by Rachel Vincent
Published by HarperTeen
Release Date: July 27th 2021
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Magic
Format Read: ARC
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This high stakes, pacey reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood is perfect for fans of Stephanie Garber and Megan Spooner.
For as long as sixteen-year-old Adele can remember the village of Oakvale has been surrounding by the dark woods—a forest filled with terrible monsters that light cannot penetrate. Like every person who grows up in Oakvale she has been told to steer clear of the woods unless absolutely necessary.
But unlike her neighbors in Oakvale, Adele has a very good reason for going into the woods. Adele is one of a long line of guardians, women who are able to change into wolves and who are tasked with the job of protecting their village while never letting any of the villagers know of their existence.
But when following her calling means abandoning the person she loves, the future she imagined for herself, and her values she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her neighbors safe.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book was interesting enough. The concept was new and it felt like a fresh way to retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, even though the typical elements were still there (i.e. the trek to grandmothers house through the woods). The story progressed a little slowly for me and I had a hard time connecting with the characters. It was also a little confusing to me at first how the wolf thing was all going to come together, but it eventually did. I enjoyed Vincent’s writing style and can tell she really knows how to put a story together, I just felt as though this book was a little bit too much on the childish side for me. The romance element was very much in the background and not a main focal point of this story so if you are looking for more of that, this might not be the book for you.
Hey! My name is Chelsea and I’m a mother to four kids, two of which have fur. I’m a lover of all things fantasy and a sucker for fairytales and happily-ever-afters. When my nose isn’t stuck in a book, you can find me cooking with my children or watching true crime shows. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and, when it’s not pouring down rain, like to hang out in my garden and attempt to keep all my plants alive.