- The quotes. At the onset of each "book" within the novel is a quote from the original "Little Red Riding Hood" tale. This helped tie the books together well and was just a very cute way to separate sections of the novel.
- The pace. Unlike "Cinder", the first book in this series, "Scarlet" grabbed my attention from the very first page. The action scenes were well-written and the parallel plots came together rather well (if a little predictably). I really could not put this book down, it was so wonderful.
- Wolf. I am not one to swoon over fictional characters, but if ever there was a male fictional lead to swoon over, Wolf is it! He's complicated, caring, mysterious, scruffy--the boy's got it all! And his interactions with Scarlet are so sweet and genuine.
- Scarlet and her shotgun. Scarlet won my heart from the very beginning when she put the drunks in their place by standing on a bar and ripping TV cables out of the ceiling. She grows more and more likable as the novel progresses--showing off her piloting skills and taking down bad guys with a shotgun. I loved how Meyer skillfully balanced Scarlet's independent, badass side with her sweet, loving side; it gave her character a lot of depth.
- The Cinder plot line. I loved the plot line in this book involving Scarlet and Wolf. The same can't be said for the continuation of the Cinder plot line from book one. I don't find Cinder likable as a character--she whines a lot and, even when given a ridiculous amount of evidence, takes an inordinate amount of time to come to logical conclusions. On top of that, things always seem to fall a little too neatly into place for her, which is frustrating.
4.5 - I absolutely loved this book. Wolf and Scarlet were amazing characters; the book had wonderful pace and exciting action scenes from cover to cover. My only issues were with Cinder herself and the plot line revolving around her.