Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review: Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Title: Red Riding Hood
Author: Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Read copy: eBook
Published: January 25, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316176249
ISBN-13: 9780316176248

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.

My rating:

Somewhere along the lines of the Twilight saga, only slightly worse (if that's possible). Juvenile writing, one-dimensional, bland characters...One of the worst excuses for a fairy-tale remake I've ever read. And you have to visit a website to even read the ending.

P.S. The movie isn't any better.


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