Scarlet- The Lunar Chronicles book 2

Rating: 4/5

Scarlet is the second book in Marissa Meyers’ series, The Lunar Chronicles. I am here to say, I FINALLY finished this book! It only took me FOREVER to finish it. I have already finished Cress, the third book (which in my opinion was much better). I loved Cinder and thought it was a remarkable take on a classic fairytale.

When I first started Scarlet I was worried it wouldn’t pick up where Cinder left off, and if you don’t read anything about the book before starting it, you’re going to feel like the two books will not connect when you first start. Lucky for you, I already made that mistake and am here to tell you, they do connect in the most amazing way.

I have been trying to figure out why I didn’t like this book as much as I liked Cinder. I cannot really come up with anything. The writing was still wonderful and the story was interesting and engaging throughout. I definitely like Cinder better as a character than Scarlet (admittedly Iko is my favorite), which may be why I liked the book focused primarily around Cinder better than a book focused largely on Scarlet. However, I can’t really say this is a very good reason because Cinder is in this book a lot as well.

To sum up my feelings about this book: it is a good book, but not as good its predecessor.

Do I still recommend you read it? Of course! You should read every single one of these books! I would still read it again, even though it wasn’t my favorite.

BIG Spoiler ahead!!!

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Graceling

Graceling  is a young adult fantasy novel written by Kristin Cashore. The essence of this book is that people with two different colored eyes, denoted as gracelings, have special abilities or powers that the normal people fear. The main character, Katsa, has the grace of killing. Her Uncle, who is her caregiver, is the king of the Middluns. He uses her power for his own selfish desires. Katsa meets the Lienid prince Po, who happens to be Graced. He and Katsa set out on a journey to find Po’s Aunt and Niece. On the way, Katsa learns some interesting things about her Grace, and starts to questions what she’s been told her whole life.

I am slowly turning into a young adult fantasy junkie. This book was unique to most things I have read. I love how Kristin Cashore takes something like heterochromia iridis (cool medical term for people with two different colored eyes), and turns it into a super-power-like phenomenon. Not only is this cool for kids who have this genetic varriation and may get picked on in school for it, but it’s also just a neat, original idea that makes for a neat, original story.

The writing in this book was amazing. The plot moves a little slowly in some places, but I promise if you slow down and take in the descriptions of the people and places Po and Katsa meet and see during their travels, you’ll really enjoy the book! Just grind through the slow parts and I promise the book is worth the read. The ending isn’t a super fairytale-like ending, which is what I may love most about this book.

 

Happy Reading!

Moriah