Published by Penguin UK on February 7th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.SCARLET BENOIT'S grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.
Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive - when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.
As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner . . .
“She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.”
3 1/2 stars. I do not know that this is actually an amazing book, but dammit, it was entertaining. Honestly, I pretty much hated Cinder when I finally forced myself through it last year. It was a 1-star, ranty hate at all the wasted potential and – worst of all – tediousness. But so many commenters told me to read Scarlet anyway.
At first, I wasn’t going to. Seems kind of stupid to read the sequel to a book you disliked so much, right? But, somehow, over time, my curiosity got the better of me. And hell, I just had so much fun reading this.
I think Scarlet is a much more interesting and less bland character than Cinder, and her introduction to the story actually contributed to making Cinder and her story more exciting. The big twist in this book is easy to guess, but it is surrounded by little mysteries and surprises that I never expected, keeping the pace at breakneck speed.
I love the girl power, the emphasis put on Scarlet’s love for her grandmother, and even the romance. Unlike with Cinder and Kai (who I also had way more sympathy for in this book!), I enjoyed the arc of this relationship and found myself curious where it would lead.
And there’s something about a sexy wolf that just does it for me. Maybe I have problems.
So strange how much more I liked this sequel. It still feels very much like a light, YA sci-fi and yet the fire in this book makes the pages fly by and the characters appeal to me. We are starting to get answers to bigger questions and I’m looking forward to seeing what else Meyer has up her sleeve.
I also can’t wait to get to Fairest because Levana is a raging bitch and I want to know why!