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A high stakes reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood. For as long as sixteen-year-old Adele can remember the village of Oakvale has been surrounding by the dark woods—a forest filled with terrible monsters that light cannot penetrate. Like every person who grows up in Oakvale she has been told to steer clear of the woods unless absolutely necessary. But unlike her neighbors i A high stakes reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood. For as long as sixteen-year-old Adele can remember the village of Oakvale has been surrounding by the dark woods—a forest filled with terrible monsters that light cannot penetrate. Like every person who grows up in Oakvale she has been told to steer clear of the woods unless absolutely necessary. But unlike her neighbors in Oakvale, Adele has a very good reason for going into the woods. Adele is one of a long line of guardians, women who are able to change into wolves and who are tasked with the job of protecting their village while never letting any of the villagers know of their existence. But when following her calling means abandoning the person she loves, the future she imagined for herself, and her values she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her neighbors safe.


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A high stakes reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood. For as long as sixteen-year-old Adele can remember the village of Oakvale has been surrounding by the dark woods—a forest filled with terrible monsters that light cannot penetrate. Like every person who grows up in Oakvale she has been told to steer clear of the woods unless absolutely necessary. But unlike her neighbors i A high stakes reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood. For as long as sixteen-year-old Adele can remember the village of Oakvale has been surrounding by the dark woods—a forest filled with terrible monsters that light cannot penetrate. Like every person who grows up in Oakvale she has been told to steer clear of the woods unless absolutely necessary. But unlike her neighbors in Oakvale, Adele has a very good reason for going into the woods. Adele is one of a long line of guardians, women who are able to change into wolves and who are tasked with the job of protecting their village while never letting any of the villagers know of their existence. But when following her calling means abandoning the person she loves, the future she imagined for herself, and her values she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her neighbors safe.

30 review for Red Wolf

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mischenko

    Soon to be sixteen years old, Adele wants nothing more than to settle down with the boy of her dreams and live in peace with her family in the village of Oakvale. Her father’s death still haunts her, and she has much to learn about her family history. On a trip to her grandmother’s cabin through the dark wood, she’s troubled with a surprise encounter, and now must grasp and accept her newfound responsibilities as a guardian and protector of Oakvale. I’d never been alone in the dark wood before, a Soon to be sixteen years old, Adele wants nothing more than to settle down with the boy of her dreams and live in peace with her family in the village of Oakvale. Her father’s death still haunts her, and she has much to learn about her family history. On a trip to her grandmother’s cabin through the dark wood, she’s troubled with a surprise encounter, and now must grasp and accept her newfound responsibilities as a guardian and protector of Oakvale. I’d never been alone in the dark wood before, and I felt my mother’s absence like the loss of a limb. She’d grown up in my grandmother’s cabin, though back then before the forest had encroached so boldly upon Oakvale, it was just inside the dark wood. So she was far more familiar than I was with the dangers and with ways to avoid them. The book is written well, and it’s a quick read. If I didn’t have other things to do, this probably could've been finished in half of a day. The story is unique and inventive being that it’s nothing like the original Little Red Riding Hood but still follows along with connections to the woods, wolves, grandmother, and of course: the red cloak. Some interesting twists take the story in new directions, making it impossible to predict. Albeit rather subtle, certain parts of the story reminded me of some of my favorite movies, including Twilight and The Village, which was an added plus. The pacing was spot-on for the most part, but there was one event that seemed to drag on for too long. There’s a bit of a love triangle going on in the story, but it was minor and surprisingly worked without bothering me too much, given that this isn't one of my favorite tropes. The romance was kept very minimal. Finally, the book ties together perfectly and leaves the reader with questions. What a cliffhanger too! I was left to ponder which person was involved in the shocking end. It leads me to believe there may be a second book. As far as characters, Adele was my favorite. She’s the main character and extremely likable, in my opinion. Multiple things are going on here, and Adele has a great deal on her plate, including the need to maintain secrets and relationships, fight monsters, and solve mysteries. Adele is courageous—always putting one foot forward and doing what’s right, regardless of the circumstances. She’s consistently wary--trying to make the right decisions--willing to do whatever it takes to protect her family and the village of Oakvale. Some of Adele’s choices made me question her at times, but in the end, they seem to be the right ones. Other favorites included Grandmother and Max. Grainger was a favorite from the very beginning too, and I’m left to wonder what’s going to happen to his character if there are future installments. This is a new author to me, and I have to say I was very impressed with this book. Anyone who enjoys retellings should try it. I’m hopeful for a sequel! 4-4.5-stars Publication date: July 20th 2021 I’d like to thank NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for sharing a copy of this book with me in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "Turn around, Adele... Just turn around and walk in a straight line until you hear the axes. Until you come out of the forest." It's been awhile since I have been this invested in a YA fantasy, but here we are. Red Wolf is the binge-worthy Red Riding Hood retelling I've been searching for, and while the foundation of the fairy tale is there, this book takes on an entirely new version of its own, which I love. Wonderfully atmospheric, perfectly paced plotting, and a tinge of romance (a love triang "Turn around, Adele... Just turn around and walk in a straight line until you hear the axes. Until you come out of the forest." It's been awhile since I have been this invested in a YA fantasy, but here we are. Red Wolf is the binge-worthy Red Riding Hood retelling I've been searching for, and while the foundation of the fairy tale is there, this book takes on an entirely new version of its own, which I love. Wonderfully atmospheric, perfectly paced plotting, and a tinge of romance (a love triangle, but don't worry, it's not THAT kind of a love triangle), my only complaint is that this book is billed as a standalone but ends on a total cliffhanger! Please tell me there will be a sequel? Highly recommend the audiobook if you enjoy that format. *Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Deliciously dark and imaginative, Red Wolf was unexpected. Fast paced, entirely enchanting, and more than anything else, it had me hooked. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. There were times I held my breath, sigh in relief and gasped in shock. I truly couldn't of asked for a better read. It had all the classic feel to the original story and all the twists and turns I love in a truly well thought out story that will stand out and stand all on it's own. *ARC provided by the publisher in excha Deliciously dark and imaginative, Red Wolf was unexpected. Fast paced, entirely enchanting, and more than anything else, it had me hooked. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. There were times I held my breath, sigh in relief and gasped in shock. I truly couldn't of asked for a better read. It had all the classic feel to the original story and all the twists and turns I love in a truly well thought out story that will stand out and stand all on it's own. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  4. 4 out of 5

