[ARC] The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

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In this retelling of the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, the main character is not a small girl but a young wolf, who has to bring a gift to his grandmother: a delicious rabbit.

His mother tells him to be aware in the woods, and to avoid any human, and in particular the hunter. However, Little Red Wolf wanders off in the woods and loses his path, and a young girl finds him, she seems so nice…

The Little Red Wolf is a wonderful book, firstly for the retelling of the story twisting the point of view we are used to, and where good and evil are not absolute as in the classic version of the story.

The illustration and art are truly amazing, extremely well-detailed and well-finished.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy  necessary to write this review.


The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

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[Series] The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy by Jessica Day George

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Jessica Day George, the author of Dragonskin slippers, in the Westfalin Princesses Trilogy worked on fairy tales retellings. The novels that compose the series are:

  • Princess of the Midnight Ball – retelling of di The twelve dancing princesses
  • Princess of Glass – retelling of Cinderella
  • Princess of the Silver Woods – retelling of Little Red Riding Hood

The characters of the second and third novel are two of the twelve sister princesses that open the series with their worn out dancing slippers.

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Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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Rosamund Hodge, già autrice di Cruel Beauty, un riuscito retelling de “La bella e la bestia”, ha ideato anche un originale retalling di “Cappuccetto rosso”, Crimson Bound.

Rachelle a quindici anni è l’apprendista della zia, una maga che protegge il villaggio dalla magia oscura della Foresta. Rachelle è anche avventata, e, fidandosi troppo di una creatura della foresta, viene legata per sempre alla Foresta, diventandone una sua creatura.

Tre anni dopo Rachelle, ancora umana ma con capacita fisiche oltre l’umano, è una delle protettrici del reame assieme ad altri blood-bound, finchè non le viene assegnato il compito di proteggere Armand, il figlio del re, unico a essere sopravvissuto all’incontro con le creature della foresta senza esserne stato legato.

Rachelle ha intenzione di portare avanti anche il progetto segreto di ritrovare le due spade mitiche che, secondo antichi racconti, avevano sconfitto l’origine del male della Foresta.

Crimson Bound è un romanzo scorrevole, in cui le parti di narrazione si alternano alla leggenda delle due spade. Personalmente l’ho trovato meno avvincente rispetto a Cruel Beauty, Rachelle è un personaggio attivo, ma la maggior parte degli avvenimenti la vedono passiva, e piuttosto miope rispetto ad alleanze e fazioni. In generale la trama è molto lineare (con alcune incongruenze a mio avviso), e in alcuni casi piuttosto prevedibile.

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Rosamund Hodge, author of Cruel Beauty, a good retelling of the “Beauty and the Beast”, wrote also an original retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood”, Crimson Bound.

Rachelle is fifteen and she is her aunt’s apprentice, the woman being a magician who protects the village from the dark magic of the Great Forest. Rachelle is also reckless, and, trusting too much a forestborn, ends up eternally bind to the Forest, and one of its creature.

Three years later, Rachelle, still human but with superhuman physical skills, is one of the bloodbound who fights for the realm against the Forest, until she is assigned to be the bodyguard of Armand, the king’s son, and the only human who survived the meeting with a forestborn without being bloodbound.

Rachelle has also the intention to carry on a personal project, to recover the two magical swords that once defeated the Forest, at least following the ancient stories.

Crimson Bound is a page turner, where the story of Rachelle alternates with the story of the sword. Personally I think it’s inferior to Cruel Beauty, and less engaging. Rachelle is an active character, but in most of the events she is quite passive, and short-sighted for alliances and factions. Overall the plot is quite linear (with some inconsistencies in my opinion), and sometimes quite foreseeable.

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Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge ★★★☆☆