Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Quite Contrary” as Want to Read:
Quite Contrary
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Quite Contrary

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  831 ratings  ·  140 reviews
The secret of having an adventure is getting lost. Who ever visited an enchanted kingdom or fell into a fairy tale without wandering into the woods first?

Well, Mary is lost. Mary is lost in the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and that is a cruel and murderous story. She's put on the red hood and met the Wolf. When she gives in to her Wolf's temptations, she will die. That
ebook, 317 pages
Published March 30th 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.46  · 
Rating details
 ·  831 ratings  ·  140 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Paige  Bookdragon
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ahhh. I kinda lost interest on you. RTC.
*Warning the following review contains spoilers, proceed with caution*

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was not sweet....
Mary Stuart, is twelve years old, she is quite contrary, she is not a very likable child, her attitude is horrid.

Quite Contrary starts out with Mary going to a Halloween party in an old abandoned house. It is there that the hostess shows her pa
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book has left me with very different opinions on various parts and aspects. One thing I will say up front. THIS IS NOT A KIDS BOOK. Older teen-adult is appropriate. It focuses on a 12 year old girl named Mary. The combination of the name with the title brought an amused smirk to my lips. She goes off to a party and tries to spite the host by going into the tunneled crawl space of the spooky mansion it is hosted at. She finds herself locked in ans so she ventures around, making various turns ...more
Cassandra Page
"Quite Contrary" was a very enjoyable read. It originally caught my eye because of the clever title and cover, so I started reading the preview chapters on Amazon, and then I ordered the paperback so I could finish it (sorry about that, Amazon).

The main character is Mary Stuart and she is, indeed, quite contrary. (It tickled me that she was named after the same queen that the nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" was written about.) She is twelve, and even from the start it's clear she doe
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Big Bad Wolfs, little girls with mouths like sailors, rats without boots
I'm a fan of Richard Roberts's "Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain" series. So this ebook was available cheap, and I tried it out, but it took me a long time to get through it.

That's not entirely the fault of the book - a lot of it is the fact that I was reading it on my phone, and whenever I am on my phone I am more likely to get distracted by Facebook or Reddit.

Anyway. Quite Contrary starts with our protagonist, a misanthropic twelve-year-old with the mouth and attitude of a sailo
Dannica Zulestin
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like their fairytales with considerable darkness
Read this partly bc of the interesting plot-girl with Red Riding Hood cloak weaving her way in and out of different legends and stories, anyone?-and also partly bc it was published by Curiosity Quills, a publisher with a lot of interesting books, none of which I'd ever read until now. Also bc it was briefly free.
Anyways, the setup was interesting, wandering through various story worlds. Some belong to fairy tales (the land of the Fae, an underwater world, the saga tradition of the Vikings) but
Chris Torretta
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
This is an interesting, yet disturbing book. I really enjoyed the idea behind the book, but it did not totally work for me.

Mary is twelve and finds herself lost and stuck in fairyland. She’s quite contrary and does not do what she is told to do. This is explained a little later on in the book, but I do not think the explanation was enough. It does explain some things but I still do not really understand her character.

First, she does not really fit into any groups at home, but she does not really
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
Wow. Another good book! This one was a surprise more than others in that it's definitely out of my normal realm of interests. This was pure fantasy. It begins with a 12 year old non-conformist, cynical geek of a girl heading to a party. She somehow ends up wearing a Red Riding Hood adult costume, which neither fits her person or personality. Then, by taking a series of wrong turns and making some less that wise decisions, she ends up in a series of fantasy lands, being pursued by a (no. THE) big ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Karolina Kat
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, dark
2.5 star rounded down

It's really hard for me to rate this book. On the one hand I really enjoyed the idea of travelling through the fairy tales/stories worlds as if through dreams. Each world starts suddenly and the more lost you are the further into story you get.

