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A dark, engrossing, blood-drenched tale of the familiar threats to female power - and one girl’s journey to regain it. Five starred reviews greeted this powerful story from Elana K. Arnold, author of the Printz Honor winner Damsel.
You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked. And the wolf is angry.
Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good.
But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her.
A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions.
About the blood in Bisou’s past, and on her hands as she stumbles home.
About broken boys and vicious wolves.
About girls lost in the woods - frightened, but not alone.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 14 minutes|
|Author||Elana K. Arnold|
|Audible.ca Release Date||February 25 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #201,421 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#134 in Literary Fiction for Young Adults
#176 in Teen Fiction on Bullying & Abuse
#474 in Legends, Myths & Fairy Tales for Teens
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Since her mother was murdered, Bisou have lived with her grandmother in Seatle. On the night of the homecoming, she finds herself running for her live in the wood and attack by a wolf. She fight back and manage to kill it. The next day, in the same woods a boy is food death, naked, neck broken. Same wounds as the wolf probably had after hitting the tree. Bisou will find stuff about her grandmother past that she hid, more about her mother death and how she manage to kill this wolf with the rise of the new moon.
And interesting retale of classic little red ridding hood. But still not fond of second person writing.
The two girls at school Bisou eventually learns to trust are filled in on the family secrets and become a tight knit group with Bisou and her grandmother. Both girls had their own personality and things going on outside Bisous story. Maggie is bullied at school after her ex spreads rumors about her and seeing her in pain Bisou reaches out to offer support. Keishas investigation into the town murders for the high school paper leads her right into Bisous path and instead of exposing her secret she decides to help her. Bisous boyfriend James was a sweetheart. He was considerate, supportive, and respectful. Their romance was adorable and the intimate scenes were well executed.
This felt like a paranormal novel with thriller twist. It's a very loose retelling of little red riding hood. Boys from Bisous high school are starting to show up dead in the woods and only she knows what really happened to them. Trying to keep the town safe Bisou confides in her grandmother and her new friends. I was hoping the drugs found in the boys bodies was going to be explained, but it was only mentioned once or twice and than never addressed again. The fear of her secret being discovered and the danger from the beasts stalking the woods created some great tension. I was completely invested in her goal to keep the girls in her town safe. The ending brought everything full circle and was the perfect resolution to the story.
Set in a Seattle high school, the world was very much like our own expect theres a shapeshifting element going on. I think the wolves were an interesting metaphor for the predatory mindset some men can have towards women. As much as I love the idea of vigilante justice I think it's a slippery slope and since this was a commentary on our society I have to say I dont agree that violence should be met with violence. Bisous hunter powers are connected to her monthly cycle so theres some detailed period scenes. I didnt mind it since blood is blood whether it's a cut on someones arm or someone getting their period. I think it's a shame most of us have been taught to be disgusted by it and I do hope this book dismantles some of that.
*received for review
So first off, this book was unique to me because it was the first book that I have read where it is told in 2nd person perspective. Which I now realize is a perspective that drives me nuts. I can honestly say that I am not a fan of this perspective in a book because I find that the word "you" is used way too much and it just bothered me.
That being said, the book and its plot overall was pretty decent. It was kind of a more modern retelling of litte red riding hood except in this one, you get badass female characters who are strong and independent. I am always down for a retelling so I did rather enjoy the book (if only the perspective it was told in didn't keep throwing me off).
It dealt with family struggles and some physical abuse as well as rape. These could be triggering to some but I felt it was a good plot device for this book and added more to it because it showed how far someone can come after dealing with these types of things. It also showed women coming together to fight back against wrongful behaviour and serving some sweet justice.
I will say that it is rated YA and I do believe that some parts of this were not necessarily YA in my opinion but that is just a minor issue. Also, the main character's name was Bisou and I found this to be a very pretty name.
I review other books like this on my blog Breakeven Books!
If you want a book that can take pure Little Red Riding Hood and make her into her own powerful protector, then check this one out!
Top reviews from other countries
The rage this book has.
And the way it viscerally deals with menstruation!
I've seen reviews that argue this book is encouraging violence against men and/or rapists, and that it's transphobic.
It's really, really not. Do some rapists and abusers die? Yeah. But they die while (and this is, I feel, the important part) hurting women, and they die because Bisou is trying to save herself, or others. It's not anywhere near as simple as these reviewers make it out to be, I would argue. And I'm saying that, as a CSA survivor, while I wouldn't want my abuser murdered by a wolf-hunter, personally, I wouldn't blame those who WOULD and DO want THEIR abusers dead. You know?
Also, the transphobia thing...like, if you're a trans person, and you felt it was transphobic? I'm listening. But you cis reviewers...it feels like you're trying to gain points. Which is maybe unfair. But as a trans person who used to menstruate, I didn't think the connection between Bisou's powers and her period was transphobic for one reason. Never is it implied that women = periods = women. So maybe that's a thing that you personally have to get over. Within the context of the book, there's no reason to think that trans people couldn't have these powers.
Do I wish this included trans people? Maybe. But also... I'd feel weird about a cis author writing something like this book about trans people. It feels like that sort of story should BE for trans people.
But to get back to the actual book? I loved it. I loved the rage at what men get away with, I loved the female friendship, I loved the intergenerational love, just, man, everything about Red Hood was great.
Is it my new favourite? I'm not sure. But that's really not a fair judgement to make, because I love all her books since Infandous equally, in so many different ways.
I only ever read one other book written in the 2nd person narrative and I remember loving it, so I was happy to see Red Hood was written in the same way.
It was amazing. I went in sort of blind to this author and her style - like it usually occurs with new-to-me authors - and I regret nothing. I don't really believe that words can do it justice. It's a bit of a 17+ YA - I remember reading about all kinds of paranormal beings doing naughty things, when I was in my teens, so I don't see why a teenager shouldn't be reading this book - along with some paranormal elements, written in a strong feminist voice. It might be a fairy-tale re-telling but it deals with the everyday ugly and frustrating truth. It was eye-opening, at the same time and definitely food for thought. It has a voice and we should all listen to it. Since a few parts were hard to read, I imagine they were harder to write, so I appreciate the author powering through them.
I wish books like this were around, when I was in my teens. I wish more books like this would be around NOW.
Hats off to Ms. Arnold, who may have become an auto-buy for me. 5 stars.
The point of view is written strangely as in its all she did this and you decided to do...
However out of everyone I loved James he's your perfect boyfriend:))