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A Touch of Scarlet (Unbound) Paperback – March 26, 2013
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From School Library Journal
- Publisher : K-Teen; 1st edition (March 26, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 255 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0758269498
- ISBN-13 : 978-0758269492
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Grade level : 8 - 12
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 0.86 x 8.26 inches
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In this second book of her Unbound trilogy, Ms Mont tackles some weighty issues such as social ostracism and teen bullying. There are also plenty of fun passages, surprising developments, and interesting situations that keep the plot moving at a pleasant pace. The writing is fresh, imaginative, and contemporary with a classic twist. I highly recommend A Touch of Scarlet for readers of all ages, and I eagerly await the final volume of the trilogy, A Phantom Enchantment.
As the novel begins, Emma's class is reading Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter", and although she finds the book dark and much too wordy, she is fascinated by and ultimately filled with admiration for its very strong heroine. She is transported during one of her runs in the woods into the world of Hester Prynne, where she finds she is part of the nightmare that is Hester's situation. How she deftly merges Emma's future encounters with Hester and her 17th century world is both imaginative and believable.
Several things set this YA novel apart. As a mature reader, I appreciated the beautiful prose, the humor, and the originality. Describing her feelings after being informed about Gray's leaving for Coast guard training, Emma
thinks "all the butterflies that had ever fluttered in my stomach seemed to have died and rotted inside me."
Teens would surely identify with the very real dialogue and the high school situations (the dissection of the cat is Biology lab was clinically descriptive but somewhat hilarious). They might also enjoy the references to music. Emma's friend Owen is now in a band and the author has obviously devoted time and thought to telling us the
songs played to evoke a certain mood for specific scenes. There is even a playlist at the end of the book.
I would recommend this book to readers of all ages as a very engaging, unique read.
If you guys have read my review of A Breath of Eyre you would know that I enjoyed it but wasn't that impressed by it. Even with that I thought I would give A Touch of Scarlet a try and I am glad I did. In a Touch of Scarlet, you really feel that the characters are wearing an extra layer, whether it be emotional baggage or finding a friend in a person you least expected it from. Emma and Michelle's friendship was strained and challenged throughout the novel but at the same time new friendships were formed from two of the "fearsome four" in A Breath of Eyre, if you guys remember them, they are basically Emma and Michelle's mortal enemies. I love that Eve allowed us to find the good in some of these people and that they could repent for their wrongdoings and aren't all a bunch of heartless mean girls, though the other half of that crew proved just that. As for Emma and Gray, I just have to say that I was very disappointed in how Gray handled the relationship and felt very sorry for Emma. I felt that Gray, at 19, was too immature and made some decisions that you could tell were stupid from a mile away. However the star in this book is Emma; she was forgiving, a good friend, and wasn't the type that was consumed by any relationship troubles she was facing.
You are all wondering where The Scarlet Letter fits into all this, unlike A Breath of Eyre, Emma didn't spend as much time in the parallel world. I honestly REALLY appreciated that because I was more concerned with the development of Emma's actual life. The Scarlet Letter was more like a guiding hand, steering her in the right direction as well as opening her heart and mind to the things around her. A Touch of Scarlet