Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Scarlett Dedd by Cathy Brett


Scarlett Dedd by Cathy Brett

Review by Lauren

Source: library, but all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Meet Scarlett Dedd. Scarlett is absolutely mortified (in more ways than one) to discover that she's accidentally killed herself trying to get out a school trip. Even worse, she's taken her entire family with her! Left in limbo, bored to death and fearing her friendless state is terminal, an ominous idea pops into Scarlett's head. Can Scarlett really execute her grim plan? Or will it turn out to be a fatal and very messy mistake?

Review: This is the second book by Brett that I've read (the first being Ember Fury). Both books are a bit weird, but a lot of fun too. I like the set up of the book a lot. It includes many black and white illustrations throughout and even some of the narration is written in a fun way to fit what is currently happening in the book. As for the actual story, I liked it overall since it was different and quick, but there were aspects I wasn't entirely interested in.


The "ominous idea" that the summary talks about above is quite dark and not exactly something I approved of, but it made sense in certain ways. Then again, the end of the book is something I pretty much saw coming, so no surprise there! I just wished Scarlett figured it out earlier.

I did like her family though. When Scarlett accidentally kills herself, she also takes her parents and younger brother with her. They seem fairly okay being dead and stuck in limbo though. They all continue to dabble in the things they love and use their "dead-ness" to create some awesome art.



The main part of the story mostly follows two thugs who are trying to steal from Scarlett's uncle, whose house they live in. Her uncle is alive but not living at his home, so the thugs believe they can easily get the money they are owed. Of course they aren't expecting a group of Scarlett's friends to be using her house as a hang-out, or the fact that a whole family is dead and ready to haunt the premises if needed.

Sorry if the overall summary is a bit confusing, but I did my best without giving too much away. In all, I like Brett's style and I think her books are fun. Ember Fury is my favorite of these two so far, but I'm definitely going to read more by this author.

20 comments:

Melliane said...

It's interesting to follow dead characters there. I also relly like the pictures so I confess I'm intrigued. I don't read a lot of books like that because it's finally expensive but I should try a little more.

Christy @ Love of Books said...

What the heck ... this sounds so dark. I love it!

Jasprit said...

I agree this book does sound really different to a lot of the books that I've seen out there. I'm glad that you were able to enjoy this overall!

Emily @ Forever Literary said...

The premise of this book sounds absolutely horrifying! I can't imagine much worse than accidentally killing myself - words cannot express the regret and self-loathing that would result. The story does sound weird, but I'm glad you liked it despite the drawbacks. The illustrations look fun - I like the way the "BANG" is slamming into the rest of the text. I'm definitely intrigued by this book - thanks for putting it on my radar!

Erika Sorocco said...

I'm loving the illustrations! The premise sounds intriguing as well.

xx

Liviania said...

Interesting. Although I am curious about how you accidentally kill yourself and your family.

Krysten Quiles said...

Oooh sounds very dark!

Tracy Terry said...

Loving the cover but alas I fear this might be a bit too weird for my taste.

Kindlemom said...

I think I like that you described this as weird yet fun.

A Voracious Reader said...

It does sound interesting. I'll to give it a look-see.

Andrea Thompson said...

Oh gosh, this does sound weird. But really interesting too. Thanks for sharing, Lauren!

Zoe N. said...

This sounds really weird...but intriguing too! :) I'm glad you found it to be a fun read, even if the summary was a bit misleading. Thanks for sharing Lauren! <3

~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

Aneeqah said...

You did such an awesome job explaining a concept that's so confusing, Lauren! <3 Despite you not liking some aspects, I'm glad things made sense. Even though you liked this author's book better, I'm glad you enjoyed enough that you'll still be trying some other works by this author! <3

Lovely review!!

Kristen said...

This one looks like a fun read, I may have to see if my library has it. Seems like my type of book and I do appreciate when you don't reveal too much. :)

kimbacaffeinate said...

I love the darker tones this seems to take, call me creepy but I love the sound of this!

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

This definitely sounds up my alley! It's been on my radar, but I'm not sure why I haven't gotten my grubby little hands on it yet. Maybe I just needed a reminder? Thanks!

Hilda K said...

Whoa! This book seems like a crazy ride. The whole premise is very strange, yet I found myself interested in the story! I think I'd give this book to my younger cousins - I'm sure they'd appreciate the gritty tone and humor much more than I would haha. xD

Great review, Lauren! :)

Alexia561 said...

Great review! Haven't heard of this one before, but definitely sounds intriguing! I like the illustrations, and the premise sounds good too. Love weird stuff like this!

Lauren D. said...

This sounds really bizarre and dark but in a cool way! I want to give this a try, thanks for introducing me to it!

Lauren D. said...

This sounds really bizarre and dark but in a cool way! I want to give this a try, thanks for introducing me to it!