Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: January 1st 2013
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
“She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.”
While continuing the story of escaped cyborg/lunar mechanic/princess Cinder in her attempts to discover more about who she is and help people we also follow a new character, Scarlet Benoit. Scarlet’s grandmother has been missing for three weeks, and she’s positive she’s been kidnapped. She can’t understand what anyone would want with a simple farmer. The storyintricately intertwine the characters and plots into one exciting adventure.
Another creative reimagining of a fairy tale, Scarlet focuses on Little Red Riding Hood. Unfortunately it didn’t quite fit into Cinder’s slipper. While Cinder POV is still equally exciting Scarlet feels poorly fleshed out. Her character seems to change at the drop of a hat. Her only constant is loving her grandmother so much she would walk into certain death for her. While Wolf and Scarlet’s relationship could have been compelling it felt more weak. They almost instantly fall in love. The book takes place in less than a week and the relationship they form seems far too strong given the circumstances they go through. Scarlet just felt too weak of a character to hold a POV on her own. Meyer makes up for it with an excellent plot, endless action and a cliffhanger that will make you eager for the next installment.