((PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that this is the book review and that there will be spoilers!!!))
OKAY! So I finally finished it. And . . . .
Hmmm. I don't know what to say really.
Here's what the back of the book says:
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The Blacksmith would marry with her.
The woodcutter would run away with her
The werewolf would turn her into one of its own.
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Okay so the heroine of this fairy tale is Valerie, the daughter of the local drunk and her mother just a tad bit crazy. Well she seemed crazy in the beginning. She got more likable towards the end.
So Valerie's childhood friend and love Peter comes back into the town after 10 years. He apparently did something REALLY bad that only Valerie knows about but then we learn later on that Henry (the young blacksmith) does too. So the villagers of Draggorhorn gave an annual animal sacrifice to the Wolf to appease him and then for a while he stopped coming. DUN DUN PLOT INTERVENTION!
So now Valerie learns that Peter's come home, Henry is in love with her, much to the displeasure of her sister Lucie whom was in love with Henry. Her mother sets up the marriage between the two (V and H people) and Henry couldn't be happier. Except Val's in love with Peter who's also in love with her.
Wolf attacks and her sister and Henry's dad get killed in the village and when the men go out to try and kill the Wolf. They think they've killed him but they haven't.
The author jumps around in so many characters heads throughout the novel. It can kinda make you lose your place once or twice within it. You never get to make up your mind about anything because the author comes out with a solution to it before you can think about it.
I liked Valerie. I did. She was definietly different from what you would expect Little Red Riding Hood to be. I liked the Wolf as well even though he didn't talk much. The character itself was cool.
Now as for the ending? You really don't get one. The end of the books tells you to go to: http://www.redridinghoodbook.com/. This leads to a count down page of the last chapter. Which is released when the movie is.
Yes this a book that was written AFTER a movie. So I'm actually excited to see the movie even more after reading the book.
Out of 5 stars I'd give this book a 3.5. I was interested and it did keep me guessing throughout it. Characterization wasn't bad for me (maybe minus Henry sometimes. . . ) but the wolf taunting Valerie and communicating with her was different. And that I liked. Maybe if the author had stuck with one point of view (Like Valerie's) it may have been different but who knows. I guess we'll find out in 31 days.