Blurb from Goodreads: “Cinder 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. 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 anothefr 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. “
Rating: 4/5 stars
Okay, we can all agree that Marissa Meyer is the queen of fairytale retellings. She stepped up her game with Scarlet! Meyer has a gift for perfectly combining well-known fairytales with sci-fi elements while still adding her own unique touch!
I was a little anxious when I found out it wouldn’t be a proper “continuation” of Cinder, and that it would be “centered” on new characters. How wrong was I! I loved Red Riding Hood growing up, and I loved how we had discreet elements of the fairytales such as the main character, Scarlet (get it?) having red hair and wearing a red hoodie, who encounters a mysterious street fighter called Wolf. I ppreciated the few fairytale extracts which discreetly foreshadowed upcoming events. I enjoyed the way the author intriduced the notion of deception and the way she played with it.
I loved that we got to see more of the universe, with Luna, Earth and all the alliances. I loved that Scarlet was mainly located in France (proud Frenchwoman here) and that I recognized the places. The small French words were a nice touch and they did not appear fake.
I loved how this was told through different perspectives andI liked the new characters! Thorne first appears as a Casanova but he’s brave and very smart! Scarlet is fierce, bold and trusting and I loved her passion. Wolf is complex due to his identity but he’s protective and strong. As for Cinder, she’s slowly embracing her new identity and trying to make sense of everything, I really connected with her and I can’t wait to discover what the following books have in store for us. I’m starting to grow fond of our little squad.
What’s your favorite fairytale? Let’s chat in the comments 🙂