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It's been an extremely long time since a book has really grabbed my attention fully like Scarlette has. Despite the amount of books that I've been dying to read, I've found them all somewhat letdowns because they never really met my expectations. When I got into Scarlette, I of course had high expectations for this one because a horror retelling of Little Red Riding Hood (which in itself is already a horror story. Grandma eating, much?) had to be good, or else I was flunking it. Thank goodness that Scarlette defied my expectations and blew me away!
The book immediately starts off with Scarlette and her grandmother encountering the wolves in the forest. Instantaneously, the book sets its pace with a strong beginning that isn't slow nor uneventful. Scarlette's life is extremely difficult with an abusive mother, lecherous employer, her grandmother gone, and the whole town blaming her for the wolf attacks. One of the greatest strengths of this book is Scarlette herself. She is such a strong and fierce heroine, not one of those bratty, selfish ones, but a true heroine. Sure, she made many mistakes; however, she at least regrets her mistakes, and tries to make up for them.
The love triangle is formed between Scarlette, Francois, the woodcutter, and Louis, the nobleman, is a quirky one full of gives and takes. In some ways, I wish it was a bigger focus in the story line because I loved seeing Francois being awkward, but in other ways, I wished that it didn't exist because Scarlette never really has me truly rooting for her with either of the two. It's not like I disliked both guys of the love triangle, I just felt like none of them truly belonged with Scarlette at certain points. Thankfully, by the end, I was totally able to accept Scarlette and *beep* (his name is not a curse word, just saying), but for the first half of the book, I was a little puzzled by Scarlette's feelings toward the two guys.
As a dark retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Scarlette took many liberties with the plot, completely changing many aspects of the story to make it even more gory, as I've already mentioned. The mystery and climatic buildup was fantastic! I could literally feel the tension rolling off the pages as the story uncovered the many intricacies that the original tale was unable to grasp. Secrets were extremely well kept to shock the reader as the truths were being unveiled. I was surprised by a number of the twists quite surprisingly, which is extremely rare when the YA genre is gradually decreasing in originality.
I'm telling you all right now, you need to give Scarlette a try. The plot is so wellpaced, the characters are welldefined caricatures, and the writing hypnotizes the reader. My only true complaint is the ending, which is a little rushed. While reading this book, I found myself trying to refrain from reading it too quickly, but just couldn't. Fine, then my second complaint (I know, I lied) is that Scarlette is too short for its own good, (yes, I am greedy) but otherwise this is an amazing fairy tale retelling that intermixes historical fiction with the paranormal without cliches, spellbinding its readers.
Angie @YA Novelties Really not sure about this one.
The premise is awesome but I think after the middle,the hype went down and I become a bit bored. It took forever and a half to conclude the story and instead of making this book well explained, it became too "wordy" for me. "To make her happy, I slid out the oak chest that contained her belongings.
When I lifted the lid, I saw a red cloth folded into a neat square.
I touched the soft fabric, fine linen. I held it up.
A hood blossomed out into a cloak.
Around the hood was a thick edge of rose satin.
The looped and embellished stitching could only be Grandma's handy work.
I had never seen anything so fancy."
Davonna Juroe, Scarlette
Alright. I am a Disney fanatic. I love fairy tales. Like obsessed. I believe every girl is a princess and every woman deserves her own personal Prince Charming. And because of this I adore reading fairy tale retellings or different spins on stories of old. Scarlette by Davonna Juroe was no exception. From the very beginning I was pulled in by this tale and did not want to stop reading. Not only is this another spin on Little Red Riding Hood, it also ties in the true story about the Beast of Gévaudan. If you haven't guessed by the title this story follows Scarlette, an 18 year old woman who lives in Gévauda, France. She is very close with her Grandmother whereas her mother is absolutely horrible to her. Not only is her homelife miserable, there have been people being attacked by wolves, whether they be of the were fashion or not has yet to be determined. The townsfolk are a superstitious breed and after Scarlette's grandmother is attacked the people turn their eyes to Scarlette as the reason for these attacks. Along the way we meet Jeanne (her best friend). Marie (Jeanne's mother), Francois (a huntsman), the Baron (the wealthy overseer of the province who takes an interest in Scarlette...rawr), and the owner of the tailor shop Monsieur Narbonne who also has an interest in Scarlette. OK, so I cannot give anything more away with the plot because if you are a Little Red Riding Hood fan or any fairy tale lover you will have to read this!
First of all the writing is excellent! It flows so well and I really felt transported to the 1767 town of Gévaudan. Maybe it is just me but I feel like there is definitely a difference between the writing of a novel versus storytelling. This is storytelling at its best. It reminded me of John Connolly's The Book of Lost Things. It was real life mixed with paranormal and a bunch of fairy taleesque amazingness. I just loved how much the story moved and changed and always kept me interested. And the plot kept twisting and turning and I was questioning everybody in my head at one point or another. And it is not until the very end that all the pieces really come together.
