Feb 15, 2012

Red Riding Hood.

Red Riding Hood.
Sarah Blakley -Cartwright.
Publication Date:March 16, 2011.
Genre:YA Fantasy,Horror,Romance.


I have wanted to Red Riding Hood for a while actually. I haven’t seen the movie yet and I’m glad I got to read the book first. I prefer to read the book before seeing the movie. It seems as not too many people seemed to like this book, however I loved it. I loved almost everything about this book. The Characters, the plot, the relationships between the characters. Reason I gave it 4 stars is because of incomplete ending when I read the ending, I like it to be in the actual book. Otherwise, the book was really interesting to read, I didn’t want to put it down till I reached the end.

For Generations, the wolf was kept at bay in village by monthly sacrifices, till Valerie is 17 years old when Wolf strikes, killing her sister, Lucie. Now, nobody is safe. Henry, a son of blacksmith tries to console Valerie but her heart belongs to someone else, an outcast woodcutter, Peter who after years of being gone, return. This complicates things when Valerie founds herself engaged to Henry. Peter offers her another life, to run away with him, to start a new life.

A Wolf expert comes to the village, to get rid of the Wolf. That’s when everyone realizes that the wolf could be anybody in the village. While the hunt is going on, Valerie soon realizes that she’s the only one who can hear the voice of the wolf. The Wolf tells her, to come away with him before the blood moon vanishes or he will kill everyone that she loves. Now Valerie has a choice to make

The beginning started out little slow for me but it picked up really fast for me after that. The story was pretty intense; it had a lot of action and horror added to it. I wondered after all this time, the wolf broke the peace and killed Lucie. I knew why by end, but it the beginning I wondered if Lucie actually went to meet the wolf or she just happened to be at wrong place, at wrong time. I did feel bad for Valerie, and for the family thought. I could tell that Valerie blamed herself as well.

I liked the chemistry between Peter & Valerie, yet I think that Valerie fell for Peter bit too fast. She only remembered him as a child and all of sudden when he comes back; she falls in love with him? It just didn’t seem too realistic to me. Otherwise, I loved their chemistry. I have a feeling that if her sister wasn’t killed, she would have run of with Peter. There was so much chemistry between two of them, so much passion, especially when they kissed. I felt bad for Henry though, I could tell that he really cared about her. I wish, she would at least give him some sort of chance. I was bit suspicious of Peter for while, for longest time, I suspected that he was the wolf, the way that he kept disseapereaing and after a while, I think that Valerie had the same feeling.

I had never suspected for wolf to be Valerie’s own father. That was a surprise. It did however explain why he was the only one that could hear her though. However, I wasn’t surprised that Peter got bitten in the end. It still didn’t feel like complete story in end. I feel as if there should be another book after. Otherwise, everything else was well written, hooked me. It got harder and harder for me to put down the book. Now I can’t wait to see the movie.


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