Scarlette by Davonna Juroe
Published Date: October 2012
Publisher: BumbleB Media, Inc
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
The Story: Ninety years before the Brothers Grimm penned their version of Little Red
Riding Hood, a historic, gruesome series of events would shock all of
Europe. In 1765, an unidentified wolf-like animal ferociously mauled dozens of
peasants in the Gévaudan region of France.
Whispered rumors of unnatural creatures
blended with age-old superstition, causing mass hysteria, and a werewolf was
blamed for the carnage. Alarmed, King Louis XV sent his best huntsmen to rid the
province of the beastly scourge, but this legendary massacre had only just
Scarlette, an 18-year-old peasant,
lives under this dark threat, knowing the nightmarish monster lurks in the
surrounding forest. A poor seamstress, she labors to make ends meet and is
skeptical of supernatural gossip.
her grandmother survives an attack.
Scarlette learns her grandmother is infected
by the bite of the animal. Desperate to save her, Scarlette begins to uncover
the dark secrets of her village and finds there are those who wish to keep their
pasts hidden. As time grows short, Scarlette is befriended by a local nobleman
and a woodcutter who share an eerie history with the wolf.
To save her grandmother, Scarlette must
unravel the mens' connection and solve a long-forgotten crime. But as she pieces
together the clues, Scarlette finds herself torn between the two men, both of
whom desire more than friendship and together hold the key to the cure.
Based on both the traditional Grimm and
Charles Perrault versions of Little Red Riding Hood, this dark YA is set
against the Beast of Gévaudan attacks, blending history with fairy tale and
gothic romance. Unique to the genre, the novel revives the French fable of the
girl-in-the-red-cloak with a new, shockingly real existence that blurs the line
between folklore and reality.
My Review: I loved this different take on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlette is a character that you get to know, and feel bad for, espically when the town turns on her. Her own mother wants nothing to do with her, and threatens to hand her over to the king. Also, her mother tries to marry her off, to a guy who just gives you the creeps.
Then comes the handsome nobleman, who seems to wisk her away. But there's also a local woodcutter who fancies her. I couldn't believe the different twists of this story! It was awesome!