Scarlet Discovers True Strength is the fifth book in the Star Darlings series. The book before it was Vega and the Fashion Disaster, and the book that follows it is Cassie Comes Through.

An audio version of Scarlet Discovers True Strength can be found here.


Scarlet has been keeping to herself. But she is convinced that her removal from the Star Darlings was a terrible mistake. With Vega's help she starts an investigation. Meanwhile, Ophelia is chosen to go on a Wishworld mission, for which she is hopelessly unprepared. Will Scarlet be the one to rescue Ophelia and the mission?

The story begins with Scarlet sitting next to her window in her new dorm room. She overhears Cassie and Sage talking about Leona's failed mission and Vega hearing from Scarlet. Then her new roommate comes in, disguised as her grandmother and tries to fool Scarlet. Scarlet isn't tricked and her roommate, Mira takes off her costume. Suddenly, Scarlet gets a text from Vega, telling her she's already at the Maze, their meeting place.

When Scarlet gets to the maze, she and Vega start talking. Vega asks where Scarlet's been and asks if Scarlet wants to hear about her mission, and begins going on and on, until Scarlet chastises her for not caring that Scarlet got kicked out and couldn't go on one herself. Then Vega apologizes and asks if she invited her to the maze to rejoin the band. Then Scarlet gets angry and says she doesn't want to talk about that either. Vega asks what she wants to talk about. Scarlet remarks that it is not right that Ophelia replaced her. Vega reluctantly agrees stating that she has been wondering about her herself. She states that Ophelia was so far behind. Which made sense at the beginning but she still wasn't catching up. Vega even states that Ophelia can't manipulate a single watt of energy.