    karen

    i loved this author's MENAGERIE series, but i'm hesitant to dive back into the wolf/woods/girl thing after , although i still want to read because i have A TYPE. ADVISE MEEEEEEEEE i loved this author's MENAGERIE series, but i'm hesitant to dive back into the wolf/woods/girl thing after , although i still want to read because i have A TYPE. ADVISE MEEEEEEEEE

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Ashwood

    3'75⭐ Review coming soon... 3'75⭐ Review coming soon...

  6. 5 out of 5

    S the Reader

    Forgettable. I wish I could say this was an inventive, gritty retelling of Little Red Riding Hood... but Red Wolf only ever feels like it is trying to be that, and never quite achieves it. The plot is simple, interesting only for fleeting moments, and doesn't feel engaging or important enough. Our main character Adele is stubborn and a little childish, and while I almost understand the theatrical nature of her personality, she was (for me) a little difficult to connect to and even makes parts of Forgettable. I wish I could say this was an inventive, gritty retelling of Little Red Riding Hood... but Red Wolf only ever feels like it is trying to be that, and never quite achieves it. The plot is simple, interesting only for fleeting moments, and doesn't feel engaging or important enough. Our main character Adele is stubborn and a little childish, and while I almost understand the theatrical nature of her personality, she was (for me) a little difficult to connect to and even makes parts of the story feel somewhat Middle Grade-y. I do like Vincent's writing style, but I kept thinking this book felt largely unnecessary.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    In today's episode of Why I Love Wolf Books, I will get into the nitty-gritty of my obsessions with everything Little Red Riding Hood and how you should too. But in true Celia fashion, this review may just go off the rails. Thank you, Edelweiss and HarperTeen who continue to be amazing in preventing me from reading my physical tbr with all my FOMO for unreleased YA books. Is it just me or are there A LOT of wolfy books coming out this year? I'm not complaining at all. I love them. I am in awe of In today's episode of Why I Love Wolf Books, I will get into the nitty-gritty of my obsessions with everything Little Red Riding Hood and how you should too. But in true Celia fashion, this review may just go off the rails. Thank you, Edelweiss and HarperTeen who continue to be amazing in preventing me from reading my physical tbr with all my FOMO for unreleased YA books. Is it just me or are there A LOT of wolfy books coming out this year? I'm not complaining at all. I love them. I am in awe of how every one of them manages to be unique just when I thought there couldn't be any more unique spins of old fairytales and classics. This one gave me total Catherine Hardwicke Red Riding Hood vibes and less Stephanie Garber and Megan Spooner as the blurb suggests. What I got from this was a gothic fairytale about a girl stuck between human and wolf-a girl who loves two worlds. I bet that last line did you in, be honest. On her sixteenth birthday (THE birthday of all YA heroines coming into power lol) Adele learns she's a Guardian-a shifter who protects humans from the other beasts of the woods-and that her life isn't going to be all that she planned. To make matters poopier, she's also told she's betrothed to a boy from a neighboring village who is aware of the Guardians, unlike Adele's current beau. You see, humans fear ALL beasts and if they found out what she was, they'd kill her like they did her father. All that being said, the day she discovers what she is, she finds a boy in the woods. She assumes he's the survivor of a murdered caravan and being the sweetheart she is, brings him back to the village. Sucking up the Fun and Games part of the Save the Cat outline, we have Adele learning to kill, and trying to decide which hot dude she likes best. I immediately had my eyes on the new guy, Max, who is definitely the Peeta of this story, but I digress. It get s bit fluffy but takes a turn quickly after. I found this book fascinating because Adele is level-headed and although flawed, knows who she is down into her marrow despite being part-wolf, and will protect the innocent down to her very last breath. She's the type of girl I'd pick first at dodgeball. But down at its core, RED WOLF is a story about finding your place in the world and realizing where you belong. Read this if you like retellings, shifters, dark The Village-like settings, and boys with crossbows. I like all those things, so find me on Insta @celiamcmahonreads Happy reading! Also, family is everything and wolves rule.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andreea Zelenyak

