Friday, May 13, 2011

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson

Genre: teen fantasy
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 329
Synopsis: The blacksmith would marry her. The woodcutter would run away with her. The werewolf would turn her into one of its own.

Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tried to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.

After her sister's violet death, Valerie's world begins to spiral out of control. For generation, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them--it could be anyone in town.

It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes...or everyone she loves will die.


I LOVED this story! I never managed to see the movie when it was out in theaters, but the book was wonderful. Blakley-Cartwright strung her words together in lovely sentences that were beautiful to read.

Red Riding Hood is a excellent spin off of the classic fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Blakley-Cartwright included all the important characters: Little Red, the grandmother, and the wolf. And the item for which the book is named: the red riding hood. The town of Daggerhorn was, in my opinion, perfectly crafted with the townspeople and the layout of the village and all the side characters each had a place in the story, and weren't just pointlessly present throughout the novel.

Overall, this was a magnificent and action-filled novel that grabbed my attention from the opening: Once upon a time...there was a girl...and there was a Wolf. Doesn't it just give you the shivers?! I'm hoping to see the movie soon and see how they adapted the story. The ending was shocking, and my opinion changed so often that I never quite guessed who the Wolf was (and honestly, you'll never figure out who the actual Wolf is until you read the bonus chapter at This was a fantastic story! I'd highly recommend it!

The Cover: Perfect. I loved the Wolf's shadow and Valerie running off into the woods. And the little writing in the upper corner was so cool: Good girls don't talk to werewolves. I could live without the small black circle in the corner, though.

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