Scarlet Moon (Once Upon a Time Fairytales)
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Scarlet Moon (Once Upon A Time Fairytales)

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Ruth's grandmother lives in the forest, banished there for the "evil" that the townsfolk believed she practiced. But if studying the stars, learning about nature, and dreaming of flying is evil, then Ruth is guilty of it too. Whenever Ruth took food and supplies to her grandmother, she would sit with the old woman for hours, listening and learning.

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Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Simon Pulse
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Elevetha
1.5 stars.

I liked Stephan!! I wanted a awesome brother\sister relationship where Stephan helps her figure out what to do about William and is there for her and protective and awesome.....But no. Just kill off the brother and all the potential for greatness. Thanks a lot.

So I like the idea of the wolf being a were wolf, or something really similar, but I wish that it would have been more of a mystery to figure out. As it is, you can tell by reading the back cover and by page 3. Real subtle.

I wa...more
Ann
I generally enjoy re-tellings of fairy tales, so was excited to hear about this young adult version of the Red Riding Hood story. I regreat to say, I was wrong. This is your basic Harlequin romance with a werewolf in it. Poor, but feisty young woman meets rich, handsome man and they fall instantly in lust. But wait... he has a terrible, deep, dark secret - once a month, he turns into a wolf and rips people's throats out - gasp! But he's so handsome and charming and he bites her lips when he kiss...more
Tiffany
2-6-08
Debbie Viguie is an established author with several books under her belt and she is the co-author of a successful book series called Wicked. She has her bachelor of arts degree in creative writing, and she says she has been writing most of her life. Most of her books fall into the fiction/fantasy genre and that is precisely where her book Scarlet Moon can be found. Scarlet Moon, along with her book Midnight Pearls, is part of the 'Once Upon a Time Series' published by Simon Pulse. This is...more
Kelsy
Hahahaha!!

I'm sorry, but this is the second "Little Red Riding Hood" retelling I've read whose synopsis ends with "facing their destiny at Grandmother's house" and I think it is the most hilarious thing ever. When I think of my grandmother's house, I do not envision any "showdowns" happening. Funny stuff.

Anyway... Scarlet Moon is a really neat retelling of a fairy tale that you don't know much about. Besides the obvious "don't talk to strangers" lesson in "Little Red", we don't know much about...more
Mel
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Sophie
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Lea
The few beginning pages were quite good so that what came shortly thereafter took me completely off guard. The author added a lot more violence than needed and when it started to get quite gruesome with "were-this" and "were-that", I had to put down the book. YES- I ACTUALLY PUT DOWN THE BOOK. I absolutely NEVER stop a book. I get that "Little Red Riding Hood" is not the most pleasant of the fairytales- but Viguié took it way to far again (she also wrote "Night Dance" which isn't the best).
Tammie
I really liked this retelling of Red Riding Hood. There were no big surprises in it, but I loved the story anyway. There was plenty of romance and passion but it was still a clean love story which was nice. Some of the dialog between the two main characters got a bit cheesy during the romance scenes, but I was able to ignore it. Overall I thought it was a fun, quick read.
Marcia McClure
Scarlet Moon is probably one of my top three favorites in the "Once Upon a Time Series" of retellings! I love this unique, fresh twist on "Little Red Riding Hood." Don't let the Little Red Riding Hood thing scare you...this one is VERY romantic!
Kathryn  Cooper
A few cheesy lines, but I loved it anyway! Woo the romance was goooood. Full review coming soon!
Lady Knight
This was a well thought out retelling that I really enjoyed. Mixed the right amount of fantasy with historical elements. Bravo!

