A big thank you to Leonard and Ann Marie Wilson for gifting me a review copy of their book in exchange for an honest review! First of all, I just want to say that Keely is my girl! If I could turn into any animal, it would be a cat, so it just makes sense that she’s my FAVORITE character out of this whole book. She’s also very cunning and intelligent. The perfect protagonist to Bloody Scarlet.
Of course, there are similarities to The Little Red Riding Hood, like the wolves and the Wolf’s Tooth (which is an important setting in the story) and Bloody Scarlet, and as the title suggests, Scarlet is very lethal and has her own army of deadlings that Keely and her friends/acquaintances must face.
There’s a lot going on in Lethal Red Riding Hood. It’s dense. The book took me a while to read, and at first, it was hard to get into. Not that it was slow or uninteresting, it was just a lot to catch up on. Once I got to know the characters, settings, and plot more, it was easier to get lost in the story. The only thing I couldn’t wrap my mind around was near the end when Keely tricked Scarlet into getting too close. I’m trying not to give too many details away, but I felt like it was too easy. Other than that, it was a great first book in the chronicles.
If you’re interested in retellings and witches, give it a try! I’m very curious to know what y’all think of the ending!
3.5 stars (rounded up on Amazon and Goodreads)