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Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié
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Apr 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: q3-2009
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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 a series of classic fairy tales that have had a new twist and a deeper story line put into them.
Scarlet Moon is a modern retelling of Little Red Ridding Hood that you would necessarily want to tell your little girl. The book starts out with a young Ruth, the main character of the book, walking through the woods with her brother on the way home from their grandmother’s house. Disaster hits when the two young children are suddenly come upon by a mysterious black wolf with piercing green eyes. Ruth’s leg is mangled by the savage wolf and her brother luckily saves them both, but even though Ruth is in extreme pain she can’t get the image of those green eyes out of her mind, in fact, she didn’t even know that wolves had green eyes. The book soon progresses into chapter two and it is now nine years in the future making Ruth around eighteen years old. She works in her father’s blacksmith shop, which is frowned upon in this time of the Crusades. Soon a strange man enters the shop and helps Ruth deal with a troublesome customer. This man happens to be William, the Earl of Lauton. William is know to have a bad and dangerous reputation but Ruth doesn’t think to much about it. However, she does notice his strange strikingly familiar green eyes…
The story line of this book takes off on the first page of the book so it doesn’t give you any time to get bored in the sometimes dull background overview of other books. The story not only hooks you with the action and mystery from the first page but I also think the it progresses nice. It doesn’t move so fast that you don’t have time to get involved or connected to the story; it also doesn’t move so slow and get into so much detail you feel like putting it down and never picking it up again. Scarlet Moon is definitely a book for fantasy lovers especially if you like books that involve spells, curses, and mystery. If you are a fast or avid reader this book won’t take you long to finish. Its fairly short, so if you are looking for something to keep you occupied for a while it probably shouldn‘t be your first choice, but if you’re looking for a quick read you might pick it up. I would also say that this book is more geared toward teen readers so if it’s an in depth story line your looking for its probably not for you either. Over all I think Scarlet Moon is a good read with a captivating story line that keeps you turning the pages and keeps you entertained down to the last page.

Scarlet Moon, which was written by Debbie Viguie, is a mystical, romantic, and thrilling retelling of the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Ruth, who is portrayed as the Liggle Red Riding Hood characted in the book, is living her life without fear even thought she was attacked and her leg was mangled by a wolf when she was a child. This story takes place in a small villiage in the times of the Crusades which her brother and cousin left to fight in leaving her to help her father in his blacksmith shop. I love the mystry and courage in thes book and the story always has you guessing what is going to happen next. Scarlet Moon is a must read for any fairy tale lover especially if you like the movie The Brothers Grim.
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