 star books, Cinder, giveaway, Marissa Meyer, Scarlet, sci fi or futuristic, tonya, werewolves 313 ★★★★

Scarlet: review & giveawayScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 5, 2013
Genres: science fiction
Pages: 464
Format: ARC
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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. 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.
I read the first in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, just last week, and was enamored with Marissa Meyer’s imaginative and wholly original take on the Cinderella fairy tale (seriously, who gets sci-fi/fantasy with cyborgs and aliens and magic powers from that? SOMEONE AWESOME, obviously), and very much enjoyed the depth and humor she infused into the characters. But, there was still something missing for me. Some indefinable piece that could bump it up from, “wow, this is really great” to, “TELL ME MORE. IMMEDIATELY.”

I’m pleased to tell you, my friends, Scarlet is that missing piece . With its higher stakes, intense action, and one hell of a big, (so hot it might be) bad (for your heart) Wolf, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

The sequel picks up right where Cinder left off, but from Scarlet’s point of view. She, as you might have imagined, is a red-headed, red-hoodie-wearing French girl, who is desperately searching for her Grand-mére, Michelle Benoit, who disappeared without a trace two weeks before. She meets Wolf, a curiously shy street fighter, and finds he may know what happened to her grandmother. Though she suspects him, she has no other leads, and no choice but to agree to his offer of help.  

Meanwhile, Cinder is breaking her way out of prison in New Beijing, with a new companion in tow–the cocky “Captain” Thorne, who has a stolen ship hidden on the outskirts of the city. Narrowly escaping capture, they fly to France in search of Michelle Benoit, and the answers Cinder hopes she will be able to provide about her past.

What follows is a fast-paced, gritty, and surprisingly violent climax that doesn’t let up until the very last page. I felt almost out of breath while reading, cringing and tensing as though I was experiencing every scene right along with the characters.

The dynamics between the characters are great. Cinder and Thorne’s snarky back and forth was hilarious, but the real star for me was the slow, simmering build between Scarlet and Wolf. Marissa Meyer knows how to write some swoony UST (unresolved sexual tension), and I was all a-flutter over Wolf from the very first page. He’s quiet and sweet, but with an edge of just barely restrained violence that I have to say, really worked for me. (And it didn’t hurt that this is what I pictured while reading.)

Like Cinder, the main flaw I found in Scarlet was a level of predictability, but in this the pacing was so well done I found it didn’t matter if I knew what was coming, the way in which I arrived was exciting enough to keep me on the edge of my seat.

It ends with no real cliffhanger (just a seriously swoony scene), but with a sense of urgency that will keep me counting the days until Cress, the third book in the series, is out in 2014.

This review also appears on GoodReads. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.

 

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer won’t be out until February 5th, 2013, but thanks to Feiwel & Friends, you can enter to win an advance copy! Fill in your contact info in the form below and leave a comment on this post.  

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313 Responses to “Scarlet: review & giveaway”

  1. Ms.Cewsh

    I’m such a sucker for a fairy tale retellings! I loved Cinder, but Cinderella’s been done to death. I’ve only read one other retelling of Red Riding Hood, so this is even more exciting for me.

  2. Giaochau Nguyen

    I started out reading Cinder because I thought the plot was interesting and the cover was pretty. This is my first steampunk book and I love the cover of scarlet and Kai in Cinder. Can’t wait for the book.

  3. Hannah

    I absolutely LOVED Cinder! I found it unique and refreshing, and fell instantly in love with the characters. So obviously I can’t wait to read Scarlet! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

  4. magic5905

    I just got Cinder and this would be great to read after I’m done. Thanks. I just started reading steampunk, Cinder will be my first.

  5. Stephanie Z

    I reading Cinder currently and loving it, so I am excited for Scarlet! About halfway through. I love Kai!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Janine

    I loved Cinder because I thought it transcended genre. It wasn’t exactly fairytale or dystopian or steampunk (or anything-punk). I was invested in the characters and actually tense about the outcome, which is so hard to manage with a retelling. I loved it, and have been waiting anxiously for Scarlet. Super excited you liked it!

  7. Janine

    I loved Cinder because I thought it transcended genre: it wasn’t a fairytale nor was it wholly steampunk or fantasy or dystopian. Genre-bending can be a huge challenge, but I thought Meyer did it perfectly. I have been waiting impatiently for Scarlet!

  8. nm

    I’m very curious about this series. Thank you for your review and opportunity to win the book.

  9. Jas Dela Cruz

    How cool is Cinder?! I mean if it equalizes or exceed there, who wouldn’t read it!? :)
    I wonder what happens next, I am in my dancing shoes already!

    I am so looking forward to it! :D Awesome!

  10. nicofeld

    Not only was Cinder a fantastic twist on the fairy tale, but I was particularly impressed with Meyer’s deft touch with creating believable relationships. Really looking forward to Scarlet!

  11. Carly Jane

    I actually am new to Steampunk. I didn’t realize Cinder was categorized under steampunk. I really enjoyed Cinder and I am looking forward to Scarlet. The steampunk series I’ve loved are the Grey friar vampire books, the Parasol Protectorate books and I need to read the Cherie Priest books! The environment is unpredictable, I love the adventure.

  12. Jennika

    I really loved Cinder. It was one of my favorites of last year, and I can’t wait to see what kind of retelling Meyer does for Red Riding Hood! Thanks for hosting :)

  13. Alexa D.

    Marissa Meyer is such an imaginative writer, who manages expert pacing, character development and world-build. I can’t wait to get sucked into Scarlet, just like I did Cinder.

  14. Alexa D.

    What I love about Marissa Meyer, and what has me gagging to read Scarlet, is Meyer’s imagination, and ability to keep me turning the page AND fall completely head over heels with her characters. Cinder was completely engrossing and it sounds like Scarlet is just as satisfying :)

  15. Sarah S

    I loved Cinder, and can’t wait to find out what happens in Scarlet. Thank you for the chance to win the book. (=

  16. Badass Bookie

    I enjoyed the premise of Cinder although it didn’t quite live up to my expectations however it sounds like you enjoyed Scarlet better and that’s what I’m excited about. And the whole idea of Wolf being a street fighter is just SO intriguing! I must read this book soon! :D

  17. Pedacinho Literário

    Thank you so, so much for the opportunity of wining this book. I loved Cinder and can’t wait to find out what more is coming on her way! Oh, and every time I remember Iko, my eyes smile! *.*

  18. Ashley

    I loved loved Cinder, I was hesitate at first and was just instantly drawn in by Cinder and story. I have heard nothing but good things from Scarlet, so I can’t wait!

  19. Marian Librarian

    I’ve been really waiting for this book. Cinder had so much more imagination than people who would write it off as “just another Cinderella retelling.”

