Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter

Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter

Scarlett Hart, orphaned daughter of two legendary monster hunters, is determined to carry on in her parents’ footsteps—even if the Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities says she’s too young to fight perilous horrors. But whether it's creepy mummies or a horrid hound, Scarlett won’t back down, and with the help of her loyal butler and a...

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Title:Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter
Author:Marcus Sedgwick
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Edition Language:English

Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter Reviews

  • Nori

    I really enjoyed this one. I read it in one sitting.

    Really, the only thing that would make it better is more background. More background on the world filled with monsters. More background on the characters. I don’t even know the main character that well. However, I loved her. Young girl fighting monsters, despite fears, underage laws, and bad guys? Yes, I’m in.

    On the other hand, it felt like I was kinda reading a comic book, versus a graphic novel. A comic book actually designed for girls. Sca

    I really enjoyed this one. I read it in one sitting.

    Really, the only thing that would make it better is more background. More background on the world filled with monsters. More background on the characters. I don’t even know the main character that well. However, I loved her. Young girl fighting monsters, despite fears, underage laws, and bad guys? Yes, I’m in.

    On the other hand, it felt like I was kinda reading a comic book, versus a graphic novel. A comic book actually designed for girls. Scarlett was a young Bruce Wayne, for sure. She even had her Alfred. And I guess comic books get background within many installments -not all in the beginning. I hope this gets more installments.

    It was just so much fun watching Scarlett take down monsters.

  • Brittney

    A superbly English supernatural romp featuring a young monster hunter and her faithful butler as they bring down fearsome beasts for profit and tangle with their nemesis. Elements of dieselpunk, Lovecraft, and cryptozoology (gotta love an appearance by Black Shuck!). As with all the Marcus Sedgwick books I’ve read, this one has a great time doing its own weird thing, with no mind paid for fitting into the rest of his oeuvre, and I had a great time reading it. Perfect for young graphic novel read

    A superbly English supernatural romp featuring a young monster hunter and her faithful butler as they bring down fearsome beasts for profit and tangle with their nemesis. Elements of dieselpunk, Lovecraft, and cryptozoology (gotta love an appearance by Black Shuck!). As with all the Marcus Sedgwick books I’ve read, this one has a great time doing its own weird thing, with no mind paid for fitting into the rest of his oeuvre, and I had a great time reading it. Perfect for young graphic novel readers with an eye for macabre adventure.

  • The Library Ladies

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    Rarely can you find an author who can jump from genre to genre with ease. A lot stick within their strengths, which may be limited to one or two genres. It’s true that sometimes you get some who can shift between them and be strong in all of them (Stephen King and J.K. Rowling come to mind for me), but I wouldn’t necessarily expect it of an author, great ones included. So Marcus Sedgwick just keeps completely surprising me. He has written dark fanta

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    Rarely can you find an author who can jump from genre to genre with ease. A lot stick within their strengths, which may be limited to one or two genres. It’s true that sometimes you get some who can shift between them and be strong in all of them (Stephen King and J.K. Rowling come to mind for me), but I wouldn’t necessarily expect it of an author, great ones included. So Marcus Sedgwick just keeps completely surprising me. He has written dark fantasy (“Midwinterblood”), straight up horror (“White Crow”), speculative Science Fiction (“The Ghosts of Heaven”), and realistic crime fiction with a literary zest (“Saint Death”). And he does a good job in all of them. Now we can add children’s graphic fantasy to his already impressive list of genre jumping, with “Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter”. Given that the last book I read by him was the brutal and violent and depressing “Saint Death”, I thought that he couldn’t POSSIBLY make a realistic shift to a fun fantasy for children.

    And yet “Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter” is exactly that. Scarlett is a mix of Anne Shirley and Buffy Summers, as she’s a plucky monster hunter with a lot of heart but also a bit of sad baggage. She is determined to follow in the footsteps of her parents, both renowned monster hunters in their own right who died in the line of duty, but is too young according to The Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities (T.R.A.P.E.Z.E.). With the help of her guardian/former servant Napoleon White she breaks the rules, wanting to make her parents proud. I loved Scarlett, for her tenacity and her recklessness, and I loved how she and Napoleon banter and work together in their monster hunting. Napoleon himself is a fun stereotype/send up of the stuffy Gilded Age British butler, with his worry about the state of his car and restrained frustration with Scarlett’s antics. Their interactions are both funny and sweet, and you get a good sense of both their motivations and devotions to her late parents as well as his devotion to her because of a sort of surrogate parental instinct. It’s very Buffy and Giles.