    So so so good! This was so good I couldn’t stop reading. I finished this book in less than 24 hours. This gem is worth 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  9. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    RTC but the aesthetic was great . . . and would have been AMAZING if only it had been executed properly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    When I first saw Red Wolf, I was honestly so excited to dive into this. First off, I love retellings and I haven't read that many for little red riding hood. Second, it was just a book that I kept seeing so many people diving into and I felt left out. So I didn't really hesitate to buy the book and then dive into it. I'll admit that after meeting Adele, I kind of assumed how some things were going to go down. For example, her being the wolf in this story. Well, not necessarily THE murderous wolf When I first saw Red Wolf, I was honestly so excited to dive into this. First off, I love retellings and I haven't read that many for little red riding hood. Second, it was just a book that I kept seeing so many people diving into and I felt left out. So I didn't really hesitate to buy the book and then dive into it. I'll admit that after meeting Adele, I kind of assumed how some things were going to go down. For example, her being the wolf in this story. Well, not necessarily THE murderous wolf but a wolf in general. The reason why I went down this is because of the movie 'Red Riding Hood' with Amanda Seyfried.. pretty sure she's the wolf and red riding hood in that. I could be completely wrong though...which would be super awkward. Other than that, she was an okay character but she made horrible decisions.. constantly. Her reasons for why she did the things she did made me think a bit. Mostly because the decisions were pretty hard to make for the good of the people vs what her heart and mind wanted to do. It just led to a lot of destruction afterwards with zero consequences. In the end, I wasn't expecting all of that to go down before the very last page. I'm still in shock right now but it definitely felt like a red riding hood book. It was a very interesting book, I just wished I liked the romance and the main character a bit more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Headlines: Such easy reading Fresh retelling vibes Unexpected plot directions We've had a few wolf stories hit the shelves this year and they've all worked for me. What is totally in Red Wolf's favour is the writing and ease with which the reader can sink into this story and not want to put it down. Red Wolf set the scene well immediately, a dark wood, evil woodland creatures and a village at risk. I will say no more as the events that arise from there were pretty unexpected and I was hooked to the p Headlines: Such easy reading Fresh retelling vibes Unexpected plot directions We've had a few wolf stories hit the shelves this year and they've all worked for me. What is totally in Red Wolf's favour is the writing and ease with which the reader can sink into this story and not want to put it down. Red Wolf set the scene well immediately, a dark wood, evil woodland creatures and a village at risk. I will say no more as the events that arise from there were pretty unexpected and I was hooked to the page. The Duvall women in this story were captivating; they were brave, humble and focused. Adele had a lot of carry on her shoulders and she struggled to adjust, very understandably. I thought Max was a great character, supporter, feminist and I definitely need more of him. This book has left me wanting more (please tell us there will be another book). It was full of action, pace and some tragedy. This is my first book by Rachel Vincent but she's reeled me in. Thank you to Harper 360YA for the review copy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becci

