Thursday, September 17, 2020

Review of Red Hood by Elena K. Arnold

Read for: Recently Added/ Audio Book

Synopsis: "You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked.

And the wolf is angry.

Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her. A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. About the blood in Bisou’s past and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods—frightened, but not alone."
My Review: I received this book as a gift earlier this year but Autumn seemed like an appropriate time to read it, and I was right. It was very atmospheric and eerie. With that said, it was so different than anything I ever expected. If you are looking for a good girl power book, this would be it, the characters of the book don't wait for men to figure out how to behave properly but took the power and safety into their own hands. There is definitely a lot of symbolism in this book, especially between the behavior of men/guys and wolves. It is clear this book speaks to the Me Too movement but it does take things a bit far, being a fictional story, it can do that. I do appreciate that there are a few good men represented in this book but I feel like it could have used more and maybe a tiny bit less man hating, but again being a work of fiction, liberties can be taken with the story. All in all, I do like the idea of the hunted becoming the hunter and protector of others. Women lending strength to other women and supporting them as they let their truths out.

My Rating: I know there are a lot of problems with this book, but if  you read it as a fictional story to be enjoyed as just that, a story, it was enjoyable.  I give it a rating of Two Paws. 

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