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Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 40 user ratings
ISBN:0385755864
LANGUAGE:English

"Let me first say: The concept for all of Liesl Shurtliff's books (Rump, Jack, and Red)? OBSESSED. I love it. And when I heard about Red, I was beyond excited. Liesl is a local author, another reason for me to read her books, and now, I can finally say I've dove in.

Middle grade is one of those genres where the more I read, the more I fall in love with it. Red was awesome, and I love that whole premise of "untold" tales. That this is the real story. I love retellings of any kind. But this one has some added extras: the emphasis on friendship throughout is incredible. Red may not have an easy time making friends with everyone or dealing with others, yet she pushes through and is willing to fight for her friendships.

The tie in with magic and the costs and rewards was great as well. I loved the magic of the whole story. I was swept up in Liesl Shurtliff's storytelling almost from the first page. Red was such a great red, and I highly suggest giving it a read!
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"I love the twists in this book, one in particular, and I adore the last part of the epilogue. But this didn't live up to the first two fractured stories for me. (I realize Jack was just so action-packed and straightforward that this can't beat it. And Rump made me laugh... OUT LOUD!

This is definitely a solid fractured fairy tale but as a Red Riding Hood story I'm afraid that I may be comparing it to Marissa Meyer's Scarlett which isn't fair, I realize, but also... man, was that a crazily great book.

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"I'd take in all of Granny that I could, all the magic, the stories, the laughter, all the Rose of her, and the Red. That way, when she did die, I'd still have everything she was inside of me. She'd stay alive in me, and after I was gone, I'd stay alive through others, and we'd never really go away. We'd just all grow together, like a forest, like the world, changing season and living on and on and on."
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" Red , a novel by Liesl Shurtliff, is the twisted tale of the Little Red Riding Hood. This book has a similar idea to The Thief and the Beanstalk . The story begins with a girl named Red (Red Riding Hood, Red for short.) Her parents leave on a trip, so she goes to her Granny's house. While at Granny's house, she quickly learns that Granny has become ill, and she can't work magic anymore. Red goes on a quest to find some magic that will cure her grandmother. The theme of this book is to never give up. Red looks for several different types of magic before finding the right one. This book made me feel confused, or made me have questions that were eventually answered later on in the book. The book is a work of fantasy. I really liked this book because I think twists on fairy tales are really creative. One reason I disliked this book, was because it was confusing at times. I think the author could have conveyed reasons for things in a way that was easier to understand. If you like The Thief and the Beanstalk , by P. W. Catanese, I would recommend this book to you." said.

"Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

This is an entertaining middle grade retelling of the fairy tale, "Little Red Riding Hood." I loved the interactions and relationships between the characters. I enjoyed how much the main character Red grows from these interactions. I also loved the interesting twists on well-known fairy tales that Shurtliff included in the book. While the book focuses on the "Little Red Riding Hood" fairy tale, it did have elements of "Snow White," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and "Beauty and the Beast" as well. I did have a few problems with this book, the first being that the pacing of the beginning felt off. It felt like the story just took off and I didn't feel connected with the characters enough to understand why they were reacting in certain ways. Also, at the beginning it felt like the author wasn't sure what story she wanted to tell. Some of the themes and plot lines just felt muddled. However, that improved in the second half and I do feel like the book had a strong ending. Overall, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to those looking for a good middle-grade fairy tale retelling.
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"Although Red is close to her beloved grandmother, she doesn't seem to have her talent for casting spells and spinning magic. In fact, every time Red tries her hand at magic, things go very wrong. But with Granny ailing and her parents away, she must find a way to save her grandmother. Her journey takes her deep into the woods where she meets up with a most annoying Goldilocks and a wolf that is determined to be her friend. She also is tricked by a dwarf and meets Beast who has lost her beauty because of Red's grandmother. Readers familiar with the original story won't be surprised that there's also a woodcutter in the tale, but he is quite different from the original one. Filled with magic and plenty of self-realizations about beauty and the perils of wishing to stave off growing old or dying, this book provides plenty of entertainment for all ages, particularly because of the liberties the author takes with Red Riding Hood's story, sprinkling in all sorts of other characters and revealing the identity of Red's Granny, a revelation which will surprise readers. It's fun to see how much humor, pathos, and excitement the author packs into this book. Fans of Rump will find this one quite delightful. " said.

"The character of Red was first introduced to us in Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. Now she has her own book. Red is sent to stay with her grandma when her parents go out of town. Granny gets sick and red heads out into The Woods to find something to help her. She stumbles upon Goldie along the way and together they seek out the cure for granny.

Their adventure takes them through The Woods where they meet a dwarf who tells them there are three ways to find immortality. They visit each in turn, but they all have side effects that seem too steep a price. Red also makes friends with a Wolf whose pack was killed by The Huntsman, who is also following them.

I really enjoy Liesl Shurtliff's take on these fairy tales. I think she offers a unique interpretation of these traditional tales. Rump is still my favorite of the series. I think I liked it because it followed the traditional tale but enhanced it with added details. I felt like Red was a bit of a jumble. The traditional tale was there with Granny and the Wolf, but the addition of the Goldilocks story and the Beauty and the Beast story and the Snow White Rose Red story and all the others made me feel like Shurtliff didn't think Red could stand on her own.
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"Summary:
Red's life is full of magic. Her Granny is especially magical. After a near fatal accident, Red is not comfortable using magic herself anymore. Her Granny soon falls ill and is without means of a cure. So Red sets out on a journey with her new friend, Goldie, and faces many dangers and uncovers lots of secrets.
Plot:
You might think that finding a cure for your Granny would be simple. Well, not in this case. There's so many plot twists and surprises that I didn't know what to expect on the next page.
Characters:
Red was annoying at first, but I soon started to love her by the second half. She did have a short temper, though. The funny thing is, Goldie, her friend, is the exact opposite. Goldie is so perky and happy, while Red is frowning. Personally, I like that. It's nice to have multiple personalities in a book. In this book, every character played a very important role, and the book could not have been the same without all the characters.
Writing:
The writing was OK at first, but it continued to get better throughout the whole story. It was easy to read, but complex at the same time. Now, I really love her writing style.
Overall:
I LOVED this book. I was not thinking I would like it this much. I need to order a copy off of amazon right now. LIKE RIGHT NOW. it fully deserved 5 stars.
Recommendations:
I would recommend this to 10+. There is not any violence, but some edge of your seat mild violence ones. If you like middle grade fantasy, READ THIS!
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"Red's parents are leaving her with her granny for a week or two while they go sell logs in The Valley, The Queen's City, Yonder, and Beyond. She's thrilled about this! However, granny is sick and is all out of her Curious Cure-All so Red sets out to collect the necessary ingredients to make more. That's easier said than done, though, as some of them will be difficult to obtain. She quickly comes across Goldie who decides to tag along, much to Red's dismay. Together they set out on an adventure that takes them to unique locations and they make some interesting friends and enemies along the way.

Red is smart, funny and determined. I enjoyed the interactions she had with Goldie and how their friendship developed throughout the course of the book. The story moved along at a good pace and I kept looking forward to what was coming next. We met characters from other stories and they blended in well with Red's story. This was fun to read from beginning to end and I loved it!

I'm planning to read this one with my children since she learned some life lessons along the way that will start some great discussions. I haven't yet read the author's first two books in this series, Rump and Jack, but felt that this stood well on its own. I look forward to reading both of those and look forward to reading more from this author in the future!

I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review. My opinion is 100% my own.

Mel's Shelves
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