  20. Ash

    I’m soo excited about Scarlet. I liked Cinder but Scarlet looks way better that Cinder. The cover is beautiful too.

  21. Diana Evans

    I loved Cinder and I can’t wait for the second book. I am literately counting down every day until this book comes out. I really want to return to Cinder’s world. I love how it was so easy to fall in love with the world and the characters and I can’t wait to see what will happen in Scarlet.

  22. Nurse Carolyn

    Both my daughter (11) and I really enjoyed Cinder and seriously look forward to Scarlet. (Ok, I’ve gotten a head start w/ a free preview on Amazon!) The strong young female leads and the vivid settings and characters make this an enjoyable read…and likely rockin’ movies, too!

  23. dreamsofawalrus

    “and one hell of a big, (so hot it might be) bad (for your heart) Wolf”

    I laughed out loud at that. Great review, can’t wait to read Scarlet now! I really enjoyed Cinder, but I agree with you on the something-missing part. Plus I read it while coming down with something so I have the weirdest moon-people conspiracies to dispel. My fevered brain really did NOT need cyborgs and moon people with mind control as ammunition for my dreams that night.

    The link to what you imagined as Wolf doesn’t work anymore (leads to 403) but I see it’s Hugh Jackman from the url. Any character where I can imagine Hugh Jackman is a good character. Mmm. Thanks for all your hard work/blogging! I love The Midnight Garden to pieces. :)

  24. dreamsofawalrus

    “and one hell of a big, (so hot it might be) bad (for your heart) Wolf”

    I laughed out loud at that. Great review, can’t wait to read Scarlet now! I really enjoyed Cinder, but I agree with you on the something-missing part. Plus I read it while coming down with something so I have the weirdest moon-people conspiracies to dispel. My fevered brain really did NOT need cyborgs and moon people with mind control as ammunition for my dreams that night.

    The link to what you imagined as Wolf doesn’t work anymore (leads to 403) but I see it’s Hugh Jackman from the url. Any character where I can imagine Hugh Jackman is a good character. Mmm. Thanks for all your hard work/blogging! I love The Midnight Garden to pieces. :)

  25. Maru

    I’m about to start reading Cinder, so it’s wonderful to see that the next book is even better than the first!

  26. Enya

    I’ve recently read A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan, which is kind of a dystopian YA inspired by Sleeping Beauty. Cinder and Scarlet remind me of it and I can’t wait to read them!

  27. Ashley

    I LOVE Fairy Tale retellings, and I was a huge fan of Cinder. I’m SO looking forward to this book, because I loved the first so much. This isn’t the first review I’ve seen that says it’s better than Cinder, so I’m even MORE excited for it! :)

  28. Megaira

    Well, I know the story will be more focused on Scarlet than Cinder, but I hope she’ll appear frequently. Can’t really wait for this book!

  29. Rebecca Rose

    I read the first book, Cinder and I enjoyed it but not as much as I hoped I would. I am still very interested to see what happens though and cant wait to read this one :)

  30. Laura W.

    I’m so unbelievably excited for this book. I read Cinder in the span of three days (a major feat for an elementary teacher), staying up until the wee hours simply because I could and NEEDED to go just one more page. I love the steampunk twist, I think it brings a freshness to the characters and the story. I also get these delicious mental images from my university’s production of Into the Woods, which was designed in steampunk fashion. Can’t wait for this one to come out!

  31. AllieDurr

    I’m so excited about this sequel! I will most likely be exceeding my monthly budget to purchase it, only if I don’t win of course. :P

  32. AllieDurr

    I’m so excited for this book! I will most likely be exceeding my monthly budget to purchase it (if I don’t win) :)

  33. Vanessa Buzeta

    I love your review. I’m so excited for Scarlet! Steampunk is a great genre and I look forward to reading more books like this one.

  34. Sandy

    Love your review, Wendy!

    I’m crazy about steampunk because it combines so many elements I love into its own genre. I’ve had Cinder on my to-read list for too long, and you’ve inspired me to finally read it!

    • Wendy Darling

      As much as I’d like to take credit for this review, it’s actually written by my lovely co-blogger Tonya! But yes, CINDER is definitely very fun and worth a read, and it sounds like this one is even better. :)

  35. Sandy

    Love your review, Wendy!

    I’m crazy about steampunk because it takes so many elements that I love and combines it into its own genre. I’ve had Cinder on my to-read list for too long, and you’ve inspired me to read it!

  36. rabbitsfortea

    I kinda feel bad even trying out for this giveaway since I’ve yet to read Cinder. But I’ll get to it soon, promise!

    PS. You don’t have to reply to this comment :P

  37. blaqheart

    I’m so glad this is open internationally! I very much enjoyed Cinder and can’t wait to see how things continued in this one.

  38. Rachel

    I can’t wait for Scarlet! I read Cinder and fell instantly fell in love with everything about the book. Scarlet sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Rachel

    I can’t wait for Scarlet! I read Cinder and fell in love with everything about the book. It was unlike anything I’d ever read before, so I’m incredibly excited for Scarlet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Ashley Rogers

    I loved the first book! It was a blend of Cinderella and Sailor Moon and spectacular! I love what the author did to the story! I love the cover on this book and the title I think that is what has drawn me to it the most!

  41. pymette

    Hoping there’ll be more Kai in the second book, he was one of my fave parts of Cinder :) The whole cyborg angle of the re-imagining was pretty sweet as well. Like others have already commented, the Big Twist in Cinder wasn’t really that mysterious, haha, but I liked the book more for its whimsical storytelling than its plot twists. Anyhoo, thanks again for the giveaway! xo leanna

  42. pymette

    Hoping there’ll be more Kai in the second book, he was one of my fave parts of Cinder :) The whole cyborg angle of the re-imagining was pretty sweet as well. Like others have already commented, the Big Twist in Cinder wasn’t really that mysterious, haha, but I liked the book more for its whimsical storytelling than its plot twists. Anyhoo, thanks again for the giveaway! xo leanna

  43. auroramoonskye

    I hope to read CINDER if I win this, because I haven’t read it yet. :( It never seemed interesting to me, but now, since everyone seems to like it, I’ll give it a go!

  44. Spav

    I finally read Cinder last week and I gotta say that I really liked it. I was a bit worried because everyone seemed to love it and somehow whenever that happens with a book, it turns out I don’t like it much at all.
    Anyway, I’m really looking forward to Scarlet.

  45. Heather Roddenberry

    AWESOME review! Your thoughts and mine mirror each other (my review of Scarlet goes up tomorrow.) Like you I enjoyed Cinder, but the romance with Kai was kind of “meh.” But Scarlet and Wolf are a whole other animal (ha, ha)! Btw, did you read The Queen’s Army, the novella by M. Meyers? It is REALLY good and something you should check out if you are a fan of Wolf:)

    I’m not entering the g-away, since I have already read the book, but I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your review!

