mini-reviews // suite scarlett & scarlett fever by maureen johnson

30 May 2014

Series: Scarlett #1
Title: Suite Scarlett
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: November 7th 2013
Source // Format: For Review, Finished Copy
Find: Amazon | Goodreads
Summary: If living in a famous art deco hotel minutes away from Central Park sounds like your idea of a pretty sweet deal - you should talk to Scarlett Martin. Having a hotel for a home really isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when you've got no guests, no money and no prospects for any fun thanks to your parents putting you to work all summer. Luckily for Scarlett, the Hopewell is about to be shaken to its foundations with the arrival of Mrs Amberson, a glamorous travelling socialite who's planning on putting down some roots for a while - and hiring Scarlett as her assistant. With a new job, new friends, and (maybe) a new boyfriend on the horizon, Scarlett's summer is beginning to look a lot more interesting...-goodreads
Before reading Suite Scarlett, I had never read any of Maureen Johnson's books before [discounting her *short* story in Let It Snow], so although I had heard all good things about her writing, I had never really experienced it first-hand. Well, now I have, and I have a new favourite author. Maureen Johnson writes with a light and humorous hand, she moulds her characters with humour and wit, honesty and passion; she creates her plots in a blender mixed with comedy, emotion, heart-break, love, friendship and a quirky, unique aura that emanates from every page: in short, her novels are a burst of sunshine on a dreary, cold winter day - and you should go and read them.
Spencer, oh Spencer. He was probably my favourite character of them all and i loved him to pieces, unicycle, injury stunts and all; the only character i had my reservations about? Eric, but then: I'm always against the popular, handsome boys in all books I read, mostly; I wave my pom-poms for the underdog, but he hasn't arrived yet so I'm just observing. 
Series: Scarlett #2
Title: Scarlett Fever
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: July 3rd 2014
Source / Format: For Review, Finished Copy
Find: Amazon | Goodreads
Summary: Quite a bit has changed for Scarlett Martin over the last month. Mrs Amberson has moved down the street and opened the Amy Amberson Agency (AAA, frequently called by stranded motorists), and she's taken on Scarlett as her official assistant. Marlene seems to have had a personality transplant (she's being nice for once), Spencer has accidentally become public enemy #1 (his character murdered another very popular one on a hit show), and there is definitely something wrong with Lola. And as for Scarlett's love-life? Well... The less said about that the better.
That would be enough for anyone to deal with, but unfortunately two new figures are about to enter Scarlett's life: fifteen-year-old Broadway star Chelsea Biggs and her brother Max. Suddenly, drama appears to have spread over all of New York City. Gossip pages, boys standing in trashcans, an ill-fated cake, murder on the steps of a courthouse, flying doughnuts, topiary abuse, a dog named Murray who wees whenever he sees hats... and then an event that will change the Martin family forever. One thing is for sure. There's never a dull moment at the Hopewell Hotel. - goodreads
Scarlett Fever, why did you stop like that? WHY? I really need Book 3 soon, because I found my underdog, and I like him so so much better than Eric. As in, second favourite character like. Although I'm loving/hating Mrs Amberson more and more. She's so strange and relaxed and a weird mix of things I can't decide what to make of her. Maureen Johnson knows how to capture a reader's attention and interest. Her plot runs along so smoothly and Spencer, of course, makes everything that much more enjoyable. Also, I just wanted to add, for the firs time in a while I love the UK covers more than the US ones. Usually that's not the case but I'm not complaining! Overall, the Scarlett series is fast becoming one of my favourite series, it's easy to read, it's one I can pick up and put down without forgetting what's happening, and most of all - I enjoy the characters' companies. 
Thanks so much to Hot Key Books for sending me these books free of charge in exchange for an honest review


  1. Suite Scarlett was published on my birthday! COINCIDENCE?! Maybe. Maybe not. Just maybe, I'm meant to read this book. ;P

    SO glad you enjoyed these books! They sound like a lot of fun and really good reads for a light-hearted summer day! Spencer sounds awesome. ;P

    Great reviews, Hershey's Bar! ;D

    1. READ IT THEN. Seriously Rocky. They are really really fun and lovely to read when you're stressing about exams but erm. NO. no to the Hershey's Bar. I DON'T EVEN LIKE CHOCOLATE..

      It is chocolate right? :p

    2. Yes to the Hershey's Bar. [I *think* it's chocolate?] I don't eat Rocky Roads but I'm stuck with it. ;)

  2. My experience with Johnson is limited to my book club's reading of The Name of the Star, which was fabulous. I keep saying I need to read her other stuff, so hurray for this review. She's fabulous on Twitter. Quite snarky.

    1. I really want to read The Name of the Star! And yes, yes she is, I love her! Thanks for commenting. :)

  3. The covers of these two are really pretty. I love how they match. I'm glad you enjoyed them :) I'm hoping to pick the first one in the series up too :)

    1. EXACTLY. Matching covers are everything. :D

  4. I've never read anything by Maureen Johnson, but these sound amazing.
    Great reviews :D

  5. I haven't read anything from this author yet, but I just put Suite Scarlett on my TBR list :)
    Just found your blog and I'm now following through bloglovin!


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