Monday, March 28, 2016

Red by Liesl Shurtliff

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

Author: Liesl Shurtliff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Readers

Expected publish date: April 12, 2016

ISBN13: 9780385755832

Hardcover: 288 pages

FTC FYI: Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary

"Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all!”—Chris Grabenstein, New York Times Bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.  But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump. 

And don't miss Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, "a delightful story of family, perseverance and courage" (Booklist).

My Review

RED is another winner for Liesl Shurtliff.  I loved it, even more than I loved RUMP and JACK.  Red is hands down, an amazing character.  I loved her.  It was enjoyable watching her grow up and learn about herself and learn her potential overcome her fears.  I really loved Goldie too.  She was very funny.  I appreciated their gradual friendship, as Red was a hard one to win over.  Liesl does an incredible job of character development, as Red was truly able to find herself in her own personal journey, as well as her adventure to help Granny.  I really enjoyed the supporting characters too.  Goldie, Borlen and his parents, and the Beast were awesome.  My favorite was Wolf, I missed him when he wasn't around.  I loved the epilogue and I was teary at the end, especially with the last pages.  The mix of different fairytales was very entertaining and I loved Liesl's spin on them.  

5 out of 5 stars.  I can't wait for another release from this fantastic author.  

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