The Girl in Red Review

Hello!

I was sent this book by Titan Books as part of their instagram tour!

The Girl in Red is an amazing retelling of the fairytale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’! It comes out on the 18th June, so be sure to go and pre-order it!!

When a disease destroys most of the U.S. population Red and her brother Adam decide to try and reach their paternal grandmother, who lives over 200 miles away. Adam wants to join a quarantine camp, thinking it’s the only way to survive in this new world, but Red isn’t letting herself get shut away. Red is about to find out that the woods are deep and dark, and there are far worse things than wolves out in the world.

When I was first contacted about this book, I was a little unsure. A fairytale retelling set in an apocalypse situation? How would that work? But oh boy! Not only does it work but it is amazing!

This is definitely one of my favourite retellings! The concept is so unique, and the characters are so diverse! The main character is a mixed race, bisexual, disabled girl! But unlike some books none of it feels forced, like it was just put in for brownie points! Red is a multi-faceted, three dimensional character that just happened to have her leg amputated halfway down.

I absolutely love the messages in this book, how instead of the ‘Big Bad Wolf’, it’s other people. Because more often than not, especially in apocalypse type situations, people are the most threatening thing you can come across. Especially for a character like Red, who is a woman alone.

I immediately liked Red as a character. She might be the first character who is actually realistic within the scenario! These days, who hasn’t seen or read at least one thing about the apocalypse? With shows like The Walking Dead, pretty much every household will have someone who knows how to prepare. Red was this person. She got annoyed at her family doing all the typical stupid mistakes, she made sure she packed her bag in advance and took it everywhere so she was never caught by surprise, and most importantly she actually had common sense!! It felt like a breath of fresh air to read a character that isn’t completely daft.

The way this book was written switched between ‘After’, with Red walking through the woods trying to survive and ‘Before’, which shows Red’s preparation and the build up to the beginning of the journey.

I read this book in two days, which for me is super fast. I absolutely loved everything about this book, the characters and the story were just so good! I will definitely be reading more of Christina Henry’s books! I rate this book 5/5 stars! Seriously, if you love fairytale retellings or apocalypse stories, you will adore this!!

Thank you Titan Books for sending me a copy to review!

See you again soon!

Elizabeth

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