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Red Hood's Revenge (Princess #3)

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Wars may end. But vengeance is forever.

Roudette's story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places. Roudette is the hunter now, an assassin known throughout the world as the Lady of the Red Hood. Her mission will take her to the country of Arathea and

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ebook, 352 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published June 9th 2010)
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David
May 22, 2013 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls in red hoods, Disney Princesses who can cut a bitch
Jim C. Hines's Princess series is just thoroughly enjoyable light fantasy. Not brilliant or radically inventive, but it's perfect comfort reading. The third book in the series gets a little bit further away from the "Disney Princess" tropes and more into Hines's own world, even if it is a very recognizable medieval fantasy world with all the usual genre staples. But he does a lot more with the different kinds of fairies, and this time Danielle (aka Cinderella), Snow (White), and Talia (aka Sleep ...more
Chris
You have many Princesses in literature and movies. There's Princess Leia who got to shot people; there's Belle who got a library; there's Princess Moonbeam, who got to (okay, I can't remember what Moonbeam got, but she got something). There's Eowyn who got Faramir, but more importantly got RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING!

Who wouldn't want to be a princess?

After all,princess get clothes that look heavy, they get to wear shoes that look painful, they get talking animals (so how they eat meat, I don't un
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Katie
A little less compelling than "The Mermaid's Madness," as it's a pretty straightforward "Find bad guy, destroy bad guy" plot, but there were also plenty of points worth praise. First, the plot is entirely Talia-centric, which is cool because she's the most secretive character AND probably my favorite. In this chapter of the princess' adventures, Talia has an open relationship (open as in not hidden, not as in polyamorous) with Faziya, her first love. Also most of the action takes place in her ho ...more
Joshua Palmatier
Red Hood's Revenge is the third book in Jim C. Hines' Princess series and I have to say that it is by far the best. In fact, I think it's the best book Jim has written to date.

The main idea is that Little Red Riding Hood isn't as innocent as you might think and has become the Lady of the Red Hood, one of the kingdom's best assassins. She has been bested in the past only once by Talia (Sleeping Beauty) when she made an attempt on Queen Bea's life. Now, Red Hood had returned to the kingdom of Lori
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Kayt
Alluded to in a previous book, the tale of Little Red Riding Hood is definitely not a fairy tale: the Lady of the Red Hood is a powerful assassin, and only Talia--a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty--is known to have faced her and lived. So when they have to work together to face some demons of the past, neither is particularly happy.

As with the other Princess Tales stories, this one takes traditional fairy tales and turns them on their heads. And as with the other stories, this one involves a lot of butt-ki
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Nan
Jim C. Hines continues to surprise me. While the first two books in his Princess series were strong, this one was even better.

Having created the scenario whereby Talia, Snow, and Danielle work for Queen Beatrice as her equivalent of Charlie's Angels in The Stepsister Scheme and complicated their relationship in The Mermaid's Madness, Hines sets out to settle some of their history in book three.

As the book opens, things have been stable for about a year, but that stability won't last long. A pack
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Felix
This is a good read. It did not hold my interest as the prior 2 did.
Algernon
[5/10] : I'm a big fan of Jig the Goblin books, but this series just isn't working for me. The concept of fairytale revisionism is interesting and has potential, but the execution while competent left me cold about all the characters. I would have prefered a comic approach in the style of Christopher Moore instead of this high drama and heroic intensity. I'm also feeling that each book in this Princess series is a little less than its predecessor.
Kaia
The only thing I hate more than the sensation of being stalked by heavy-handed religious criticism is the moment when it jumps out from behind a hedge and smacks me upside the head with a sledgehammer.
Mike
Wonderful...dark and fun....much love for Jim and these perfect books!
Lisa
Red Hood's Revenge, by Jim C. Hines
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Synopsis: Wars may end. But vengeance is forever. Roudette's story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places. Roudette is the hunter now, an assassin known throughout the world as the Lady of the Red Hood. Her mission will take her to the country of Arathea and an ancient fairy threat. At the heart of the conflict between humans and fairi
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Viridian5
I didn't realize when I bought this book at a very discounted price at Border's during its final clearance sale that it was the third in a series but it stands very well on its own.

