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The Girl in Red by Christina Henry @C_Henry_Author @BerkleyPub #thegirlinred

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry is now available!

Brenda’s review

Well ok, that was something different from what I have been reading lately and I have been reading something different quite a bit.

The Girl in Red is an entertaining yet a little horrifying and creative, post-apocalyptic take on Little Red Riding Hood.  Christina Henry is known for her retelling of fairy tales and this is a first for me. I am now curious about some of her other retellings.

I do secretly like post-apocalyptic stories and I have read a couple of them in the past but nothing like this one.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

The Little Red Riding Hood here in this tale is far from helpless and the wolf is terrifying. Our main character Red is clever, brave, resilient with a strong personality and not afraid to show everyone just how strong she is. She is unique and entertaining with her sharp tongue and references to post-apocalyptic movies and books.  We see a few different sides to Red here in this tale making her an interesting character.

The tale is told is dual timelines with before and after timelines creating tension and suspense to the story that had me turning the pages to find out how all this was going to wrap up.  The ending came together well for me however stretched things a little over the top for me and I had to remind myself it’s a retelling of a fairy tale. Things don’t really wrap up here as a lot was left unanswered and I do think it all works here since fairy tales don’t really need answers.  I highly recommend!

Thank you to Elisha from Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read something I won’t normally pick by providing me with a complimentary copy of this tale.

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Norma’s Review

Gripping, action-packed & frightening!

THE GIRL IN RED by CHRISTINA HENRY is a creative retelling with a kickass heroine and non-stop action that immediately captured my attention. I do believe that this is my very first retelling and what a way to start it all off with this book. I see more retellings in my future!

CHRISTINA HENRY delivers an interesting, terrifyingly dark, gruesome, and heart-pounding nightmarish tale here that was quite the entertaining, fast-paced, and well-written read. Red was such a refreshing and fabulous heroine! I loved everything about her character.

The tale is told from Red’s point of view in a before the apocalypse and after the apocalypse timelines which definitely created lots of tension and added to the suspense. 

* Traveling Friends Read * 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Intriguing, eye-catching, suspenseful, foreboding, freaky, frightening and a fitting representation to storyline. 
Title: Intriguing, classic, and fitting representation to storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging and readable. 
Plot: Fairy tale retelling, fast-paced, intense, exciting, danger, compelling, suspenseful, action-packed, fabulous heroine, and gripping. 
Ending: An action-packed, thrilling, bittersweet and an unresolved or open ending that came together really well for me and left me feeling quite satisfied. Of course I was left with a few unanswered questions though which I do believe works extremely well for a retelling of a fairy tale. 
Overall: I was thoroughly entertained with this post-apocalyptic take on the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood”. Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Elisha from Berkley Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this tale.

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Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner @SimonSchusterCA @jenniferweiner #MrsEverything

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner is available now at your favourite bookstore!

Norma’s Review

Emotive, all-embracing, & a sweeping saga!

MRS. EVERYTHING by JENNIFER WEINER is a timely, rich, emotional, gripping, and thought-provoking saga that spans decades between two sisters, Jo and Bethie. We get an intimate look into each of these character’s lives as we follow along their story. MRS. EVERYTHING gives us a realistic and true to life story about women that well deals with everything. This was definitely an eye-opening reading experience for me as it delves deep into their everyday struggles as well as giving a voice to all women in a much broader stance. 

JENNIFER WEINER delivers an interesting, engaging and beautifully written story here that was easily one of the most important, entertaining, and memorable books that I will ever read. This being my very first JENNIFER WEINER novel I was thoroughly impressed with how easily she was able to instill such an important message in her storytelling. I felt that the novel at times was quite deep but so worth spending the time with these two sisters. It was definitely a heartfelt story that was so heartwarming and felt perfectly complete in the end. 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: I love the look and feel to this cover and think that it is such a bold, striking, meaningful and fitting representation to storyline. 
Title: Intriguing, thought-provoking, relevant, and a fabulous representation to storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Engaging, effective, effortless, readable, beautiful, and well-written. 
Plot: Steadily-paced, relatable, interesting, thought-provoking, touching, hopeful, heartfelt and powerful. 
Ending: An impactful and bittersweet ending that moved me and left me feeling that I read something really special here.
Overall: This was not a quick and easy book for me to read as it was quite deep, emotional, and raw. It is one to savour! Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Jennifer Weiner for my complimentary copy.