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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Middle Grade, Review0 Comments

Review: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost by Joan Holub & Suzanne WilliamsRed Riding Hood Gets Lost by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
Series: Grimmtastic Girls, Book 2
Also in this series: Cinderella Stays Late
Published by Scholastic on 25 March 2014
Genres: Adaptation, Adolescence, Fantasy, Friendship, Girls & Women, Middle Grade, Mystery & Detective, People of Color
Pages: 192
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Cinderella Stays Late

Places Traveled To: Grimm Academy, Grimmlandia

First Line(s): “Red Riding Hood?” The voice of Tom Thumb, Grmm Academy’s drama instructor, cut through twelve-year old Red’s thoughs like a woodcutter’s ax slicing into a willow tree.

Red Riding Hood Gets Lost by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams starts about a week or so after the events in Cinderella Arrives Late take place. Red Riding Hood Gets Lost is a companion novel to the first book in that it has a different POV character but it is very much a direct sequel as you do need to read the first to understand what’s going on in this book. The girls are in much the same place as we left them and they are still trying to figure out just what E.V.I.L. is up to and who might be in the group. As with the first book, Red Riding Hood Gets Lost is a quick read with a simple premise that I am sure those in the target audience will enjoy.

Red is a likable character and I enjoyed her story and how she interacted with her friends. Though I think that I enjoyed Red and Wolfgang’s scenes the most. The two characters were adorable together and I sometimes found myself wishing that this book was more YA than MG so that there could be some kissing scenes. Wolfgang was a sweet character who liked to tease Red and he had a bit of that bad boy edge to him in that he may or may not be a part of the E.V.I.L. society. (I guess even tweens like the bad boy trope or maybe this is where the love of the redeemable bad boy begins?)

As with Cinderella Stays Late there are plot points that are resolved but so many more that aren’t. The ones that are resolved are the more minor ones of the story and the bigger one is left open. Which means that to find out what happens next you really need to read the next book in the series. This just makes me sigh as it draws out the story too much and I hate being forced to read the next book just to see how it all closes out. Especially since the next book will be from a new POV and so there will have to be a bit of background to introduce this character and she’ll have her subplot/drama to deal with that will take time away from the bigger story ARC.

I do think that the Grimmtastic Girls series is cute and worth reading but I just wish that there was a little more to each installment. It seems that just as we are about to learn something about the big mystery that the book ends which makes me fear that the whole thing is going to be very rushed when we reach the conclusion. I will be reading Snow White Lucks Out when its available as these are fun books but I don’t think they’ll ever be a must read series for me.