Monday, March 18, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Scarlette by Davonna Juroe: Review

Welcome to my stop on the Scarlette blog tour.  This tour is hosted by AToMR tours.  My stop includes my review of the story.  To follow the tour, click here

Author: Davonna Juroe
Title: Scarlette
Release date: October 12, 2012
Age Group: Upper Young Adult/New Adult
Genre: Paranormal historical fairy tale retelling

Book Description:

Scarlette, an 18-year-old peasant, lives under a dark threat. A nightmarish creature lurks in the surrounding forest, killing the villagers one by one. When Scarlette's grandmother survives an attack, Scarlette learns that her grandmother hasn't suffered the bite of just any normal animal.

Now desperate, Scarlette searches throughout her province to find a cure. But there are those who want to keep their pasts hidden. As she begins to uncover the dark secrets of her village, Scarlette is befriended by a local nobleman and a woodcutter who share a gruesome history with the beast. To save her grandmother, Scarlette must unravel their mystery and solve an age-old crime. But as she pieces together the clues, Scarlette finds herself torn between the two men, both of whom want to be more than friends and hold the key to the cure.

What if Little Red Riding Hood was Real?

Based on both the Grimm and Perrault versions of Little Red Riding Hood and set against the terrifying, historic Beast of Gévaudan attacks, this dark YA retelling blends two epic legends, giving the fabled girl-in-the-red-cloak a new, shockingly real existence.

My Review

I have always loved stories that retold my  fairy tales.  This one did not disappoint me at all.  I loved this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.  Davonna created a fantastic story full of magic, romance, action, mystery and deception.  This book has it all.  Scarlette did start off a little slow, but once it picked up, there was no putting the book down.  This story was beautifully written and well thought out.  I loved that I actually had no clue who the wolf was until the end.  This book kept me guessing. 

The characters were great in this story.  Scarlette is a very strong and stubborn character.  I was able to relate to her easily.  She was by far my favorite character in the story.  I loved how the secondary characters in this story actually have a purpose.  A lot of books just have characters there to be there, but not in this book.  I must also point out that there is a love triangle in this book and it was fantastic.  Some love triangles get on my nerves, but I loved this one.  The character development was on mpoint as well.  I was able to see the characters grow throughout the story.

Scarlette was a story that had so many twists and turns that it kept me on the edge of my seat.  Every time I thought I had something figured out, I was completely wrong.  When the plot finally unfolded at the end, I got to see who the wolf was.  And it was right at the end.  Last few pages.  I loved how the end of this book didn't leave off with a cliffhanger.  All my questions were answered and there wasn't anything left unanswered.  This was a fantastic story that had my completely enthralled.  I can't wait to see what Davonna comes up with next.

The author is making the book FREE on Amazon the last day of the tour, March 23rd, for anyone interested to download instead. Please include this Free Day information and link to the Amazon page as reference in your post.


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Davonna Juroe stays up way too late, has a severe garlic food allergy, and loves all things 80’s. She wonders if all this could actually mean she's a vampire.

In high school, she wore way too much glitter eye make-up. And in between many Disneyland visits and reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Series, she joined the high school drama department and may have developed crushes of the serious kind on many a theater boy. After many a broken heart (*sigh*), Davonna moved to the quaint, wooded village of Kalispell, Montana.

When she’s not writing, she shops @ thrift stores for hot-pink-Jem-and-the-Holograms-inspired-outfits, eats gluten free desserts, drinks tea out of antique teacups, and spends too much time on deviantArt, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Scarlette is Davonna’s debut novel of epic-historical-fairy-tale-proportions, which she knows the Brothers Grimm would say is wicked cool.

Currently, she's represented by fabulous independent agent Roxanne McHenry who is waving wands to make all of Davonna's dreams come true.

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1 comment:

  1. Kristina, thanks for being a part of the SCARLETTE tour! :) Just wanted to let you know that a new short story from the woodcutter, Francois', perspective is being released in the free new edition this weekend via Amazon. Thanks again! :)