    I recieved an ARC of this from the publisher The below review is my own honest opinion I thought I knew what to expect from this Red Riding Hood retelling and it some ways I got that but it had a lot of surprises too! I liked the authors take on the fairytale..its not ridiculously original but I liked the little details and elements the author put in. I found this very very easy to read and I did stay up really late into the night as I kept needing to read on! I was hooked,clearly. It did feel a b I recieved an ARC of this from the publisher The below review is my own honest opinion I thought I knew what to expect from this Red Riding Hood retelling and it some ways I got that but it had a lot of surprises too! I liked the authors take on the fairytale..its not ridiculously original but I liked the little details and elements the author put in. I found this very very easy to read and I did stay up really late into the night as I kept needing to read on! I was hooked,clearly. It did feel a bit like a guilty pleasure to me..perhaps because the MC is very young, only 16 and there's a classic YA trope that splits opinion but was done really well in this book. The ending was shocking and blew me away. Will definitely pick up more from this author

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    A dark and atmospheric Red Riding Hood retelling, Rachel Vincent’s Red Wolf is a richly developed, thought-provoking novel. Surprising betrothals, secrets and lies, werewolf lore, dangerous and deadly woods, a love triangle, and fearsome journeys propel the story and make for an immersive read. From childhood, Adele is inexplicably drawn to the woods. She doesn’t know why until her sixteenth birthday, when she learns that she is a Guardian – part woman and part wolf – who is destined to protect h A dark and atmospheric Red Riding Hood retelling, Rachel Vincent’s Red Wolf is a richly developed, thought-provoking novel. Surprising betrothals, secrets and lies, werewolf lore, dangerous and deadly woods, a love triangle, and fearsome journeys propel the story and make for an immersive read. From childhood, Adele is inexplicably drawn to the woods. She doesn’t know why until her sixteenth birthday, when she learns that she is a Guardian – part woman and part wolf – who is destined to protect humans from the dangers that lurk just outside their village. Adele is shocked and dismayed as her life is turned completely upside down. All of her hopes and aspirations must change as she learns about her family and their duty. Adele’s character is dynamic and well-developed. We see a teen filled with hope become a skilled fighter and protector of her people. We also see a young woman who faces tremendous responsibility and who struggles with her conscience. Adele constantly questions her fate and her influence over the lives of others. She is uncomfortable with the secrecy and lies and yearns for a simpler life. However, she is also drawn to the woods and the world inside of it. Her character is so well-layered, and her conflicting feelings highlight the tumultuous turn her life has taken. Other characters are richly developed as well. Adele’s mother, grandmother, and sister are the definition of female strength. They are close and share a strong bond, even though there are secrets between them. Friends, villagers, and two young children add interesting and often complicated dynamics to the plot. With so many strong and unique characters, there is never a dull moment in their lives. What makes a monster? This is a question that appears repeatedly throughout the story. There’s a great line that suggests that sometimes when one has to make a decision, there are no good choices. I think the story highlights this concept, as Adele is often faced with difficult choices and unexpected complications. Adele has to face the ramifications of her decisions and actions, which leads to even more difficult choices. As a guardian, this is her burden to bear, and the line between good and evil, as well as right and wrong, is often blurred. The world-building is another strength of the novel. Dark, foreboding, and atmospheric, the forest is so vividly described that it becomes a character. I love the imagery and personification, which contribute to the life-like feel of the dark woods surrounding Adele’s village. The dark wood is a scary place that humans avoid at all costs, and the author skillfully projects an ominous foreboding anytime the woods are mentioned. The dangers of the woods are a constant presence in the lives of the villagers, creating a fearful and wary mood throughout the story. Now, I’m not usually a big fan of love triangles, but in this story, it totally works. Adele is torn between her first love and a partner who is specifically chosen for her. The two men in Adele’s life contrast each other well while sharing many similarities. Both young men are honorable, intelligent, and brave, but only one can truly understand and know about Adele’s full identity. Adele’s choice isn’t easy, and I think that’s a pattern throughout the story – how people react to difficult choices. Some choose to face these problems head-on, some try to avoid making decisions, and others ignore the problems altogether. Adele doesn’t have that luxury, and she spends much of the story conflicted. Well-paced, action-packed, and immersive with a heart-pounding and shocking ending, Red Wolf makes you think about morals and ignorance and how fear of the unknown often leads to unfounded and irredeemable decisions. Thanks so much to the author and Harper Teen for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Yes, another fairytale retelling. When I say that I love them, I'm really not joking. This one has been on my wishlist for quite some time already and I was quite sad when Book Box Club included it and due to Brexit the box became too expensive for me. However, I did want to participate in the buddy read with the girls and they were happy to have me to share the reading experience. I might do that for further books too. Based on the blurb I already expected a typical YA story and especially the f Yes, another fairytale retelling. When I say that I love them, I'm really not joking. This one has been on my wishlist for quite some time already and I was quite sad when Book Box Club included it and due to Brexit the box became too expensive for me. However, I did want to participate in the buddy read with the girls and they were happy to have me to share the reading experience. I might do that for further books too. Based on the blurb I already expected a typical YA story and especially the first 75% of the story that's exactly what I got. The main character was in every possible way a typical teenager, not believing the things she is told, stubbornly doing her own thing and trying to find ways around her mother's advice and believing that how things have been done for year are not how they should be done. It's total valid behavior, but I grew a little old to still understand it. The same can be said about the plot. There were certain really interesting aspects, like the dark wood and all the different monsters lurking in the dark there, but the focus of the story was more on the slight love triangle, even though the outcome was quite predictable, and the struggles of keeping everything a secret from the village, with eventually a predictable outcome with some less predictable elements. For a long time while reading this book I was actually waiting for things to come to light and for things to start happening. The finale however is quite worth reading the book though. The book eventually ventures where a lot of YA's stay away from and I have to admit that I liked the final turn of events and the ending. I'm also quite curious if there's gonna be a sequel. The book doesn't need one, but there is plenty of room to tell more stories and I think I will read them anyway. Because despite the typical YA elements I personally outgrew a little, I did enjoy reading the book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Basma

