Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
by Liesl Shurtliff
Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.
With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .
Rose Red is the young granddaughter of the Witch of the Woods, which we more commonly know as Granny. While her grandmother can conjure all types of magic and witchcraft, Red isn’t into it. When she was younger, she used to do magic spells with her grandma, only to have them all backfired. She vowed never to do magic again when she almost cost her granny’s life.
Lately, Granny had been getting ill. You’d think she’d cure herself to lessen her agony, but no. Granny couldn’t perform a spell with her condition, so it’s up to Red to find the ingredients for a cure. And that involved pixies and wolves.
Red ventured out to the Woods and met new friends and creatures. One thing she didn’t expect though, was Goldie. Always babbling about her mum, searching for a love potion, and couldn’t seem to stop herself from saying inappropriate things. Yes, that’s Goldie for you. And Red wasn’t thrilled one bit with her. (Me, too).
Pixies, bears, honey, bees, gnomes, dwarves, beast and enchanted household items. Those were just a few of the creatures that Red and Goldie encountered. But Red’s biggest struggle was looking for the best solution to make her grandmother live longer and never to die ever. Can the magical wishing well fulfill her wish? Or the enchanted red roses in the beast’s lair, maybe? Or perhaps the Magical Hearts would cure granny?
One thing’s for sure though, they’re in for the biggest surprise of their lives when they finally learned who’s behind the killing of the pigs and who’s to really trust in the end.
This had been the most exciting, if not the most truthful retelling of Red Riding Hood that I’ve ever read. I loved how Liesl Shurtliff created a magical world that could rival Once Upon A Time (the tv series). I loved how I easily got irked by Goldilocks and The Bear. I loved how the Huntsman had deceived me in the end. I loved Grandma and all her magic spells. And I loved how Wolf made me love wolves even more.
Have I spoiled you with my review already? I hope not. Because the truth is, that’s only scratching the surface. Read this book and discover more and more about Red. I know you want to.
NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.