Thursday, October 1, 2015

"A Tale of Red Riding" by Neo Edmund!
*Review & Spotlight*

*Images and information courtesy of Goodreads; review owned by Desert Rose Reviews.
**Originally published on September 5th 2013; re-posted for our TBT Review!

Hey everyone!  Today I've got a review post for ya.  This is one I signed up to review via a R4R opportunity in a Goodreads group.  I really thought I'd enjoy this book more than I did, and while I was disappointed, I still like to post all the books I read and review.  So, fair warning: I didn't like this book.  If you don't like reading reviews of books the reader didn't like, you may want to move along.  Otherwise, here we go!

A Tale of Red Riding: Rise Of The Alpha Huntress

~Released: September 12, 2012

~Length: 300 Pages 

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Fairytale Re-telling 

In this action-packed twist on the beloved Grimm Fairytale, Red Riding will not only face dangerous wolves; she will have to face the wolf within herself. Gifted with the power to transform into a werewolf, she will rise to become a legendary warrior known as the Alpha Werewolf Huntress. Accompanied by bad-boy heartthrob Wolfgang Helheim, Red will lead a tribe of loyal followers armed with mystical powers of their own against a vile lunar deity, who plans to thrust Wayward Woods into eternal night.

 Neo Edmund
Neo Edmund (Writers Guild Of American-West) has worked in the entertainment industry as a writer, story development exec, and a film producer. As an author, he has written for film, television, feature animation, and comics. He recently published his first novel titled A Tale of Red Riding, Rise of the Werewolf Huntress. He is currently writing and co-producing two films titled Clan of the Vein and of Light and Darkness. Neo has also written on projects for companies including Jim Henson Studios, The Hub, Zenescope, Silver Dragon Books, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Spike TV, JumpStart Interactive, Branded Films, Platinum Studios, and Genetic Entertainment.

 My Review

 2/5 Roses

When I first approached this book for a read for review program, I thought it seemed worth a read. While the synopsis was written with some clichés, it seemed like it could be interesting, and the cover was really cool. I detest writing negative reviews, but unfortunately, that's what I'm going to have to do for this book.

First off, the plot was somewhat interesting. The story was original enough, being a re-telling of the Grimm Fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood. It was the main thing that intrigued me in the first place- I generally enjoy a good fairy tale re-telling. This story does have the potential to be good, and I can see where the author was going with it. Unfortunately, that's basically the only thing I liked about the book.

The characters were one of my two main issues with this book. Mainly the lead character, Red Riding, who was completely undefined and confused. She was written to be a young teen, orphaned for over a decade and lost in the cold care of a city orphanage system, having to practically provide for herself. Despite her childhood, she spoke and carried herself with the attitude and tone of a spoiled, selfish brat. A 20-year old spoiled, selfish brat, at that. Her conversations with one of the other main characters in particular, were completely unrealistic. In general, nearly-starving orphans tend to be grateful for clothes, help, food, family, etc. Red looked to each of these things with a spoiled, arrogant eye, not fitting for the character she was supposed to be. This issue could be easily fixed, if her character was changed to be several years older, and not necessarily an orphanage-hopping kid.

My other main issue with this book, were all the random assumptions the reader is made to accept. Such as the fact that an orphanage-hopping 13-year old, with barely enough money to put food in her stomach or clothes on her back, somehow has her own motorcycle? Not only that she has a motorcycle, but one that someone apparently sold her years before, and she can ride it around in the city, alone? Uh hu. Too many things make my head scratch with that, and that's just one of many examples. From the very first page, this book had me thinking “Hu? That made no sense, did I read that right?” A lot of the details just down-right didn't make sense, if you were actually paying attention. There were several other issues I had with this book, such as the dialogue, but without revealing spoilers, I'll leave it at what I've explained already.

Overall, I'm disappointed by this book. It has the potential to be a pretty cool story, and an interesting fairy tale re-telling. The flaws in it, however, make it something I sadly didn't enjoy, and don't think I'd recommend to others.

*I was given an ecopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

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