I absolutely adored the characters! Scarlette is so welldeveloped and her actions are so true to what an 18 year old girl in her situation would do. The Baron was one of those characters you so want to believe in and he is definitely the Prince that wants to take our princess off into the castle and away from scrubbing floors. And Francois! *swoon alert* I mean both men in this story have their redeeming qualities but I think I'm a little biased because the second I read the word huntsman I immediately pictured Chris Hemsworth sooooo I was mentally a little distracted when I was reading about him...what?! It is so totally normal...isn't it?...Whatever.
Because I am such a huge fan of fairy tales I might be reading too much into this but I could not help but notice small situations where my other favorite fairy tales made an appearance. Such as the townsfolk referring to the wolf as bete...the beast...Beauty and the Beast is my favorite! Scarlette's mother at one point calls her Sleeping Beauty after sleeping for 4 days...A huntsman that saves her life is most definitely involved...enter Snow White. And while usually it is an evil stepmother that we loathe, in this case it was Scarlette's real mother that forces hard labor on her day after day...Cinderella has come calling too, ladies and gents. I LOVED this! It was so subtle but I noticed it each and every time and I always had a sly little smirk on my face when I came across something like that.
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was a fantastic version of Little Red Riding Hood that intertwined a real life event that occurred in this town. And you might be wondering if they all lived happily ever after...well, you'll just have to read and find out...
This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Novels based in the fairy tale world that Little Red lives in have been a favorite of mine since I was a child. Growing up with movies like Hoodwinked, the tale always stayed in the comedic genre whenever I thought about it. There wasn't any of the blood, gore, and drama like Red Riding Hood was meant to have. Granted, I was only a child, but now that I am a youngadult I find these stories very entertaining as it appeals to the darker side of me.
What made Scarlette stand out so much to me was the fact it was not only Grimm's version, but Perrault's also. I am not as familiar with Perrault's as I am Grimm's which made this novel find a louder voice in the crowd of Little Red books. My only prior experience to the more morbid side of the fairy tale is the movie starring Amanda Seyfried and the book it was based off of, titled Red Riding Hood.
Scarlette started off very slow, stating what most of us already knew about Red Riding Hood as a character. The setting was the same as all the rest them. In my head, the village that Scarlette lives in looks exactly like Amanda Seyfried's movie. That wasn't a fact that could turn me away from this book though. Once I got a few more pages in, the mediocre sense that had surrounded this book fled. Soon this book took on a whole new aspect to the name Little Red and I couldn't even think straight after the events of this book unfolded. It was glorious, truly.
I really enjoyed Scarlette as a character. She was different and fresh, strong and weak all at the same time. She made stupid decisions that I totally understood. Placing myself in her position, I would have lain down and died. Scarlette was stubborn and trusted only a few people, but again I couldn't blame her. To me, Little Red is one of the strongest fairytale characters out there, and with Scarlette that fact became even truer.
The romance side of Scarlette was absolutely amazing. There is indeed a love triangle but it is the best one I've read to date. This book made me thankful for the three sided figure. One man, rich and powerful, but gentle. The other, strong, annoying, and arrogant. For Scarlette, choosing was a lot easier than it seemed.
The best thing about these stories is always finding out who the wolf is and Juroe pushed it off until the very end. Till literally the last few pages is when all hell breaks loose. Such a truly amazing plot and I loved how it unfolded. I wish there was going to be a followup novel, but I don't think there will be. I'd love to see the Little Red characters after the wolf’s fate had passed. If Juroe will write it, I'll read it I generally love paranormal stories. Werewolves? Witches and warlocks? Ghosts? Vampires? Love 'em. This one seemed promising when I downloaded it and I was kind of excited to start reading it. However, a few chapters in, I wanted to smack our heroine, Scarlette and tell her to snap out of it and get a grip.
The story follows Scarlette, a young peasant woman living in an isolated village in 1767 France. For several years, the village has been terrorized by wolves and many of its people have been fatally mauled. Basically cut off from the rest of the country, the village is slowly dying. The Baron in charge of the lands has organized hunting parties to try to eradicate the killer wolf, with no success.
Living with her mother and beloved grandmother, Scarlette ekes out a small living working for a local tailor as a seamstress, while her mother tends to their flock of sheep. When the attacks hit close to home, Scarlette sets out to try to unravel the mystery, encountering a lecherous boss who is in cahoots with her mother to marry her, a mysterious woodcutter who is charged with watching after her and the Baron who sweeps her off her feet and is apparently instantly enamored with her after only meeting her a handful of times with minimal interaction. She discovers that things aren't as they appear and that witches, warlocks and werewolves really do exist and don't just reside in the minds of superstitious villagers.
