Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright, Catherine Hardwicke

Book Summary:

The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat. Her flesh mutilated by telltale claw marks. The Wolf has broken the peace.

When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town? Is it her betrothed, Henry? Or someone even closer to her?

As the men in the village hunt for the beast, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long. Will Valerie discover the werewolf's identity before the town is ripped apart?

This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale, the happy ending could be hard to find.

My Review:

Finished Today

I had seen the previews for the upcoming movie and was very interested but until yesterday I didn't even know there was a book, shame on me! The plot reminds me a little of The Village movie. The town is secluded and paranoid because of a creature and the creature ends up being one of the villagers. But don't let those similarities scare you off because this book is sooo much better than the village storyline. The Red Riding Hood twist spices things up nicely.

Valerie has never felt like she fit in and as the book goes on she realizes that she is the only one that can 'hear' what the Wolf is thinking/saying. The Wolf wants one thing, it wants Valerie to go away with it. She has a tough choice to make. Will she go with the Wolf to save lives, run away with her childhood love or marry the man she is betrothed to? Well, I guess you will have to read the book to find out ;-)

I will say that is going to have a bonus chapter on March 14th and I'm looking forward to reading it! I am also looking forward to watching the movie!!

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