Scarlet Moon (Once upon a Time Series)

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The True Face of Love
Ruth's grandmother lives in the forest, banished there for the "evil" that the townsfolk believed she practiced. But if studying the stars, learning about nature, and dreaming of flying is evil, then Ruth is guilty of it too. Whenever Ruth took food and supplies to her grandmother, she would sit with the old woman for hours, listening and learning.
When she wasn't in the woods, Ruth was ...

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Overview

The True Face of Love
Ruth's grandmother lives in the forest, banished there for the "evil" that the townsfolk believed she practiced. But if studying the stars, learning about nature, and dreaming of flying is evil, then Ruth is guilty of it too. Whenever Ruth took food and supplies to her grandmother, she would sit with the old woman for hours, listening and learning.
When she wasn't in the woods, Ruth was learning the trade of her father, a blacksmith, now that her brother would never return from the Crusades.
Amidst those dark days, a new man enters Ruth's life. William is a noble with a hot temper and a bad name, and he makes her shiver. But the young man is prey to his heritage, a curse placed on his family ages ago, and each male of the family has strange blood running in his veins. Now Ruth must come face-to-face with his destiny at Grandma's house

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After drawing on mermaid myths for her novel Midnight Pearls, Debbie Vigui now reworks Little Red Riding Hood into a gothic romance set against the Crusades in Scarlet Moon. Feisty Ruth, a blacksmith by trade, was brutally attacked by a wolf as a child. Now she finds herself drawn to William, a mysterious lord with an ancient family secret and the same striking green eyes as the wolf that assailed her. Magic, herbalism and curses work into this creatively conceived tale. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This romance from the "Once Upon a Time" series is based on the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood with a suggestion of Peter and the Wolf thrown in. When Ruth was young, she was brutally attacked by a wolf—in reality, a werewolf. His green eyes still haunt her and show up years later in the form of William, the local Earl, although Ruth does not readily make this connection. In the meantime, Ruth's brother and cousin have gone to fight in the Crusades, and Ruth assists her father, the local blacksmith. Because of her masculine profession and attire, she has become somewhat of a social outcast, much like her grandmother who was banished to the woods for being a witch. William is attracted to Ruth's fierce independence and seeks to woo her, but his control over the wolf side of him starts breaking down when he gives in to his animal lust for Ruth. Cousin Peter, who returns from the Crusades, seems to know William's evil secret and warns Ruth to leave him. Ruth, however, is drawn to him and even when she learns his secret cannot break away. The danger of the woods and wolves is not confined to William, and Ruth must solve the mystery. The grandmother's simple solution at the end detracts from the story, and the book is at times disjointed and some characters rather sketchy, but is still an enjoyable read for followers of the "Once Upon a Time" series. 2004, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, Ages 12 up.
—Kathryn Erskine
KLIATT
For YAs who loved fairy tales when they were younger, this spellbinding novel is an essential read. Viguie has transformed the story of Little Red Riding Hood into a riveting, romantic saga. The novel is set during the Crusades and delves into the life of a young maiden, Ruth, who is attacked by a wolf as a child. The heroine struggles through trials and triumphs as events alter her life forever: she experiences love for the first time, sees a brother off to war, and takes employment in a man's position. In this novel, Viguie explores the standards of conventional gender roles and classic literary archetypes while developing a tale that explores and develops all of the questions readers might have after reading the tales of the Brothers Grimm. Scarlet Moon, as well as Midnight Pearls and the other retold fairy tales in this series, are a welcome addition to any YA collection. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Simon & Schuster, Pulse, 157p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Joni Spurrier
Kirkus Reviews
A lively re-imagining of Red Riding Hood for romantic older girls. When Ruth was small, a wolf with green eyes attacked her: her brother saved her, but she has never forgotten. Her brother Stephen and her cousin Peter go off to the Crusades; Ruth remains, assisting her blacksmith father and visiting her grandmother, who lives in the forest. Ruth loves to learn the lore of plants and herbs from her grandmother even as she loves learning the working of metal from her father, but her grandmother has been banished from the village for fear of witchcraft. Peter comes back from war broken and Stephen has died. A local noble, William, Earl of Lauton, finds Ruth at the shop and far from being put off by her doing men's work, is strangely drawn to her, as Ruth is to him, even when she notices he has the same green eyes as the wolf of her nightmares. Viguie neatly weaves werewolf tales, a scarlet cloak lined with Ruth's brother's armor, a sentient forest, and a certain amount of passionate kissing into her narrative without getting silly or stupid. Teen girls will swoon. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689867163
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 4/6/2004
  • Series: Once upon a Time Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 545,607
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Viguié’s Simon Pulse books include the New York Times bestselling Wicked series and the Once upon a Time novels Violet Eyes, Scarlet Moon, and Midnight Pearls. She lives in Florida with her husband, Scott. Visit her at DebbieViguie.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    The best book of this series!!

    It's very moving, full of romance, suspicion, adventure, and fantasy. Definetly recommend it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    A Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood

    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 you entertained and interested throughout the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Loved it!!! I will read it again and again!

    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 twist. The book begins with Ruth, the protagonist of the book, skipping along on her way to her grandmother's house with her elder brother when they are confronted with a wolf. The wolf attacks Ruth and Ruth's brother tries to kill the beast. While the wolf is attacking, Ruth looks into its eyes and notices that they are not the yellow she has seen before, but a piercing green that she will never forget, "I never knew wolves had green eyes, she thought before darkness claimed her."


    This book is a different rendition of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. The story continues with Ruth becoming a woman and her brother going off to fight in the Crusades. She is left to help her father with the shop and becomes a skilled blacksmith. She does have a grandmother lives in the nearby woods. Her grandmother is said to be a witch that was banished from the village. Ruth goes there often to learn from her and see what new things she has conjured up. She then meets William, Earl of Lauton. With this, she falls in love and things began to happen.


    I feel that this book has many strengths. I feel that the writing was so phenomenal, I didn't want to put it down. Granted, there were times where I thought the book was dragging, but it picked up and I wanted to read on. I did feel like the love part toward the end of the book seem to be a little strange. William and Ruth were in an embrace and Ruth had a dagger between them. As they held tighter and tighter to one another, the dagger dug into Ruth, "She could feel the blade cutting yet deeper into her as he crushed her tighter, but it didn't matter." I found it strange that she didn't care that the dagger was drawing blood. The only thing, I think, that she was thinking was about the next time he would kiss her. Love is blinding, or deadly.


    In the end, I would read this book again and again. I also think that I would read other books that Debbie Viguie, the author, has written because this one left me feeling happy and I love books that make people feel this way.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    DEfinetly different

    I loved the concept of rearranging a classic fairy tale like little red riding hood that consisted of no romance, and added romance. I loved this story, i am not fond of other retelling they always seem so pityful with the damsel in distress and such things. But in scarlet moon the main character was all but in distress she was a strong girl. I would love to see other works by this writer and maybe a few in first person.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2011

    "Little Red Riding Hood" goes gothic

    I've recently finished all of the books and so I've decided to review each of them in the following categories: story, characters, and my final comments. (Warning: Spoiler Alert on this whole review) (Story): An interesting take on "Little Red Riding Hood" is set during the third Crusade. Fifteen-year old Ruth lives with her blacksmith father, Jacob, in a small village in twelfth-century England. Because her older brother Stephen is serving in the Crusades, she has become his apprentice. Not only that, she also takes supplies weekly to her grandmother who lives in the back of the woods, having been sent there by the villagers because they thought she practiced witchcraft. But this is hard for Ruth, because when she was little, she was attacked by a wolf in the woods, now she's afraid whenever she goes there. Later on, a nobleman named William enters the village, seeking new horseshoes from Jacob. When Ruth meets him, she is intimidated by him, but little does she know that William hides a dark secret. Once again, I loved Viguie's storytelling style. She made it seem for me like I was actually there and the forest actually scared me. It was perfect for the setting of the book. (Characters): The main character, Ruth, is unlike any Red Riding Hood I've read about. During the nine years her brother was gone, she's helped her father make swords and horseshoes, and has even learned how to fight. But she has her fear of the woods as well, which I thought made her a relatable character. In a twist on the story, the wolf, or werewolf, William, becomes her love-interest. I could tell he was suffering from the curse that wasn't his fault, and he loved Ruth enough to let her know that she would be safer without him. Ruth's grandmother, Giselle, is also an interesting, likable character. The main thing she does is study nature and teaches Ruth what she knows. But even though she's old, she has a stature to be reckoned with. (Final Comments): I loved this medieval-style retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" and, in fact, I wish it were longer. Great for anyone who loves the story or the time period.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2009