The Green Man Review blurb on the front cover of Red Hood's Revenge by Jim C. Hines says it "...brilliantly remixes fairy-tale elements with a modern action/adventure sensibility, as if the Brothers Grimm had been allowed to watch a 'Charlie's Angels' marathon." The Charlie's Angels thing is a bit facetious but does
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Erica Frey
Third book in the Princess series. Book two, The Mermaid's Madness is my favorite by far. Red Hood's Revenge, while quite good, wasn't as... fun as the two previous books. My favorite thing about these books is Hines ability to juggle the girls through adventures that are dangerous, while still maintaining a sense of lightness. This book had a very serious tone.

Red Hood's Revenge focuses more on Talia, known as Sleeping Beauty in the fairy tales. It takes us to Talia's country, which feels more
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Warren Rochelle
Transform the passive and predictable fairytale heroines we all know and love--Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood--into capable, tough women who know their way around swords and magic, and we have the heroines of this novel, which is not only a retelling and a reimagining of these old stories,but an expansion: what happened after happily ever after. Talia, Princess of Arathea (Sleeping Beauty), killed the prince who raped her while she slept. For years, Talia has bee ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Roudette, infamous assassin, has a new target. Everyone assumes it’s Danielle and rallies to protect her – not suspecting that Talia is her main target

Nor that simple assassination is the last thing on her mind.

Caught up in a complicated, unimaginable scheme, Danielle, Talia and Snow White are transported to Arathea, Talia’s homeland. The land where she is still wanted for murder and a home she hasn’t seen for years.

And a land under threat. It’s a bittersweet homecoming and an extremely difficul
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Steven
[Full disclosure: I personally know Jim C. Hines and have worked with him in the past.]

Red Hood's Revenge is the third in Jim Hines' "Princess Novels". I used to describe this series as "Charlie's Angels meets Disney Princesses, but with plot." I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do that anymore - simply because this series has grown strong enough that such comparisons don't do justice to Jim's books.

Sure, the three main characters - Danielle, Talia, and Snow - are based on Cinderella, Snow Whi
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Jo
Red Hood's Revenge is the third book in Jim C Hines' Princess series, and the series keeps getting better. Hines' series takes takes fairy tale princesses to a dimension never dreamed of by Disney. The three main characters - Danielle, Snow and Talia - are based on Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, and Roudette is Red Riding Hood, but none of them are the fairy tale characters you remember. The fairy tale stories are pretty much the street gossip version of the rather much darker real ...more
Andrea
The Little Bookworm

The Princesses are back! This time they must battle the notorious assassin The Lady of the Red Hood, whose story you might know as Little Red Riding Hood. The Princesses are lead to Talia's home country after an assassination attempt fails and it seems that someone is out to get Sleeping Beauty.

I love these books! By the third book of any series, especially a longer one than a trilogy, I begin to feel wary. But Hines seriously delivers. I think this one is even better than The
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Michele Lee
I bought this book.