    The monsters themselves are pretty standard villains, but they have some fun tweaks and twists added to them. We’ve all heard of the Hound of the Baskervilles Church Grims, and mummys and gargoyles. But while they are presented as menacing and definitely scary, the tone is lighthearted enough that kids who may not like scary things will probably be able to enjoy the monster hunts themselves. The true villains of this story are Count Stankovic, who was the arch rival of Scarlett’s parents and hates her just as much, and, in some ways, society. T.R.A.P.E.Z.E. is a very strict group, seeming to be mirrored off of old Victorian secret societies that you might see in other books like this, and one of the rules is that Scarlett is too young to officially hunt, under threat of punishment if she is caught. But given that is her main source of income now that she has been orphaned, she has little choice, especially since women during this time period (Victorian? Edwardian? I’m not totally certain) really didn’t have many options if they were on their own. Seeing her fight against norms of the society she lives in is fun and encouraging, and I think that a lot of people, kids and teens alike, will find a lot to relate to with her.

    I also really enjoyed the artwork for this book. It’s cartoony enough to be entertaining to the audience it’s written for, but there is a lot of depth to it as well. I’m not too surprised, given that Thomas Taylor was the original artist for the cover of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in the U.K. He’s made a career for himself beyond that, but he was the first. And his talents are definitely on display in this book.

    “Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter” is a comic that I think will be perfect for end of summer reading for kids and teens alike. Heck, if stories about spunky orphans getting into some daring do is your thing, you’ll probably like it too! Marcus Sedgwick has now branched his writing talents into the middle grade community, and I think that he is going to fit in just swimmingly!

  • Julia

    The premise to this Graphic Novel was good, the first few pages introducing Scarlett, her sidekick, her profession, and her archrival were good. Then the storyline got clunky. To me it felt like a young Sherlock Holmes got mashed up with a Victorian Lara Croft.

    Still, I can imagine that kids will like it.

    This review is based on a NetGalley ARC.

  • Kelly

    This was a fun, thrilling adventure story following a rambunctious young heroine, Scarlett Hart, who is determined to be the next best monster hunter and honor her parents' legacy. But her nemesis doggedly tries to deter her at every chance he gets.

    While I enjoyed the characters, especially Scarlett and her firm persistence (which was reminiscent of

    ), I was not super impressed by the plot of this graphic novel. The story felt a bit generic. The individual monster huntings felt like small

    This was a fun, thrilling adventure story following a rambunctious young heroine, Scarlett Hart, who is determined to be the next best monster hunter and honor her parents' legacy. But her nemesis doggedly tries to deter her at every chance he gets.

    While I enjoyed the characters, especially Scarlett and her firm persistence (which was reminiscent of

    ), I was not super impressed by the plot of this graphic novel. The story felt a bit generic. The individual monster huntings felt like small pieces of an episode, but there was not as much of an overarching direction, other than the motivation of mere survival.

    I think the visual format worked well for this story and made it all more exciting!

    Even though I found some elements were lacking, I believe it will be entertaining and fitting for middle grade adventure story lovers.

    ***I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    ***This review is also posted on Amazon and

  • Alyssa

    2.5 stars. While I enjoyed the premise of this graphic novel and thought the artwork was fun, ultimately it didn't grab me as much as I wanted it to. The story line and dialogue often felt a little clunky and existed in this weird space of sometimes too cheeky or too dark. It was like the story couldn't decide on what type of mood it wanted to portray. That being said, I think my students will enjoy it, especially if it is the beginning of a Scarlett Hart monster fighting series.

  • Murray

    Marcus Sedgwick a Printz award winning YA novelist takes her turn at a children's graphic novel. Scarlett a monster hunter for T.R.A.P.E.Z.E. (The Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities). She and her butler Napoleon search out various monsters and ghosts to capture in return for money, but she has two problems. She's too young to be hunting monster, according to the law, and her nemesis Count Stankovic always seems to get there before she does. A steampunkish

    Marcus Sedgwick a Printz award winning YA novelist takes her turn at a children's graphic novel. Scarlett a monster hunter for T.R.A.P.E.Z.E. (The Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities). She and her butler Napoleon search out various monsters and ghosts to capture in return for money, but she has two problems. She's too young to be hunting monster, according to the law, and her nemesis Count Stankovic always seems to get there before she does. A steampunkish adventure story well illustrated by Thomas Taylor. My one issue with the book was that the dialogue seemed a bit stilted, like a Geronimo Stilton or Scooby Doo story, which are geared more for 2-3rd graders, but this book's target audience is middle grade readers (4-8th grade), so older readers might want something more engaging.

  • Paul

    This is a quick read with fun steampunk elements and monsters of all shapes of gory attacks. Although the set-up is a bit overdone, I think the character of Scarlett has a good edge and some memorable lines. Cool weapons and gadgets add to the excitement.

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  • Veronica

    ARC via Netgalley. This book was just... not good. I kept waiting for a twist or surprise or anything to make the incredibly obvious plot more interesting, but it never happened. Orphan monster hunter girl hunts monsters. Bad guys oppose her. She triumphs with the aid of her loyal retainers. That's it. The art was not good. There was just nothing redeeming about the book. It was boring and predictable. I expected better of Marcus Sedgwick.

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