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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,651 ratings  ·  248 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.
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
2/7/18 - ON SALE for $0.99:

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 y
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jan 15, 2013 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
"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
Jul 15, 2012 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 bu
Radd Reader
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Make believe characters come to life and this is about Little “Red” Riding Hood. The introduction of these make believe characters fit well into the story and I felt the author really had some creativity in this book. It was a fun story to read with lots of twists and turns. I loved both characters and the supporting cast. I fell in and out of “like” several times with some of the characters and that just reinforces how unpredictable the story was. Nate was a patient hero and I loved him. H/h ma ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,
Red Riding hood is out of her story.....

Okay so this book is an interesting concept. Tales have been pulled from their books and now live normal lives. We have Lavender the drunken fairy god mother.Red Riding hood is now an enforcer. You have Gran who is a talk show host. Nicky "little Boy Blue" is a mobster.I mean really in the end how can you not want to read something so interesting as this?

Something is killing tales and Red along with Nate "the grimm reaper" have been put on the case. This
Kait Ballenger
Jul 14, 2012 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
WTF Are You Reading?
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.

Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
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
So, I Read This Book Today
Aug 08, 2015 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
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Talk Supe
Jul 30, 2012 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 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

If you think the concept of this book sounds cool, just read Seanan McGuire’s Indexing series instead. Both series are about fairy tale characters who police other fairy tale characters, but Indexing was actually interesting. This was not.

The cast of characters were all fairy tale or literary characters living in the real world. I expected there to be a stronger paranormal element, but they mainly seemed like regular people. The world building was lacking. They came from elsewhere. Anothe
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 ma
Jul 19, 2012 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
Jul 17, 2012 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
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 the movie WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? whi
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 a
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 20, 2013 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
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 as we
Jan 20, 2013 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
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4 ½ Stars
Sep 01, 2012 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. ...more
3.5 stars

The Good Things

+ I finished it (ha!) I rarely read books over 100k words these days, so the fact that I did, is a good thing
+ I really LOVED the premise; the ideas characters from the land of Make Believe, or Literature, or Nursery Rhymes being transplanted into the land of Here and Now (or where us, Ordinary Humans live) is pretty cool.
+ I kind of dig the mystery too, plus I wanted to see more characters appearing in the book.

The NOT so Good Things

+ So Red is described as tough, ass-k
Melissa Hayden
Aug 13, 2012 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
Iris Hunter (InstagramREADS)
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
*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
Cocktails and Books
Aug 09, 2012 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
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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, the PROTECT AND SERVE series, and the DARK ALLIANCE series.

Kate has been a finalist in the Fir

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Transplanted Tales (4 books)
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“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 villagers and passing them off as their own?” 7 likes
“I’d always imagined that I’d come up with something clever and pithy when it came to my last words, but as I stood there staring at those horrifying green eyes, I settled for a little startled profanity.

How embarrassing.”
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