Saturday, March 23, 2013

Scarlette Blog Tour

Author: Davonna Juroe
Release Date: Oct 12, 2012

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.

This year I have read more retellings then I ever have before and honestly I had no idea what I was missing out on. I love going in to a story with some idea of what is going to happen then being completely surprised and blown away by how the author makes the retelling their own. That is exactly what Juroe did with Scarlette!

Scarlette is a loose retelling for the Little Red Riding Hood story. Scarlette lives in a small forest town with her Mother, and Grandmother in France. Only things are not all well for Scarlette her Mother treats her terribly (I mean really badly) and her only friend is of the fair weather variety. I actually spent a lot of time feeling sorry for Scarlette her life just seems so utterly hopeless and I was thankful multiple times that I did not have to live in ye olden France!

It’s hard for me to discuss character development aside from Scarlette’s in this novel just because everyone was getting killed off! I really had no idea who the wolf was going to strike next and because of all the killings I never let myself get attached too any one character. I did admire Scarlette’s steadfastness toward her Grandmother, and how in the end she was willing to do anything to save those she cared about. While Scarlette was young and naive she really became a strong character.

There was a very loose love triangle in Scarlette between The Woodcutter, The Baron, and Scarlette. It was readily apparent who Scarlette preferred though so the possibility of a triangle never bothered me, and honestly the romance in the story came second to the mystery surrounding the wolf.

What I liked the best about this novel was Juroe’s story telling ability for most of the novel I will admit to having no idea who the wolf was and even toward the end when I had a clear idea of what was happening I still wasn’t sure how things were going to end. The type of books that keep you guessing are some of my favorites and Scarlette definitely kept me guessing.

Author Bio:
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.

Special Message:
**On the last day of the tour 3/23 (today!) Scarlette will be available for FREE on Amazon! Make sure to snap up your copy quickly, I can guarentee you won't regret the decision!


  1. Emily, thanks for your thoughtful review of SCARLETTE and being a part of the blog tour! Just wanted to let you know that SCARLETTE is being re-released this weekend and includes a new short story from the woodcutter's (Francois) perspective, which brings a new take on the ending, along with a new author's note on the history of Red Riding Hood. It will actually be offered for free on both March 23rd & 24th via Amazon. Thanks again! :)

  2. I have been curious about this book. I love fairytale retellings and Little Red Riding Hood is one of my favorites. Great review. I must add this to my TBR and get it read.

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