Sarah Blakley-Cartwright’s Red Riding Hood brings us down from the fairy tale world and back to where the original story of all of our beloved story time memories come from. Blakley-Cartwright puts a dark twist on the story of Little Red Riding Hood while also making it a love story. Valerie, Red Riding Hood, is caught in the middle of a love triangle she has a man who she is in love with, a man who is in love with her, and then the wolf who wants her. In her small village, terror strikes along with death as the werewolf attacks her sister, killing her as the first human victim. As the village wants revenge the hunt for the werewolf comes to the forefront of everyone’s mind. The only problem for Valerie is that her and the werewolf have a bond that makes the werewolf want Valerie without remorse. Because of this Valerie has to make a decision of who to be married to or who to spend the rest of her life with.
In the “The Lunar Chronicles”, we meet Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad Wolf, or Scarlet and… Wolf. Here, in a small town in France, we meet two people who Cinder does not even know she needs yet.
Scarlet has been living with her grandmother for most of her life, and recently her grandmother has been taken and no one believes her because everyone thinks that her grandmother is crazy and left of her own will. Scarlet knows better, she knows that her grandmother would not leave her on her own without telling her why. In town all people can talk about is a crazy cyborg girl who tried to assassinate the Prince…or the Queen… no one is exactly sure. When Scarlet almost starts a fight in a restaurant her family provides vegetables for, Wolf comes to her aid. Wolf is a known street fighter in these parts, and fights with a feral intensity. There’s something about him that Scarlet can’t get out of her head. It is with his help that they go on to try and find her Grandmother, but c’mon can Little Red Riding Hood ever trust the Wolf?
The second installment of “The Lunar Chronicles” was just as good as the first! I had a hard time putting the book down, or really my kindle app wherever I have it, my phone, tablet, computer. They way Marissa Meyer continues to put a twist on these classic fairytales is astounding, and I hope the third one is just as great. Until next time,
Keep Turning the Pages
90s Born Reader
Grandma, what big eyes you have!
The better to see you with my dear…
Grandma, what big ears you have!
The better to hear you with my dear…
Grandma, what big teeth you have!
The better to EAT YOU WITH my dear!
After I finished this…in one day, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about the book. It was great at bringing out the suspense and making the reader suspicious of all the characters to who the werewolf could possibly be, but in the end I was left unsatisfied and wanting to know more, and did not get my answers. I have not seen the movie, so I cannot make a comparison to the two, but it definitely grounds you to how the original fairy tales were told children, and not the sugar coated versions we tell today. Until next time.
Keep Turning the Pages,
90s Born Reader