I hate reading series books out of order. I avoid it at all costs but sometimes it happens and I have to make the best of a bad situation. That is exactly what happened with Scarlet, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
Here is how it happened. Sometime, long ago, I read Cinder. Fast forward to a few months ago when I needed an audiobook for my travels. The library was out of titles that appealed to me. Having just read, Heartless, I snatched up Cress, The Lunar Chronicles. I I couldn’t remember if I had read Scarlet or not.
(Don’t judge – I read a lot. It is easier than you think to forget about reading a book. The worst? Cover changes. Not only do I judge a book by it’s cover – I remember it by its cover. Well. Sometimes. In hindsight, I read Cinder in ebook form. I think I read a sample chapter of Scarlet, which lead to the confusion. )
It didn’t take long for me to figure out I had not read the prior book but I was already on the road so I continued on with Cress. Once I finished it I had a great debate. Go back and read Scarlet or move on to Winter?
I loved Scarlet & Wolfe in Cress, so I decided to backtrack and I am glad I did. So, on to the review. I am going to pretend that I did not already know the outcome of this book when I read it.
What I loved:
- Scarlet. She is feisty, loyal, and determined. She falls hard and fast for Wolfe.
- The relationship. Okay, I don’t want to give any spoilers here, but I know this romance may be called unhealthy by some. To some degree, I understand but in the context of the story and what Wolfe is I like the romance and connection between them.
- Wolfe. I love that in finding Scarlet he finds a part of himself that he did not know existed.
- Iko. She is one of my favorite characters even if she is a ship in this book.
- Following Cinder, Ki, and meeting Captain Thorne are also high points in the book for me.
- The plot is well written and interesting. It would have been better I were experiencing it first hand, instead of reading with knowledge of what happens in the next book.
Who should read this book:
- If you enjoyed Cinder you will want to continue the story with this book. Don’t skip ahead. Just don’t do it. You will kick yourself like I did.
- Fans of Fairy Tale retellings will adore this take on Little Red Riding Hood.
- Fans of Marissa Meyer, but that really goes without saying.
- If you love a blend of fairy tale, fantasy, sci-fi, with a good dose of Cyborg tossed in you should add this to your reading list.
On another note, If I find this book on Audio at the library or have an extra audible credit I will be checking it out. I felt that Cress was well done on audio and I would like to experience this book in that format. Which is staying a lot, because I don’t reread most books. That is reserved ONLY for book with a special place in my heart. At this point, I don’t know if I would re-read this book but I would listen.
What books do you love in audio format?