~Erika's Book Review: SCARLET by Marissa Meyer

November 25, 2017

Very enjoyable, but not as good as Cinder. (FYI - I read Cinder already, but I was too lazy to write a review. That one I gave 4/5 stars.)


Scarlett was fast-paced, action-packed, and full of interesting characters. Meyer does a great job with character arcs, and she knows how to raise the stakes higher and higher, making the reader gasp for breath and keeping us turning the pages well into the night. 

So what went wrong?

Nothing really. It’s more of a personal preference. I’m not really into werewolves and wolf monsters or wolf beasts in general. I understand the author was going for a loose retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, so I don’t fault her for it. I just wasn’t into it. 

And the other thing I think is a little tired: the concept of mind control. It’s a great plot device, but I’m wondering why the Lunars just don’t mind control everyone already. What’s stopping them? Why doesn’t Queen Levana make Kai fall in love with her and then be done with the nonsense of his resistance? 

I’m waiting for a story with a very interesting twist on mind control. For now, the mind control element is a guilty pleasure and makes for some exciting reading. 3/5 stars.

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