However I had big issues with the heroine of the novel. Mary Sue Stuart is 12 years old, but apparently the author forgot that tiny little fact. She acts as a typical 16-17 years old, who is rebelious, stuck up, thinks that he/she kno
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this fresh, dark and slyly humorous take on Little Red Riding Hood, it reminded me a bit of Brom's The Child Thief (which you should definitely check out if you like Quite Contrary). My only complaint is that it seemed a tad too long, but I'm sure I'll be adding more books by the author to my TBR list.
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much... The ending was a little bit of a let-down though.. :(
Mary is the best under-15 non-YA girl protagonist by a dude author I've ever read and that's all I got.
A. Sines
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two things about me you should know: I collect free and cheap books like birds pecking for worms the morning after it rains. (Quite Contrary was free for a few days. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can borrow it for free!) And I (shamefully) judge books by their covers. (At least initially.) Covers can tell you many things. Almost nude bodies embracing tell you it’s a romance. Spaceships and planets tell you it’s scifi. Quite Contrary lends itself to a younger crowd. The font, the spotlight on ...more
Melissa Reyneveld
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this story and think it is probably more like 3.5 stars. It was entertaining and towards the end it got suspenseful, as well. I do think some aspects could have felt more appropriate or even genuine had the MC been at least a couple years older. Also, there were some spots in the book that didn't make sense and some that seemed unnecessary to the story. For me, it was one of those books that had 5 star potential but just didn't quite hit the mark in everything. Still a fun, interesting r ...more
One glance at the cover of Quite Contrary is enough to give you a hint that it's somehow related to a fairy tale of Red Riding Hood. I expected a darker retelling and hoped for some unusual twist. Maybe for the Wolf to be a good guy for a change?

But if you start reading Quite Contrary expecting a simply fairy tale retelling you will be very surprised (just like I was), because Richard Roberts did something much better. Richard Roberts merged a lot of known and unknown tales, myths and urban lege
Mike Billington
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It takes a special kind of mind - and an enormous amount of chutzpah - to seize a familiar fairy tale by the throat and shake it vigorously so that it turns into a cross between a penny dreadful and something Dean Koontz might have written a few years ago.
Richard Roberts apparently has both that special kind of mind and more than enough chutzpah to do just that: In my opinion he has done so brilliantly.
Mary Stuart, the protagonist of "Quite Contrary," is a snarky, sarcastic, occasionally violent
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read "Don't Tell my Parents I'm a Supervillain" liked it so much I went and checked out Richard Roberts' other books that are on Kindle Unlimited. That landed me at this book. Woah Nelly.

Though the heroine is (theoretically) a 12-year-old girl, she never acts 12. And that bothered me and frequently pulled me out of the story.

I loved, loved, loved the setup and the world and the plot and the changing scenery, I just think it should have been done with an older girl - like 16 or so and made it f
A Book Vacation
Sep 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
To see my full review:

I’m sorry to say that this novel just isn't for me. I originally wanted to read it because I usually enjoy revamped fairy tales, but Mary completely turned me off from this story. I was expecting a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with a contrary heroine, which in my mind meant more assertive a deviating from the meek path of Red in the traditional stories. But in this story, contrary actually stands for vile, obnoxious, cussing, kicking, punching,
Better than most fairy tale remakes. If a 12 year old girl was going to survive being hunted by a giant, sentient wolf, she would need to be feisty, fearless and recalcitrant. This Mary has all that and more to fend off all the wolf's creative attacks. Much of the book is good for middle grade girls as a role model for independence and kindness, but the wolf comes across as a sexual sadist serial killer / eater of prey. That fact alone raises the age to 18+. The scene in the desert was straight ...more
Mary is more crass than contrary. The author should look up the difference in the dictionary, just because they both start with the letter "c" doesn't mean they are interchangeable. What's more disturbing is that Mary is supposed to be a child! Not a book I'll be finishing or recommending.
Nicholi Gold
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best retelling of Red Riding Hood I have ever read.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Great concept, boring book that seriously made no attempt to make sense.
Vanessa Kay
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
When I started reading the first page of this story, I can’t help but get excited because I think I am loving the sound of it. And when I found out that it’s going to be a fantasy story, I can’t stop my grin.

