REVIEW: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #2)

18 March 2013

Series: (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Publisher: Puffin
Published: February 7th 2013
Pages: 452
Book: For review*
Format: Finished Copy
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, (Fairytale) Re-tellings
Reviewed For: Spinebreakers
Spoilers: *if you want to read the spoilers, highlights between the asterisks*
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...

Ok. Wow. I have to admit at first I was a little unsure at what I would be getting when I heard that a new main character would be introduced into this series; especially when I’ve never really come across that before. And I wasn’t sure whether the introduction of a new character would make me dislike one of them if I started comparing them. I didn’t know whether Ms Meyer would be able to pull it off but let me tell you. She did. Fantastically.
Scarlet is one kick-ass protagonist. In the beginning of the first book, Cinder is slightly unsure of herself and lets herself be beaten into submission, relatively speaking. However, Scarlet is nothing of the sort. She was fierce and determined and feisty.
Scarlet picks up directly where Cinder left off with Cinder trying to break out of jail. Prince Kai is trying to appease Levana and we meet with Scarlet.
I loved the introduction of the new characters. What I was most pleased about was the amount of new characters we meet. Not too many. I never like it when in the second book of a series a whole group of new people are talked about that we have to get to grips with. Along the way we meet Carswell Thorne, a fugitive that escapes prison with Cinder and Wolf. A complex character with a mysterious air about him, I would love to go into detail about him but I don’t want to give any spoilers away!
I loved Scarlet immensely. She was so passionate and confident and never took ‘no’ for an answer. She didn’t let anyone stand in her way from what she wanted to do and she wasn’t a wimp, that’s for sure. The girl carried a gun in her belt, she was not a sweet an innocent little girl and I loved her for it. I admired her determination to do whatever it took to reach her goal; even if it meant jumping onto the roof of a moving train...
I also loved the whole plot which I thought was developed along nicely, there was times when I thought there was too much of a story to tell, and as the book flipped between the POV’s of Cinder and Scarlet every couple of chapters, I sometimes found it hard to keep up, but I did enjoy reading more about Cinder, and how she ended up on earth.
To be really honest, Scarlet and Wolf’s on-off relationship peeved me a bit. It didn’t feel real enough to me and maybe this was because the POV’ was always changing, I’m not really sure, I just didn’t think that their relationship was developed enough for my liking and as a result, even though they do confess feelings for each other, it happened too quickly for me, so I sort of liked their relationship, but it’s on the tip of my tongue to name it insta-love, or insta-like if you want to be specific.
One thing I missed was Cinder and Kai’s relationship. In Scarlet, Cinder is travelling everywhere and anywhere to try and escape Levana and try and find out more about her, or the person she has suddenly become, *spoiler* Princess Selene. *spoiler over*
This brings me onto my final paragraph, and trust me. It needs a final paragraph. KAI, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?! The ending, however predictable some people may call it, will still make you want to tear your hair out in misery and pure shock.
Oh, and one last thing. Why do we have to wait a whole year for the next book? It’s just not fair!

Overall, I found Scarlet an enjoyable read with plenty of new characters to keep me occupied. I loved the introduction of Scarlet, who I found to be the perfect protagonist. With kick-butt heroines, big bad wolves and the reunion of a loved friend for Cinder, this book will keep you on your toes. Although at times, you may feel like you’re about to take off...

*Thank you to Spinebreakers for sending me this in exchange for an honest review.

REVIEW: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

02 March 2013

Series: Monument 14 #1
Publisher: Hatchette Childrens Books
Publishing Date: April 4th 2013
Pages: 352
Book: For Review*
Format: Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Science Fiction, Dystopian, Survival, Adventure.
Reviewed For: Chicklish
Spoilers: *if you want to read the spoilers, highlights between the asterisks*
Blurb: Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.But the bus was barrelling down our street, so I ran.Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

It’s no fun being stuck in a shopping mall with no adults around.
We may all dream of it at sometime in our life, the freedom, being able to do what you want, but when it comes down to it, no-one would want to be; and most of us – I hope – have never been.
Dean gets thrown in at the deep end when he and some little kids get trapped in a superstore and have to fend for themselves.