Happy Book Tuesday! Today, Katrina F. reviews Neal Shusterman’s Red Rider’s Hood.
In Red Rider’s Hood, Neal Shusterman puts a modern twist on a classic fairytale that we all know: “Little Red Riding Hood.” Red is a just a normal teenager, that is, until he runs into a gang called the “Wolves.” He finds out that they are more than just another town gang and they are actually real werewolves. On each full moon, they go out and hunt for their prey- humans. It turns out that Red’s own grandma has had some experiences with werewolves, and Red’s friend, Marissa, who has a brother in the pack, also wants to end the Wolves’ reign. To find out more about them and how they can defeat them, Red befriends the pack leader, Cedric, and soon, he proves his “loyalty” to him. But soon, Red finds it hard to keep the trust of both sides, and Marissa and Grandma lose their trust in him. With the next full moon approaching, Red finds it difficult to understand which side he really wants to be on. Will he stay loyal and keep his faith in Marissa and his Grandma, or will he become a werewolf and join Cedric’s gang forever? Read Red Rider’s Hood to find out!
A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in December 2013. Check out this month’s new releases below. Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases - but do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere. If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!
Sawyer Dodd’s boyfriend, Kevin, was just killed in a drunk-driving accident. Sawyer is grieving, but privately, she’s also relieved that Kevin is gone. Although they appeared to be a perfect couple, Kevin was abusive, and Sawyer had been hiding that secret for months. Now that Kevin is gone, Sawyer finally has a chance to put their relationship behind her and start over. After all, Kevin’s death was an accident, right? That’s what Sawyer thinks, until one day she opens her locker to discover a chilling message - a newspaper article about Kevin’s death with a note that simply says, “You’re Welcome”.
This book started off creepy, and only got more intense from there, as Sawyer’s admirer tries to “help” her by eliminating anyone who might be a threat to Sawyer. The suspense keeps building as the suspects list grows. The only thing that bothered me in this otherwise entertaining book was the way that Sawyer acted. There were definitely some times that I wanted to shake some sense into her - like, “Oh hey, maybe you should actually tell an adult about all of these mysterious threatening notes instead of just trying to handle everything on your own?” But in spite of my occasional frustration with the narrator, this was a solid, fast-paced thriller.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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