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Scarlette: A Gothic Folktale

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,015 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Fans of Aaron Mahnke's "Lore" will be thrilled to read this historical-fantasy novel that blurs the line between folklore and reality.  

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 peasan
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published October 12th 2012 by BumbleB Media, Inc.
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Shannon Cahill
Jan 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
It took me awhile to process how bad this book really was so that I could give an objective review. That being said, I want to be perfectly clear-- I am not a troll. I read the entire book. I tried really hard to find something nice to say. Sadly, I didn't find anything. For one thing, this book has hundreds of non-specific rave reviews, followed by quite a few bad reviews, most stating they were deceived by the good reviews into buying this book. THat is a big problem for me. It leads me to bel ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 set -- and sometimes it showed.

The writing is generally good and the plot reads very much
Paige  Bookdragon
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.
Kelly (Belle of the Literati)
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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
YA Novelties
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Check this review out at our blog!

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
Jan 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013, e-books, paranormal
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 f
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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 young-adult 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 t
Jessica Andersen
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 pr
Wow, after reading this book I have a sudden, deep appreciation for my modern-day 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
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mon avis en français :

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 astoun
Article first published as Book Review: Scarlette by Davonna Juroe on Blogcritics.

Review also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Davonna Juroe’s Scarlette is a young adult gothic romance novel that follows a naive protagonist in a dark and distressing world. Through a strikingly described setting, an eerie plot, and characters befitting the novel’s genre, Juroe creates a nail-biting adaptation of Charles Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood.

Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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

Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, fairytales, 2015, tstl
Hello. My name is Scarlette. The most important thing to know about me is this: I am an idiot.

When I finished this I wished that I could get my life back. Scarlette, the main character, is so stupid. I felt like her stupidity was contagious. I don't even know why I finished it. I guess it's because I was 2/3 in and it was the middle of the night so I wasn't thinking clearly.

The crappy part is, it had potential to be awesome. The author put together a pretty solid plot. You could tell she'd res
Jana Brown
This piece had some very interesting concepts, but they were poorly executed leaving the final story in a jumble where I didn't really like anyone, especially the heroine. This was sad because I went into the story wanting to like it, but the problems started early and kept going through the end including issues such as:

It seemed unable to tell whether it was truly historical or modern.

The heroine was the definition of to stupid to live.

The romance, such as it was, made no sense.

And most of
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Davonna Juroe's Scarlette is a captivating retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. But it is much more than that.

Folk tale, historical fiction and gothic romance all blend harmoniously in this dark and suspenseful novel. The characters are compelling and complex. The plot will keep you guessing until the very end. The story is beautifully written.

With all this in mind, I suspect that Davonna Juroe could be a long-lost Brontë sister.
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
**Originally on Read-A-holicZ, HERE!

"SCARLETTE is a dark, addicting, mysterious read full of action, likable characters, and an overall great retelling of a classic story that will leave you VERY ADDICTED!"

That line at the end of the summary is what interested me to read this book. Come on who hasn't wondered about some of these "fairy-tales" were real O_O RIGHT!? So I just had to read Scarlette. I was expecting dark, different, mysterious, and awesomeness from this book. And I certainly found
Sam at A Journey Through Pages
EDIT!This was reviewed before this amazing, new and beautiful cover! Boy was I ever excited to see it since I lamented the old one so much (laughs).

Review from A Journey Through Pages

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 s
Leigh (bibliosky)
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it

Scarlette is such a great retelling of the Grimm and Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood. It is a fun book to read especially during the time of winter. The story is set in France, and it starts out with a spooky and creepy (in a good way) scene with Scarlette and her grandmother in the woods. The summary basically says what you’re going to expect from the book, but between those are a bunch of twists, mysteries, and events you wouldn’t expect. The most unexpec
Paige (Enchantology)
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
In a brilliant mix of historical fiction and a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, we are given a gruesome tale about a young woman named Scarlette. Scarlette has lived in Gévaudan all her life, and her home has been plagued with death. Some blame the deaths on superstitions, claiming their land is the home of werewolves. Scarlette refuses to believe this until her grandmother becomes a victim, and everything Scarlette has ever known is turned upside down. While I felt the pace at the beginning ...more
Kristen Jett
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I'm kinda in love with this book. The premise is beautiful - an original retelling of the classic fairy tale. I know this is a book I'll be returning to reread...and reread...and reread. I originally thought it was a light read - until I realized I couldn't put it down. Until I realized I was comparing plot twists to Phantom of the Opera. (Gasp! Which, if you know me, you know that this is essentially the highest praise one could EVER receive.)

Scarlette is a likable main character. I imagine ev
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love when authors take an old tale and add a new twist to it completely making it their own while still holding on to the essence and magic of the original tale. Juroe has managed to do just that with her debut novel Scarlette.

This isn't your average tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bag Wolf. This is so much more. Mystery, lies, curses, death, disappearances, magic, love, deception and darkness all make this an unforgettable tale that you will want to re read just to expe
Rusty Fischer
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So, hats off to Davonna Juroe for getting this contemporary YA paranormal buff to read a historical, but I have to say I was hooked from page one. The richness of detail, the mythology and the lore that Davonna created truly kept the pages turning for me. I wasn't sure what this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood could introduce that was new; I thought I knew the whole story. You probably do, too. But the richness of the details, the vivid cast of character brought this story to life for me in ...more
Hurricane Tyler
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Scarlette hooked me from the first sentence and kept me spellbound until La Fin. Promising new author Davonna Juroe has created a living, breathing world with characters so real they could walk off the page. Scarlette may be the damsel in distress, but she's determined to save not only herself, but her family and friends as well. I devoured this must-read book in under twenty-four hours and I will continue to suffer from symptoms of withdrawal until her next book is released. This vivid and imag ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: werewolves, witches
I was not really inclined to read this by what I read as a description. The reviews and the cover convinced me to give it a try and I am glad I did. It was a great story. There was so much mystery surrounding Scarlette in the beginning of the story. I had to read on to try to figure out what was going on and why her mother hated her. I can't say I figured out what was up with her mother, but the book kept me guessing till the very end. It was truly an amazing read!
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
great paced book.makes you think,laugh,cry,get mad and happy..finally love wins out in the end.....
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook, retellings
An unexpected gem...
Review to come
Farrell Schambow
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to everyone who loves fairytales.
loved this book and looking forward to her next novel.
Kahri Lynn
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Drat, I finished it! Can't wait for her to write more.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a suspense ~ filled read. This book kept me hooked to the very end. Scarlette is an old story with a new twist.
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
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When I received a request to review this book I was interested by the dark, paranormal aspects. However I was slightly worried about the historical aspect of the book. I was unsure what to expect and was mostly concerned with how Juroe would use language, especially speech. All this was for nothing though and besides being based on old folklore and using a class system (peasants and nobels) I couldn't really say anything else was hist
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Davonna Juroe loves ghost stories…as long as they’re not too scary. She tends toward an overactive imagination and startles easily, making her wonder why she’s writing ghostly tales.

When she’s not playing her harp and writing spooky novels, she’s exploring old buildings or daydreaming about her next 80s-inspired Halloween costume.

Besides reading and writing full-time, she can also be found takin
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