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Red (Transplanted Tales #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,190 Ratings  ·  209 Reviews
“My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”

Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little—a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood—has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned—she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. A
ebook, 330 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corp. (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Alright, I've put this off long enough.


I'm sad to say that I don't have a whole lot to say about this book.

I should have loved it. I was expecting to love it. And the premise turned out to be even cooler than I had originally thought, b/c not only were fairy tale characters transported to the real world, famous literary characters were too.

Like Elizabeth and Darcy. And Dracula.

Pretty frickin' cool, right?


Unfortunately, premise can only get you so far, and while the characters weren't exactly s
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Feb 12, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Someone who wouldn't mind reading a mashup of the shows Once Upon a Time and Grimm
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Jenese (Readers Confession)
"You pretend to be this rough, tough, ass-kicking Enforcer," his tone maddeningly condescending. "But beneath it all you're just a scared little girl who's still running from the Big Bad Wolf."

3.5 stars. Red could probably win some sort of award for its cast of bizarrely screwed up characters. Snow White's a floozy? Who would've thought it? Pure as the driven snow, my ass.

Can someone with influence please get the publisher to change out the cover for this boo
Aug 02, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Every once in a while, you read a book that makes you want to climb to the top of the nearest building and shout to the masses “You guys all really need to read this book!” For me, Red is the most recent read that has made me feel this way.

Red is the first book in Kate SeRine’s Transplanted Tales series. When I started this book, after reading the blurb, I was expecting an interesting twist on the characters I read as a child in my favorite story books
Jenese (Readers Confession)
This book was a review request that came from the author, Kate SeRine. Upon reading the blurb, I thought this was a great concept. At the same time its one of those concepts that can be written and be awesome or just completely crazy. Let's just say that I'm completed glad to say that this book was AWESOME!!!

Just reading the Prologue which is 2 pages, had me hooked. I already knew that I would love this book. SeRine's writing style is exactly how I love an author to write. It's no holds barred,
Kait Ballenger
Aug 02, 2012 Kait Ballenger rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC debut read!!!!

Synopsis: ""My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red." Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess "Red" Little--a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood--has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned--she's not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Re
Frishawn Quinn
There seems to be a great influx of "fairy re-tellings" cropping up as of late. I am over the moon to report that authoress extraordinaire, Kate SeRine has penned a tale that is choc full of not only the fantastic personas whose tales we have come to know and love; but the love, loss, deceit, and plot twists that are the hallmarks of all great mysteries.

The character's of childhood stories are all grown up in this 'who done it'. They have migrated from the scripted safety of their stories and n
Urban Fantasy 3.5 Stars

This is my first book by Ms. SeRine, and I do like her writing style. The word that comes to mind is effervescent, very appealing.

But as a die-hard romantic, there are two things in the plot that were hard pills for me to swallow. One of them won't be a spoiler if you've read the book blurb. The fairytale characters don't get to keep their happily ever after upon moving to this world. It bothered me to see the my favorite fairytale couples divorced, jaded and cynical.

I received a free e-copy of this novel for review from eKensington via

I was browsing the public catalog on Netgalley and came across this book. It sounded fun so I decided to request it. I honestly didn't expect to like it as much as I did.

It turns out, Red is an amazing debut novel. Kate SeRine has revamped fictional characters and created one hell of a story. Tess Little aka Red (aka Little Red Riding Hood) is an amazing main character. She smart, fierce and witty. I loved her de
Tami (synchro from BL)
It dragged a little... I didn't really fall in love with Red, or Tess Little.
There was no substantial back-story, and she came across as a wannabe bad-ass Mary Sue. Everybody and his cousin was in love with her, never got over her, still wanted her and so on.

And her main love interest?
Boring. Because To Good To Be True. Until the big revelation at least.

