Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Fairest
Published January 27, 2015 · Feiwel & Friends
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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR CINDER, SCARLET, AND CRESS.

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Rating: ★★★★★

Fairest is a strange book to love. It was twisted and brutal, with a main character – Levana – whom you can’t help hate but sympathise with at the same time. With this story, Meyer did something other authors rarely would – humanise a villain. In doing so, she gave readers a deeper understanding of Levana’s actions and motives. It made me more invested in the Lunar Chronicles and how it’ll end – not that I wasn’t already dying for Winter! Continue reading “Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer”

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet

Scarlet
by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Publication Date: 5 February 2013
Puffin, Paperback, UK, 452 pages
Source: Library

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WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

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. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or 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 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.

Ratings: ★★★★★

Let me start off by saying this: I SHIP SCARLET AND WOLF. 

Now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s carry on with the review!

Scarlet was written from a third person’s point of view, although it felt more like first person to me. I didn’t even realise that it was written in third person until I was close to the end of the book! The story switched back and forth between Scarlet and Cinder, although there were other perspectives shown (which I won’t talk about, so that I won’t take all the fun out of the story). I was rather upset by the fact that I wasn’t able to really sit down and read the book undisturbed – it sort of ruined the impact it could have made. Nevertheless, Scarlet did not fail to leave me breathless at the end of the book!

A few things about the characters: I found Scarlet really feisty and bad-ass (she learnt how to use a gun when she was eleven!) Somehow, her ferocity made her really attractive as a character, and not to mention one of the female leads! As for Wolf, he gave me the impression that he was really shy and protective – both in an endearing way. I loved his character so much! The fact that he was an alpha male, paired with how he can be really humourous, gentle and sweet he can be, really made me swoon so badly. I totally agree with Adel on the fact that I want need the Wolf to my Scarlet.

One thing I must say that Thorne is absolutely hilarious. You really can’t help but laugh at the things he does! He was also annoying, but still, he’s rather nice. As for Cinder, I really liked her fighting spirit, and how she just keep pushing on through the events in book. I suppose the fact that she was an escaped convict made her this way, slipping through the hands of the police and constantly on the run. Similar to what Adel felt, I was more intrigued by Scarlet’s story, and hence was impatient to get over the chapters concerning Cinder and Kai. However, those chapters were extremely important in aiding the development of the story, leading up to how Cinder and Scarlet’s paths crossed.

There were many twists in the story (some of which were extremely upsetting), and I was lost between trusting and hating Wolf at one point of the book. One moment, I was just making weird noises (a cross between a strangled chicken and a cat that was being sat on) when I found out that Wolf had betrayed Scarlet, and the next, I was gawking at the sudden and mysterious help that he had offered her. Another shocking moment was when I figured that there is a possibility that Scarlet has Lunar blood/ is one-quarter Lunar! Emperor Kai did make a decision that really shook the world, and– (I’ll leave this part out, so that you guys will get more feels when you read the book!)

To conclude my review, I simply loved Scarlet, and Ms. Meyer did a wonderful job describing the scenes and events in the book, thus allowing me to be able to visualize it just like a movie. I can’t wait for the next book, Cress, and for all the mysteries to unravel!

Yours truly

Signature--JZ

PS: Check out an excerpt of the audiobook of Scarlet, courtesy of Macmillan Audio! :D

PPS: Check out Pinterest board for The Lunar Chronicles here! I was highly distracted by it while writing my review of Scarlet – I couldn’t help myself.

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet

Scarlet
by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Publication Date: 5 February 2013
Puffin, Paperback, UK, 452 pages
Source: Library

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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR CINDER.

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 . . .

Rating: ★★★★★

Finishing Scarlet while in my school hall was the one of the hardest things I’ve done – praying to God I won’t start sobbing then squealing like an idiot infront of my schoolmates. But I couldn’t stop. Reading, that is, not sobbing and squealing (though I did have a fair share of minor sniffling and cooing episodes with JZ who was sitting beside me reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which she was also sniffling and cooing over). Scarlet was simply captivating, suspenseful and action-packed. Though not lacking any emotion in all that flurry.

Picking up immediately where Cinder left off, Scarlet was told from multiple POVs, mainly Scarlet and Cinder. I loved Scarlet’s fiery attitude from the start and the fact that she’s a redhead made me like her even more. Have I mentioned how much I wish I was born a natural redhead? Even if it meant I would no longer have my tan skin. Anyway, another character I loved from the beginning was Wolf. He was completely endearing yet mysterious. Who knew, the fact that he had never ate a tomato before meeting Scarlet could be so enchanting?

However, I sort of knew what Wolf was before even starting the book. I’m pretty sure anyone who paid attention in Cinder would know, actually. But that’s not very bothersome. As for Cinder, because her adventures were being told right beside those of Scarlet and Wolf, it was a little dull in comparison. But maybe that’s just me being too big a fan of Scarlet and Wolf and hence, was impatient to get back to them. Kai’s POV was also shown and though still not as good as Scarlet’s POV, it gave insight into the whole situation with Queen Levana.

After all that gushing about Scarlet and Wolf, it’s no surprise they’ve made it onto my unwritten (as yet) list of favourite couples. They completely complement each other and though the span of their time together could not have been more than a week, the connection they shared was still so strong.  Scarlet – an intense, intelligent and brave mademoiselle. Wolf, an adorable and shy alpha male (no pun intended) who’s crazy hot. Together – I think I have just died from overexcited fangirling.

Soon I would probably start babbling to JZ about finding the Wolf to my Scarlet.

Regarding Cinder, although I did find her scenes a little bland at the start, I connected with her again as the story progressed. It hit me that she was the same age as me and already have so much pressure put on her. The fate of the Earth did, in a way, lay in her hands. I admire Cinder so much for handling things proficiently. Even when a majority of the world was on the hunt to capture/kill her and the boy she liked probably hated her, Cinder was able to get her priorities right and made the best choices she could, given her situation. It didn’t hurt either that her emotional reaction to a particular occurrence near the end showed that although tough, she was still a 16-year-old girl after all.

An excellent retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, the futuristic element in Scarlet unexpectedly brought great depth to the fairytale. Who knew sci-fi and fairytales went together so well? Marissa Meyer is no doubt something of a genius. Touching, adventurous, mysterious and exciting, I positively gobbled up Scarlet and would recommend it to everyone. I would also never see tomatoes and wolves the same way again. Just like in the synopsis, Scarlet is not the fairytale you remember, but it would undoubtedly be a story you won’t forget.

Adelena

P.S. For all those out there who prefer audiobooks, Scarlet is also available as an audiobook from Macmillan Audio. Here’s a clip from it. Enjoy!