Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review: The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood

ISBN: 0615897266
Pages: 200
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Genre: Fairytale Retelling
Initial Reaction: Emoji
In the small town of Woodsville, self-assured Ruby Hood becomes tangled in more than traditional teenage angst. With the Homecoming Dance looming, everything at Woodsville High appears normal, but things are not as they seem. Ruby meets a cute boy with a lopsided grin, Dylan Hunter. She flirts shamelessly with the football star, Kent Wolf, and finds herself in a barrage of harsh verbal altercations with his stunning yet wicked sister, Kayla Wolf. Thankfully, she finds solace in her friend, Lilly Fair. Through a series of odd and painful events, Ruby discovers her true calling and the responsibilities that come with her new power and position. Despite her heartache and sorrow, will Ruby find the inner strength not only to protect herself, but also to keep the Wood safe at all cost?

Hello everyone! Today I have a review of a retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood! I participated in a book blitz for this book so if you want to check out some teasers you can click HERE.

When I started reading this book my eyes got a workout from all the rolling that was going on.  This book is full of cliches which was pretty annoying at the beginning of the story. However, as annoying as it was, the story is also really entertaining. The beginning was like reading the script for a reality tv show. I even made a comment on Goodreads: the Wolfs are rivaling the Kardashians with the K names - Ken, Kent, Kassandra, and Kayla. Ruby Hood is this genius girl who is incredibly confident and beautiful. She has a best friend and attracts the attention of not one but two guys: Ken Wolf and Dylan Hunter. I think I smell a love triangle…

Speaking of that, thank the heavens that a love triangle didn't really happen. There was technically some sort of triangle but it got resolved pretty easily and it was relieving to see that the triangle wouldn't be the center of the story which was something I was worried about.

The story takes the standard story of the Little Red Riding Hood and twists it into a story of revenge and magic with a small addition from another iconic fairy tale. I was so surprised when the pieces finally fell into place that I wanted to smack my head on the table because it was so obvious. I'm not going to say anything  because I don't want to spoil anything but I am constantly berating myself for not noticing sooner.

The characters definitely had to grow on me because at the beginning they were a bunch of clichés that I didn't have any interest in whatsoever.  Ruby went through some pretty rough times at the beginning and that played a big part in her character development. I wish we could have gotten more information regarding her first quest - it felt like the reader was left in the dark like the guys. Kent started off as a bit of a stereotypical high school jock and he definitely grew on me as the story continued. Dylan went in the complete opposite direction for me. I started off liking him a lot as a character because he was the kinder of the two guys, but he honestly became dumber as the story continued which was pretty disappointing.

The story picks up speed once you hit the 30% marking and it became a lot easier to go through the story. I can't exactly pinpoint my exact feelings on the first book but it was a nice start to an interesting twist on the classic story. I'm definitely intrigued to see if the author is going to weave any other fairytales into the story. :)

*I received a copy from YA Bound Book Tours for review. All opinions are 100% my own.*
3 out of 5 stars 

Foreverly Obsessed,

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