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    One of the best

    Scarlet Moon is my favorite book of the once a upon a time series. The love between the characters is more real and very dark. I suggest this book for all teen girls who are looking for a short romance novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    Lust NOT Love!

    I very much wanted to read this book throughout, but I could not bring myself to finish it. I felt disgusted with it and thought that the characters did not fall for one another for love, but lust. I love the Once Upon a Time series and recommend Water Song, Snow, Midnight Pearls and The Crimson Thread, but not this particular book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    So-So

    Sadly, I only rate this 4 stars. While it got better the farther you read into the book, many things were obvious and the author's writing was very crontradicting. It was repetitive in some places and felt child like and incomplete in others. I'm not dissapointed in buying the book, I love having it for my collection of the Once Upon a Time Series. Though it was still good, I think that she could have done more with it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007

    VERY COOL

    This book was very differnt from what i had expected but very good. The endding is very unexpected but veryveryveryveryveryvey....... good!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2006

    I love this book

    I used to hate the story of Little Red Riding Hood and how she just got eaten up at the end of it. But Scarlet Moon made all of that change. I love the twists in the plot and the structure of the story.If you love fairy tales, or retold fairy tales this is an absolute must read book. I've changed my mind about hating Little Red Riding hood, when now I actually love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    The Best One in the Series!!

    This book was simply fantastic! I thought the beginning was intriuging, the middle was great, and the ending was satisfying. Trust me, this book won't disappoint you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    the best book in my opinion

    i loved this book so much all my friends had to read it and all they say is how great it is. I love the way Viguie keeps William a mystery but at the same time he takes your breath away. Ruth is my idol, she is strong brave and she goes throught so much and yet she turns out alright. Viguie is a talented righter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    WOW!!!!

    I have read almost all of the books in this series and I have to say that this one was my favorite. It put the perfect twist on a classic fairy tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2005

    'Mind you eyes, I don't belong to you!'

    ~Scarlet Moon~ I really enjoyed this book! It was exciting and suspenseful from beginning to end! Usually I don't really like first chapters in ANY book! But this one was great!! I loved the Grandmother! she cracked me up! The plot was an exciting -and romantic- twist on little red ridding hood. You would think it to be stupid, but Viguie did an excellent job on elaborating the basic story. The last few chapters i was (literally) on the edge of my seat! I highly recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    Oustanding

    Scarlet Moon was FANTASTIC!!! i started reading Once Upon a Time books because my best friend introduced them to me and i kept looking for more. this book is written very well and the love is just so complete. you feel as if you are the one who is in love. you feel the hurt and want to keep reading just to know what happens. i recommend this to all romance and a little action lovers. you will love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    Awesome Retelling

    I've never been one for the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' but this was totally awesome. I liked Debbie Viguie's 'Midnight Pearls' and so I thought I might like this one as well. The only problem? It was short, maybe to short for how much I liked it, and so it ended way to soon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Minnie

    Hey Ry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Kk

    Bright blonde hair...Has beach tan skin...loves to go surfing and skatebording...Name is Kaili (pronounced callie)...is 14 and wants a bf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Bella bio

    Long wavy brown hair with green eyes. Single. Loves sports ESPECIALLY SOFTBALL!!! Is fun and loyal and a very good friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Dannys bio

    Brown hair and dark green eyes single. Fun personailty. Likes girls fun and soccer. Thats it.

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