Review: Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter
It’s never easy living up to your parents’ legacy, or any one in your family’. Growing up to a West Indian Father and an Asian Mother, their standards were high in my mind and their “no BS” filters usually meant I could not get away with anything. As I grew older, I started to see the influence both had over our families and their friends. I look back now and see how much they not only influenced those around them, but the indelible marks they left on each of them not including me and my sibling.
This became even more apparent, after my mother passed, as we found out that she more than mother to many people, she was a “light in the dark”, for those that know her outside our immediate circle. This standard is something me and my sister, will never be able to touch, maybe in our lifetime, but no time soon. This struggle is not isolated to my family, but children all over the world, as when we realize who our parents are, we either are disappointed or even more in awe, as we feel lucky, but of course not when you are an adolescent. In the devilishly good Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, we find one young lady who is struggling to find her way in this world while struggling with the natural gifts she inherits from her parents.
We open on a monster attack that takes the life of a sailor, this prompts Scarlett hart on the scene with the help of her assistant, Napoleon. Of course, she is not the only monster hunter in town as her rival, is The Count, who looks to steal the monster from Scarlett, and offers a distraction, an innocent bystander, to distract her from capturing the monster and looks to get Scarlett in trouble. Her and Napoleon retreat to her home, Ravenwood Hall, where we find out more both, but especially about Scarlett’s and her long proud family history of monster hunters. We are also introduced the Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities, the place where all the monster hunters find their fresh leads on the latest monster sightings, where everyone seem to be gunning for Scarlett, who most think is not up to par, as compared to her parents, whose death and legacy are at odds with each other, as it mostly remains unsolved. The reader goes along with Scarlett and Napoleon as they embark on their many hunting jobs, as each one is more dangerous than the other. By book’s end, Scarlett and Napoleon uncover a grand conspiracy of one of the hunters creating monsters, only to hunt them and get a reward for doing so.
Overall, an entertaining book which tackles everything supernatural and anything classified as a monster. The story by Marcus Sedgwick is funny, multifaceted and enjoyable. The art by Thomas Taylor is gorgeous. Altogether, one of better books for children that adults will also will find to be a fun read.
Story: Marcus Sedgwick Art: Thomas Taylor
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy