Friday, March 8, 2013

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - Ashley's Pre-Reading

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Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Year Published: 2013

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.

Cinder was my favorite book of 2012, so I've been anxiously awaiting this sequel since last January. I love fairytale retellings, and Marissa Meyer did such a good job with her retelling and re-imagining of Cinderella that I can't wait to find out how she tells Little Red Riding Hood's story. Plus, I'm really curious as to how Scarlet and Cinder end up together.

Expectations: I expect and epic sci-fi/fantasy retelling of another classic fairy tale. Lots of mystery, adventure, and a little bit of romance thrown in. Plus, there's the bit about Cinder being the most wanted fugitive in the entire Commonwealth, so I'm expecting a huge manhunt and a pretty angry Lunar Queen. Cinder set my expectations super high though, so I'm really hoping Scarlet lives up to them.

Judging a book by its cover: This cover looks a little more cartoon-y than the cover for Cinder, but I still love it. I would most likely pick this up in a bookstore or library, especially because I'm drawn to anything that looks like it might be based on a classic fairy tale. 


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