  46. Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info

    I am fascinated by steampunk. Every time I read one I can’t help but wonder, how history would have changed if “so and so” had been invented. I love the creativity and the imagination, and the ability to throw history out the window and completely rewrite it.

    When I first picked up Cinder, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. The story quickly pulled me in, and I found myself loving the characters. I can’t wait to see where this story goes.

  47. bookgoonie

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    I love Steampunk bc it usually adds just enough little twist to create something very unique JUST like Cinder. It had enough familiar BUT that twist will have you flipping the pages, because it now isn’t predictable.

    Amy @ bookgoonie
    bookgoonie at yahoo

  48. Mel@Thedailyprophecy

    I always enjoy reading fairytales and retellings (like you may have noticed from my Fairytale news this week) I wasn’t really into sci-fi but I wanted to give Cinder a try: and I totally fell in love with the world Marissa created! I’m so happy to hear that this book is even better, because that doesn’t happen all the time. I can’t wait to meet this Wolf ;)

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  49. Melissa

    OMG Scarlet!!! I have been waiting so long for this to come out. I really enjoyed Cinder – I thought the retelling was very original so I’m looking forward to this release. Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. aoshi

    I absolutely cannot wait for Scarlet. This review just sealed for me how much I want this book. Great review! This book needs to come faster!

  51. Sam

    I’m glad you enjoyed this despite the predictability. I found Cinder very predictable too, but I still liked it overall. Anyway, great review! I can’t wait to meet some of these new characters, particularly Wolf. :)

  52. Becca Bee

    I love this series! Such an interesting take on Cinderella, and it takes an intelligent author to incorporate the original tale with moon people and cyborgs, ha. Glad Scarlet was good, can’t wait for it to come out!

  53. Jae Lee

    I was not a fan of Cinder at all, I found it verged very close to being offensive and the style was more simplistic than I prefer but I can’t quite give up on the series. Cinderella with cyborgs? Fairy-tale retellings in general? It should have been amazing. I can’t honestly say I’m looking forward to Scarlet, but I am curious.

  54. molly @ wrapped up in books

    I’m always nervous for the second book in a series that I loved the first book, afraid it won’t live up to my expectations. But everyone is loving Scarlet! I like the imaginative setting for the re-telling. It sets Cinder apart from other fairy tale stories (plus, the great writing!)

  55. Amanda

    Wonderful review! I am so happy to hear that basically everyone thinks that Scarlet lives up (and even surpasses its predecessor). I really enjoyed the new take on Cinder, which I only read a few months ago. I’m glad I don’t have as long a wait as most people did! I am wondering if I’ll like the many additional narratives. I personally prefer my books to be more streamlined, so I’m curious to see what Meyer has done to help keep me invested in many characters and storylines.

  56. Liss Martz

    This is quite original and I love it just for that. I know there’s a lot of re-tolds but the ones that envolves sci-fi, well, not everyone does that! I have my fingers crossed for this book :)

  57. starryeyedjen

    I read The Queen’s Army, a short story by Marissa Meyer posted on Tor.com, and I think I met Wolf in there and now I want to REALLY meet him. Oh, and I miss Cinder and want to see what role she plays in this book. But mostly, I’m here for Wolf. :)

  58. b_ls

    I love new takes on older stories. Cinder had a lot in common with Cinderella but, so much was different at the same time. It kept me interested. Scarlet should be interesting too with the little red riding hood story. It should be interesting to see how it all comes together. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Brittany S

  59. Calla S

    I read Cinder right around when it came out and I can’t wait to read Scarlet!! Marissa Meyer is one AMAZING author!!

  60. Jennifer Yang

    I just finished pulling an all-nighter to read Cinder, so I suppose that attests to how much I enjoyed the book! I’ve heard so many good things about Scarlet, including how many readers liked it even more than Cinder, so I’m sure I’ll find this book really interesting. I would love to find out more about the new characters introduced in this novel as well as Cinder and Kai’s stories!

  61. Jennifer Yang

    I just finished pulling an all-nighter to read Cinder, so I suppose that attests to how much I enjoyed reading it. I’ve been hearing such great things about Scarlet, as well as how it appealed to readers more than Cinder did, so I look forward to reading it for myself! I would love to find out more about the new characters and–of course–any developments in Cinder and Kai’s stories!

  62. A Canadian Girl

    Even though Cinder was a bit predictable, I really enjoyed it. I knew Scarlet wouldn’t be from Cinder’s POV so I was wondering how Meyer would incorporate her into the story. It’s good to know she actually has a larger role in this book than I expected. Of course, I look forward to meeting Wolf and Scarlet too :)

  63. passionfruitluver

    I recently read the prequel for Scarlet and could not be more excited (it’s a very smart marketing ploy to drum up excitement, but the more things I get to read, the happier I am!) I’m a little apprehensive now about how things will play out, especially because we know that our latest protagonist won’t stop short of murder.

  64. passionfruitluver

    I read the short story Meyer published for free on the internet and now I’m suuuper hyped for Scarlet. Ack, I can’t remember the name for the prequel for Scarlet (not Glitches, the other one). It was a really smart way to introduce readers to a new part of the Lunar universe!

    • tonya

      Oh, there’s another novella for Scarlet? I’ll have to check it out. I liked Glitches quite a bit; made me so sad for Cinder, and gave some good insight into how she came to be with the Linhs. I agree, they’re a great intro into the world.

  65. Claire Kim

    Well, I loved Cinder partly because I wasn’t expecting too much out of it (I mean, come on! Love triangle approaching!) but the cover and the overall awesomeness of the book won me over. :D

    • tonya

      I didn’t have expectations either way going into Cinder, and found myself pleasantly surprised by it. I don’t know if there’s a love triangle set up, really. There was another character introduced in Scarlet, but I don’t see him becoming a love interest in the future. (I hope, anyway.)

      I think you’ll like Scarlet very much, as well. :)

    • tonya

      Aren’t they? I’ve been burned by pretty covers before, but I’m happy to say these are as nice inside as they are outside.

  66. Kaylee

    When I read Cinder, I had the EXACT same reaction: cyborgs in a fairytale? Epically cool! So I have a feeling that my reaction to Scarlet will be just as similar to yours, which is why I’m SUPER happy that it was a positive reception! And the unresolved UST? (Brilliant saying, by the way LOL <3) I'm swooning already (x

    Fantabulous review, Wendy!

    • tonya

      I hope you like Scarlet just as much as I did! Action, adventure, and a hot guy–what more could you ask for? ;)

      Good luck with the giveaway!

