Well ok, that was something different from what I have been reading lately and I have been reading something different quite a bit.
The Girl in Red is an entertaining yet a little horrifying and creative, post-apocalyptic take on Little Red Riding Hood. Christina Henry is known for her retelling of fairy tales and this is a first for me. I am now curious about some of her other retellings.
I do secretly like post-apocalyptic stories and I have read a couple of them in the past but nothing like this one. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.
The Little Red Riding Hood here in this tale is far from helpless and the wolf is terrifying. Our main character Red is clever, brave, resilient with a strong personality and not afraid to show everyone just how strong she is. She is unique and entertaining with her sharp tongue and references to post-apocalyptic movies and books. We see a few different sides to Red here in this tale making her an interesting character.
The tale is told is dual timelines with before and after timelines creating tension and suspense to the story that had me turning the pages to find out how all this was going to wrap up. The ending came together well for me however stretched things a little over the top for me and I had to remind myself it’s a retelling of a fairy tale. Things don’t really wrap up here as a lot was left unanswered and I do think it all works here since fairy tales don’t really need answers. I highly recommend!
Thank you to Elisha from Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read something I won’t normally pick by providing me with a complimentary copy of this tale.
Gripping, action-packed & frightening!
THE GIRL IN RED by CHRISTINA HENRY is a creative retelling with a kickass heroine and non-stop action that immediately captured my attention. I do believe that this is my very first retelling and what a way to start it all off with this book. I see more retellings in my future!
CHRISTINA HENRY delivers an interesting, terrifyingly dark, gruesome, and heart-pounding nightmarish tale here that was quite the entertaining, fast-paced, and well-written read. Red was such a refreshing and fabulous heroine! I loved everything about her character.
The tale is told from Red’s point of view in a before the apocalypse and after the apocalypse timelines which definitely created lots of tension and added to the suspense.
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Cover: Intriguing, eye-catching, suspenseful, foreboding, freaky, frightening and a fitting representation to storyline.
Title: Intriguing, classic, and fitting representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging and readable.
Plot: Fairy tale retelling, fast-paced, intense, exciting, danger, compelling, suspenseful, action-packed, fabulous heroine, and gripping.
Ending: An action-packed, thrilling, bittersweet and an unresolved or open ending that came together really well for me and left me feeling quite satisfied. Of course I was left with a few unanswered questions though which I do believe works extremely well for a retelling of a fairy tale.
Overall: I was thoroughly entertained with this post-apocalyptic take on the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood”. Would recommend!
Thank you so much to Elisha from Berkley Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this tale.