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Scarlet - Marissa Meyer I'm giving away a SIGNED copy of Scarlet on my blog here. Ends March 15. My Rating: 5.0 Scarlet is the second book I've given 5 stars to, ever, Anna and the French Kiss being the first one. Like Anna and the French Kiss, Scarlet has a flaw, but the overall book is just so good that I could care less. If you had asked me right after I read Cinder the first time if I thought that I'll like the sequel to Cinder, my answer would definitely be no. However, after re-reading Cinder and enjoying it a lot more, I gave Scarlet a chance, and boy, I'm so glad I did. This time, instead of only focusing on Cinder, Scarlet focuses on both Cinder and Scarlet (who is based on little Red Riding Hood if the cover alone didn't make you realize that). Scarlet reminds me of Raye from Sailor Moon. They are both headstrong, stubborn, and mouthy, but you can't help but love them anyway. There were moments where I was cheering for Scarlet and other moments where I just wanted to tug all my hair out because of her. And Iko. Oh my goodness, I didn't think that she would ever appear in Scarlet, but she did! (Yay!) You wouldn't ever guess what role Iko plays in Scarlet in a million years, but man, what Iko did in the end was pure genius. Yes, you're so smart Iko. I obtained my copy of Scarlet from a book signing in NYC where Marissa Meyer was, and one thing she mentioned was how she shuffled the chapters of Scaret around so each character wouldn't outshine the other. I think she did this perfectly - while I was reading a chapter focused on Cinder, I wasn't hoping for a chapter focused on Scarlet to appear in the next chapter, I was just enjoying what character I was reading about at that particular moment. It takes hard work to pull that off, and believe me, Marissa Meyer sure managed to pull it off. There were also so many plot twists in Scarlet that I didn't see coming, and boy, that is so rare for me. I can spot a plot twist a mile away and easily predict it (which was why I didn't like Cinder the first time). Marissa Meyer threw at least two crazy plot twists at me, leaving me feeling empty and thinking but that wasn't supposed to happen! How is she going to solve this?! and reading on to find out what Marissa had up her sleeves. Let's just say I'm pretty happy on how Scarlet ended. And just a side note, page 203 is the page where I recognized Marissa Meyer's true geniusness. Seriously. Overall, if you haven't read Cinder yet, then what are you waiting for? Go grab your own copy now! If you haven't read Scarlet yet, but have read Cinder before, I recommend you read The Queen's Army first before starting Scarlet. And now, off to wishing Cress would come out asap....ohdamnbooks: scarlet