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A dark re-telling of the old tale, where Red Riding Hood isn't so little, and mightn't be so good after all.
The villagers call her Red.
It's the colour of her lips, her cloak, and the blood that stains her when she returns from the woods.
The villagers call her Red for many reasons, but most of all, they're too afraid to call her what she really is.
But when a wolf stalks the village, Red might be the only one who can save them from the beast...the beast who hunts her.
Red races against the three days until the full moon to uncover the wolf's identity, find out what he wants from her, and save herself. To hell with the village, Red just wants to save herself.
That's what good witches do.
Hunted is a twisted take on the old tale, with some magic sprinkled onto a young woman's journey to find herself in dark times.
First in the FEARED FABLES series.
Contains adult content and possible triggers. Formally titled 'Red Run'.
HUNTED is the first book in the Feared Fables series, and in this one we meet Red, her wolf, and please don't forget her Grandmother!!!
This tale is told first person, present tense, so you are with Red/Ella as she goes through her days, helping villagers, making discoveries, and trying to live her life. I loved that she was so independent, and helped those less fortunate than herself.
A few parts of the story were a tad unclear to me - such as which wolf attacked the neighbour, and why? After all, it appears they have both been in the village for years without any mishap. And the relationship with Red - lie or real? This is just me being picky though, and wanting more. Apart from those small things, the story was very well told, and rich in detail.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and look forward to reading more in the Feared Fables set. Definitely recommended.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Isla Jones is a vicious supporter of the 'unlikable heroine' (though, she isn't fond of the term). Whether her female protagonists be wicked, cruel, cowardly, cunning, strong, or weak, Isla loves them all. She finds it admirable to see the likes of badass female characters that can kick the butts of ten grown men at once without so much as breaking a nail, but finds that it's a bit on the unrealistic side. So when her characters can fight, it's realistic, and when they can't, they find other ways of getting what they want. "Misplaced love" is a concept that fascinates her, and one that (shock!) only applies to women! So don't be surprised if you read a female character's love for her animals or friends to be stronger than her love for children or RIs.
Isla writes in English, not any variations of it (US, Australian). One minute she's swimming in the world of Zs, lost in daydreams, tapping into the minds of her characters. Then, she's reading folklore and decides to write a series of unfortunate tales.
Never fret, though. Isla Jones is a fast writer. Her record for amount of books written within twelve months is...twelve! One a month. Though, their quality mightn't be something to brag about, as Isla is an avid hater of editing.
So, if you find yourself tempted by an Isla Jones series, but don't want to wait the yearly traditional time frame between books, don't worry! The series will be finished before you can put on a party hat and celebrate Hogmanay!
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