Title: Scarlett Undercover
Author: Jennifer Latham
Publication Date: May 19th, 2015
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I was interested in this book from the moment I found out that Scarlett was Muslim American. I honestly don’t know much about that culture so I can’t comment to how accurately or inaccurately she was portrayed. But it was nice having a main character who was not white and from a different culture than my own, it’s made me more interested in more learning about it.
I did like Scarlett, she is spunky, sarcastic, smart, brave and caring. She is a bit impulsive, she jumps into things (usually to save someone) without a real concrete plan and improvises, things don’t usually turn out that well. She also has a pretty good supporting cast of POC people. There is a bit of romance, it’s not a big focus, it could have been developed a bit better but it’s a best friends to couple type. We do get a few scenes of Scarlett with her sister, Reem, I would have liked more of them together. I’d love to see more YA books focusing more on sibling relationships than romantic ones, though the latter wasn’t an issue in this one. Scarlett Undercover is a quick fun read with a diverse set of cast.
I received an ARC of this book from the Little Brown Books on Netgalley. This in no way affected my review.