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Scarlet Moon (Once upon a Time) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2004
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The story of "Rotkäppchen" (literally "red cap") by Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm published in "Kinder- und Hausmärchen" (1812) is the most familiar version of the tale. But that is based on Charles Perrault's "Le petit chaperon rouge" (1697), Ludwig Tiekc's 1800 play "Leben und Tod des kleinen Rotkäppchens: eine Tragödie" (which is where the hunter is added to the tale), and an oral version collected by Jeanette Hassenpflug. There are also oral tales from Northern Italy, the Tyrol and the Pyrennees the basic plot elements of which have been found in Oriental tales from China, Japan and Korea. The universality of the story is rooted in its fundamental themes of female pubescence and awakening sexuality, the contrasting notions of male and female heroism, the importance of family ties and obeying your parents, and the conflict between society and nature.Read more ›
Nine years pass and still the crusades rage on. Ruth has become a strong young woman, accustomed to hard work thanks to the hours she puts in as a blacksmith to her father's secret shame. She visits her grandmother, Giselle, whenever she can, knowing that the studious old woman is not welcome in the village thanks to her "Witchcraft" like interests, even though she has a few other visitors coming to learn what she knows. One day, Ruth's cousin Peter returns from Jerusalem, thin and wretched and with a haunted look that alarms Ruth, especially after he delivers the news that Stephen was killed in battle. Ruth is greatly disturbed by this and retreats into her work to dull the pain.
A chance encounter at the smith proves to be Ruth's undoing. After an altercation with Simon, the local tanner, ends in angry blows exchanged a handsome young noble man named William steps in to right the situation.Read more ›
I highly recommend this wonderful blend of fairy tale, history, romance, and magic to teen readers. This enchanting, romantic love story is my favorite book from the "Once Upon a Time" series. I love the setting, characters, and the very romantic love story.
Viguie's interpretation of the Little Red Riding Hood story is good: she provides a reason why Grandma is only accessible by walking a dangerous path through the woods and the idea that the wolf is really a werewolf is rather clever and allows the wolf to be an actual character (as someone else pointed out, regular wolves don't really talk, so couldn't really do much besides be dangerous).
The book itself, despite its interesting concept, is rather boring. The biggest problem is the utter lack of chemistry between the two leads. Despite the fact that they are constantly stating how in love (lust?) they are with each other (particularly William), they are pretty dull when together. Furthermore, William blaming his bloodlust on his attraction to Ruth (and telling her this) is not very heroic. There is also little explanation about WHY William doesn't simply lock himself in a dungeon cell during a full moon instead of running off into the woods. He doesn't seem very proactive in stopping himself from killing innocent people.Read more ›
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I absolutely LOVE this book. I've read it so many times over the past 10 years that the binding is barely holding together. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Plot was silly. Too juvenile. Too easy to guess the outcome. Would have been better if there had been a better and longer plot.Published 17 months ago by Grandma Ruth
I love the Once Upon a Time Fairytales! They are so much fun to read. Some I give 4 stars, and some I give 5. This one was a 5 star book! It was such a fun read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kathryn Cooper Writes
It was a very interesting spin on little red riding hood...I like some of her other books better, but still not a bad read.Published on August 16, 2013 by Karbear
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This is a wonderfully written Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood filled with love and Romance as well as a touch of mystery and some unexpected twists and surprises that will keep... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Crystal_Dark
It was a good book, however a fast read. It had good character development as well as storyline, kept reader engaged.Published on December 24, 2012 by Vickie Roner
LOVED LOVED LOVED!! I wasn't expecting much, and i was pleasantly surprised. Loved every moment of this book, so beautiful and adorable :)Published on December 22, 2011 by Cupcakequeen
The Scarlet Moon is a wonderful book and I would recommend it to young women who like to hear of love and romance with a twisted. Read morePublished on July 19, 2011 by Jennifer Eagle