Author: Rachel Vincent
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I found Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent to be a fantastic retelling of the little red riding hood fairy tale. The book combined the familiar aspects of the original story (the woodcutter, little red riding hood, the wolf, and the little old grandmother in the woods), with a more modern and morally ambiguous plot.
The book was well-written and paced nicely. I only found one typo that stood out in the text, and I loved the characters. It was interesting to see the world-building behind the fairy-tale turned on its head and then turned over again by the main character’s choices.
If you like Young Adult Fantasy stories or fairy-tale retellings, I would highly recommend you pick up this book and give it a try. This book was fantastic.