Graphic Novel Review: The Scarlet Rose

Scarlet Rose #1 by Patricia Lyfoung

2 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


Maud’s father is murdered by an assassin looking for a book containing the secret to a great treasure. Maud swears to avenge her father’s death, and wants to join a bandit named the Fox, who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Maud has to move in with her aristocratic grandfather, who only wants to control her and force her to marry a nobleman. Maud becomes the masked Scarlet Rose, and works on her fencing skills so she can become a highway bandit, and get one step closer to her father’s killer.

The plot is predictable and full of Robin Hood tropes. The characters are boring and obvious. The writing is blah. The artwork is okay, but nothing special. It’s not horrible, but it’s not good either. I’ve read worse, but I’ve also read much better.
Everything is just so predictable and boring. Every single reaction from every character is exactly what you expect it to be. Oh, she doesn’t want to wear pretty dresses and go to fancy balls and get married? No kidding, what a surprise. I didn’t need half a chapter to explain that.
Oh, her grandfather is all angry and gruff because she isn’t a proper young lady? Wow, never saw that coming.
Oh, that nobleman guy that she likes just happens to secretly be the Fox? My God, I never would have guessed. Especially since he’s the only other male character under 60 in the entire book. *rolls eyes * BORING.

Tropes everywhere. Nothing original or interesting!

The dialogue is painful to read, because it explains obvious things. “We must send for the doctor!” “No, we can’t afford one. We already have barely enough to live on.”-pg.10.
Boom, the Fox shows up with some money he stole from rich people. Wow, what a great bunch of dialogue. I’m so glad that they explained clearly that they were poor and sick, and that I was forced to read it with my eyes. My brain is so engaged in this story right now. NOT really.

The only good part of the book was when she fell into the pig pen! haha! I liked that part. Her pretty yellow dress got all covered in mud and it was delightful. Mainly because it wasn’t boring!

Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

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