With this book I'm finally caught up on this series (until March at least) and it's this one that has the most complex, detailed world building of the three, which is saying something. Hines' Princess books follow the further adventures of Snow White (Snow, a talented sorceress), Cinderella (Danielle, happily married princess and mother) and Talia (Sleeping Beauty whose tale is possibly the most vicious of all), fairy tale princesses whose stories didn't quite turn out as leg
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Nancy O'Toole
We tend to censor our fairy tales, preferring the romance and adventure to the darker truths. Most people grow up believing that Sleeping Beauty was awakened by a courtly kiss from a handsome prince, but the truth is that Talia was raped, only awakening to the pangs of childbirth nine months later. Talia later killed the prince for his crimes, but now the prince's mother desires her own revenge, and has hired the dangerous assassin Roudette to take Talia down. Talia, Danielle, and Snow find them ...more
Kathryn
Aug 31, 2010 Kathryn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy/fairy tale fans
Recommended to Kathryn by: Howard Tayler
In Red Hood's Revenge, Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty are up against Red Riding Hood, who has become the most notorious assassin in the world. Her target is Talia, or Sleeping Beauty, and as a result of the encounter, the princesses journey back to Talia's homeland. Those who remember the original, non-bowdlerized version of the tale will not be surprised to learn that Talia has not returned home since she killed her husband. This book incorporates several threads from the previous ...more
Catherine Thompson
In the third installment of the fairytale princesses saga, Talia--Sleeping Beauty--is whisked away to her desert homeland by Roudette, an assassin for hire who also goes by the Lady of the Red Hood. You can see where this is going: yes, Little Red Riding Hood is all grown up and out for revenge against the fairies, mostly, but she'll happily work for whoever will pay her fee. In this case, it's Queen Lakhim, the mother of the prince who woke Sleeping Beauty. She wants Talia dead for many reasons ...more
Rena McGee
Red Hood’s Revenge takes place not long after The Mermaid’s Madness. The story begins with the discovery that a famous assassin named Roudette “The Lady of the Red Hood,” has turned up. She is apparently after Talia. (Otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty.) Roudette was hired by Queen Lakhim, who wants revenge for the death of her son, whom Talia killed when she escaped from Arathea, the kingdom she was born in. (The reasons why are complicated. Lakhim’s family managed to seize power, and decided t ...more
{eri}
Sep 10, 2010 {eri} rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairytale enthusiasts
Shelves: princess, own
The third installation in Jim C. Hines’s Princess Novels series, Red Hood’s Revenge is a pleasure to read. The entire series is fabulous, a combination of enchantment and amusement. The characters are all wonderful be it Danielle (Cinderella), Talia (Sleeping Beauty) or Snow (White that is). The idea and basic concept of this series is phenomenal and I can’t get enough!

This book had a great storyline as it introduces the assassin The Lady of the Red Hood (aka Roudette, better known as Red Riding
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Danika
I loved this book. I had to start out by saying that because I really did. Not enough to give the coveted five-stars but it was close. The author's take on the fairytales we've all come to know and love (be them the old, original versions or the fluffy Disney versions) is refreshing and interesting.

As was my instinct with the second book in the series, the third was focused around Talia; Sleeping Beauty's tale is not that of Disney's fluff nor was it even the idea that it was rape that awoke the
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Jessica Strider
Pros: quick action, fascinating rewrites of several more fairy tales, realistic characters

Cons: have to read the first two books in the series in order to properly understand this one

Taken from the back of the book, because it's written so well: Roudette's story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places.

After living through a traumatic childhood event, Roudette has become an
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Shara
The premise: ganked from BN.com: Wars may end. But vengeance is forever.

Roudette's story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places. Roudette is the hunter now, an assassin known throughout the world as the Lady of the Red Hood. Her mission will take her to the country of Arathea and an ancient fairy threat. At the heart of the conflict between humans and fairies stands the wo
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Kathryn
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Angela
It gives me great, great glee to think of Jim Hines' version of Little Red Riding Hood: a formidable assassin, "the Lady of the Red Hood", whose magical cape grants her the ability to take on wolf form. She's the central new character in Book 3 of his Princess series--and it just so happens that she's coming back for a second round against Talia, "Sleeping Beauty", one of the few warriors to ever successfully stand against her in battle.

Turns out that the Lady of the Red Hood has been unleashed
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Denyse Loeb
Red Hood's Revenge is probably my least favorite of the Princess Novels. While the legends behind the other princesses were clearly recognizable, the legend behind Red Riding Hood is more obscured. I did find Hines's use of the red hood interesting, and it was nice to get more background on how he changed Sleeping Beauty's story. He adds a gritty, real life element to most of the stories, twists them so they're not the sweet stories of our childhood, but adult stories that reflect real life whil ...more
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Jim C. Hines' latest book is CODEX BORN, the second in his modern-day fantasy series about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He's also the author of the PRINCESS series of fairy tale retellings as well as the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy. His short fiction has appeared in more than 40 magazines and ...more
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