    Actual rating: 3.5

  16. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    For as long as sixteen-year-old Adele can remember the village of Oakvale has been surrounding by the dark woods—a forest filled with terrible monsters that light cannot penetrate. Like every person who grows up in Oakvale she has been told to steer clear... but Adele has a very good reason for going into the woods. She is one of a long line of guardians, women who are able to change into wolves and who are tasked with the job of protecting their village while never letting any of the village For as long as sixteen-year-old Adele can remember the village of Oakvale has been surrounding by the dark woods—a forest filled with terrible monsters that light cannot penetrate. Like every person who grows up in Oakvale she has been told to steer clear... but Adele has a very good reason for going into the woods. She is one of a long line of guardians, women who are able to change into wolves and who are tasked with the job of protecting their village while never letting any of the villagers know of their existence. Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aundreya

    "And you'll need someone to share it with.- Someone who can understand the race of your pulse, keeping you up at night. The dizzying euphoria that follows success in battle. Someone who can celebrate with you. Someone who will celebrate you." WHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAA I LOVE WHEN A BOOK SURPRISES ME!!!!! Thats right, Red Wolf is showing up as a Red Ridinghood retelling and it is SO GOOD. Adele has a secret. And no one can know. Not even the man she loves. But with her secrets hidden, her family has "And you'll need someone to share it with.- Someone who can understand the race of your pulse, keeping you up at night. The dizzying euphoria that follows success in battle. Someone who can celebrate with you. Someone who will celebrate you." WHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAA I LOVE WHEN A BOOK SURPRISES ME!!!!! Thats right, Red Wolf is showing up as a Red Ridinghood retelling and it is SO GOOD. Adele has a secret. And no one can know. Not even the man she loves. But with her secrets hidden, her family has their own... she is betrothed, to keep secret safe, and others safer. Red Wolf is a dark and twisted tale for all that I didnt want to end. This being written as of now as a standalone has the potential to be an incredible duology or series. I want to know more!!!! The ending wraps up well enough but I need more from Adele and her end game. (cough cough *everyone read it and harass Harperteen for more) Read if you like: -snow white's dark and magical forest -creepy vibes of the village -red riding hood retelling -strong female protagonists you want to BE! -YA kissing books and romance -love triangles (who will you choose!?!?!) -a touch of magic and monsters. Make sure to pick up Red Wolf... but remember, don't steer from the path... Rating: story-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 characters-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ genre- YA Fantasy Steam- you can't get away with much in a small gossipy village.... Song: Wolves by Selena Gomez Thank you Entangled Teen and Rachel Vincent for my gifted copy!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dead Sirius

    Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this book! I liked the plot. I think it's a creative retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story we all grew up with. It was dark, gritty, and fantastical. I think Rachel Vincent really captured the mood of the town and that really made me believe the stakes that were at play. The mythology of the werewolves and the magical creatures featured in this book were really well done. I didn't enjoy the protagonist that much. And maybe that's because I felt like disag Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this book! I liked the plot. I think it's a creative retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story we all grew up with. It was dark, gritty, and fantastical. I think Rachel Vincent really captured the mood of the town and that really made me believe the stakes that were at play. The mythology of the werewolves and the magical creatures featured in this book were really well done. I didn't enjoy the protagonist that much. And maybe that's because I felt like disagreed with a lot of her decisions throughout the book. She felt very stubborn and like she alone knew what was right. And I guess that makes her a believable sixteen year old so I don't hold against the author or character too much. But I did make me not connect to the book through her, if anything I felt more connected to Max, the mother, and the sister. I think there were a few plots that were left unanswered. Not sure if this means there will be a sequel or not. The ending was abrupt but I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Compliments to the book cover artist, the cover is gorgeous!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books - HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This version of Red Riding Hood was beyond intense. I was captured right from the start and could not go back. All of the town is frightened by the Dark Woods and little do they know that one of their own is a keeper of a power that turns her into a wolf and sniffs out trouble to protect the town but is it her the This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books - HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This version of Red Riding Hood was beyond intense. I was captured right from the start and could not go back. All of the town is frightened by the Dark Woods and little do they know that one of their own is a keeper of a power that turns her into a wolf and sniffs out trouble to protect the town but is it her the one that they fear? This book got my heart racing and my thrills spiking because every page was a new turn in the book and I was left shocked and speechless when I finished. Our teen book club will love this and there will sure be conversations that will set off some fireworks. We will consider adding this title to our YA collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: Of course recreational hatchet throwing was really guardian training, just as her bedtime stories were actually instructional. Did learning to knead dough, darn socks, and churn butter somehow also teach me to kill something? (c)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    I really thought I was going to like this, it has a cool twist on Red Riding Hood and women guardians that can shapeshift. All things that sound awesome, but unfortunately I grew to hate the main character Adele and she kept making one bad decision after another until I thought the entire village would be better off if she left. Adele is sixteen when she learns that the women in her family are guardians, able to transform into wolves so they can protect their village from monsters in the woods. I really thought I was going to like this, it has a cool twist on Red Riding Hood and women guardians that can shapeshift. All things that sound awesome, but unfortunately I grew to hate the main character Adele and she kept making one bad decision after another until I thought the entire village would be better off if she left. Adele is sixteen when she learns that the women in her family are guardians, able to transform into wolves so they can protect their village from monsters in the woods. When Adele finds a little boy alone in the woods and covered in blood, she takes him home to be cared for and sets off a terrible chain of events. There are several difficult choices in this and of course I'd never advocate for a child to be killed, but Adele just kept making things worse. She directly caused deaths and dismemberment and kept insisting that she knew what was right. I wanted to shake her and tell her that she's a child and doesn't know anything about the world. This frustrated me to no end and if there's a sequel, I'll pass.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lorena

    I gave up on this one a few chapters in. It was straight info-dumping, no character or world development at all. Just "hi, I'm your heroine and this is my life OH WAIT NO IT ISN'T good thing someone is here to explain that everything I thought I knew was wrong." It's exhausting and not particularly interesting. I gave up on this one a few chapters in. It was straight info-dumping, no character or world development at all. Just "hi, I'm your heroine and this is my life OH WAIT NO IT ISN'T good thing someone is here to explain that everything I thought I knew was wrong." It's exhausting and not particularly interesting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Feinen

