For as long as sixteen-year-old Adele can remember, the village of Oakvale has been surrounded by the dark wood—a forest filled with terrible monsters. A forest that light itself cannot penetrate.
Unlike her fellow villagers, Adele cannot avoid the dark wood.
Adele is one of a long line of guardians: women who secretly take on the form of a wolf, in order to protect their village.
But when accepting her fate means giving up the boy she loves, abandoning the future she imagined for herself, and breaking her own moral code, she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her neighbours safe.
Red Wolf is a quick and easy read and definitely one you could devour in a day or two. It’s a unique take on Little Red Riding Hood which, although follows the original tale to some degree, the author has put a different spin on it and it went in all sorts of directions I was not expecting. A compelling tale which is atmospheric, perfectly paced and well written. The world is imaginative and dips into its history and mythology as well as describing in detail it creatures and monsters.
The characters are well developed. Adele is a likeable and relatable character who comes across as fearless and courageous. Most of her life she has been inexplicably drawn to the dark wood for reasons that become apparent on her 16th birthday. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and is always trying to make the right decision for everyone. I question the choice she made where Grainger was concerned the outcome of which left me slightly shocked. Max is a lovely solid character and I was drawn to him from the onset. There is a minor love triangle romance in the story but it does not overshadow the plot and is kept very minimal. Also bear in mind the book claims to aimed at 14-17 years olds so it does come across as quite young in its delivery at times.
A fabulous retelling of Little Red Riding Hood which has everything in there expected, including a dark foreboding wood that light cannot penetrate, monsters, shape-shifters and a village at risk. This is a dark and exciting tale and it will leave you wanting more. Although it is advertised as a standalone the cliffhanger ending suggests otherwise and it would certainly benefit from a sequel to wrap it all up. This is definitely a book to pick up if you enjoy retelling.
Publisher: Harper360YA/Harper Teen
Publication Date (UK): 5 August 2021
Page Count: 368
Genre: YA Fantasy
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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