Wednesday 25 August 2010

Review and Giveaway: Scarlett Dedd by Cathy Brett.

For review: Headline. Published 2 September 2010
From Goodreads: You're dead Scarlett...Previously a poor taste jibe from school frenemies, now a statement of fact. Scarlett is absolutely mortified (in more ways than one) to discover that she's accidentally killed herself while trying to get out of a school trip. Even worse, she's taken her entire family with her. Life as a ghost is pretty dull - if only some of her friends were dead too...

When Scarlett accidentally kills herself and her whole family in a botched attempt to make herself ill in order to avoid a week long school trip, she finds being dead is a bit lonely! Missing her friends so badly she starts to think it would be a great idea if she could arrange it so they can join her...

I liked how the story was written in third person. This worked well as it meant we get to hear from all the characters - I really liked the banter between her friends as well as Scarlett's interactions with her family. We also get the added bonus of Scarlett's blog - I loved these excerpts and her voice. The story itself was good fun and I loved all the ghostly shenanigans - all superbly brought to life by Brett's wonderful illustrations.

I really love the combination of text and illustrations and think it works extraordinarily well to create a book that is unique and appealing. There is definitely a quirkiness in the overall package, as well as in Cathy Brett's writing that makes this really fun to read. I must say I did get a few strange looks while I was reading pages 164 and 165 and had to turn the book around in circles to read it but I really enjoyed that aspect of it - it made the book feel interactive and a slightly different reading experience.

I'm hoping this might become a series as I would love to catch up with Scarlett again. In the meantime, I think I will have to get myself a copy of Ember Fury to enjoy!

Thanks to Headline I have an extra copy of Scarlett Dedd to giveaway. If you would like to win a copy please fill in the form below. Contest details are below:)

Contest is open to EVERYONE.
You don't need to be a follower of my blog to enter.
Deadline is 31 August 2010.
Prize will be sent out by me.

Good Luck:)



So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Ember Fury is brilliant. You should definitely get yourself a copy.

prophecygirl said...

I enjoyed this one too, though pages 164 and 165 were pretty hard to read! I loved Scarlett's friends too, what cool names they have!

Ember Fury is also great - I hope you like it when you read it. :)

sRy_ said...

yes, part novel, part comic, you'll enjoy EF!
thanks for make this giveaway :)

Unknown said...

This definitely deserves marks for originality!

StephTheBookworm said...

This sounds like a BLAST and I love the cover!

Sarah said...

This one sounds like so much fun to read! Definitely one for my wishlist :o) Great review & thanks for hosting the giveaway

Lauren said...

This does sound really fun, and I love the sound of the quirkiness to it. Great review, Sammee. I'm intrigued!

Jazz said...

I'm hearing good things about this novel, and your review has made me even more intrigued. This is a cool blog and a great giveaway idea, so big thank you.


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