Saturday, March 12

Review: Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood
Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson

Published By: ATOM
Publication Date: February, 24 2011
Date Read: March 10, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 392

From Goodreads:
The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat. Her flesh mutilated by telltale claw marks. The Wolf has broken the peace. When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town? Is it her betrothed, Henry? Or someone even closer to her? As the men in the village hunt for the beast, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long. Will Valerie discover the werewolf's identity before the town is ripped apart? This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale, the happy ending could be hard to find.

I really enjoyed this book. I decided to read this book after I saw the trailer for the movie.
I loved this new twist on the classic fairytale.
It follows Valerie, a girl who lives in a small town which is threatened by a wolf. As Valerie has to come to terms with being in love with Peter but being betrothed to Henry. As she is ready to run away with her love, the wolf strikes the village with tragedy as her sister's body is found. Having to cope with her sisters death and trying to find out who the wolf is, she is tormented by the fact that the wolf is drawn to her and she can hear it when no-one else can.
I felt so much along with Valerie in this book. I felt her heartbreak as she had to come to terms with being betrothed to someone other than the person she loved.
I really felt that this book would have been so much better written in the first person as it would have made it more personal to the main characters. The book reads more like a movie as you see the perspective of all of the characters in a scene rather than the main characters.

The thing I really hated about this book is that there isn't an ending. As the book came out alongside the movie and producers did not want to ruin the end of the movie and so the last chapter will be released online after the movie has been released. I really didn't see the point in that and really just want to find out what will happen next.


  1. I think I might give this one a try. Great review

  2. It does sound real interesting! Although I can understand the frustration of not getting the last chapter until after the movie... Don't see the point in that either. Isn't that how it is with all other books made into a move anyway?

  3. yea Nat it is reli good :D
    i love that its a childs fairytale turned supernatural by making a normal wolf into a werewolf and added a love story :)

    bex - ikr, i sed god how pointless, its like when twilight came out sayinf 'excuse me can u take the books off the shelves and take away the end of the book so as not to spoil the movie' LOL

    i know how it ends tho, cnt wait till next week for the last chapter 2 go up online tho

  4. Lol, it is! Totally unnecessary. Oh well. And I can understand you'd want it up. Even if you know what's going to happen. ;)


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