Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home. After her sister's violent death, Valerie's world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them - it could be anyone in town. It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes... or everyone she loves will die. The blacksmith would marry her, the woodcutter would run away with her, and the werewolf would turn her into one of its own.

My take: 3 looks
Intriguing premise to retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood! This book follows the original closely, even down to filling the belly of the wolf's body with heavy stones. The back stories of the characters are nice additions and very plausible in a story that has wolves talking.

It was a nice, easy read, which I needed after finishing my last (rather intense) book. I read this one in a few hours.

Recommended as a great "palate cleanser" between books.

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