RED RIDING HOOD by Sarah Blakley Cartwright [REVIEW]

I love fairytales. From the grimmest of the Grimm’s, to the wonderful world of Disney, there has never been a fairytale that I haven’t jumped on board with. I especially love the retelling of classic fairytales, which is why I jumped at the chance to review Sarah Blakley Cartwright’s RED RIDING HOOD.

As a tie-in novel to the upcoming film (which will be released to theaters on March 11), I was basing my initial thoughts of the Red Riding Hood novel with the trailers and images I’d seen of the film. I’m here to tell you not to do that. The marketing for the film give the story a much more fanciful feel; and this didn’t really translate to print well.

Don’t get me wrong, the story was amazing. In fact, I loved it! What isn’t there to like about the retelling of such a classic story like Red Riding Hood? And throw in a little humanity for the wolf character, and background into Red’s life, and the story is a great one.

Valerie (Red Riding Hood) is a young girl living in a village that has been plagued by a wolf as long as anyone can remember. When Valerie’s sister is killed by said wolf, the story is set into motion to rid the village of the thing once and for all. However, it’s not as cut and dry as it sounds.

Valerie is a great character – strong, lovable, and gives the two men in her life a run for their money. The huntsman from the story is now Peter (a wood cutter), and he ends up being a problem for Valerie’s fiancĂ©e Henry.

Without giving too much of the plot away, the story telling is brilliant. Carwright did an amazing job at taking a story that is familiar to everyone and putting a spin on it without taking away from the original folklore (which I’m thankful for!).

The only problem that I had with the story (and which is why I gave it the rating that I did) was the ending. I received a note from the publisher stating another chapter would be available online on March 14 at 9AM eastern time at to coincide with the film release, so I’m going to be taking a peek at that when it is available to see if the ending is a little more solid than what was in the novel.

Overall Red Riding Hood is fun, a page turner, and if you like fairytales and the paranormal genre, a must read!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Poppy | Pages: 352 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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