Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

FYI some spoilers. I try to keep the spoilers to a minimum and to things that come early in the book.

Valerie’s sister was the “good” daughter. Beautiful, kind, sweet, the perfect daughter. Lucie was also the perfect sister for Valerie, and Valerie loved her with all her heart. But now Lucie is dead. Killed by the Wolf, who is only supposed to come out full moon each month. A sacrificial offer was presented the month Lucie was killed, but this month a new moon has come: a blood moon. The four days this moon will be in allow the Wolf to openly attack anyone. Anyone bitten in this period will become a Wolf as well. During this tumultuous time period, Valerie’s life starts to fully unravel. A marriage is sudden thrust upon her. Her true love, a man who is hated by the village and was outcast years ago, wants to run away with her. Her betrothed is someone who her sister loved dearly. Her mother is trying to control her. And her father is the town drunk. When an expert, brutal huntsman comes to help the small village and the Wolf threatens to kill everyone Valerie loves, Valerie must make decide if she will be the damsel in distress or if she will be the hero of the day.

This book is a retelling of the classic fairy tale of the same name; however, the classic part of the fairy tell doesn’t come into play until you read the bonus chapter on the website. You heard that right: the book is incomplete. It could end where it does in the book, but that ending leaves the story open to a lot of interpretation. The end chapter is also very vague on who the Wolf really is. You really do need to read the bonus chapter on the book’s website to figure out the whole story and have a complete ending. I do not like how the author and/or publishing company decided to do this. It feels like it was a cheap way to get views on their website. I also have issue with how the book was written. I like how a lot of books, such as The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy, switch POV throughout the book. With other books the POV switches chapter to chapter, meaning each chapter is a different character. This book does switch POV, but it switches POV sentence to sentence sometimes, meaning a random sentence in the chapter will start a different narrative. Not only was this confusing to me, but it made the story not flow as well in my opinion. I can understand why the author chose to write the book like this. The book is based on a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson and the way the writing is would be perfect for a play adaptation. Despite these criticisms I found the book enjoyable. I loved the world Sarah Blakley-Cartwright created and thought the characters were engaging and charming, despite the many confusing scenes and the ambiguity of the book ending. I give this book 3/5.

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