Then there was this awkward "This would be seen as a pathetic and disgusting stalker, but not here, because he's HAAAWWWT!!"-moment. And the ver
Jennifer Zuna
Aug 11, 2012 Jennifer Zuna rated it it was amazing
I love love love fairy tales! This was by far the best twist on fairy tale, nursery rhyme and literature characters that I've read. A spell gone wrong has thrust all these familiar characters into the Here and Now. Little Red Riding Hood is an enforcer for the Fairytale Management Authority, Snow White runs a brothel and Little Miss Muffet is a coroner! It only gets better from there =] I had to use Google a few times to refresh my old brain on some of the characters, but this was one of the fun ...more
Talk Supe
Nov 28, 2012 Talk Supe rated it really liked it
Full review at Talk Supe

RED by KSerine is a strong debut and an even stronger start to a wonderful series. It is the perfect amalgam of Urban Fantasy and dark fairy tale being both whimsical and deadly. I would recommend this to anybody who loves kick ass heroines, procedural series and mind boggling mysteries.
Angela ReadingCave
Jul 27, 2012 Angela ReadingCave rated it it was amazing
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Aug 29, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melissa by: Julie
Shelves: uf, pnr
Thank you Julie (Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks) for standing on the roof tops and shouting about this book. I loved it.

The take on the characters from the fairy tales and literature was so good. I enjoyed each of their back stories and I thought the take on what happened to them after they were brought to the Here and Now was fantastic.

I thought Red was a great character. I loved her "Bite Me" and take no prisoner personality.

I did add the pnr tag to this because it appears Red has her HEA and t
So, I Read This Book Today
Aug 08, 2015 So, I Read This Book Today rated it it was amazing
A Kick-Butt Fairytale!
“The wolf said, “You know, my dear, it isn’t safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone.”

Red Riding Hood said, “I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop your own, entirely valid, worldview. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must be on my way.” ― James Finn Garner, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

“She talks like you. It’s no
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 3 Red Stars ~

Red is book one in the Transplanted Tales by Kate SeRine. We get suspense, intrigue and a unique portrayal of fairy tale characters.

Tess Little, aka Red. She is just ok! She was supposed to be bad ass, then she does something stupid like sleep with an ex-boyfriend who is a suspect in the investigation. The women seems to still be a scared little girl running.

Nate Grimm, aka Death or Reaper. He is attractive, but I kept thinking of the TV show Grimm when I read his name. So maybe
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 12, 2014 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
I love retellings and if you asked me why I wouldn't even be able to tell you except that maybe since the magic is gone from the reading the story the first time, I maybe hope to recapture that say magic from reading it a second, only this time having it be different. New surprises and twists and maybe even a new outcome. Same beloved characters in a slightly altered reality.

I loved the whole theme of this one, fairy tales creatures and literary characters coming out of the pages and i
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Originally reviewed on Romancing the Dark Side:

I could not ask for more in a book…Kate SeRine rocked my fairy tale world with RED!

Our story begins with Tess “Red” Little (Little Red Riding Hood) introducing us to her fascinating world. A wronged spelled has allowed all of the make believe characters in storybooks (known as Tales) cross over into the Ordinaries (human) population. Living in Chicago, Red works as an Enforcer for the Fairytale Management Authority who handle fairytale crimes and
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Feb 11, 2013 Lynsey • The Demon Librarian rated it really liked it
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4.5 Fun-filled stars

Oh, what an absolutely fabulous read! This was a simply brilliant mix of tongue in cheek humour, serious crime-solving, kick-ass characters, unique worldbuilding, all combined with a cleverly written mystery and a positively enthralling romance. I suggest every Urban Fantasy and/or Paranormal Romance fan grab this book ASAP as it will bring you something really fun and totally different to your favourite genre.

I kept bringing to mind
Aug 01, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
I love fairy-tale retellings and urban fantasy. When I read Cait’s review @Basia’s Bookshelf I knew I had to read this book. So I grabbed a copy of Red, to share with you. When a spell goes awry characters find themselves in the “here and how.” Filled with humor, beloved characters, suspense and romance this novel grabbed me from the first pages. SeRine has added her own unique twist and created a new series you are going to love.

SeRine drops us right into the story when we meet Tess “Red” Littl
Lady Lioness
Damn, I liked this one. I regret sitting on it for so long, but, hey, that's what vacations are for, to catch-up.

Red takes the premise made familiar in Once Upon a Time, (fairy tale & other fictional characters migrating to our world) minus the Curse, and turns it into an urban fantasy. Fairy tales are being murdered and Red is the one to figure out why. SeRine doesn't just focus on the characters we all know (Snow White, the Darcys, Cinderella), but brings in more obscure minor characters a
Feb 01, 2013 Susana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars

Generally speaking, i really liked this story. I liked the concept of it, and most of its characters. In fact i loved how it started.