  67. Roxana Zuziac

    I loved Cinder and I want to read the sequel too. Thanks to your review I want it more and I hope to read it in the near future. Thank you for the giveaway!

    • tonya

      Isn’t it fun? I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I think you’ll like Scarlet even more.

      Good luck in the giveaway!

    • tonya

      It’s a very original story, and better than I expected it t be. I hope you’re able to give it a chance soon. :)

  68. aaadela

    I’ve had the first book in the series on my Kindle for some time now. Your review made me want to pick it up as soon as I can. :)

    • tonya

      Yay! I hope you’re able to read soon, so you’re all caught up once Scarlet is out. I think you’ll really love them. :)

  69. Melliane

    I’m so curious about this book, I heard so many great things about the first one. I’m glad that despite some points you enjoyed it. Thanks for the giveaway too.

    • tonya

      I hope you give the series a chance when you can. It has its flaws, but overall is such a new and exciting story that they’re easy to overlook.

      Good luck with the giveaway! :)

  70. Kara_Malinczak

    I’m not entering the giveaway because I already have an ARC, but let me just say that I wholeheartedly agree with this review. I liked Cinder a lot, but Scarlet is perhaps the best book I have read in months. It has that little extra kick that makes me like it a little more than Cinder. And Wolf? Holy shit. Love. UST is a great term. I love it.

    • tonya

      Yes! I agree. Scarlet was a bright spot in a sea of mediocre for me. Such a fun and exciting read. And Wolf. UNF. I will need much more of him in the future.

    • tonya

      Good idea! I always want to reread before starting the next in the series, but never seem to get around to it. Then it takes me a bit to reorient myself.

      Hope you love Scarlet as much as I did!

  71. Robyn Jones

    “…the real star for me was the slow, simmering build between Scarlet and Wolf.” This description sold it for me. Great review!

    • tonya

      Yay! I think you’ll be very pleased with the romance aspect of Scarlet. Definitely a departure from the sweet, if chaste, relationship between Cinder and Kai. :)

  72. JessS

    This sounds really good, especially the whole fairytale retelling thing. And ESPECIALLY in a sci-fi/steampunk setting. Because those are super duper cool, because I love the whole technology/science thing.

    • tonya

      It is so much fun the way all those concepts are woven together! I think you’ll really be impressed by how original it all feels, even though you’re basically reading Cinderella.

  73. Shelver506

    I just started reading steampunk last year, and I adore the mixture of Victorian aesthetics and mores and sci-fi tech. It’s just such a wonderful blend!

    As for this book, I loved CINDER, all the reviews have been great, and I have a secret soft spot for boys named Wolf.

    Thanks for the chance to win, Ms. Wendy!

    • tonya

      It’s so much fun, isn’t it? I love the way Meyer blended steampunk, fantasy, and dystopian together so seamlessly. It was refreshing to read something so new and exciting.

      Wolf boys are a bit of a soft spot for me as well. *Sam Roth*

      Good luck in the giveaway! :)

  74. Angela

    I’m extremely excited about SCARLET cuz I haven’t read Cinder yet. I’ve decided to read both at once so I didn’t have to suffer from the pain of waiting for SCARLET to be published.

  75. Angela

    I haven’t read Cinder yet cuz I’m waiting for SCARLET. I’ve decided to read both at once so I don’t have to suffer from the pain of waiting for an awesome book to be published.

    • tonya

      You’re so smart! I can never quite manage this, and it’s even worse when I read ARCs and then have to wait EVEN LONGER for the next in the series. I should learn from this, but never seem to have the will to wait.

  76. Jill

    To be honest, steampunk isn’t my thing, but fairy retellings are. So I like this series as it expands my genre horizons while providing a really fun story!

  77. Jill

    To be honest, steampunk isn’t my thing, but fairy retellings are. So I like this series as it expands my genre horizons while providing a really fun story!

    • tonya

      I feel like this is a genre all its own. Part steampunk, part dystopian, part fantasy. It blends them all together so well.

  78. bookblogbake

    I’m so excited for this book! I never thought I would like anything that had to do with cyborgs, but Cinder blew me away. Even though it was fairly predictable, it was also so original. I really hope it inspires more original authors because I *need* more stories like this!

    • tonya

      I totally agree! I’d love to see more stories in this vein. I too was a little wary about the cyborg factor, but was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved it.

  79. Faye Mat.

    Cinder is actually my first YA steampunk novel and it definitely got me hooked from the very first page. It would be awesome if I could get Scarlet as well. The genre is very new to me, so it’s a refreshing take to the YA literature. Thanks for the insights and the giveaway!

    • tonya

      I think Cinder is a genre all on its own–it’s new to everyone! Such a refreshing concept. :)

      Good luck in the giveaway!

  80. Micheline D

    I am dying to get into my copy of Cinder, like asap! Glad to hear that Scarlet was even better – somehow I had a feeling it would :) Thanks for the great review!

    • tonya

      I hope you’re able to read Cinder soon! You’re lucky that there won’t be much of a wait between books. :)

  81. Annabelle Marie Veronica

    Fabulous review, Tonya! I’m crazy excited for this book and I can’t wait for my preordered copy to come. I’m happy to know there’s some more romance in this one!

    Also, it sounds like it uses dual POV. Does it?

    • tonya

      Definitely more romance, I’m happy to say. Cinder and Kai had a cute flirtation, but I was missing the UNF factor, haha.

      Yes, dual POVs. I’m normally not a fan, but it was very well done, and really brought Cinder and Scarlet’s stories together nicely.

  82. Tanja - Tanychy

    I still haven’t read Cinder – I know, I know. I really should and I have no idea why I always put it aside. I’m happy to hear that you loved this one. I’m not fan of predictable books but then again rare aren’t! Great review :)

    • tonya

      I too had Cinder on my shelf for months before picking it up. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but was very pleasantly surprised–and even more so with Scarlet.

      Yes, they are fairly predictable, but I think exciting enough that you can get past it enough to enjoy.

      I hope you’re able to start soon! :)

  83. XxChocoBBxX

    Scarlet looks so amazing. Cinder is on the top of my to be read list since Scarlet comes out next month. I can’t wait!

    • tonya

      Ahh, you’re one of the smart people who wait to start a series until the next book is out. Clever girl. ;) I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

    • tonya

      This was my first fairy tale retelling, and I was pleasantly surprised. I hope you like Scarlet as much as I did!

  84. Emily

    I think this series is appealing because of its incredible originality. Cinderella as a cyborg? Red Riding Hood as a street fighter? It’s all so brilliant! I’m dying to read Scarlet.

    • tonya

      It really is one of the most original series I’ve read in a long time. Meyer is a genius. ;)

      Good luck in the giveaway!

