Sunday, July 10, 2011

Book 59 - Red Riding Hood

My fifty-ninth book was Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright (based on the screenplay by David Leslie Johnson). I saw the movie first and got the book because the movie was really good. This book was actually written after the screenplay, so it's pretty much the same as the movie. Several things happen differently and there are several added parts, but if you have seen the movie, you can pretty much skip the book. The book (and the movie) is about Valerie, who is wild and adventurous. Her sister Lucie is careful, but much loved by everyone who meets her. One night, Valerie sneaks out to meet Peter, a woodcutter who Valerie loves, but has been gone for years because of a crime his father committed. Before they are able to talk, they realize there is a blood moon, which means the wolf that stalks the town. For years, the wolf has been kept at bay by the monthly sacrifice. But now, no one is safe. Including Valerie's beautiful sister, Lucie. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them. It could be anyone in town. It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf tells her she must surrender herself before the Blood Moon wanes... or everyone she love will die.

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