May 3, 2011

All the Better to Eat You With • Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood book cover
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright 
(adapted from screenplay by David Leslie Johnson)
Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: January 25, 2011 
Source/Format: Bought || Paperback

Valerie's sister has been killed the legendary creature known only as The Wolf. She finds herself caught up in the mystery and mayhem surrounding the object of her village's fear. With the help of her grandmother, and alongside the men searching for the beast, Valerie attempts to discover who the wolf really is - before it's too late.

The best part of Red Riding Hood? It was definitely not what I was expecting it to be. I would keep trying to guess what would happen next, then the story would flip completely and make me change my mind and find another possible ending. The allure of the mystery is what had me hooked on this book all the way up until the end (and I'm not going to say what the results of the whole investigation were).

Red Riding Hood is obviously a remake of the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairytale. I think that, as an adaptation of the movie's screenplay (and I have yet to watch the movie), the book told a very interesting story - there's a village, there's a wolf, there's a sacrifice and there's death and destruction. It's an epic, scary sort of fairytale and I enjoyed it thoroughly, despite feeling slightly unsettled and creeped out at times. (Obviously, I don't recommend reading it late at night if you're a scaredy pants like me!)

I like the characters, but I have no particular preference or favorite that stood out amongst them. It was really the plot that drew me in, and the mystery surrounding the identity of the wolf. There's a lot about the story that you only discover later on, so it's up to you as the reader to put all the pieces together. All in all, Red Riding Hood was an intriguing read.


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