  85. Miss Anderson

    I actually haven’t read any steampunk, and I always like to stretch my reading muscles and read outside of my comfort genres. I’ve heard so many good reviews of Cinder, so I’m reading it right now…and I’m loving it!

    • tonya

      To be honest, I don’t think I’d categorize Cinder as steampunk. It’s more futuristic to my mind. But I think a futuristic retelling of iconic fairy tales involving cyborgs is probably a stretch for a lot of us. ;)

      I’m glad you’re loving Cinder, despite your inexperience with the genre!

  86. Karen

    I’ve read so many great reviews for Scarlet but I’ve still been on the fence because while I liked Cinder I also felt something was missing.
    It’s great to hear that isn’t the case here. I might give it a try then!

    • tonya

      We probably had similar reactions to Cinder, so I think you’ll find Scarlet a much better read. Hope you do give it a chance. :)

  87. Ashley D.

    I really enjoyed Cinder. It was different from other books I normally read. And a Cinderella cyborg is definitely pretty different.

    • tonya

      Hahaha, yes. Pretty different. ;) I loved how refreshing and original it seemed, after so much of the same in YA. Dystopian, cybor fairy tale? Sign me up!

  88. Natalie S.

    I really enjoyed Cinder and it’s re-telling of a classic fairytale. And of course I love steampunk because who doesn’t like robots and androids mixed with Victorian style or magic?

    • tonya

      It’s such a fun concept, isn’t it? I can’t think of how she came up with it. So clever. :)

  89. Alexa Y.

    I loved Scarlet! I thought it was extremely well done, and I love that Marissa was able to take inspiration from another fairytale entirely for this one.

    Also, I can’t believe we need to wait till 2014 for Cress. Boo :(

    • tonya

      Wasn’t it great? Such a fun and exciting read. And don’t even talk to me about the wait for Cress. I can’t believe we have to wait so long! (This should teach me not to read ARCs…)

    • tonya

      The whole concept is GENIUS. I’m glad you loved Cinder; I think Scarlet will blow your socks off.

      Good luck!

  90. Whitney

    I enjoyed Cinder but felt it left a lot of things unexplored. Super excited to read Scarlet and see what happens! Great review!

    • tonya

      Cinder definitely raised more questions than it answered, and I think Scarlet goes a long way toward answering them (and raising a few of its own, of course.)

      Good luck in the giveaway!

  91. dragongirl

    Lovely review! I’m so glad you liked it. :) I adored Cinder and I can’t wait to read Scarlet. It sounds so amazing!

  92. Katja

    I loved Cinder and I’m really looking forward to Scarlet because of the interesting concept it has! Incorporating Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf into the story sounds so intriguing and I love how each book will have a different fairytale character in it.
    Great review and thanks for the giveaway! :)

    • tonya

      It’s so clever, isn’t it? Who would ever have imagined these iconic fairy tale girls in a dystopian setting? Awesome.

  93. Lark

    I’m really eager to read both Cinder and Scarlet; I’ve heard terrific things about Cinder, and my daughter loved it (and the cover is seriously awesome!)

    • tonya

      Aren’t the covers great? I love that you and your daughter can share books. It makes reading so much fun, doesn’t it?

      I hope you’re able to pick up the series soon! :)

  94. Nicole

    I read Cinder a couple months ago and have been wanting to read Scarlet ever since. I love fairytale retellings and dystopian so Meyer’s book really appeealed to me! I’m looking forward to seeing how all the different characters will interact which each other as the series continues.

    • tonya

      Dystopia is definitely my jam, so it was fun to see it used in a fairy tale story. Such a great idea!

      I’m really curious how the other stories will be incorporated in books 3 and 4. Meyer did a fantastic job with Cinder and Scarlet, so I’m sure the next two will be just as exciting.

  95. Rizka

    I really loved Cinder, although, like you said, it was very predictable. I am so excited to see how Cinder’s going to break out of the jail :) Oh, and dr. Erland! Is he going to make a lot appearance in this one? I loved him!
    I’m PUMPED for Scarlet! Wolf sounds awesome! Scarlet should be as badass as I hope ;)

    • tonya

      ::zips lips:: You shall see, sooon!

      Scarlet is a definite badass. Girl has a lot of spunk, it was really awesome.

  96. Jenni @ Alluring Reads

    OH this sounds so good! I read Cinder before I started my blog and I remember the ending being one where I felt like I couldn’t wait for the sequel and now I feel as though I have been waiting FOREVER! I like that we get Scarlet’s story and that Cinder isn’t forgotten about, because I am so curious to see what happens with her. There was so much predictability in Cinder! I was wondering if that was purposeful by the author, as a technique or not, maybe it was seeing as Scarlet has it too. Anyway, Fantastic review. I can’t wait to read it!

    • tonya

      I was thinking the same thing about the predictability in Cinder–it was so obvious I thought it MUST have been done on purpose. Although to what purpose, I have no idea.

      The way the two stories intersect in Scarlet is so well done, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on Cinder’s story at all!

    • tonya

      I think you’ll be really pleased with the follow up, then. It has all the great elements of Cinder, but with an additional punch of action and suspense. (And romance, which I thought was a little light in Cinder.)

      Good luck in the giveaway! :)

  97. Jackie

    I really loved Cinder and the cyborg cinderella idea, but I hate waiting for the next books in a series as I have experienced the ups and downs and worries over if I’m going to like Scarlett as much . At first the little red riding hood idea didn’t appeal to me but with all the reviews I’ve read about it so far I’m hoping I will like it too. Have you seen the awesome add for Scarlett yet? http://25.media.tumblr.com/293ccdaa673af61fd032a54a07752ce8/tumblr_mge4skLztv1qmug4wo1_1280.jpg

    • tonya

      Oooh, that ad is awesome.

      I know what you mean. I, too, have experienced my fair share of series that lag in the middle, or just plain never live up to the first book. This definitely doesn’t suffer from second book slump, it improves upon the first exponentially in my opinion.

      I hope you give it a chance when you can. :)

  98. S.M. Dritschilo

    barely 10 days into 2013 and you’re already persuading me to break my book budget. When will I learn to stop reading your incredible reviews?!?!

  99. S.M. Dritschilo

    barely 10 days into 2013 and you’re already getting me to break my book budget for the month with incredible reviews. sheesh! Why haven’t I stopped reading every review you write yet? When will I learn my lesson?!?!

    • tonya

      Hahaha. Our plan… eeet eeees vorking! *evil laugh*

      By the way, what’s a book budget? Is that french? I’m confused…

  100. wordslikemagic

    I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Cinder from favorite booktubers/bloggers, so I’m excited to pick up the series!