    Adele and her mother visit her grandmother every month on the night of the full moon. Her grandmother lives in the dark woods - travel requires quick steps, bright lanterns and a sense of urgency. Her mother is too busy with Adele's best friend's engagement party baking order - Adele braves the woods on her own for the first time. The woods have called to Adele since she was a young girl. This night just amplifies the voice - Adele ascends to her destiny as a Guardian. And soon meets her betroth Adele and her mother visit her grandmother every month on the night of the full moon. Her grandmother lives in the dark woods - travel requires quick steps, bright lanterns and a sense of urgency. Her mother is too busy with Adele's best friend's engagement party baking order - Adele braves the woods on her own for the first time. The woods have called to Adele since she was a young girl. This night just amplifies the voice - Adele ascends to her destiny as a Guardian. And soon meets her betrothed. Adele and Grainger have been in love since childhood, making plans with their friends for a cottage near each other, raising families. But Grainger is a member of the Watch - those who maintain the dark woods border, keep the lanterns lit - the Guardians natural enemy. Will Adele forsake her betrothal? Or will Maxime prove himself worthy? The ending was pretty abrupt, tying everything so nicely together. I'm guessing there will be another book - it just felt very quick and tidy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I really enjoyed reading Red Wolf it takes a well known story and twists it into something new and gripping. Going into this I had only read a tiny blurb on the back of the book which gives nothing away so I didn't actually know what made this a red riding hood retelling and I'm so glad I went into it like that because I was super surprised with the first twist that is actually mentioned in the synopsis on here. After that first twist i was hooked on everything, this really gives off the village I really enjoyed reading Red Wolf it takes a well known story and twists it into something new and gripping. Going into this I had only read a tiny blurb on the back of the book which gives nothing away so I didn't actually know what made this a red riding hood retelling and I'm so glad I went into it like that because I was super surprised with the first twist that is actually mentioned in the synopsis on here. After that first twist i was hooked on everything, this really gives off the village movie vibes and the atmosphere is fantastic. I loved Adele her decision making isn't always great but I had to remind myself that she's just 16 and has had a life changing thing happen to her. What I loved about this book too is the fact that it does have a slight love triangle but you never really truly feel like her and Grayson are the right fit, on the other hand Adele and Max are great together it's really well done there story as it's not really a romance more of a deep bond blossoming through this shared secret. Everyone and everything is great in here the village, the woods, the grandmother who I loved and the family, the only reason for the four star and not a five was something that happens in here is quite predictable and the slight turn at the end I didn't like as much, but a great read that I hope will be tturned into a series rather than a standalone. ARC provided by the publishers at harper360uk in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emilie

    I really tried with this book, but I was just not a fan. I could not figure out the through-line of the main character--what exactly was the journey she was supposed to be on? Once she discovered the secret about the woods and her family, instead of following the advice and instructions of wiser women that had gone before her, she made decisions that did not make much sense. Then when her actions brought her whole village in danger, she again made decisions in direct contradiction to what she ha I really tried with this book, but I was just not a fan. I could not figure out the through-line of the main character--what exactly was the journey she was supposed to be on? Once she discovered the secret about the woods and her family, instead of following the advice and instructions of wiser women that had gone before her, she made decisions that did not make much sense. Then when her actions brought her whole village in danger, she again made decisions in direct contradiction to what she had been told that caused terrible destruction. By the end of the book, I really didn't feel like any of the things the main character had done were justified, and she was just trying to, as they say, slap a bandaid on a bullet hole. I get that she was young and impulsive, but her mistakes were glaringly obvious and she didn't seem to have much remorse for what she was bringing about, especially in the last pages of the story. I wasn't sure what the point of this book was, and really kind of felt like it was a waste of my time to read it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    3 stars. While this was an enjoyable read, I felt a little too old for it. I love a lot of YA, don't get me wrong, but this felt very... early YA. The main character is irritatingly stubborn and hard to root for. And don't get me started on the extremely tropey love triangle. BUT the history and fantasy built into this Red Riding Hood retelling was fantastic. It has always bothered me that werewolves are more often than not portrayed as men, and I'm glad to see the shift in recent years of includ 3 stars. While this was an enjoyable read, I felt a little too old for it. I love a lot of YA, don't get me wrong, but this felt very... early YA. The main character is irritatingly stubborn and hard to root for. And don't get me started on the extremely tropey love triangle. BUT the history and fantasy built into this Red Riding Hood retelling was fantastic. It has always bothered me that werewolves are more often than not portrayed as men, and I'm glad to see the shift in recent years of including female werewolves. Making Red herself a wolf was a fun spin on the classic fairytale and one that I was excited to read. The ending felt a little abrupt (I would hope that there's a sequel to tie up some loose ends and perhaps have our main character much stronger and smarter in a part two), but a good page turner and a good conversation starter with what it means to have to hide who you are for the sake of everyone in your community... even if you never asked for this thing that sets you apart from everyone. Thank you Harper Collins and NetGalley for the ARC!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Draheim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow just wow… This is a different take on the Red Riding Hood Tale and I really enjoyed it! ⭐️ adventure ⭐️ suspense ⭐️ romance ⭐️ character growth Minus one Star because Adele was a very selfish girl for most of the book and got on my nerves with her attitude. The fourth star is the most important as we see Adele accepting her path and having a different future than she dreamed of in the beginning of the book. I almost vomited at one point of the book as it was very gory 🙈 Max is my favorite character Wow just wow… This is a different take on the Red Riding Hood Tale and I really enjoyed it! ⭐️ adventure ⭐️ suspense ⭐️ romance ⭐️ character growth Minus one Star because Adele was a very selfish girl for most of the book and got on my nerves with her attitude. The fourth star is the most important as we see Adele accepting her path and having a different future than she dreamed of in the beginning of the book. I almost vomited at one point of the book as it was very gory 🙈 Max is my favorite character together with Adele’s Grandma 🥰 I love a good retelling and the Autor did a very good job!

