Tales from the Hood (Sisters Grimm, Book 6) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-25 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 105 user ratings

" I think this was a really good book,and it was really funny too.I think a lot of people would like this book. " said.

" love this series! one of our favorite "read together" stories. " said.

" This book series is amazing! I am currently on book 9! " said.

" I have a weird relationship with this series. Each time I get one of the books, I practically have to force myself to read it. And I get really annoyed with Sabrina and how she constantly underestimates everyone and thinks she has to do everything on her own. But other parts of the story keep dragging me back to read "just one more book". I guess I'll keep going for now. " said.

3 Stars

I’ve given all the previous books in this series four stars but that’s a probably bit misleading. Although I have really enjoy them that is despite a lot of issues present throughout the series – but that came to a bit of a head for me in this book. The overarching plot is very drawn out with some of the books (2, 4, and 6 so far) failing to do anything much to advance it, Sabrina’s character development keeps going two step forwards in each book only to be followed by one step back in the next whilw no one else really gets much character development at all, and the writing is often a bit clumsy. Buckley’s method of opening each book in medias res with a snippet from the climax before going back a few days to start the story again at the beginning is only the most blatant example. Rather than adding to anticipation or tension, I find it detracts from it and tends to make the climaxes anti-climactic. What I have given the previous books four stars for is entertainment value - the execution isn't always great but it's a fun series full of neat ideas. This book had those good ideas but I didn’t find it anywhere near so fun to read.

And the primary reason for that was something that first cropped up to a lesser extent in the third book. Red Riding Hood’s portrayal and the way the characters view and describe her is horribly, horribly ableist. Sure, in book three she was the primary villain and set a Jaberwocky lose on the Grimms. But she’s also assumed to be suffering from PTSD and the language used about her was something I found genuinely jawdroppingly ignorant and offensive. ‘The little lunatic was probably having another delusion' 'Not the nutcase' 'She’s what we in the medical profession call a loopty loop' – the first two of these are from the heroines, Sabrina’s internal monologue and Daphne’s dialogue respectively, the last is from Red’s nurse. It’s all sorts of problematic and made worse by the fact that it is never called out or portrayed as a problem in the book. Only Robin Hood out of all the heroic characters registers any sort of concern for her treatment or outrage at the response that she isn’t getting any. Sabrina, who has been consistently told off for her rudeness and bigotry since book one and spends a lot of this book getting punished for having doubts about Mr Canis is never once told off for her use of ablest language about Red. Nobody in the book seems to have a problem with her being described as ‘crazy’ ‘nutcase’ ‘lunatic’ ‘disturbed’ or ‘delusional’. And a major part the plot pretty much revolves around her mental illness. I even get the impression in some parts that the author believes he's portraying it sympathetically.

It’s…eugh. If reading this series to or with a child I would strongly recommend a long talk about mental health, PTSD, and what is and is not acceptable language.

But away from the bits that made this a less fun than the previous books and onto the story! The last book ended with Mr Canis being arrested for crimes the Big Bad Wolf committed against Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother. In this book he goes to trial, with the Mad Hatter sitting as judge and half the jury members of the Scarlet Hand determined to find him guilty. The Grimm family employ Robin Hood and his Merry Men (litigation lawyers who sue from the rich to give to the poor) to defend him. But with the trial so prejudiced against Mr Canis, they have to do their own detective work to find out what really happened to Red Riding Hood and her grandmother.

Meanwhile Uncle Jacob is trying to track down Goldilocks, the only person who can break the sleeping spell on Sabrina and Daphne’s parents. With the help of Hans Christian Anderson’s travelling chest, the chase takes him and the girls from Venice to Paris as they try to persuade her to come back to Ferryport, where she will once again be trapped forever, to break the spell (why they don't just arrange to take Henry and Veronica out of Ferryport and meet her in the human world is a plothole that is never addressed).

But really, this book doesn’t do much to advance the ‘main plot’ at all until the very final page. The hellish vision of a future ruled by the Scarlet Hand is never mentioned, Prince Charming becoming a member of the red hand in the last book is resolved in this one without it ever serving any particular purpose, and the villainous Sherrif of Nottingham seems to act as the plot dictates, ignoring and flouting the law most of the time but then following it when the author wants the Grimm family to get off. It’s very weird and inconsistent and after the work done in the last book to make the Scarlet Hand a credible and real threat, this just helps to bring them right back down to incompetent mooks again in this one.

So yeah… this book is a lot more tied into the main plot than a couple of other books in the series (book 2 and particularly book 4 are very much ‘breather episodes’ from the main plot) but things are still very slow to move, and the way mental health is addressed here meant that I couldn’t enjoy it as much as previous books. (Though Robin Hood as a sexy redhead gets my approval – I’ve been a big fan of sexy redheads ever since the Weasleys.)
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" And. . . Sabrina's right back where she started. That girl frustrates me to no end. She acts like she sees the light and is going to change, only to turn and go right back to where she was. I know that might be realistic, but characters need to change, Mr. Buckley.Also, not a lot happened in this book. They were trying to save Mr. Canis from hanging and that's about it. I would have enjoyed more action. Still, I want to finish the series since I'm already halfway through. " said.

" LOVED LOVED LOVED.This series can do no wrong. I am forever in love with Puck, and forever wishing I could be best friends with Sabrina and Daphne. Even though this is a middle-grade series, I am reading it to my mother, and she is so invested and engaged, hanging on every masterful cliff hanger. This is my 5th time rereading these books and each time it's like reading them anew. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS SERIES. " said.

"This book Tales from the hood by Michael Buckley tells the story will be a classic one. I thought the characters in the were indepent. they alway tried to help even if they couldn't. My favorite character in this book was puck. Puck was my favorite because he was funny and had a good personality. The biggest problem the characters faced was when they fought a man he was really dangerous therefore really big problem. Overall, I thought this book was amazing and i would definitely recommend this book to my friends." said.

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