    • tonya

      It was a really refreshing divergence from the YA I’ve been reading lately. Such an original concept. I hope you’re able to pick it up soon. :)

  101. dashcooray

    I adored Cinder! It was a brilliant take on the fairytale!! Can’t wait to read Scarlet!! Thank you for making this giveaway INTERNATIONAL!!!!!!!! <3

    • tonya

      Did you read Cinder? It’s such a clever and imaginative take on the stories we all know so well. Hope you’re able to read soon!

  102. Roxy

    I felt exactly the same as you did about Cinder, so I’m excited to see how much better Scarlet is! Thanks for the chance to win!

    • tonya

      In that case, I think you’ll really love Scarlet. It takes all the fun elements of Cinder and dials them up to eleven. Good luck! :)

  103. Wendy Darling

    I love this review, Tonya! Loooove it. The description of Wolf as quiet, sweet, and with a “barely restrained edge of violence” is something I am TOTALLY on board with.

    :D

    • tonya

      I hope you love as much as I do when you get a chance to read. I’m always looking for another swoony boy to flail about. ;)

  104. Isabel Gomez

    I love old tales retold. Been wanting to read Cinder but I can’t seem to keep up with my TBR pile. I’ll definitely read it now!

    • tonya

      I know exactly how that goes! My TBR is probably taller than I am. (Which isn’t saying much, come to think of it…must come up with a better phrase.) I hope you like it as much as I did when you’re able to read! :)

  105. KtTurner

    Thank you for the giveaway. I have had Cinder on my wishlist since it’s release and finally purchased a copy a month ago, unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I am desperate to. I love re-tellings and have heard so many great things about this series.

    • tonya

      I hope you’re able to pick it up soon. It’s such a fresh and original story, and so much fun. Good luck with the giveaway! :)

  106. Gaby

    I LOVED Cinder and I’m so excited you loved this, too! I’ve been biting my nails wondering how MM’s going to handle Cinder/Kai + Scarlet/WHOEVER IS NEW. EEEEEE! SO EXCITED.

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

    • tonya

      It was so fun to see how Cinder and Scarlet’s story lines intersected. And I think you’ll really love the new characters! Good luck in the giveaway. :)

  107. Bayla

    I’m SO excited for Scarlet! I loved Cinder – I read a lot of fairy tale retellings, but I found it really original (not to mention awesome).

    • tonya

      I agree! What other fairy tale retellings have you read? I think this might be my first go-round with them. Good luck with the giveaway. :)

  108. Texas Book Lover

    I am one of those that likes to have at least 2 books in the series before I start it so I haven’t read Cinder yet until I have Scarlet in my hands. After all the great reviews it can’t be soon enough!

    • tonya

      You have much more willpower than I do. ;) The good thing about this series is that they don’t really end with cliffhangers. They leave you wanting the next book, but there’s no sheer drop off like some other books I’ve read.

      I hope you enjoy when you start to read! :)

  109. Unknown

    I was pleasantly surprised by Cinder, which I wasn’t sure about when I started reading and probably only read because it was all I had with me in court. But now I can’t wait for Scarlett.

    • tonya

      I love those books that kind of sneak up on you! I hope you enjoy Scarlet as much as I did. It takes everything I love about Cinder and ramps it up. Good luck with the giveaway! :)

  110. Suzanne Earley

    I love steampunk in part because it seems to me that author’s working in this genre are exceptionally creative and imaginative.

    • tonya

      I agree! Meyer’s take is so original and clever. I have no idea how she came up with it, haha.

  111. Beth

    I’m not sure if my comment showed up or not, so sorry for the repeat!

    I am a huge sucker for fairy tales & re-tellings, so I loved Cinder. I did find it a bit predictable, but enjoyed the story so much that it didn’t matter :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Beth

  112. jarkin33

    I actually wasn’t sure I was going to like Cinder so I had it sitting around forever!im not a fan of steampunk in general so I figured this could wait but once I kept seeing people raving about it I knew I should just read it and I was surprised… I absolutely loved it!

    I’m really excited to see what Meyer does with Scarlet and your review has me chomping at the bit to get a hold of it! Great review Tanya!

    Xo
    Jaime

  113. Beth

    I loved Cinder, but I am a huge sucker for fairy tales and re-tellings in gerneral :) I too thought it was a bit predictable, but still enjoyed the story. Scarlet sounds even better!

    • tonya

      A certain amount of predictability in fairy tale retellings is expected, I suppose. And when you have such a unique take on it, it’s easy to overlook. I definitely enjoyed Scarlet quite a bit more than Cinder, though. :)

  114. Christina T

    I liked Cinder but after reading the sample of Scarlet I have a feeling I will like it even more. Thanks for your review! It sounds like the romance element will be better in this book than in the first.

    • tonya

      The action really ramps up in Scarlet, which picked up the pace of the story for me. And yes! The romance. I found Kai and Cinder’s relationship cute in the first book, but not really romantic. Wolf and Scarlet on the other hand… *fans self* I’m hoping Cinder and Kai’s relationship progresses to Swoon Status in future books. :)

    • tonya

      So do I! I have no idea how she came up with this, but it’s kind of amazing. I just want to peek inside her brain and see how it works. :)

  115. Sarah (saz101)

    OMG.
    OMGOMGOMGOMG.
    TONYA. Your review is… OMG.
    Seriously… from how you describe the start, to how you describe the pacing, the ‘UST’ the… I’m going to stop before I slobber all over the screen.

    I think you have an interesting point, re: predictability (the Big Secret in Cinder seemed fairly clear) but… still. And you liked this even better than Cinder? Oh boy :O

    • tonya

      HAHA. *wipes drool from the screen*

      And yes! I think I enjoyed Scarlet twice as much as Cinder. It was darker, and much more exciting–and the swoony boy didn’t hurt, either. ;)

      Good luck in the giveaway!

    • Sarah (saz101)

      Oh, I pre-ordered my copy on Tuesday, so I didn’t enter — figured I’d give someone else the chance to share in the Scarletty love! ♥

      But… seriously. TWICE as much as Cinder? And ‘darker and much mroe exciting’ is a HUGE sell. Seriously, Tonya, I LOVED your review, and *I’m* twice as excited as I was before! ♥

    • tonya

      I’m so glad! I love encouraging others to be as giddy as I am over a new book. And hopefully we can admire Wolf together once you’ve read!

  116. Melinda Belle Harrison

    I’ve heard good things about this series, but I wasn’t sure I’d like it. However, I have changed my mind. Looks like a winner to me. Thanks. Love fairy tale retellings.