The idea of this stubborn, strong-willed, badass, yet unassuming kind hearted little girl who got lost to fairy tale sounds intriguing. And you bet I’m right!

Well, it’s really true that all good things comes to an end because as soon as I reached the middle part of the story, my enthusiasm s
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I subscribe to an email list that sends a daily list of sale or free eBooks. Quite Contrary was one the list one day. The cover intrigued me and the plot summary sounded interesting. And hey, it was free, so why not download it? If possible, I think I overpaid for it. This book is bad. Really bad.

The plot goes something like this. A 12 year old girl named Mary goes to a party. There is excessive drinking and overall debauchery. What kind of party with 12 year olds has drinking? Whatever. At some
Douglas Debner
This is a well (mostly) written book with a difficult to like main character. Mary is contrary works out well in some cases as a natural way to move the story forward. After all, thanks to her contrariness Mary crawls down a mysterious tunnel when told not to and that takes her into the land of stories where she stupidly steps into the story of Red Riding Hood and then is chased from story to story by the big bad wolf.

There are several good things about this book and, to be fair, I didn't start
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
I am really torn on this book and it was a hard one to rate. It started out brilliantly and had me hooked from the start. I loved Mary! One of the best heroines. She is bad ass and does things her own way and does not need nor want a love interest. She will save herself even if perhaps some of her trouble she herself caused. I loved the rather dark take on fairy tales and I very much enjoyed the way the book travelled through different worlds.

With that being said I felt the story lost itself al
Shannara Petty
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Iffet Burton
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

You start off not knowing if you should even like Mary who does everything the opposite of expectations. With the clear 'down the rabbit hole' parallels, and this duality of love/hate relationship with the main character continuing until at some point you find out enough about her to decide!

I won't give the gave away my decision because the writer so obviously wants you to experience the turmoil of adolescence with Mary, who does not confirm. You are also along for the ride with Mary as she
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stars is actually too low for this book - I'd really go 2.5.

This was a Watch The Skies pick. The person that put it in the hat asked the question, "who was this written for?"

That question stuck with me through the whole book simply because the person this book was written for wasn't me. I have come to realize that I have a preference for heroic characters and the main character in this story is NOT heroic. She's a dislikable, foul mouthed brat. She's flat out mean to all the people that try
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
everything 3 9 Sep 22, 2015 12:39PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Colour Wielders (Colour Wielders, #1)
  • The Lure of Fools (The Age of the Infinite, #1)
  • Scrap
  • The Grimm Diaries Prequels volume 15 - 18: Snow White Black Swan, The Pumpkin Piper, Prince of Puppets, The Sleeping Swan
  • Reaper's Novice (Soul Collector, #1)
  • Losing It: A Collection of VCards
  • Bullied (Bullied, #1)
  • The Charge
  • The Undead: Playing for Keeps
  • Scrapbook of My Revolution
  • Fractured Earth (The Actuator, #1)
  • Shooting Stars (Surah Stormsong, #1)
  • The Curse Servant (The Dark Choir #2)
  • Wolf
  • Nemesis: The Death of Timmy Quinn
  • Homunculus and the Cat
  • Blood Reaction (Blood Reaction Saga, #1)
  • In Stone
See similar books…
I've been writing for a long, long time. A long, long, long time. Do you remember when dirt was invented? I was using it to scratch out stories. Getting published was harder, but now I'm hooked up with Curiosity Quills and I have real books in paper, and you should buy some!

As a writer my fascination has always been children's literature, especially children's lit that is also adult lit. For some
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“but the stories on the edge of civilization are horrible things. They’re as cruel and violent as the nastiest fairy tales, but they don’t have any hope or happily-ever-afters. They have victims, not heroes. The best you get is to escape and go home.” 1 likes
“someone pointed a gun at your head, you’d stick it up your nose and dare them to pull the trigger.” 1 likes
More quotes…