Monday, July 24, 2017

"Little Red: Everland Ever After" by Caroline Lee

So after the interesting but confusing book that I wasn't able to finish reading for my last entry, this time I decided to choose something nice and simple to read. I selected what I consider to be a twisted fairy tale. In this case, I the book I chose is a unique take on the classic "Little Red Riding Hood" story.

The town of Everland seems to be populated by the main characters of a number of nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Abuela, the old woman who runs the orphanage in a worn out building that resembles a shoe, Rojita, and a whole host of other easily recognizable characters appear in this book.

Rojita is trying to return home to the western town of Everland where her grandfather has recently passed away. She is bringing his will, which leaves her and her brother as his heirs to everything he possessed. A vicious gunslinger by the name of El Lobo is pursuing her. He intends to kill her grandmother and brother, and forcing Rojita to marry him (whether she wants to or not.) As her husband, he would then legally have control over everything she inherits.

This is a simple but entertaining story and a very quick read. There are other books in the series that I can only assume involve other fairy tale/nursery rhyme characters who also reside in Everland. It is well enough written to allow the reader to just relax and enjoy the story without requiring too much thought.

The book is a bit on the predictable side, but still quite enjoyable. If you're in the mood for some light, fun reading material, this book would be a good choice. But if you’re looking for something that will make you think about it a bit more, then you might want to look elsewhere.

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