    • tonya

      Oh, yay! I’m glad you’re going to give it a chance. Like I said in my review, I did find Cinder a bit predictable, but still enjoyed the unique take on the fairy tale. However, if you find Cinder average, I’d encourage you to still read on for Scarlet. I found it much better paced, and much more exciting than Cinder. :)

  117. Kirsten!

    I’m so looking forward to this- I loved Cinder, despite the too-predictable issue (it’s a fairytale retelling, I let predictability slide for those).

    • tonya

      I agree on the predictability, although in Cinder there were some new aspects that I was able to foresee as well. But I agree, the storyline is so original it’s easy to let the predictable elements slide.

  118. athousand-lives

    Super excited for Scarlet! Cinder was one of my favs last year. Haven’t found many steampunk novels that appealed to me apart from Cinder and I could never resist a fairy tale retelling. Plus it’s Cinderella.

    • tonya

      I don’t know if I’ve ever read a retelling quite like this, that keeps all the key elements of the original but gives it such an original twist it’s nearly unrecognizable. it’s truly very clever.

    • tonya

      That link doesn’t seem to be working. :( But in any case, AWESOME. I think you’ll really love Scarlet in that case. Good luck in the contest.

  119. Xia

    I loved Cinder and can’t wait to read Scarlet. I’ve heard lots of great things about this one and am excited to meet the new characters. :)

    • tonya

      I’m always kind of wary of new characters, especially when they get POV time, but they were so well done and fresh, it really added another layer to the storyline.

  120. Nicole

    So once I saw this was a review of Scarlet my eyes breezed right over the giveaway mentioned in the title so that I could get to reading your review faster. And as my heart rate was quickening in anticipation for reading this book and in joy over your review, all I could think was that I must comment and let you know just how excited your post made me. Then I actually read the giveaway part and it was like Christmas all over again. And all I had to do was leave the comment I was already planning on! So basically, this is a great review, I loved Cinder and now I can’t wait for Scarlet, and thanks for the giveway!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

    • tonya

      Aww, that makes me so happy! I’m so glad I could pass a little of my excitement on to you. I loved Scarlet so much, and I can’t imagine anyone not having the same reaction!

      Good luck in the giveaway. :)

  121. LKE

    AH! I’m so excited about this book. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  122. Grace

    I’m super excited for Scarlet and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of it! I loved Cinder so much and Marissa Meyer really put a refreshing and interesting twist on the original fairy tale. Many thanks for the giveaway – I don’t think I would of been able to give my ARC away!

    • tonya

      Marissa Meyer is kind of amazing. I have no idea how she came up with this story, but it blows my mind. I think you’ll really love Scarlet. Good luck in the giveaway! :)

  123. Keertana

    Uh-oh…predictability? *sigh* Above all, the predictability ruined Cinder for me and the world-building was lacking too because of the action. I can’t see myself liking this one, sadly, but I might have to give in to the hype…and that gorgeous cover! Plus, wolves make such perfect romantic interests, don’t they? ;) Amazing review! :D

    • tonya

      I agree with you about Cinder, but I think you might be pleasantly surprised by Scarlet. The pacing is much better, and though some plot points are very obvious, the way they ended up playing out wasn’t.

      And yes, the Wolfboys are favorites of mine. *flutters*

      I hope you give it a chance!

  124. Ina M.

    What appeals to me about Scarlet? Well, pretty much everything! I loved Cinder for the craftsmanship of Meyer’s writing, the original twists on the classic fairytale, and last but not least, for the characters and the setting. I’m looking forward ever so much to my return to that world. Many thanks for giving us the chance of winning an ARC of Scarlet! ^_^

  125. Ina M.

    What appeals to me about Scarlet? Well, pretty much everything! I loved Cinder for the craftsmanship of Meyer’s writing, the fresh twists on the classic fairytale, the characters and the setting, and I’m looking forward ever so much to returning to that world! Many thanks for giving us the chance to win an ARC of Scarlet! :)

    • tonya

      There are no shortage of twists in Scarlet, so I think you’ll enjoy it very much indeed. :) Good luck in the giveaway!

  126. Princess Ash

    In case my first comment didn’t go through… I’m going to repeat myself: Omggg, you’ve read the MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BOOK IN MY LIFE!!! And added to the already ENORMOUS praise.

    I seriously can’t wait to meet Wolf and Scarlet! Like, I’m fervently praying to the literature gods right this very second!

  127. Nitzan-Katia Schwarz

    What appeals to me about this book? It’s the continuation of Cinder! I loved Cinder so much, one of my favorite 2012 reads, and I’ve been dying to read Scarlet!
    Also, I love retellings so this is yet another reason (like I need one) to want this book!
    Thank you for giving me a chance to win it!

  128. Princess Ash

    Omggg, my life has MEANING again!!!

    You are not the first person to say ALL THE GOOD STUFF about this freaking boook!!!! I’m fervently praying to the literature gods that I win!

  129. LisaFicTalk

    I’m actually currently reading Cinder and so far I’m liking the setting of the book (and of course the cool cyborgs and androids) but for sure whole atmosphere of the book is great. It is very reminiscent to Sailor Moon and the whole idea around “New Beijing” and I love that.

    As for Scarlet, I’m looking forward to the french flair and the *ahem* hot french boy, oui? ;)

  130. LisaFicTalk

    I’m currently reading Cinder actually and I like the whole setting of the book. It is very reminiscent to Sailor Moon and the whole idea around “New Beijing” has always intrigued me.

    So for Scarlet I’m definitely looking forward to the French flair. ;)
    And the hot french boy. *ahem*

    • tonya

      I really loved the setting too, though I’m not very familiar with Sailor Moon.

      And yes… swoony boy is swoony. ;)

  131. Heather James

    I loved Cinder. I thought that it was so unique and different; even though the plot followed the fairytale, the sci-fi elements kept it fresh and exciting. I really can’t wait to read ‘Scarlet’.

    • tonya

      I totally agree. Scarlet is a bit of a darker and more intense story than Cinder–which I suppose makes sense, as the source material was the same.

  132. The Romance Bookie

    Holy moly!! I am so unbelievably excited to read this book, it’s not even funny! I fell in love with “Cinder” last February and have been DYING to get my hands on Scarlet ever since!!!!!!

    Thanks for the chance to possibly win one! :)

    • tonya

      I’m lucky that I just read Cinder a few days before Scarlet, so I didn’t have to wait! Good luck in the giveaway. :)

  133. Bookish

    I loved Cinder so much I’ve been waiting for Scarlet since I finished the last page! Completely my sort of book, I’m obsessed with fairy tales and folklore and snap up retellings, especially when they’re as original as Cinder and Scarlet!

    • tonya

      To be honest, I haven’t read many retellings. Do you have any good recommendations?

      And good luck in the contest! :)

  134. Janita @ Book, Interrupted

    AAAHHH!! I am so incredible excited to read Scarlet! It’s on my WoW post this week, and I read that short-story prequel Glitches, and now my whole mind is fixated on reading Scarlet! AWESOME giveaway!

