Little Red Riding Hood in a Werewolf Book Series?

Werewolf Book SeriesYep, you’ve read it right: this review is for a book about Little Red Riding Hood, if she were in a werewolf book series.

As you can probably tell, Little Red Riding Hood: Werewolf Slayer by Carl Waters is a retelling of the classic fairytale of Little Red Riding hood. Except instead of the helpless little girl bringing cake and wine to her grandma, we get a well-trained combatant, and instead of a big, bad wolf we get big, bad werewolves. To be completely honest, that concept alone was enough for me to sign up when free copies of it were given out in exchange for a free review.

And now that I’m at it, the standard disclaimer is in order: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Now that that’s out of the way, here I go!

First Impression: Little Red Riding Hood is indeed a badass

Positives first: I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings, moreso fairy tale retellings where heroines punch people and, in this case, werewolves.

Little Red Riding Hood: Werewolf Slayer gives an interesting twist to the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale by making her come from a family of fighters, sworn under King Phillip Augustus himself. I especially like how the author interprets some of the well-known scenes from the fairy tale. I’ll try to not mention specifics to avoid spoilers, but I will say that yes, she does get to say “Grandma, what big teeth you have!” in this book, except not in the way you’re used to.

I also like how the setting is in France, where the original fairy tale is from, and that he takes care to stay true to the period. For some reason, while reading I really appreciated that the food mentioned in the story is period-accurate. Maybe it’s from several re-watchings of The Supersizers Eat… episodes. But I digress…

Little Red Riding Hood
France: where girls in woods wear red riding hoods and wield weapons, clearly

The story is fast-paced and the narration is direct-to-the-point, which is really great for readers who want never a dull moment in their books. But there’s also a glaring negative to that…

This book is too much of a fast read.

As in, this book is hella short.

I suppose this is because it’s supposed to entice readers into buying the second installment of the series; it’s nothing new for indie books, and I’ve encountered short first books in a series before.

But that’s not my main issue with this book. What could have made this book better, I believe, was if the characters were more fleshed-out. I get a general feel of Giselle, Adela, and Alison’s personality and motivations, but there isn’t a more detailed exploration of their characters. Why did Adela choose to take on the mantle of the Red Hood? What are Giselle’s deeper feelings about Adela treating her as a warrior more than a daughter? Is there any more complex reason to Alison wanting the Red Hood, other than the standard “I want it so I can be powerful and so I will do the most evil thing possible in order to get it!” gimmick that all fairy tale villains have? The motivations for each character have been skimmed through, but there’s never a more meaningful examination of them.

Evil Eyes
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be the most evil, hated person in the world!

There’s also some odd editing choices here and there; paragraphs that could have been split, sentences that felt out-of-place in certain narrations. I feel that the book could have been a smoother read with tighter editing in place.

So will i read the sequel?

Probably, because I’m curious enough about where this is heading, especially with the introduction of Merlin at the end of the book. It has great potential, and I love a good fairy tale retelling. Unfortunately, with its hurried pace and lack of character development, it’s not on my priority to-read book sequels at the moment.

Still, if you like badass heroines and fairy tales with a twist, feel free to support the author and grab a copy of this book!

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

8 Comments on Little Red Riding Hood in a Werewolf Book Series?

  1. Evie
    August 15, 2016 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I definitely like badass heroines. I like kickass strong female characters rather than damsels in distress. This sounds like it could be a fun read (and yes i sometimes read YA fiction as well – sometimes you just want something fun and not too thought provoking to read) and I like that they have used France as the backdrop. France hundreds of years ago had more forests than now and wolves did exist there (probably not werewolves though). You then had all the medieval darkness through the mix of religion zealotry. So that setting could be interesting. I’m not too worried about the first book in the series being short and a quick read. If you think about it the Harry Potter books (yes i have read them too) started off at a fraction of the size of the last books. Anyhow interesting review – is there a release date for the second part of the series yet?

    • Chiqui
      August 16, 2016 at 3:13 am (3 years ago)

      Haha yeah, YA fiction can be really fun and I admit that’s why I read them as well, although there can be thought-provoking YA ones as well (like The Book Thief, which I review here).
      There is actually a sequel out right now! It looks like it happens years before this one, though, and follows Grandma’s storyline. It has something to do with choosing which daughter of hers will inherit the Red Hood (so it looks like it’ll answer some of my questions about character motivations, at least) and a vampire (!!!) killing people to draw her out. Sounds interesting, honestly!

  2. Loretta
    August 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I didn’t know there was a remake of Little Red Riding Hood. I like your reveiw of this book. I think it would be cool to make a movie about it. It’s a different approach to a well known character. You made me want to read. Thanks

    • Chiqui
      August 16, 2016 at 3:22 am (3 years ago)

      It does look like it would make a good movie! I remember there was Hansel and Gretel and Jack and the Beanstalk movie retellings before… Little Red Riding Hood: Werewolf Slayer can be along those lines of movies!
      Thanks for dropping by, hope you give the book a chance and read it! (Like I said, it’s a fairly fast read!) 🙂

  3. Pete
    August 16, 2016 at 2:24 am (3 years ago)

    Great review. I love reading fantasy, sci-fi, etc. and a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with this kind of twist seems pretty interesting. I am a bit wary of any and all really short reads though, as I like something big that I can sink my teeth into for a long read. I do enjoy a good series though, and the fact that this book is fast paced with action throughout seems intriguing. I may have to give this a look. Great review!

    • Chiqui
      August 16, 2016 at 3:26 am (3 years ago)

      yeah, sometimes I just need a quick read but sometimes I want something long and immersive (my favorite book after all is Les Miserables haha!) so I can get to know the characters and world better and really get into it! Hope you get a copy of this book, and thank you for dropping by!

  4. Brandon
    August 16, 2016 at 4:34 am (3 years ago)

    Wow, this looks like a dark and evil version of the fairy tale book and I LOVE it. I do agree with you though, the first book will be short and sweet, making people want more in the next installments.

    What do you think the ideal readers age is? I’m thinking of purchasing this book as a gift.

    All feedback is greatly appreciated.


    • Chiqui
      August 16, 2016 at 6:39 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Brandon! It’s definitely NOT for young kids, unless they fancy werewolves murdering people and being horrible in general lol. I’d say around 15 years and above, give or take? It’s got violence but there’s no cussing and no sexual content.

      Hope that helps, and thanks for stopping by!


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