Woman Crush Wednesday: Scarlet Benoit

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I absolutely, positively love Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

Scarlet is witty, funny, brave, and strong. She doesn’t back down from a challenge and we first meet her she’s determined to do whatever it takes to find her missing grandmother.

Scarlet lives in a nice, quiet town in France, where she and grandmother run a farm. Scarlet continues to keep the place running when her grandmother goes missing and after she finds herself caught up in a world of crazy when her long lost father returns all Scarlet wants to do is get back to her life on the farm.

She can sometimes be blunt and jump into things without thinking but she is also very caring and kind. She doesn’t sugarcoat things, which makes her friendship with Princess Winter very funny to read. Some people even ship them but I don’t because…

Her relationship with Wolf is adorable. She’s his alpha and they work so well together. They’re my OTP for sure and I still don’t appreciate the emotional roller coaster Meyer put them and me on. Still, they’re adorable and both of them kick butt, which I love. They’re equals and partners and would literally do anything for each other.

Next week, I’ll continue The Lunar Chronicles love fest to talk about my girl Cress. Make sure to check back next week and comment below who your favorite character from the series is.

Favorite Moment:

“Alpha female,” [Wolf] murmured. “I sort of like that.”
Beaming, Scarlet gave a mild shrug. “It could grow on me.”

Dreamcast: Holland Roden

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Man Crush Monday: Ze’ev “Wolf” Kesley

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Wolf is BAE.

I could leave it at that but let me explain. Wolf first shows up in Scarlet, book two of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, where he meets, you guessed it, Scarlet. Scarlet is also fabulous and I’ll talk about her on Wednesday but today is Wolf’s day to shine.

He’s cute and strong and also kind of shy, which is crazy because he can literally kill people with his bare hands. But when it comes to Scarlet he is so sweet and gentle and he just loves her so much.

He calls her his “alpha” because despite what’s been done to him (if you don’t know what that is READ THE BOOKS! They’re so good!) he always wants to protect her and put her first. Honestly, the relationship between Scarlet and Wolf is probably my favorite of the series and if I didn’t love Marissa Meyer so much I might hate her for all the crap she put them through.

Still, I absolutely love Scarlet and Wolf and Wolf is just an all around amazing guy.

Swoonworthy Line:

“I think I realized I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”

Dreamcast: Tyler Posey

Book Review: Scarlet

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Synopsis from Amazon:

Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison―even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does―in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

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.

*Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t read Cinder, the first novel in the Lunar Chronicles.*

I love how this whole series is retelling of fairy tales. Scarlet is Red Riding Hood, which is emphasized by the fact that Scarlet has red hair and always wears a red hoodie. Plus, the male lead in this novel is named Wolf…for reasons.

To be honest, at first I was annoyed by this book because all I wanted to know was what was happening with Cinder and if she escaped from prison but instead this novel starts off with Scarlet. I quickly grew to like Scarlet, though, and realized my only prejudice was that she wasn’t Cinder. Once I was over that I realized that Scarlet is a BAMF and I liked that the story switched between following her and following Cinder, while also throwing some flashes of Prince Kai and other characters.

This novel follows Scarlet, who lies in a small town in France, as she tries to find her grandmother who went missing a few weeks ago. The cops believe Scarlet’s grandma probably just left on her own accord but Scarlet knows that’s not true. While looking for clues, Scarlet meets Wolf who may be the key to finding her grandmother, but Wolf has his own secrets that may ’cause Scarlet more harm than good.

Meanwhile, Cinder, of course, escapes, otherwise this series would’ve been much shorter. This isn’t a big spoiler but if you absolutely don’t want to know anything stop reading here.

Cinder teams up with another inmate, Captain Thorne, who’s hot and cocky and I love him. Working together they make their escape and Cinder decides they need to head to Europe to discover more about what happened to her.

I really liked how Marissa Meyer set up this novel and how she eventually brings Cinder and Scarlet together. There were definitely moments where I either wanted to jump back to Scarlet’s storyline or jump back to Cinder’s. It’s such a relief when they finally converge together and I’m not looking forward to the emotional roller coaster that Cress will surely put me on.

Who am I kidding? I’m totally excited.

Honestly though, Meyer did a good jump of switching between point of views. This novel is still in close third person, which I think was the best way to go with this novel. I also liked that we got to see another country in this futuristic world. In most dystopian novels we only ever get to see America so it’s interesting in this novel that we’ve seen two different countries and neither one of them are America. I dig it.

If you haven’t read these books yet I definitely recommend it. They’re a must read.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”

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