    • tonya

      I just read Glitches too–broke my heart for poor little Cinder. Good luck in the giveaway. :)

  135. NatasaLikes

    GAHH I can’t wait! All this hype for Scarlet (and UST! swoooon) is just making me wish time machines existed :/

    • tonya

      Haha, I know exactly what you mean. I’m in that position frequently. ;) Hopefully this contest will serve the purpose of a time machine for you!

  136. Joni

    I’ve been waiting oh so impatiently for book two of the Lunar Chronicles to come out. OF COURSE I’ll enter for a chance to read it a bit sooner!

    I enjoy steampunk novels for their classic feel mixed with modern-tech-fantasy. The best of both words. ^.^

    Thanks for the contest!

    • tonya

      It really was. To be honest, I started with very low expectations, which were promptly blown out of the water. Scarlet takes all the good points in Cinder and increases them ten fold.

  137. Sarah

    I’m so excited for Scarlet, I really loved Cinder. Even though I also found Cinder predictable, I didn’t care because it was so well written and a unique story and world compared to other books out there right now.

    • tonya

      Yes! I struggled a bit with the predictability (I guessed the major reveal at about page 50), but the world was so original it was pretty easy to overlook. There were still quite a few predictable moments in Scarlet, but with such intense action it didn’t matter.

  138. Tammy Sparks

    I really didn’t want to read your review too carefully, because I want to experience the awesomeness of Scarlet for myself. I’ve been DYING to read it ever since I turned the last page of Cinder. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy:)

    • tonya

      I tried not to include any spoilers! But I know what you mean about wanting to start a book with a completely clean slate. :) Good luck in the contest!

  139. Christina

    You are clearly a kindred spirit, because this: “I’m pleased to tell you, my friends, Scarlet is that missing piece . With its higher stakes, intense action, and one hell of a big, (so hot it might be) bad (for your heart) Wolf, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”
    is precisely how I felt.

    Oh, Wolf, you are so dear to me. Of course, I pictured Scott Wolf from 13th Kingdom, so that really didn’t hurt anything.

    • tonya

      Kindred spirits indeed, by default since you used that phrase. ;)

      Isn’t Wolf dreamy? SIGH. I just love him so much. Where I can find one? Hehe. And Scott Wolf! Man, I had such a crush on him in the Party of Five days.

    • tonya

      I’m so curious about the Lunar society as well. We don’t get much more about them in Scarlet, but I think CRESS will probably shed more light on them.

  140. Lis

    I loved Cinder, and though I was confused about Scarlet I can´t wait to read it. Sounds like a book I will love!!

    • tonya

      I was unsure how Meyer would incorporate Scarlet into the storyline as well, but it really is a seamless combination of the two! I think you will like it. :)

  141. Amy

    I loved Cinder so I can’t wait for this one!! I thought that the creativity of the retelling was awesome and I love that it’s incorporating the other fairytales, while still keeping Cinder as a main part of the story too!

    • tonya

      The way the two stories wove together was awesome. I’m so looking forward to how Rapunzel and Snow White are incorporated in the future books.

    • Amy

      I’m so excited that Rapunzel will be part of book three. That is one of my favorite fairy tales!!

  142. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I can’t wait to read this one! Cinder immediately became one of my favorite novels and I’m dying to get my hands on Scarlet.They are just so different from all the other books out there, which isn’t surprising given the odd mix of fairy tale, action, and dystopia. I can’t wait to see what Meyer does with Red riding hood and the wolf.

    • tonya

      It’s truly one of the most original storylines out there–which is ironic, because at the core they’re retellings of some of the most well-known stories in the world. Meyers is kind of a genius.

    • tonya

      Wolf is damn near perfect (well… okay, maybe not), and Thorne and Cinder’s dynamic was a much needed comic relief during some of the more intense scenes.

  143. Amber (Books of Amber)

    I am dying to read this one! I’m looking forward to the intense action, since that is a MUST in these types of novels. Higher stakes are a HUGE bonus, since I would have been reading this anyway, but now that I know this I’ll go into it even more excited.

    And UST, you say? Gimme.

    • tonya

      The action is UST are off the charts. It was such an engaging and exciting read, I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did!

  144. Desiree

    I am so excited for Scarlet! I mean check out that cover. But seriously, a new and exciting take on red riding hood is so awesome. Especially when done from Marissa. Myers point of view!

    • tonya

      The cover is GORGEOUS. And Marissa Meyer is truly one of the most original writers out there. I just want to take a peek inside her brain and see how it works.

  145. Bonnie R

    I haven’t found many steampunk stories that I loved but I sure do love a good retelling. Cinder is on my TBR list so I’ll definitely be checking this one out. Glad to see you loved Cinder and Scarlet! :)

    • tonya

      I don’t know if I’d really call Cinder steampunk; it’s more futuristic with cyborgs and space travel, etc. So you may be more inclined to like than you think. :)

  146. Patricia Hoffman

    I loved Scarlet because the heroine was unique and the storyline was inventive. I did think it was a bit predictable (the ball, really?) but really enjoyed the twists on the Cinderella theme. I can’t wait to read this continuation of the story…I was worried there would be only a little convergence. Now even MORE excited to read this!

    • tonya

      I found Cinder very predictable as well, but like you really enjoyed the original take on the Cinderella story. Cinder and Scarlet have pretty much equal time in this sequel, so you really never lose the thread of the overall arc.

  147. Gina @ My Precious

    Very detailed, informative review. I was confused at how Cinder and Scarlet related, it seemed to me like there wasn’t a correlation between the two stories, after reading your review I see it the G’ma which ties the two together. Since you liked it so much, I’m pretty excited about reading it now too!

    • tonya

      I questioned that as well. The way Meyer has managed to tie the to together was really quite clever. I’m so looking forward to how Rapunzel fits in the next.

  148. Vivien

    I absolutely love re-tellings. I really fell in love with Cinder last year. This has been one of my most anticipated reads for 2013. I have a feeling, I am just going to LOVE it. This is exactly the book I love to read.

  149. Eden

    Oooh, so glad you liked this one! Cinder didn’t *quite* live up to my expectations, but it sounds like Scarlet will. (Although I don’t think a French girl would’ve been given a name like “Scarlet”, but oh well. :P) Now I’m seriously looking forward to reading about Wolf and experiencing the action; I love a well-paced book and excellent character dynamics. :)

    • tonya

      I wasn’t quite as into Cinder as I expected to be. It was just so predictable, and even though it was a very clever idea, it read a little slow. But Scarlet was a whole different animal (heh). Still kind of predictable, but the action really ramps up. I hope you like it!