Red and the Wolf. Laura Lee Nutt
I received this book free via publisher in exchange for an honest review. I don’t gush and give false praise – I don’t believe that helps readers or authors so what you read is what I truly feel about a book.
Mmnn… “an update of an old fairy tale – interesting concept” I thought, and I was right. Laura has taken the tale and expanded on what could have happened afterwards if the attacker was not just an ordinary wolf. Red riding hood is here in the guise of Blanchette, the grandmother with her and they live with Blanchette’s parents in the local apothecary. The woodcutter – is Heinrich – he’s been protecting the village quietly for several years from supernatural entities, and just as the emperor sends someone to investigate the red riding hood rumours that the attack was by a werewolf the local Nix, the one Heinrich has been keeping away from the village, gets braver….
Its a tale of twisted rumours, misunderstood creatures and misinterpreted stories. Can the brave escape the hunter and will the one who’s really dangerous get away with his dastardly scheme to kill the protectors so he can get at the villagers….
It’s certainly something away from the normal supernatural romance stories, and it took me a little while to get into the book, but its a gripping story throwing twists in that I didn’t expect and leaving me wondering how Laura was going to get to a happy ending – because all the best tales have a HEA don’t they? However she did it, surprising me along the way and keeping me entertained.
Its a neat tale, and one I enjoyed but its not one I’d re read. I think maybe Laura or Lyrical Press is going to do a series of these as its filed under “A Lyrical Press Fantasy Romance | Lyrical Press Once Upon” Its certainly an interesting concept – I started a series of paintings about fairyland and the Off Days so I’m always up for something that’s re moulded and bringing fresh ideas to an old story. I was brought up on fairy tales, Grimms, Aesop’s fables, Greek and Roman mythology etc. I loved them all and its good to have some updated. Its a well written book, as are all from Lyrical – so much badly edited work still around and stories simply won’t attract readers if its not as perfect as humanly possible. Amazingly I’ve seen samples/descriptions where author apologises for all the errors – don’t apologise but put them right! Well, rant over (blush) and back to Blanchette et al – if you’re looking for a sweet romance and a supernatural tale that’s unusual this is your book. For me Its a one off read – I think its that I need a book to be a bit heavier on the romance side to join my keepers files, but its certainly an entertaining way to lose a few hours.
Stars: four – good solid tale but not a five star for me. £3.39 for 160 pages it’s quite expensive for a new author but if its the kind of book you’d re read that’s not so bad.