Hey There, Little Red Riding Hood: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

February 15, 2013 Dystopian, Fairy Tales 17

Happy Friday Bookworms!

It’s time to delve back into the wonder that is Project Fairy Tale. I’ve mentioned that the lovely Alison at The Cheap Reader is hosting this event, but I should also mention that my pal Quirky Chrissy (who I know in real life and EVERYTHING) is also participating by dissecting Rumpelstiltskin. Check them out if you’re so inclined. Now, without further ado…


Remember back a couple of weeks ago when I reviewed Cinder by Marissa Meyer? The cyborg Cinderella? Of COURSE you remember that. Who could forget? Meyer came back for round two of her fractured fairy tale world of wonder with Scarletwhich is based on my number one girl, Little Red Riding Hood. It’s going to be really hard to not spoil Cinder for you, since this is a sequel, so if you haven’t read it yet and you want to be all surprised and stuff, stop reading this right now. I’m having guilt because I’m THE WORST at keeping spoilers quiet, and most of the time I ruin things without realizing it. Sorry y’all.

We start off by meeting our Little Red Riding Hood. Her name is Scarlet. She’s got red hair and she rocks a red hooded sweatshirt (dip dip dip sweeeeeatshirt sham-a-lama ding dong.) She’s lives with her Grand-Mere (FRENCH! I wish I knew how to make accent marks…) on their farm. They grow vegetables, and for some unearthly reason, milk the cows by hand. Personally, I don’t get that. They’ve got all these robots to work in the fields and stuff, but they’ve got to milk the cow themselves. My suspicious eyebrow is raised (his name is Johnny.) Anyhow, Scarlet’s granny has gone missing, and Scarlet sets out to find her with the help of a mysterious, brooding, and dishy street fighter named Wolf.


This cover art isn’t bad, but it’s really hard to compete with a bionic foot, you know?

Wolf’s an interesting fellow. He’s got jacked up teeth and a bit of a rage problem, but he’s also sweet and so innocent he’s never eaten a tomato. Why hasn’t he eaten a tomato? Isn’t that suspicious, Scarlet?! How does a HUMAN never eat a vegetable? Why aren’t you more concerned about this?! I know you want to find your grandmother, and I know Wolf is kind of hot, but DAMN GIRL! Listen to the little voice in your head when it tells you something weird is going on. Of course, that’s actually a pretty faithful adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood, because traditionally, Lil’ Red can’t tell her granny from a wolf in a nightgown. At least Scarlet is packing heat. She may be naive, but she carries a pistol (with a legal permit, of course.)

Every so often, we jog back to visit with Cinder. We get to watch her do badass robot things like break out of prison and hijack a space ship, which is nice, because the primary concern in this world is still defeating and/or thwarting the evil moon queen. SPOILER: she may or may not still be up to her dastardly deeds. SPOILER: She is. SPOILER: When you have an established villain and a major character goes missing, you should expect that they’ve got their wicked little lunar hands in it…

Mr. President, are you suggesting we blow up the moon?

Mr. President, are you suggesting we blow up the moon?

I’ve got to admit, I’m digging this crazy series. I’ll be looking forward to the conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles. What about you, bookworms? Anybody read this one yet?

17 Responses to “Hey There, Little Red Riding Hood: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer”

  1. Quirky Chrissy

    I am proud of myself to have skipped the spoilers entirely…But I totally want to read these stories now! 🙂 Game. On. PS: Thanks for the mad shout out.

  2. Darlene

    Have you thought about reading Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce? It is a modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. The cover looks pretty.:)

    • Words for Worms

      Sisters Red was initially on my list of things to read, but I don’t know if I’ll make it through what I’ve got planned already. It’s sort of a backup plan book for the moment.

  3. Alyssa

    First, I LOVED THIS BOOK SO HARD!! Second, this is an excellent review!! I laughed so hard here: “Why hasn’t he eaten a tomato? Isn’t that suspicious, Scarlet?! How does a HUMAN never eat a vegetable?” and I TOTALLY agree! Even though I was swooning and pretending not to care on the inside I was like uhmm Scar? Guy hasn’t eaten a pretty popular vegetable…RED FLAG OVER HERE! Third, Do you love Thorne? I loved him too and hope we see more of him in books 3 & 4!! Finally, WHEN IS CRESS OUT AGAIN??!

    • Words for Worms

      Hahaha yes! I totally think Thorne is being set up as a love interest for a future character. Really, how could he not be? He’s far too charming a character not to be among our “Prince Charmings” don’t you think?

  4. Sunny

    I cannot wait to read this one! I have this one almost to me thanks to a giveaway so I can’t wait even more. You word things so well with how you described everything, great review! I hear such great things about Wolf. Ah, so excited!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

  5. Quinn

    Oh yeah, Scarlet was amazing! I am still so surprised about how much I love The Lunar Chronicles. I like Scarlet;s cover, but I agree, the bionic foot on the cover of Cinder better.

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