Wednesday, March 2, 2016

RED by Liesl Shurtliff {blog tour review + giveaway}

Today I'm super thrilled to have to blog tour for Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff rolling through!! This is fun retelling of Red Riding Hood by the author of two other middle grade retellings, Rump and Jack! Check out my review and then be sure to enter below for an awesome tour-wide giveaway!

by Liesl Shurtliff
♦publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
♦release date: April 12th, 2016
♦hardcover, 288 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦source: ARC from publisher for honest review
Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump. 

And don't miss Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, "a delightful story of family, perseverance and courage" (Booklist).

Review: I was taken by surprise by this fun new take on Little Red Riding Hood! I went in expecting a retelling, and was overjoyed to find a completely unique fairy tale mash-up adventure of some of my favorite stories, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White and Rose Red!

Red is a story with so much heart and depth to it.  When Red is faced with losing her Granny, she must stray from her familiar and safe path to find some magical way to help Granny cheat death.  But she'll find that these fixes come at a price, and through the people she meets, the friends she makes, and the realities she faces, Red finds her bravery, her patience, a precious bond with an unexpected ally, and she learns to reigns in her own worst fears.  The narration is fun, I loved the snarky dialogue between Red and Goldie and the way the two of them grow to be friends, despite Red's initial feelings toward her. I loved her connection with Wolf and really adored the sweet twist to the original story.  I really enjoyed the touches of magic throughout and Red's growth in to her own magical powers.

Red is a great story all around, like a fun Once Upon a Time for kids, with some really great life lessons to take to heart. Also, with the mentions of Red's previous adventures with her friend Rump, I'm definitely planning to pick up the previous books and see what else these characters have gotten up to!

Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the mountains for her playground. Just like Rump, Liesl was shy about her name, growing up. Not only did it rhyme with weasel, she could never find it on any of those personalized key chains in gift shops. But over the years she’s grown to love having an unusual name—and today she wouldn’t change it for the world!
Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. She now lives in Chicago with her husband and three young children, where she still dreams of the mountains. Rump is her first novel.


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