Ruth is the daughter of a blacksmith, and after her brother and cousin leave for the crusades she takes their places and accepts the shameful occupation of lady blacksmith. But this is not her only problem, when she was a small child she was attacked by a wolf, and she is horribly scared. Add to that the fact that the villagers believe her grandmother is witch because sh...more
Snorkle
The story started out suspenseful and mysterious, making me wonder how the rest of the plot would unfold, but after a couple pages the shine and luster disappeared. I was annoyed with the characters and didn't feel like they were developed very well at all. I wanted to see more of their personalities, but the author just gave you a few interesting snipits and left the rest to your imagination, leaving large gaps where there should have been information. I was not pleased with how Ruth acted thro...more
May
Ruth was attacked by a wolf as a young girl. When her brother goes off to fight the crusades, she takes his place with her father as a blacksmith. If this doesn't make her unusual enough, she likes visiting her grandmother, who lives in the woods because she was banished by the townspeople for being a witch. And then there's the young earl, William, who takes a strong, quick fancy to Ruth despite knowing her for a full five minutes.

Yeah, it reads as oddly rushed and disjointed at it sounds.

I re...more
Heidi
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Nicole
I wanted this for a quick read inbetween books and I was surprised how good this novel was.

As you should be able to see this is a retelling of Red Ridding Hood. I like the Once Upon a Time series. They take the classic stories and add a twist to it.

So wolves, rumours of witches and first love. I have to say I liked this book, sadly it was short. The flow and language of it was beautiful. There was mystery as well. The romance was a simple one. Quite like how to fairytales are like. Falling in lo...more
Historyprincess
"Little Red Riding Hood" is the first haunting story we hear as children. But Debbie Viguie has turned this simple story into a dark, gothic romance for teens.

Fifteen-year-old Ruth lives in medieval England with her blacksmith father. Nine years before, Ruth was viciously attacked by a wolf before she was rescued by her older brother Stephen, who shortly afterward left to serve in the Crusades with their cousin Peter. Years later, Peter returns, with news that Stephen has perished in the Middle-...more
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
"Scarlet Moon" is a retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood." In terms of historical context, it takes place during one of the crusades (I'm guessing during King Richard the Lionheart's reign, though it's never mentioned). It's about Ruth who is a female blacksmith after her brother has to go to war. When she was a child, she was attacked by a wolf. Years later, she is attacked once again by the same wolf. In the meantime, she falls madly in love with a wealthy man, William, who eventually reveals...more
Mel
The ending is so lame. And the story is actually building towards.. nothing. We already know the identity of the wolf in the beginning of the book and I actually don't see the point of this story.. Such a shame, because Red Riding Hood is a great story.

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Oh man, this was disappointing. Red Riding Hood is a great concept, but Viguié didn’t do this tale any justice. The story has no real point; it seemed so useless. We know the identity of the wolf from...more
Rebecca
When Ruth was a little girl, she was attacked in the forest by a wolf with green eyes. Her older brother Stephen saved her life and drove off the wolf -- but even nine years later, she is haunted by the memories of that day, and still lives with the scars of the wolf's attack. Shortly after the attack, Stephen and their cousin, Peter, left to join the Crusades, and Ruth took solace in taking Stephen's place in their father's blacksmith shop. Now Peter has returned from the Holy Land with the new...more
Vicky
This was my second read in the Once Upon a Time series, my first being The Diamond Secret: A Retelling of "Anastasia", and I wasn't particularly impressed by this one.

Scarlet Moon's premise was promising - a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with werewolves, a bit of magic and a heroine that grows up as a female blacksmith against the grain (set during the Crusades, blacksmithing isn't a woman's job).

