Mini-Review // Scarlet

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. 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 liked the main characters, Scarlet and Wolf, who had great chemistry and had me cheering them on until the very end. Part of what drove me to read to the very last page was because I really wanted to see what happened to this pair!

I liked the plot twist towards the second half of the book. It might just be me but… I really didn’t see it coming!! (Although in hindsight… I think I should have???)

I liked how the plot points fit together very nicely. The new plot elements that were introduced towards the second half of this book were not completely out of the blue; they had been brewing ever since the first book. It was fun to play detective work and figure things out alongside Scarlet.

When I started this book, one of my worries was that there would be less focus on Cinder and Prince Kai… but thankfully there was a big chunk of the book that built on the overarching plot that centred on Cinder! I was glad to see more of the original MCs.

The worldbuilding was phenomenal. I am continually impressed by this series!

The first half of the book, in my opinion, was pretty slow-moving, although things really kicked into gear towards the second half. As a result I spent 2 weeks reading the first half, but finished the second half in two days (or was it one?? haha.)

There was a lot of new information presented at one point (towards the second half) and which I would’ve wanted to see spread out more.

4/5 fishies!

Scarlet was a wonderful sequel to Cinder. I loved the character chemistry and the plot twists; as well as seeing the return of the original MCs and seeing the overarching plot-line advance in this second book.

Did you read The Lunar Chronicles? What are some of your favourite YA fantasy or sci-fi series?

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15 responses to “Mini-Review // Scarlet”

  1. I absolutely adore this series! I haven’t read it in so long though a reread may be needed! Great review!

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    1. Hi Jordann! Yes I love this series as well and it is something that I want to reread in the future too 🙂


  2. This series is great, I read it for the first time a few years ago and I think it will deserve a re-read sometime in the future. Scarlet is one of my favorite characters, along with Cress! Whose your favorite character from the series Sophie? Great review btw!

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    1. Hi Jai Lynn 🙂 Thank you!!! Hmm it’s hard to choose a favourite character because there are actually no characters I dislike (except maybe Levana hahaha). I actually really like Thorne who is hilarious 🙂 Of the girls, I think Cress is cute and I also like how brave and fearless Cinder is!

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  3. I love this series! Read it a while back, but never really finished the last book. I think I might pick it up again this year. Also, Thorne is for sure my favorite character 😉

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    1. Yeah I also like Thorne. He is hilarious and I liked his character development in the third book 🙂 I’ve finished 3 out of 4 and I’m looking forward to reading the final book!

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  4. I’m glad that you enjoyed this one just as much, Sophie!
    Cinder is definitely on my reread list.
    – Emma 🙂

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    1. Hey Emma 🙂 This is a series that I want to reread in the future too 🙂

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  5. I seriously hope that I get a chance to reread this series this year. I can’t wait to hear what you thought of Cress.

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    1. Hey Charlotte! I actually finished Cress recently and loved it!! Thorne and Cress are such a cute couple and my favourite pair so far 🙂 I am also intrigued by the character Winter so far so I am really curious about the final book.

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      1. Ooh yay I’m glad you ended up enjoying it!! I do think they’re amazing characters too 🙂 I hope you enjoyed Winter too if you’ve read it by now (or that you do if you still need to read it).

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      2. Yes! I did read Winter!! It was a pretty good ending to the series 🙂

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  6. […] I really enjoyed Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. After I finished this book, I couldn’t wait to start the third! Check out my review here. […]


  7. This was a good series. Man, that auntie is one brutal bi-otch. My 7th grader read book one. I guess I should I request book two now for her. She liked The Red Queen series which made me think of this one.

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    1. Yeah Levana is probably the worst aunt in history (or… fiction?) haha :’) I haven’t read The Red Queen, but if your daughter likes YA fantasy then I think The Lunar Chronicles is a great series to try!


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