Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Book Look/ Mini Review
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blackley-Cartwright

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Book Looks are mini reviews of books I have read. Today I will be using a format created by Staci at Life in a Thumb  where she reviews books using only six sentences for each review.

The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat. Her flesh mutilated by telltale claw marks. The Wolf has broken the peace.

When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town? Is it her betrothed, Henry? Or someone even closer to her?

As the men in the village hunt for the beast, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long. Will Valerie discover the werewolf's identity before the town is ripped apart?

This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale, the happy ending could be hard to find.

Although I was anxious to read Red Riding Hood when I first saw it,  I was disappointed in it. This is certainly a very dark version of the fairy tale, and while I think the plot was unique, I just felt that the characterization lacked substance. I have to admit that I have never cared a great deal for books written from a screen play and perhaps that it why this book fell short for me.  What I did like about it was that the Wolf hunter turned out to be as much a villain as the wolf. I am interested in the movie though as the cinematography alone is gorgeous, and it looks as if there is more attention to the romantic triangle that I found lacking in the book.

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