Unfortunately, it failed for me in execution. I predicted most of the major plot surprises, an...more
Kathy
This is a retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood, a story that I have never really been that found of. However, I actually loved this book! It really brought the whole fairy tale to life, and gave the characters so much more depth. Ruth isn’t your typical girl. She is very pretty, but knows how to fight. She has a love of learning and nature, but works as a blacksmith. William is a great character and you really feel for him and the trails he has to live through. They have great chemistry toget...more
Adam Copeland
Scarlet Moon is an installment of Debbie Viguié's series of re-imagined fairy tales, this one being about Little Red Riding Hood. I'm all for re-imagined fairy tales, after all the backbone of my own novel revolves around classic imagery of fairy tales, but it seems it has become taboo these days to depict women as damsels in distress. In Scarlet Moon Ruth, the crimson wearing titular character of the story, not only is no shrinking violet, she is a blacksmith who fights men with her fists. Hero...more
Hoang-lan
this is a great book...i love ruth and her courage, as well as william and his honesty. ruth was bitten by a wolf when she was young. now, working at her father's smith shop, she met lord william, who has a really big secret. they became friends, until he found out that she was one of his victims. The part when william told ruth the truth that he was under a were-wolf curse is probably the most intense part of the novel and the part i love the most. after the secret was out in the open, ruth rea...more
Mary-Beth
This is one of those novels that hinges on a mystery or surprise ending which is not a surprise. Well, perhaps some people were baffled by it, but I guessed rather early what was going on and the rest of the book then had to be plowed through. As it was a short read this wasn't as bad as it sounded.

Basically this book was unoffensive. If that doesn't sound like a lot of praise it's because everything about it was fairly bland.

I liked the main character, a girl who works with her father as a bla...more
Deb
Jan 23, 2008 Deb rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of re-written fairy tales
I was introduced to this book when I was puttering around the teen section of the library, looking for a graphic novel to devour on the bus ride home. I stopped to talk with one of our Teen Librarians about finding some edible vampire tales for one of my friends that I recommend books to, mainly because I was getting tired of plowing through the candy floss crud that makes up a good chunk of teen literature on my own.

When I mentioned my unquenchable thirst for fairy tales, especially re-written...more
Corrine
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Samantha
Little red riding hood is one of my favorite fairy tales so when I stumbled across this retelling of it I had to read it. I wasn’t disappointed with the story either, I finished it in one sitting. The best part of the story for me was probably Viguie’s descriptions of the forest and the atmosphere she created there. It was also great having the heroine not a dependent. Ruth is a blacksmith and, for the most part, knows how to take care of herself. I was surprised by how well developed of a chara...more
Vixen
it very very very good. there were two climaxes to the story though, and the first one was quite pathetic. especially for the topic. it was brilliant however. i was caught suprised near the end. i also saw some similarities. the guys name was william, and her fathers name was jacob. which are the names of the grimm brothers. her cousins name was peter, as in, peter and the wolf. remember that story? and her name was ruth, like ruth in the bible who also said "whever you go i shall go" the other...more
Jenben8426
Another book from the Once Upon a Time Series, this is the retelling of the classic Red Riding Hood. After a traumatic run-in with a wolf when Ruth was still a child, she is terrified of the woods, but still must walk the path to get to her grandmother's house. As Ruth grows she learns her father's trade as a blacksmith because her brother will not be returning from the crusades. Then Ruth meets William, a fun and dashing noble man that is intrigued by a female blacksmith. However something is h...more
Rachel
Apr 07, 2008 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fairy-tale lovers who don't mind a twist to the classics.
Recommended to Rachel by: Aliya, my dear!
Shelves: fantasy
So. This "Once Upon A Time" series has had some amazing retellings like this one, and some that made me want to chuck them through the window - namely the ones where the main character ended up with the random stranger instead of their friend/much-more-likely other half (DO NOT TOUCH THEIR VERSIONS OF CINDERELLA OR THE LITTLE MERMAID. TRUST ME.) But this is one of my favorites, next to their version of 1,001 Arabian Nights. Some of their stories are just TOO twisted, but this one was twisted won...more
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Debbie Viguié has been writing for most of her life. She has experimented with poetry and nonfiction, but her true passion lies in writing novels.

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from UC Davis. While at Davis she met her husband, Scott, at auditions for a play. It was love at first sight.

Debbie and Scott now live on the island of Kauai. When Debbie is not writing and Sc...more
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“Grandmother," Ruth admonished. "I would not have a man who could not at least understand me."
"And it looks like you might have finally fond one, heaven be praised."
Ruth began to grow irritated. "Grandmother, I wish you would have more faith in me."
"I do, dear; it's the men I worry about.”
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