As I said, the story had promise, and while I finished reading it, it was mostly because I felt it was a train wreck and had to see how the author managed to tie everything together. As another reader pointed out, there was a lot of confusion and not a whole lot of explanation. We spend 3/4 of the book suffering through the characters' mood swingsI really think everyone in this book was mentally offone second everyone is the best of friends, then there's extreme suspicion and hate, then back to best of friends. There's really no good explanation for Scarlette's mother's hatred of Scarlette or Scarlette's grandmother. Characters are introduced and then randomly killed off. We spend a majority of the story focusing on werewolves and the woodcutter trying to convince Scarlette they really exist and then towards the end, what the hell, let us throw in the possibility that witches and warlocks are aiding in the attacks. In the meantime she falls in love with the Baron after meeting him maybe twice, inexplicably believes everything he tells her, while disbelieving everything the woodcutter tells her, while alternating between being grateful for the woodcutter's help and blaming him for every situation she has gotten herself into. And don't get me started on her relationship with her "dearest friend" Jeanne.
I just had a hard time feeling any sympathy for Scarlette's plight or really caring about what happened to any of the rest of the cast. I'm just glad this was a freebie ebook and now I know why. I would probably actually rate this one 2.5, but I rounded down because I seriously considered not finishing the book.
First the good. It's a retelling of Red Riding Hood. I think it was an interesting take on it. I think the world itself was fairly well thought out. The main character was pretty likable.
Ok, my problems with the book were many. There were some serious editing problems, whether a function of being formatted for the Kindle, or just a basic lack of editing I don't know. Several problems with homophones, and sentences with words missing. Some sentences that were just so awkwardly worded that I had to read it a couple of times to get it.
There were parts of the story that were so overly detailed and drawn out, and then other places that just sped through the basics, leaving my head spinning. The end especially just speeds through. Where in so many places things were overly explained to just rush through the end, leaving the reader to puzzle out exactly what happened.
I think this was billed as a teen novel, if it is I would definitely leave it to an older teen, not a preteen there are some fairly blatant sexual scenes.
I probably would not recommend this book. Wow, after reading this book I have a sudden, deep appreciation for my modernday lifestyle, because DAMN, Scarlette's world sucked! I felt awful for her and everything she went through. Poor girl just couldn't catch a break. I kept waiting for her to get in touch with her inner badass and start kicking bad guy butt, but that wasn't who Scarlette was. She was a young, naive girl trying her best to survive in an unkind world. Something I had to keep reminding myself of as I was reading.
The best part of the book was finding out the truth behind the werewolf legend. Juroe did a nice job directing and misdirecting, right to the end. Certain things I could see coming a mile away, and others I was way off base about. It kept me on my toes and I liked that. I also enjoyed Francois, the woodcutter. He was my favorite character.
If you like dark historical tales that blend gothic and paranormal elements, Scarlette will be right up your alley. I picked this book up for its brevity, concept (Little Red and the Beast of Gevaudan legend), and the good reviews, but I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed in it. It has an interesting premise in a nice 1764 package, and the author seems knowledgeable about the period and has studied period literature and history, although I think she was a Medievalist, which isn't the period in which the book is setand sometimes it showed.
The writing is generally good and the plot reads very much like a thriller or horror story with plenty of gore. That's not generally my cup of tea, but when I understood that's what I was in for, I tried to give it a go anyway.
What threw me off mainly was the plotting, characterizations, and some of the dialogue and historical inaccuracies. I'll explain those in greater detail, hopefully without giving too much away.
The plotting at first was very interesting. The story is told in first person from the heroine's point of view. As a result, we are just as confused as she is for most of the book. I wouldn't mind this so much (it does read like a mystery), but as an avid mystery reader, I felt like the level of confusion the author keeps us in (through her character) is just too much for too long. It becomes tedious, especially when the reader figures out what's happening before the character does. That could create a nice dramatic irony, but it made me feel like there was no clear idea behind which of the character's connections or insights was supposed to be read by me as brilliantly clever or incredibly stupid. As a reader, I didn't have enough to go on to get the story the way I think the author wanted me to.
The characterization frustrated me the most. It wasn't bad in the sense that the characters were flat or uninterestingthey certainly were not any of those thingsbut the main problem was that I couldn't agree with any of them, and again I felt unsure of what the author was asking me to accept. For example, there is a love triangle of sorts (this becomes clear fairly early in the book). But neither of the men involved in it seemed like someone I would want the heroine to choose. No man in the novel (with one odd exception) was in any way respectful to women, and this was particularly true of one of the triangle suitors. I suppose I was meant to understand that he was unused to being around women, but the repeated physical violence he offered her and his consistently calling her "stupid" without bothering to explain anything to her was hard for me to stomach. I had no sympathy for him in the end and felt that the triangle was forced. In a novel that features the Marquis de Sade as a character, I guess you have to expect a certain level of disrespect and misogynistic thinking, but it's hard for the author to ask me to accept it in characters I'm meant to root for. Especially if this is classed as YA. The heroine's reasoning when it came to her suitors seemed completely backward and dangerous to me.
