Saturday, February 12, 2011
Red Riding Hood is based off of the screenplay for the upcoming movie of the same name. Without being able to compare this book to the movie, off the bat it seems slow and choppy. The book takes plenty of time to establish the setting, and following Peter's sudden reappearance, Valerie seems to fall instantly in love with him. Lucie's death, while tragic, didn't really have a strong emotional impact on the reader, and the events following her attack just seem to make the book even slower. However, Blakely-Cartwright does have a few good moments in her descriptions of the village and Valerie's emotions, and once she begins hearing the Wolf (about 200 pages in) the book really picks up. The mystery of the identity of the werewolf is drawn out quite well, and Blakely-Cartwright packs in a lot of suspense building up to the action scenes. The ending definitely leaves you hanging in suspense for the movie and the final chapter, which will be available on March 14th, 2011, following the opening weekend of the movie. Red Riding Hood is an interesting blend of the traditional tale with supernatural elements, but it fell short of my expectations. This might be one of the few stories that are better told on screen than on paper, but despite its flaws, it's made me even more excited to see the movie.
Cover Comments: I really like the cover! It has a cool, old-fashioned fairy tale vibe going to it, but it's also a bit modern too. I like it a lot!
Review copy provided by publisher.
If you want a good retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, I highly recommend Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce!