Friday, April 12, 2013

A Tale of Red Riding: Rise Of The Werewolf Huntress by Neo Edmund

A Tale of Red Riding: Rise Of The Werewolf HuntressA Tale of Red Riding: Rise Of The Werewolf Huntress by Neo Edmund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who's that I see walkin' in these woods?
Why, it's Little Red Riding Hood.
Hey there Little Red Riding Hood,
You sure are looking good.
You're everything a big bad wolf could want.
Listen to me.

When I first settled down to read this book, Little Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, popped into my head.

When you read the title and blurb you get an image in your head of what you think the tale is going to be about, now take that idea and remove it from your head. Expect the unexpected. What I thought this was going to be and what I read where two different things, and well that's not a bad thing.

This could have went two ways, a flop because you have to be careful when working with something that is based on the fairytale or anything that's already in the public mind. Or it can be fantastic and different. It was the latter.

We have Red (aged 14 soon to be 15), an orphan who knows nothing about herself, where she came from, she doesn't even know what her last name is. One day she gets a letter from her Grandmother who she didn't know existed telling Red to come to her house in the Wayward Woods. On the way she runs into another, a boy "Wolf Boy" as she decides to call him, who helps her find her way to her grandmothers and warns her not to stray off the path. Red eventually meets up with her friends from childhood, rather toddler years, Ash and Dote (who is adorable by the way, I would hug her and pet her on the head if I could).

I do need to say this, there were a few things that bugged me slightly. The way Dote, Ash and Red act regarding the things they did together as toddlers seem to a bit of a stretch for me. The memories should get a little toned down, made more hazy because how many people can remember events from when they are three?

Over all I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reuniting with family and friends, new friendships, potential love interests, adorable characters.
There were many funny moments, with some amusing dialog.

"Why, Wolfgang, what amazing stealth you have," Red said.
"The better to sneak up on you with, Little Red."

And we can't forget protecting the town of Wayward from the evil sorcerer Ragnarok!

This was an interesting twist on the story Little Red Riding Hood and I have to say when reading, and visualizing this little world, it was like an anime was playing in my head. I'm looking forward to spending time with these characters again, can't wait to read the next in the series. As well as checking out other projects Mr. Edmund is involved with.

**I would like to thank Neo Edmund for gifting me a copy of his novel in exchange for an honest review.**

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