I am very excited to be part of this blog tour today because, hello, fairytale retellings are life!
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Pages: 288 (ARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
"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.
I've been sitting here staring at my computer screen trying to write this review for a while. It's been really difficult because of my immense enjoyment of this book. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I found myself enjoying this tale nonetheless. So, I've decided the best course of action is to make a list as to why YOU need to read this book.
Red is fiercely independent despite her young age and she's so aware of it she embraces it wholeheartedly. She doesn't allow what other people think to get to her head, and it's truly refreshing because of her youth. She seems wise beyond her years, which makes her easy to root for no matter what age you are as a reader. For a twelve year old she's wildly mature, but I suppose this is something that isn't all that surprising because it is a style of writing I have encountered in other authors--John Green being one off the top of my head.
2. Life lessons and morals galore
I am a fan of important undertones when I read, particularly in middle grades because the age levels that these books are geared towards are impressionable kids who still have so much to learn. This book did not disappoint in this department, which makes me happy! This book is all about being confident in yourself and trusting not only oneself but others, which is super important. Throw in some lessons about friendship and life and death and a few other topics that I do not want to spoil and you've got yourself a solid tale with a weaving of important morals for readers to enjoy and learn from.
3. The gang's all here
There are a ton of characters in this novel that are from some of the prior books in this series, but there are also characters from other fairytales referenced as well. As a lover of fairytales, this makes me happy because each character is given complexities just like Red that truly allow them to be brought to life. Rump and Goldie, I am looking forward to reading more about both of you in particular. I have to pick up the other books in this series now that I am hooked!
4. Plot twists are twisty
The plot twists in this book were fabulous! I didn't see most of them coming which is always refreshing. It's not like they were crazy and ridiculous and came out of left field. No, they were done just right and kept the flow of this awesome world. I was heavily focused on this book because of the flow and the world-building, but it helps when the author keeps readers on their toes begging for more!
5. It is a retelling!
Way to state the obvious, Lili. But I love retellings, and I loved the retelling behind this book. It stays true to the story that we know and love, but it adds certain key details and twists that take us on a journey that isn't automatically predictable because of our prior knowledge of Little Red's tale. I love the magical elements and the storytelling thought processes exhibited in this retelling are marvelous. I definitely want to pick up Shurtliff's past works after reading this one!
FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for this honest review.
This is a US only giveaway provided by the lovely folks at Penguin Random House.