Released: January 25th 2011
Published by: Poppy
Page Count is 329 pages (First Edition)
Buy It: Amazon
The blacksmith would marry her.
The woodcutter would run away with her.
The werewolf would turn her into one of its own.
Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.
After her sister's violent death, Valerie's world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them--it could be anyone in town.
It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes...or everyone she loves will die.
Based on a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson. (Description from goodreads.com)
Valerie's character was fun to get to know. She's observant, tough, and a total tomboy. She's been in love with the same boy since she was seven years old and when he comes back into her life all kinds of horrors befall her village. Well, obviously this makes Peter look like the prime suspect to all of us readers, but then we get a new twist. Valerie can speak werewolf. Really Author?
Half way through the book and already there are elements of The Crucible with mass hysteria; Blood and Chocolate with humans shifting into wolves and going bat shit crazy murdering people; and now Harry Potter with one person who can understand and translate said very dangerous werewolf.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the theme of mass hysteria that had, quite literally, hit home for all of the characters. It made the story exciting to read about because it made me so mad to read about these weak people. Everyone's true colors showed under all of the scrutiny and suspicion, especially from Valerie's so called friends - who were some of the most vindictive side characters I've read about in a long while.
It was an easy read and I did enjoy it a great deal overall with the way the book ended. It actually was going to get four stars from me, but the bonus ending chapter that you can down load from the main Red Riding Hood site pissed me off. I'm pretending that it doesn't exist after today. This is why Red Riding Hood is receiving only 3 stars at this time. I'm actually glad that my copy came without that bonus chapter now. Originally it pissed me off that my book was left as a cliffhanger. Now I've realized it's just so much better without it.
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