This is too short for any real character development or depth, and with a disjointed plot, Myers’ latest feels as though it skips over important scenes that might have explained the “whys.” An easy read, still, this is certainly not worth the hardback price. This adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen is set in modern Spanish Harlem.
Carmen is the crown jewel of the girls in her neighborhood, and she is used to getting what she wants — especially when it comes to men. She sets her sights on a cop and soon she falls in love with the seemingly gentle Jose. But Jose is not the man he seems, and Carmen doesn’t like his domineering ways. When the rich and charismatic Escamillo comes to town and sweeps Carmen off her feet, the two men begin a rivalry that will have deadly consequences. (EGMONT, Apr., 144 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9781606841150, HC, 12 & Up)