Review: Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent

Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: HarperTeen
Released: July 27th, 2021
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Animal death, prejudice

4 1/2 kitties

Rachel Vincent is about to try her hand at a retelling in Red Wolf! As you can probably guess from the title alone, we’re about to dive back into the world of Little Red Riding Hood, but with a twist.

Adele has spent her entire life in one small village. She’s never left, as the foreboding woods keep most of the villagers trapped within. For monsters are lurking out in those woods, and each year they seem to grow in number.

However, one night in Adele’s sixteenth year, her life was permanently changed. She learned something about herself and her family. Something that will change the way she looks at the woods and her entire village.

“Turn around, Adele…Just turn around and walk in a straight line until you hear the axes. Until you come out of the forest.”

Red Wolf was such an enchanting read (pun not intended, this time!), I found myself sucked in Adele’s story, unable to look away. I have always enjoyed Rachel Vincent’s writing, and I feel like it truly shined here.

Red Wolf is a thrilling take on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood. What I loved the most about this tale, other than the heavy infusion of fantasy elements (more on that in a second), is how much agency Adele’s character is given here.

It’s refreshing! The magical elements (which I won’t detail because it’s a spoiler) create a fun twist in the plot, keeping me fully invested in the story. Between those elements, and the fact that Vincent was unafraid to sow room for conversation and discourse along the way, Red Wolf ended up being a surprisingly rich and intense read. One that I would recommend for all fans of fairy tale retellings.

Thanks to Harper Teen and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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