by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 1 2 3 4 5
Series: Book 2 in the Lunar Chronicles series
Cover: I like the red theme of the covers, but this one isn't as great as Cinder's. At first glance, I didn't notice that the hood is connected to a figure. I'm curious to see what the next covers will look like. With Cress (which is based off Rapunzel), it could be her long hair. However, in Cinder, she was mentioned to have blond hair. Winter (which is based off Snow White) is obviously a red apple.
Writing: (3/5) Because of the third person narrative, it's pretty easy to tell who's point of view I was reading. It's pretty annoying in other books when in the beginning it's hard to distinguish whom your reading from.
Main Character: (2.5/5)Cinder: Honestly, Cinder isn't that great of a character. She is quiet and well spoken, but good-hearted and in her own way, confident. Just to put it plainly, I thought she wasn't anything new or original when you compare her to other heroines and I noticed that more in Scarlet than I did in Cinder. I was still on board with Cinder throughout the story though, and I wanted to know what would happen to her next.
Scarlet: Scarlet was a bit hard to adjust to. This was mainly because I was more loyal to Cinder and after months of anticipation for the next book, I wanted to know more about what would happen to Cinder. Scarlet is reckless, stubborn, and has a temper. She would not let anybody or anything stop her, as admirable as that was she tended to act before thinking. Again, like Cinder, this isn't that original of a character. But as the plot continued, I was swept away by Scarlet's story.
Other Characters: (4/5)Captain (self proclaimed) Carswell Thorne: I loved Thorne; he's probably my favourite character. He was flirty, vain, a troublemaker, and sometimes infuriating, but he provided plenty of humour and I liked his interaction with Cinder (Cinder's P.O.V. probably would have been boring without him). I'm looking forward to more of that, as well as his interactions with other characters, in the future books.
Wolf: Wolf was mysterious, but he didn't give off a cliche kinda of vibe despite appearing to be a loner and giving off that "stay away from me" vibe. He was awkward, nervous and often fidgeted a lot which I found endearing.
Kai: Kai is probably the worst character in the book when you think about it, because all he amounts to is "nice". However, I didn't hate him and enjoyed the couple of chapters from his perspective.
Iko: Iko was another favourite character next to Thorne. She's just so lovable! I hope she stays in her current state (you'll know what I mean) in future books.
Romance: (4/5) Sadly, Kai and Cinder did not meet at all in Scarlet, but I thought that was for the best. There's plenty of Wolf and Scarlt and although it happened within a period of a couple of days, it really did not seem like insta-love to me. It's probably because the moments between them felt so genuine and the plot felt more like weeks than days.