Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic, kick-butt, Muslim American heroine, ready to take on crime in her hometown of Las Almas. When a new case finds the private eye caught up in a centuries-old battle of evil genies and ancient curses, Scarlett discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks – and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father’s murder.
Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.
First Sentence: The kid was cute.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
My first thought when I first saw Scarlett Undercover was this book looks promising! Not only did Scarlett Undercover introduce a Muslim American heroine (yay for diversity!), it also promised to be like Veronica Mars, a show I absolutely adore. Plus, Scarlett Undercover also has a gorgeous red cover (red covers are my weakness when done right). I hoped I would enjoy Scarlett Undercover because how can a book like that not be awesome? I’m happy to say Scarlett Undercover definitely didn’t disappoint!
My tails were not.
…They weren’t keen on being seen, but I’d already ditched them once, and they didn’t look ready to let it happen again. I crossed the street, waited until they’d done the same, then crossed back, just to mess with them. (ARC 137)
Like I said above, Scarlett Undercover promised to be like Veronica Mars and it definitely kept that promise. Scarlett had Veronica Mars’ humor and snark, her take charge attitude, and her realistic look at life. Add the fact that Scarlett Undercover is a mystery book and it definitely gave off major Veronica Mars vibes. Even though Scarlett Undercover has very few fantasy elements to it, it didn’t affect the Veronica Mars vibe it gave off at all.
As I’ve mentioned before, Scarlett is a Muslim-American heroine (again, yay for diversity!). Throughout Scarlett Undercover, we see aspects of Scarlett’s religion. Scarlett prays, talks about how she’s supposed to act, and the kind of clothes she can wear. Scarlett also says some words in her language throughout the book, sometimes with no explanation of what they mean, which really annoyed me. Yes, I the type of person that’s too lazy to look up the words online.
There was a huge plot twist in Scarlett Undercover at the one-half mark of the book that I managed to predict when I was less than one-thirds into the book. However, there was another huge plot twist at the end of the book that I never saw coming until two to three pages before it actually happened. I usually predict plot twists coming a long time before they actually happen, but the end of Scarlett Undercover managed to actually surprise me.
“You’re not as tough as you think, Scarlet,” he said.
“And you’ve got a lot to learn.”
“I know.” (ARC 107)
After reading Scarlett Undercover, I still had some lingering questions on my mind, questions that were never answered in the book. I’m pretty sure Scarlett Undercover is a standalone, meaning that I may never get the answers that I want. That is the main reason why I couldn’t give Scarlett Undercover a rating of four stars or higher – I want some answers!
Overall, Scarlett Undercover is definitely a fun, sassy read that will keep you entertained into the dark hours of the night. If you’re a fan of Veronica Mars, you’ll definitely be a fan of Scarlett Undercover too.