Scarlette: A Gothic Folktale
The writing is generally good and the plot reads very much ...more
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.
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 ...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
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
What made Scarlette stand out so much to me was t ...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
The best ...more
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 ...more
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.
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Scarlette is a likable main character. I imagine ev ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more