Title: Mission Gone Wild
Author: Tamsin Cooke
Series: The Scarlet Files #2
Genre: Children’s/MG Paranormal Adventure
Age Range: 10+
Schoolgirl by day, cat burglar by night…
Scarlet McCall is on her most dangerous mission yet. A cursed dagger has fallen into the hands of master criminal, Delgado. Now Scar must retrieve it before Delgado unleashes its power with a deadly sacrifice. It’s a daring mission, but Scar is no ordinary thief: she has new found magical abilities. The problem is, she can’t always control them.
Can Scar use her stealth, cunning, and mysterious powers to steal the dagger, and be back in time for school on Monday?
Source: Review copy from Oxford Children’s Books via Amazon Vine
It seems despite all of Scar’s clever thinking, sneaking skills and new found shape-shifting abilities, she hasn’t learnt a thing from her previous adventure, because the beginning of this book finds Scarlet once again thinking she knows better than her father and completely ignoring his instructions. Yes, yes, she’s all very clever and capable and managed to rescue her father on her own, but he doesn’t know that. And she knows he doesn’t, because she’s the one who made him forget.
In other words, Scarlet’s inability to learn patience rather annoyed me in this book. In fact, her lack of patience is rather a running theme. But it does mean that the adventure comes thick and fast, with Scar constantly getting into trouble and needing to find a way out. Luckily for her, Ethan is once again along for the ride, and much more confident in himself this time.
Aside from cat burglary, this book also deals with hunting of critically endangered species, the illegal fur trade and Aztec magic alongside more everyday teenage concerns such as a new relationship for Scar’s father and bullying at school. It neatly mixes the magical with the mundane in an exciting, fast-paced read. I like that Scar’s shape-shifting abilities don’t come easily to her and there’s plenty of potential for further adventures in the future.
In all this is a good follow up to the first book. My eleven-year-old niece loves the series and can’t wait to read the next one – and I can easily see why.
Mission Gone Wild is Out Now.
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