Scarlette: A Gothic Folktale Kindle Edition
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Not just any dose really. Scarlette is essentially a combination of the "Little Red Riding Hood" fairy tale and paranormalcy (no, not the book) added in with history. It's very well written for Juroe's debut novel.
In Scarlette, we follow a peasant girl named Scarlette living in late eighteenth century France in the Gevaudan province who looks for the help of a woodcutter and a member of nobility to help save her grandmother from a wolf bite.
You might be wondering where the wolf's at. I'm not saying anything about that (welcome to the spoil-free zone ;)).
I won't say that I was terrified, because I definitely wasn't, but there were times where I practically breathed a sigh of relief that I was reading the book in the daytime (spared from nightmares! *cheer*). To be honest, I probably opened up Scarlette every time awkwardness commenced in a certain required reads (we all know how boring those can get) and was eager to finish up required reading just so I could open up Scarlette and read a book that is a thousand (possibly a million?) times more interesting and page turning than 1984.
The romance between the baron and Scarlette was probably a little too fast, though in the case of historical viewpoint, it probably wasn't too fast. In the modernly way, it was thankfully not written in a very awkward way (it was a little awkward...) in which I may have choked on water (or food...) with my eyes bugging out and frantically turning the pages to skip awkward parts while silently screaming my head off ("Oh, gods. Get. Me. Out. Of. Here. Now." *flip, flip*). It happens...
Scarlette is also written in a complex way that keeps the reader guessing. I had no way of knowing about the main character's mother or Jeanne's mother until it was revealed. In fact, I had no clue about the baron either, even though I had my suspicions. I basically just brushed it off.
I'm definitely not Sherlock material. *disappointed look* So much for wanting to be a detective one day... (kidding).
The very end seemed more of "oh, hey, there might be a sequel!" and a huge gap between the end and the epilogue. Thankfully, it had an ending that wrapped up well with a bow on top. The short story from Francois's point of view filled in the gap. ^_^
In two words though? Paranormally awesome. I know I made up paranormally. Would supernaturally work better? :p
Scarlette is a likable main character. I imagine even so for an actual teenager. There were a few points where she frustrated me (mostly maturity wise), but I had to think about what I would do in those circumstances - typically exactly what she was doing, which made me appreciate her more. I appreciated that she's a realistic character with flaws and growth. Could it have been a five star book had she been stronger? Potentially, but I'm not sure her character would have been as realistic then. I do really like seeing the growth in her from being entirely sheltered to the strength she gains along the way.
There are lots of suspenseful twists and turns - nearly each and every time that I thought I had everything all figured out, I was wrong. Once you travel down those windy paths, you'll notice some wonderful foreshadowing. The story that unravels is far more intense and layered that I had originally suspected, which is what had me glued to the pages, despite anything else in my life.
The only small issue I had with the book were that the ending was too rapid for my tastes - I actually had to reread to make sure I wasn't confused. A few details seemed to be lightly touched on, the tossed in the last few pages. I understand the reason for it -the reader can't know something before the telling character after all, but I was still ever so slightly confused the first read through.