Series: The Untold Stories #2
on November 1st 2016
Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Well, at least they think they do. History would have many believe Red was a naïve little girl who brought treats to her grandmother in the dark of the forest. History had it wrong.
After the curse of the wolves came to Timbergard, Red’s father was the only soul brave enough to enter Blakx Forest. However, when the wolves claimed his life, his young daughter took up his bow and began hunting the beasts to fill her need for revenge.
When Captain Hook shows up in the village in search of the rare burning ash that lies on the far borders of the cursed forest, Red agrees to help get him safely through the dangerous land.
The trek through the forest becomes precarious when the group is cornered by a pack of wolves. Red is forced to make a decision that will alter the lives of everyone, including individuals she has yet to meet.
Thank you to Suzanna Lynn for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
For some time, fairy tale retellings, twists, and mashups were my go-to books. I couldn’t get enough of them. Then I ran into a string of contemporary reads, and that’s what I’ve been going for lately. I was so excited to return to fairy tales with Suzanna Lynn’s latest, Red’s Tangled Tale.
Red’s Tangled Tale is a spin on Little Red Riding Hood, and it follows Red, who I’m happy to see still dons a red cloak. Red is fearless and loyal, and it was great to see such a strong female lead. She reminds me of Katniss in a way, a hunter who goes where others don’t to provide for her family and others, haggling in order to get the best deal for her meat and furs. Only, Red doesn’t deal in deer and turkey…
What would a spin on Little Red Riding Hood be if there were no wolves? Wolves feature prominently in this story in a variety of clever ways and are involved in one of the twists in the story that I didn’t quite see playing out in that way. I’m thrilled when an author throws my book predictions completely off base (at least for now, who knows if it will come to pass in future books).
Throwing in some characters from other fairy tales added spice to the mix, and I enjoyed reading this take on Captain Hook, so much so that I immediately jumped into reading Hook’s Little Mermaid to see how he ended up like he does in Red’s Tangled Tale. He and Red have a good friendship chemistry. She does with someone else, too, but that would spoil things for you. I’m not going to give away the other appearances of different characters; you’re just going to have to read it for yourself to see who she encounters.
All told, Red’s story is engrossing and well paced. A refreshing take on a well-known story, I didn’t want to put it down.
Now, this is a second book in the series, but I don’t want that to sway you from reading this book if you haven’t already read Book 1, Hook’s Little Mermaid. I am only reading Book 1 now, and I was able to thoroughly enjoy Red’s story. The stories share characters, but the main characters are different, and the stories are well able to stand on their own. So, reading Book 1 second, and treating it more like a prequel is totally doable.
Red’s Tangled Tale is my first read by Suzanna Lynn, and given that I’m currently reading Hook’s Little Mermaid, it will certainly not be my last read by her.