I liked the combination of fairytale characters and literary ones, coming together in our contemporary world. But...i got a little lost regarding some suspects of the investigation. There were two of them that i kept mixing up. I guess i wouldn't have minded if they had been more "fleshed" out as characters.
Also, Red's romantic life, was a little too muc
Ashley Nelson
Fabulous book! Tess and Nate. Takes place in a present day world where fictional characters (mostly nursery rhyme and literary), called "Tales" have crossed over to live in the "Here and Now" amongst the "Ordinaries" (us regular humans). Some characters fare better than others after this changeover, therefore the Fairytale Management Authority exists as a governing entity among the Tales. Tess "Red" Little is an enforcer for the FMA, assigned to work alongside the mysterious detective Nate Grimm ...more
Sep 03, 2012 LeeAnne rated it it was amazing
LOVED this story, so much fun to read. Full of adventure. Can't wait to read the next book...Feb 2013 is so far away.
Apr 24, 2013 Hbeebti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
This was such a fun read. I loved how the fairy tales came to the Here and Now. It was very cool that it wasn't just the fairy tales it was also the classics like Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (btw I love them!). Red( riding hood) was such smart ass character, a little rough around the edges. When she came to the Here and Now she became an enforcer. She had no problem breaking some rules and pushing limits. It was also fun to read about her ex's. Seth( the big bad wolf), Vlad, Nicky (little boy blue). ...more
Cocktails and Books
Aug 09, 2012 Cocktails and Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
Red, as in Little Red Riding hood, has been an enforcer of the law for years. Hunting down tales who get a little out of hand is just one of the ways Red spends her day. That is until Death comes knocking with a case that will either make or break red. Forced to take on a partner Red finds herself in the all too familiar situation of fight or flight. Now she will have to face her past and secrets that have been kept from her for decades; no longer able to run she will have to find the courage to ...more
Melissa Hayden
Jan 19, 2013 Melissa Hayden rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this modernization of fairytale characters with not so perfect lives as thought in their stories and a enticing bloody mystery to solve, and maybe even a blooming relationship along the way.


Tess Little's, know as Red, recent mark to bring in Dave "Pied Piper" is a usual occurrence of minor parole violation turns surprising and doesn't make sense when he quickly takes his own life in front of her instead of going in. Something had him sacred and doesn't feel ri
Melissa Fox
Jan 26, 2013 Melissa Fox rated it it was amazing
A fun read that hit everything I love - mystery, tension, romance, humor, strong characters, good writing. Ms. SeRine took fairy tale characters and did a fabulous job bringing them to real life in a gritty, modern world. She had me settling in with pleasure at the very first lines of the book: "What do you get when you cross an egomaniacal fairy godmother, an arrogant genie, and a couple of wandering plagiarists whose idea of cultural preservation is stealing the stories of unsuspecting village ...more
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Jul 20, 2012 Marcela (BookaholicCat) rated it it was amazing
4 Stars ...more
Iris (Paranormal Cravings Book Reviews)
*spoiler alert*
There once was a Fairy Tail with a girl who was named Little Red Riding Hood...

Many years later they call her Red... she is an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority and if you stand in her way, she will kick your ass!!

Red is the first book in Kate SeRine’s Transplanted Tales Series. After reading the blurb you get certain expectations but nothing in my imagination could prepare me for this book. What Kate did to these Tales is Magical! She mixed t
Feb 20, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Holy smokes, this one was fun! It takes all the old literary favorites -- from fairy tales to nursery rhymes to the classics -- and plunks them down into the modern world. Everything's twisted enough that we come to see that the things we think we know aren't always the way it is in this world. Little Red wasn't a clueless girl wandering the forest at night. The big, bad wolf might not be the bad guy. I LOVE IT WHEN THINGS GET TANGLED UP LIKE THAT!

Red and Nate are... sweet. Which is funny since
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Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. She's the author of the award-winning TRANSPLANTED TALES series and the PROTECT AND SERVE series, and will be releasing the DARK ALLIANCE series with Kensingto ...more
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