  28. 4 out of 5

    micolreads

    3,5 ✨ Even though it took a turn I was expecting, I was still surprised

  29. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    This was such a wonderful, dark read! I absolutely loved reading it, though I would really love a sequel!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carina Olsen

    This was such an interesting book for me. I loved the story and the setting. Had some small issues with connecting to the main character. But mostly I just really enjoyed this book. Beginning was a little slow, but then it picked up. And it was so awesome. The ending was dark yet hopeful. I'm so happy that I liked it a lot. I'm going with four stars for this one. It was better than a three, as I really loved the story. But not a five star, as I had some small problems with the writing. But oh, it This was such an interesting book for me. I loved the story and the setting. Had some small issues with connecting to the main character. But mostly I just really enjoyed this book. Beginning was a little slow, but then it picked up. And it was so awesome. The ending was dark yet hopeful. I'm so happy that I liked it a lot. I'm going with four stars for this one. It was better than a three, as I really loved the story. But not a five star, as I had some small problems with the writing. But oh, it was such a great book even so. And I am so glad I read this stunning book. Can't wait to own a finished copy of it too when it comes out for real this summer. This is a book that takes place in a village surrounded by a dark and dangerous forest. It felt like this was set far back in the past, when they were still burning witches. I liked the setting. It was so creepy and good. I had some trouble with the writing, but it was good too. I just never fully loved the main girl. I did like her a lot, but she was also blind to many things. But I couldn't fully blame her for that either. The summary says that Adele and her family are guardians. That the women in her family can change into wolves. That they are protecting their village from harm. But it does not mention that Adele does not know about this. At all. Until she gets attacked by a wolf inside the dark forest, and she turns into one herself. And I enjoyed reading about it all a whole lot. First there was the dark forest. Normal people can not see into it at all. Their village was fully surrounded, except for a small river. Whenever people had to travel through this forest, they needed to bring lanterns with them. As fire was the only thing that could keep the werewolves away from them. But this forest was full of other monsters too. And I loved getting to know more about them all, haha. This book was dark at times and I liked it very much. This forest was the very worst and I so loved when Adele would enter it. We get to read about her learning about being a guardian, about being a different type of werewolf than what lives in the forest. Her kind do not kill people. They are able to stay themselves when they turn into wolves. And so her mother and grandmother have protected their small village as best as they could for years. And now Adele is meant to do the same. But all she can truly think about is how she was meant to marry her sweetheart, Grainger. I did not really like him. Oops. But she seemed to love him, and him her. But this was impossible, after she turned into a wolf. As he was on the village watch. And would burn her and all her family if he found out what she was. And then, of course, there was another boy. Max. Whom Adele had been engaged to since she was a baby. Without knowing it, until the day before he showed up in her village. She promises her mother to give him a chance to try to earn her heart. But that wasn't easy either. Sigh. Sort of a triangle. But I never liked the village boy. And I loved Max, so yeah. I did not mind. And it wasn't a big deal either. As Adele was more focused on the werewolf part. And I sadly did not fully love Adele either, as I found her to be a little naive about some things, and blind about others. But I liked her a lot. And I liked getting to know her family history and all that they could do. Her grandmother and mother were both amazing. And I adored her little sister too. And I loved her growing friendship with Max. And how she started to grow apart from Grainger, as he started changing more too, in a bad way. Hmph. There was a lot going on in this book, and yet it felt pretty short too. Adele ended up saving a lost child in the forest. No one knew who he was and he did not speak. I liked how the plot was somewhat about him and what happened because of him. I liked the monsters in this book, though they weren't there much. I loved reading about Adele as a wolf. I loved how Max could fight too, though only women were guardians and could turn into wolves. I did not like most of the villagers. They never knew who was protecting them. Red Wolf was just as incredible as I thought it would be. Fully creepy and exciting. I loved the werewolves and the story behind them. I loved the setting. I loved the family part of this, how they loved each other. I even loved the ending, though it was dark and depressing as well. While this book was not fully perfect to me, I enjoyed it so very much. And I think you should all read this one too. That cover is gorgeous. Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me be auto-approved on Edelweiss, so I could read this book early. --- This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: https://carinabooks.blogspot.com/2021...

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