"No story lives on unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." -- J.K. Rowling

Person: "What are you suppose to be?"
Me: *Points to ears* "I'm a dragon, duh!"

Please Don't Go, I'll Eat You Up I Love You So....

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

RED RIDING HOOD by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson

Author: Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson
Release Date: March 16, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Poppy

Page Count: 352
Available At?: Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million and Author's Site

Little Red, isn't so little anymore!


'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.'

This was a good book, but I expected more, so that's why it has medium scores. Val was a great character if not a bit exaggerated in her attempts to be different, or I should say, the authors attempts. She is different and its obvious, but we don't have to be told how different she is constantly 'cus we know; she is not like the other girls in her village; timid, coy and silent. She is brave, loud and doesn't need anyone to take care of her, though deep inside there clearly is apart that does. Since the movie is coming out soon, there will be little details, though the synopsis gives a lot away anyways, sooo. . . .
Peter was arrogant and attractive, your typical romantic love interest, though more in depth. Actually every character was pretty in depth and well described, almost too described. I found myself getting bored with the ramblings concerning the characters and how they would be having a discussion with someone and during that discussion we would enter the characters head and have a sideways trot in which the character remembered something that happened to them or something random. It's nice to have those kind of moments where the reader learns more about the character, but its not nice to have them all the time. Which we do.

Henry was a nice character, if not a little weird. A nice contrast to Peter, who was annoyingly arrogant.

Val's grandmother was awesome and I thought the lore that was created around her, the wolf and the village in general was brilliant! The twist and turns in the story were great and the way the writers incorporated the original fairy tale and all of its underling themes into the book was very kool,  however things were sorta predictable, at least for me.

The book is dark and graphic, but thankfully not over the top. Its sexual and has lots mystery, with some pretty decent romance that I found enjoyable, but not over the top. Mostly.

I liked this book and recommend everyone read it before they see the film, since the book is based off the film; not the typical vise versa.

And the ending! I loved the ending and thought it was it really grool how they had you hanging. I don't know why everyone is so upset, it was kool. Besides you can find the ending online a few days after the films release and you can watch the film for the real ending!

Story: 4/5
Pace: 3/5
Originality: 4/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Writing: 4/5
Ending: 4/5

The Book Scores A Total of 3.7!

Check Out the Movie:
http://redridinghood.warnerbros.com/ and
http://redridinghoodbook.com/ for the Final Chapter on 3/14/11!

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