The compelling heroine of Eve Marie Mont's acclaimed novel A Breath of Eyre returns to find truth and fiction merging through the pages of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic, The Scarlet Letter. . .
Emma Townsend is back at prestigious Lockwood Prep, but her world has altered immeasurably since her tumultuous sophomore year. The best change of all: her boyfriend, Gray. And though Gray is leaving for Coast Guard training, Emma feels newly optimistic, even if the pain of her mother's long-ago death still casts a shadow.
Yet Emma isn't the only one who's changed. Her friend and roommate, Michelle, is strangely remote, and old alliances are shifting in disconcerting ways. Soon Emma's long-distance relationship with Gray is straining under the pressure, and Emma wonders if she's cracking too. How else to explain the vivid dreams of Hester Prynne she's been having since she started reading The Scarlet Letter? Or the way she's found herself waking in the woods? As her life begins to echo events in the novel, Emma will be forced to choose between virtue and love. But can she forge a new future without breaking her heart?
"Richly satisfying. . .a smart and rewarding ode to literature." --Kirkus on A Breath of Eyre (starred review)
Praise for A Breath of Eyre
"Exceptional and unique. . . A breath of fresh air for hungry readers looking for that special touch that makes a book stand out from the rest of the pack." --The New York Journal of Books
"Bronte fans should appreciate this romantic, time-slipping reimagining that addresses finding a voice in writing and in life." --Publishers Weekly
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a good sequel.
This was more 3.5 stars for me. Girl on the cover kind of reminds me of Mila Kunis. While I liked the first book, which had Emma dream of Jane Eyre, with the sequel she's dreaming of the Scarlet Letter. Oh boy what a book this was. Had so much angst and moments for the first half where I just face palmed, thinking, not again! It did feel slow at times, pacing wise but got better halfway into and near the end of the book. I put off reading this but thought got a bunch of series to catch up on. As for the Scarlet Letter, I hadn't seen or read the book but know a bit of the story. Anyway, the rest of the book got better, though I liked it a bit more when Emma wasn't dreaming of the characters from the story. Ironic I know. Thankfully there's a bit of character development in this one, especially with a certain character from the first book. This was good, not as good as Breath but still good. To be honest, looking forward to the finale which will be based on the Phantom. Can't wait for that actually!!!!
A Touch of Scarlet, from its title, is about The Scarlet Letter. It is not a retelling, far from it, but the main protagonist, Emma, ends up in a parallel world, the one from The Scarlet Letter, by entering a dreamlike state. This happens every time she ends up going near the place where she got struck by lightening (and survived). This book is also set in Emma's boarding school where she is entering as a Junior. The beginning of the book showed us that she is finally in relationship with Gray who was in A Breath of eyre. The plot does not slow down one bit, where there are a lot of romantic anguish concerning our couple along with some possibility of a love triangle, as well as a very surprising yet satisfying ending. 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
Eve Marie Mont’s A Touch of Scarlet, sequel to her debut teen novel A Breath of Eyre, catches up with Emma Townsend, who is now in her third year at Lockwood Prep. Emma navigates through the typical events of Junior year, such as PSATs, college visits, prom, etc. Along the way she realigns some old relationships, makes new friends, makes some good choices and a few she may regret. At the book’s end, like Hester Prynne, heroine of Hawthorne’s A Scarlet Letter, (on which this book is based) Emma emerges as a young woman who has the strength of her convictions. Readers will enjoy seeing changes in some of the other characters from the first book, as they also mature and evolve. 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.