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Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  500 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by First Second
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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
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. Seems like everything this publisher puts out is juvenile. Seemed like a monster story for kids. Fast paced and basic.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 Nimona), 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
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kid
I must confess, Victorian-era/Steampunk is one of my favorite aesthetics. So I, seeing a book set in Victorian era England with a spunky redhead who hunts monsters with the aid of her butler? I'm sold.
Scarlett Hart is the last of the Hart dynasty, a family who's been reknown for their monster hunting prowess, and Scarlett seeks to follow in her dearly departed parent's footsteps... But she's underaged.
Aided by her butler Napoleon, Scarlett goes out to hunt monsters that plague London, while the
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Fast-paced and fun, this graphic novel is a great choice for reluctant readers. The story's simple: underaged monster hunter Scarlett Hart hunts with her aged butler for support. Only a rival monster hunter keeps threatening to report her for the crime of underage monster hunting, but she can't stop because they're out of funds.

What story there is I enjoyed thoroughly, but the graphic novel's quite brief. As such, there's not really any depth to be had. I'd love to have learned more about her pa
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this middle-grade graphic novel. It sets the stage for some fun adventures for Scarlett and Napoleon in future books. Scarlett is a worthy heroine and up to the challenge of monster hunting. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a good adventure story and plenty of monsters - of all kinds.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher First Second for providing an early copy of this book for an honest review.
Elisa The-Bookie-Monster
I just really did not like the art, I couldn't focus on the story because the art style was so distracting.
Tena Edlin
Fun, quick read. Kind of like if Batman were a teenage girl. Action-packed, and I learned a new word, too: impecunious!
Derek Royal
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This strikes me as a fun read, and possibly series, for younger (probably middle school) readers.
Teresa Grabs
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting graphic novel about Scarlett Hart and her butler Napoleon who hunt monsters. Quick read with great illustrations. I would love to read another adventure with these two.
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
What caught my attention about Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter were the names of the author and illustrator. Both I've heard of so I decided to give this graphic novel a try. Besides, who doesn't fancy a little monster hunting action? ;)

I enjoyed the illustrations but the storyline felt disjointed at times. I sometimes found myself struggling to connect how one panel jumped to the next. The transitions just didn't feel very smooth. This ties together with some confusion regarding the story. Though
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017

Thought the cover looked interesting on this one so I requested it on Netgalley. I really it in a day and would be happy to continue with the series. It was a fun read, I think it needed a little more character build but overall fun. I loved Scarlett and the idea of her being a young (which isn’t allowed) monster hunter. The graphics in the novel were ok pretty good for an ARC, not sure if that would be the final art but even if not I liked it.

This was a fun read, it’s good for YA and adult, I

laurel [suspected bibliophile]
What a kick-ass, adorable graphic novel!

Scarlett Hart and her butler-sidekick, Napoleon, are continuing in the Hart monster-hunting tradition-even though it's technically illegal since Scarlett is underage. Despite Scarlett's prowess as a monster-hunter, the dastardly "Count" Stankovic and his underling keep poaching her kills! But is the count just stinky . . . or is he putrid? Only Scarlett and Napoleon can stop him before it's too late!

This middle-grade fantasy/steampunk graphic novel kept me
Illiana Villarreal
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with this ARC for my unbiased review.

The story was too disjointed and the dialogue was way to forced…fake…wrong? The dialogue felt forced, the way the characters interacted was superficial and I didn’t feel any connection with them. I guess since I am used to reading manga’s and the character development takes time (sometimes several chapters/books), so I was surprised that this story didn’t really focus on any of that. I couldn’t even finish reading the stor
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I mistakenly wrote my previous review based on a different book. I'm so sorry. My daughters were confused when I originally asked. I have since changed my rating to 5 stars based on my daughters' opinions. They both LOVED this book and are already asking me to find out if the author is writing another book. Great job entertaining my girls! They love graphic novel style books to read in their free time.
Monster hunting isn’t necessarily a new idea, but this felt like a fresh take.

It was a completely enjoyable book, though some of the dialogue and art seemed like it was in draft form. And why were the word balloons twice as big as they needed to be? They took up so much room with their white space.

But I really liked it and would recommend it - for late elementary on up.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-blog
The orphaned child of famed monster hunters, Scarlett Hart wants desperately to follow in their footsteps. She has their gadgets and their butler. She has the will to face down everything from grim hounds to dragons. The most dangerous challenge she faces though might be her parents’ old rival, Count Stankovic. His focus switched to her, the Count constantly rats her out to the watch and, worse yet, steals the credit for her kills. He’s up to something more than that though, something that threa ...more
I have the United Kingdom on the brain these days. First, there’s the royal wedding this Saturday (I’ve been invited to an early-morning watch party, and I’m making a Victoria Sponge). Second, next Saturday I’m headed to Scotland with my mom for a 12-day tour/adventure (!!!). And thirdly, I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor’s England-set middle grade graphic novel Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter.

As you can tell from the title, this is the story of Scarlett Hart
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 1.5 of 5

Ummmmm... no.

I've tried to be a little pickier about the graphic novels I request and review, but since I'm not really familiar with a lot of the authors and artists working in the graphic novel industry today, occasionally one slips by me that doesn't appeal on any level. Such as this one.

Scarlett Hart is a teen (or pre-teen?) and comes from a family of monster hunters. She is determined to prove that she is ready to fig
This graphic novel seems like it is an introductory edition to a 'Monster Hunter' series, featuring young, orphaned, bratty-with-something-to-prove Scarlett, her underappreciated butler, unexplained monsters roaming the world, and an uninspired, cookie cutter nemesis.

The premise? Scrappy orphaned daughter of two famous monster hunters tries to prove her worth as a monster hunter with the help of servants who have been with her family since she was a baby. Opposing her are monsters, the letter of
I'd read more of this book if it became a series since I liked the storyline even though I'd like further development and I'm always a fan of a yarn featuring a kick-ass female protagonist. Although Scarlett Hart misses her famed monster-hunting parents, she is clearly loved by her butler and crime-fighting partner, Napoleon White and his wife. But their economic situation is precarious, and she earns money by fighting the monsters that plague the area. She's good at what she does, but she's als ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Scartlett Heart sounded quite awesome, since girls battling monsters is always needed. There're not so many comics like this, so I was intrigued, but sadly so let down. Scarlett is an orphaned girl and her parents were known monster hunters and thus she wants to follow in their footsteps. She meets monster wit her aid Napoleon in order to destroy their arch nemesis Count Stankovic. The adventures don't seem that related and mostly the problem is that they aren't so interesting either. The comic ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Sedgwick, Marcus Scarlett Hart Monster Hunter 192 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second, 2018. $15. Language: G 0 swears) ; Mature Content: PG (tries to order alcohol at bar, lots of gun violence); Violence: G.

Scarlett is determined to do what her parents did (before they died) which is to hunt monsters for bounty. Along with the butler, Napoleon, they seek out monsters of all kinds, then turn them in for money. But technically she is too young to be employed this way. So her parents rival Count St
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea ...more