Author: Davonna Juroe
Publisher: BumbleB Media, Inc.
Release Date: October 12th 2012
Read in: 2 days
*A free review copy was provided to me by the author*
Scarlette was an intense, thrilling, and extremely creative retelling of the fairy-tale Little Red Riding Hood. Scratch retelling -- it was an original, twisted, nerve-wrecking, nail-biting, turn-up-your-heat-because-you're-shivering kind of novel that will forever be engraved in my mind (and Kindle.) Scarlette takes place during the 1760's in a small village in France where once happy and carefree people are now scared, paranoid, terrified, and starving because of a
small HUGE problem -- the loup-garou, more commonly known as the werewolf (make that werewolves -- plural.) Scarlette, the nineteen-year old protagonist lives with her verbally/physically abusive mother, and her sweet grandmother. She gets through everyday doing just that, getting by. This all changes on the evening her grandmother is attacked by a wolf.
I found Scarlette's plot to be extremely compelling and ultimately ... different. There was romance and then there was action! I loved how Juroe was able to maintain a balance between these two elements in the story. I really enjoyed the character development that went into the creation of Scarlette. She was confident, curious, feisty, yet modest. The problems she encountered in her everyday life weren't extremely dramatic, but once her grandma was attacked -- BOOM! Everything kicked into gear for her! Sure, she cried and remembered all the great times she'd had with her grandmother prior to the attack, but what really made me happy was her ability to get back up, adjust, and look for answers.
What I didn't love about Scarlette was the semi-love-triangle aspect that went down. The love triangle is formed between Scarlette, Francois, the woodcutter, and Louis, the Baron. I felt as if the love triangle was a bit forced -- if not a bit rushed. Francois briefly states the reason for his hostility towards the Baron, but I never really felt it was justified. Louis, on the other hand, wasn't as developed, depth-wise, as Francois. Not to imply that I disliked both guys in the love triangle, I just felt as if I was more inclined to prefer Scarlette single.
Scarlette was a dark, gothic retelling of the fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood, that captured my interest from the very first page right down to the end. From the plot twists to the deadly mystery, this chilling story will make you fear the things that go bump in the night.