I’ve recently become fascinated with fairytales and retellings, so when I saw the description for this book I couldn’t wait to check it out. And I’m so glad that I did.
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.
One of my favorite things about fairytales and retellings is being able to compare them, to see how they are similar and how they differ. It’s always fun to see others interpretations of classic stories and being able to read Davonna’s was great. I love how she weaved specific elements in while still managing to make it her own story.
Another aspect that I really enjoyed was the use of a historic even. Set in France during the 18th century, Davonna did a fabulous job of really showing what life would have been like during that time period and how people survived. With all of our modern advancements, it’s difficult to remember that things weren’t always as they are now, and I really enjoyed how Davonna showed the peoples mindsets and societal notions so accurately.
If all of that wasn’t enough, there were also some pretty great twists and turns to keep readers on their toes. From who could be involved to the myths and legends also introduced, there’s a little bit of everything for readers to enjoy. Including some pretty swoony French guys to fawn over.
If you would like to get your hands on a copy then check this out:
On March 23rd, the last day of the tour, the author will make SCARLETTE free to download off of Amazon. So be sure to check it out and get your copy.