That gets me to the last point. Some might argue, and I think the author tries to make it clear in her foreword too, that she hasn't set out to write a completely historically accurate novel. I understand that, and I think it's a good idea to make the language and sensibilities more modern to reach a modern audience. But I felt that the heroine's sensibilities being a bit modern made it doubly hard to accept the misogyny of most of the characters, especially the "heroes," regardless of how accurate that misogyny is. I felt, in the end, very confused about how much of this story was period and how much wasn't supposed to be. The dialogue was generally standard and modern without destroying the sense of the period, but there were times when overlymodern phrases were used that really broke the illusion for me, such as when one character says, "I was told to keep tabs on you." At one point, one character teaches another to dance at a ball, and from what I can tell from the description, they are waltzing. The author has been so particular about the villagers' clothing and tools, that it's really jarring to imagine anyone waltzing in 1764. I don't think I was being pedantic about this point, but I found it a sort of haphazard approach to constructing the period world.
All of this to say, the book was not a terrible read, and if those things I've listed don't bother you, then you will probably really enjoy this book. I found it really tedious towards the end, especially how often the heroine would bemoan her situation, but I also thought the initial idea was interesting. I can't agree with the heroine's choices or the attitudes of the heroes, and I found the ending absolutely bizarrea sudden switch to a different first person view, and then to a weird first/third person with a rather important reveal just dumped on usbut some will probably enjoy the last minutes twists and the clever inclusion of the conclusion of the legend of the Beast of Gevaudan.
Mon avis en français : https://dragonlyre.wordpress.com/2012...
My English Review :
Scarlette is Davonna Juroe's debut novel. If I had to sum it up in a few words, I'd say : gasping, tortuous, cruel, dark…. but before everything else : captivating !
From the first pages, we're brought into the French province of the Gévaudan at a time when the sadly famous Beast was raving through. The author revisits the legend as well as Little Red Riding Hood's. The work of research behind the story is astounding as French us and usages of that time, facts about the Beast and the wolves, popular beliefs and Church superstitions are so well depicted. And yet, Davonna Juroe has succeeded in creating her own universe. She has perfectly taken advantage of historical informations to make the whole thing even more realistic.
Once the book opened, there's no way to stop ! It is a real pageturner as premonitions we may have in a chapter crumble down in the following. From the start to the very end, I was never sure about anything. I doubted everything and couldn't trust anyone, not even Scarlette. She's very naive but some events are so disturbing that my head was turned upside down and I didn't know what to think any more. I acquired certainties, lost them, felt guilty for not trusting someone who apparently deserved it, and I trusted again... to lose once more that same faith a few pages later. That reading was really destabilizing !
Facts and dramas pile up while the Beast and its pack keep on attacking inhabitants of the small village. Authorities are helpless and common people are progressively losing hope, searching for every bit of relief they could get, whatever the price. Being right or wrong doesn't even seem to matter any more. They're isolated in the fine bottom of a forest and slowly dying since outside trade isn't possible because of the danger of being killed by the Beast or its minions. Everything comes to run out and spirits inflame.
Scarlette's mother goes more and more insane. Her grandmother is dead ? alive ? How to know for sure ? Everything is made to confuse the reader, to put him on a lead and then on another one. Hints intermingle and the inquiry isn't getting anywhere. It goes back and forth at the same time, while villagers are decimated by the monster lurking around. Scarlette runs all over the place and confronts her doubts and fears, but she's often being reckless and vulnerable. All that doesn't prevent her from going on on her frantic quest for truth. As she keeps on progressing, she has less and less to lose... She overcomes one difficulty after another with great humility and never losing credibility. She hasn't got any great power, she's only a young girl trying to find her place in an unfair world, after her one and only landmark was violently ripped from her.
I was unceremoniously carried along by Davonna Juroe, from one plot to another. She truly knows how to lull the reader with two truths, two different points of view on a same drama. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth... The war is raging and no one seems able to put an end to terror and murders. We only discover the best of it in the very last chapters. Scattered clues fit into each other at last, everything finally makes sense and the conclusion is as relieving as shaking.
So many injustices in a competently conducted scheme, that is way too unbelievable ! I turned my eReader off and felt staggered for a while, even with some bitterness at the tip of my tongue, but it is so good to be given such a rough time through reading ! I shivered, doubted, tried to understand, checked my hypothesis, searched for new leads, along with our poor Little Riding Hood.
Forget everything you know about fairy tales while opening this book and bury yourself in times and places even darker than the human heart...