Ninety years before the Brothers Grimm penned their version of "Little Red Riding Hood," an historic, gruesome series of events shocked all of Europe. Starting in 1764, an unidentified wolf-like animal ferociously mauled dozens of peasants in the Gévaudan region of France.
Whispered rumors of unnatural creatures blended with age-old...more
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 pr...more
What made Scarlette stand out so much to me was t...more
I could tell from the author’s notes before I even began reading this novel that a lot of care and attention to detail had gone into this book to make it read authentically to the time period it is set in. This can really be appreciated while reading the story; nothing felt out of place.
Scarlette was endearing...more
I’ll start off by talking about the general plot. This book is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood mixed with the legend of a beast that terrorized a province in France. I found this blend to work very well for the story. It made the story grown up by not having it be only based on Little Red Riding Hood....more
Great writing, very intricate mystery. My only complaints being that I had too many unanswered questions at the end and I didn't understand the mass wolf attacks. I also didn't get that 'ding' when the mystery unfolds like you do when it all comes together and finally makes sense to you...for me, that is a huge part of what I consider a good mystery. I think, possibly, there were too many fine details. Though that makes for a unique and though...more
I saw "Scarlette (a Paranormal Fairy Tale)" and I thought "Oh, a fairy tale...that's perfect for bed time reading!" HA!
Little did I know I was in for a dark and creepy twist on Red Riding Hood! I started reading and was sucked in immediately.
By the en...more
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...more
As you probably know if you read the synopsis, Scarlette is a novel about a young woman who lived with her mother and her grandma. Scarlette can be seen as the new Red Riding Hood. This Red Riding Hood is fighting against the Beast of Gévaudan, in France. All of those items put together, plus Davonna Juroe’s writing, make a fantastic story.
From the beginning, you are in the story. I needed 4 days to read it entirely. I almost literally ate the book! Honestly, I didn’t know I would love this bo
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, po...more
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 f...more
I didn't see why the whole drama with the mother was necessary. It could have be...more
Everything felt rushed. It seemed as if this book was on fast forward and no matter what I did everything just sped right past me. I am not quite sure why it was like that, but I can speculate. I think that there were not enough...more
3/4 of the way through, and now I'm kinda wishing it wasn't QUITE so long! Still good, but more typos ("we" instead of "he," "stay while," instead of "stay awhile," etc). Sometimes...more
There are a lot of books out there that have gorgeous covers and are professionally published, but when you read them there just isn't much substance and enjoyment to them. Then there comes a book that has a cover that makes you want to pass over it because something seems off and less professional about it or you see an easily spotted photoshop filter.
I'm sorry to say that Scarlette by Davonna Juroe has one of those covers, and I'm sorry to say that because wh...more
I really like fairy tale retellings! I love Once Upon a Time on tv, and I’ve loved the Red Riding Hood Story there, so I was excited to read this one, and I have to say, it didn’t disappoint!
Scarlette is dealing with a difficult mom and a grandmother who is her whole world and a bunch of wolf attacks. When her grandmother is bitten and survives, things change and she has...more
Scarlette is a loose retelling for the Little Red Riding Hood story. Scarlette lives in a small forest town with her Mother, and Grandmother in France. Only things are not...more
I really enjoyed this book a lot! I love how the author, Juroe, combines the Grimm Brothers version of "Little Red Riding Hood" with the actual historical events of an incident in Europe in 1764 that an unidentified wolf-like animal ferociously mauled dozens of peasants in the Gévaudan region of France. I thought it was a clever and unique twist for setting up the story. Juroe keeps the historical setting of time accurate (you can tell she's done her research well) ,but cho...more
Scarlette is a likable main character. I imagine ev...more
Scarlette is a s...more
Some have criticized Scarlette for some of her choices in the book but I...more
The romance was so Stupid. I couldn't get into it at all. I don't even know what she saw in the Duke. Yeah, you wouldn't want to believe the guy who saved your life a couple times (woodcutter). Let 's fall for the rich guy that has done nothing trust worthy. Duh!!!! After berating her friend about loose m...more
Davonna has a far-out German Shepherd named Kitty who helps her...more