Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
I really enjoyed Cinder, which I read last year so Scarlet has been one of my most anticipated 2013 releases so far and it so lived up to my expectations. I was a little worried in starting this book because I enjoyed reading about Cinder so much and I thought that the character of Scarlet may be less likable, thankfully this was not the case. If anything, the introduction of the new characters made the book better and I really enjoyed reading about Scarlet, who is a little more naive and simple than Cinder, and Wolf who is far more gruff and tough than Kai. This meant that it felt like I was honestly reading different characters when it switched between the two, which is rare in books that follow multiple plots.
I'm the type of person that avoids re-reading books before sequels come out, so I'd all but forgotten most of what went on in Cinder aside from major plot points, however I quickly picked up where I'd left off and I was so absorbed into Scarlet's plight this poor girl is going through so much at the beginning of the story and I warmed to her immediately and I was also so happy when we switched to Cinder and also when we got glimpses of Kai and I loved watching all of the plots come together!
Meyer has no qualms about leaving her readers hanging on, I was so frustrated by the ending which leaves so many things hanging and I can't wait to see how everything plays out!
Overall, Scarlet was a fantastic sequel and I seriously cannot wait for book three! I am completely hooked on this series!
Overall Rating: A
Book released 7th February 2012 by Puffin Books (UK)
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Other books from this author:
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)