Review: Red Riding Hood

October 1, 2012 Review 3 ★★★

Review: Red Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
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Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 352
Release Date: January 25th 2011
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Historical, Media Tie-In, Young Adult
Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henri, 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 werewolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But 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 creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the Blood Moon wanes . . . or everyone she loves will die. This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale, and for readers who want even more of Valerie's riveting story, a bonus chapter that extends the drama is available at

So this book was a definite three stars. I liked it. But it wasn’t something I’d recommend to most people. I’ve read a few other books based on scripts of movies and they were iffy. This followed the script almost to a T which I liked, and the author was really descriptive and wrote in a way where I felt like I was in the world of the movie.

Now you must be thinking if it was like the movie, and like you lived in their world, why didn’t you rate it higher? Well honestly It mostly comes down mostly to the fact that I was half way through the book before anything really happened. Exactly 50% though the book before Father Soloman even shows up to help them kill the wolf. What happened the first chunk of the book? Mostly Valerie talking about how much she wanted to be with Peter and not Henry but still seeming like she kinda liked Henry at the same time.


The whole Peter love thing was annoying at first. I mean I get that they were childhood friends, but his leaves town when they were young and then shows up one day. And the moment she sees him she “Loves” him and is willing to run away with him. Excuse me when I puke up my last meal over this cheesy over done love plot.


In the movie it didn’t come off like that at all, it was actually romantic.

Other than those it was a decent book. If you really enjoyed the movie you should probably read it.

Rating Report
Overall: 3

3 Responses to “Review: Red Riding Hood”

    • The Book Blondes

      Yep, especially after they get repetitive. If you think it’s scary just because of the font-don’t. It’s really just action, not gory scenes or anything.

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