Happy Wednesday Everyone!
I love Halloween so much and I love reading stories that kind of give you that spooky, goosebumps all over your body feeling. I also love fairy tale retellings, and this book I will be reviewing today is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie, takes the tale we all know and love and puts a new twist on it.
The book description was taken from the Goodreads website:
“The True Face of Love
Ruth’s grandmother lives in the forest, banished there for the “evil” that the townsfolk believed she practiced. But if studying the stars, learning about nature, and dreaming of flying is evil, then Ruth is guilty of it too. Whenever Ruth took food and supplies to her grandmother, she would sit with the old woman for hours, listening and learning.
When she wasn’t in the woods, Ruth was learning the trade of her father, a blacksmith, now that her brother would never return from the Crusades.
Amidst those dark days, a new man enters Ruth’s life. William is a noble with a hot temper and a bad name, and he makes her shiver. But the young man is prey to his heritage, a curse placed on his family ages ago, and each male of the family has strange blood running in his veins. Now Ruth must come face-to-face with his destiny at Grandma’s house.”
What I loved about this book, is the way Debbie did the spin on Little Red Riding Hood, and kept the spirit of the original tale. Ruth is a women basically in a mans profession, and she doesn’t take crap off of anyone. She is a strong character that will do anything to protect the people she loves. William is just trying to survive and break the curse that was placed on his family. When he meets Ruth, he plays to her strengths, and only makes her stronger.
Debbie creates the strong characters that make you find your inner strength while reading this book. You have a couple of twists in here that you don’t see coming, but this book was so amazing and good that it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. I laughed, I cried, and I cheered for Ruth and William. If you love fairy tale retellings, and Little Red Riding Hood than you need to pick up this book as soon as possible.
Go on a journey to hunt a wolf and save the village my fellow hunters!