I read Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright just before it came out in the cinemas. Some people just wait for the movie, but I really do like to read the book before hand because I like the magic of seeing a story I have read re-created on screen.
It started off as a really good book, I was hooked after reading the first few words, I'm not sure whether this is because I have a weird obsession with all things medieval/fairytaleish though!
It's all very magical from the first word and the story line is very fast paced which is always a bonus because I hate stories that drag!
I'm going to add a brief outline of the story before I get carried away, Don't be fooled by the title, it really isn't like any version of Red Riding Hood you've read or heard before, it is based on a young lady called Valerie, (She has a red cloak) and lives in a medieval village cursed with a werewolf, every month a family in the village have to sacrafice an animal from their stock to feed the werewolf, all appears to be strangely ok in the village with all of this going on, people just avoid going out on the night of the full moon... Pretty normal life ay?
One night however the wolf kills a human. The village obviously get very upset and the hunt for the werewolf begins they then discover that the werewolf is infact someone living amongst them which raises a lot of suspicion and makes everyone question themselves and those they love...
A love triangle is also thrown in to this story as well as deep family secrets, it even gets a bit saucy in some bits, wahay (lol)
The whole time you are left wondering who the wolf could be, lots and lots of red herrings...
...Like I said I was hooked to this story, this is until I got to the end. The ending was rubbish! PANTS in fact.
To be honest I wasn't convinced I knew who there Werewolf was at all. It didn't feel like a proper ending to a really good book, SO DISSAPOINTED!
I then read at the back of the book that the FINAL CHAPTER was actually online. RIP OFF, If I'd bought the book I want the WHOLE THING, this was why the ending was pants!
I read the last chapter online like a muppet and I will admit it made the book soooo much better, it was an excellent twist and ending.
WHY THEY DIDN'T JUST INCLUDE IT IN THE BOOK I'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND!
I then went to see the film and it was pretty much true to the book (and final online chapter) it added a few bits too which I think would have made the book far more interesting.
I don't normally say this but I think the film may just have been better than the book!
I'd give this book a 4.5 out of 10, if the final chapter was included however I'd give it an 8 or 9!
hmm now what book to read next...