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Red Hood

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  3,121 ratings  ·  828 reviews
You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked.

And the wolf is angry.

Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds h
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Published February 25th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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chai ♡
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
There’s a great many things hard to fathom immediately after you finish a book that set themselves straight only later, in solitude, in memory. Like removing a pair of smudged-up glasses that fuzzed everything you saw. Red Hood troubled me for days, simmered in the cauldron of my mind. Many things about this novel did not sit well with me, and hung like gun smoke in the air.

I couldn’t put myself into the picture of it. And here, I think, is the reason why.

But first, what is this book about?

Emily May
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
You are the hunter, and this wolf, though he thinks he is the predator, is your prey.

Elana K. Arnold is one of my favourite writers of the twisted and disturbing. I eagerly seek out her new books and always find myself feeling a little shaken at the end. However, I've said before of Damsel that it should have been marketed as an adult book, and I think that is even more true of this one. Arnold's novels get these gorgeous YA fantasy covers, but I think it leads them into the wrong hands.

In R
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
im just not buying whatever brand of ‘feminism’ this book is trying to sell.

this story attempts to show the strength and empowerment of women through the retelling of a classic fairytale and i highly encourage that message, especially within novels directed towards teens (even though this story is definitely on the mature side of YA). but wow, i really do not agree with how that message is conveyed in this.

killing men because they mistreat you is not the answer. the taking of another life is nev
Miranda Reads
Oct 13, 2020 rated it did not like it

Just released my Worst 2020 Books Video - now that you know this one made the list, click the link to find the rest!
The Written Review

“It’s not that we need more wolf hunters,” you say. “It’s that we need men to stop becoming wolves.”
Bisou was raised by her grandmother - and her g-ma was a cool one. She could go to her for anything...until she couldn't.

On the first day of her very first period, Bisou finds herself confronted by a vicious wolf. And, somehow, she manages to kill
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
I loved GIRL IN RED and now another captivating retelling is out there! I want this wolf! I want this hood! I want every retelling of Grimm Brothers' bloody stories! ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

3.5 stars. The only reason it’s not 5 stars is I’m tired of people using wolves as the bad guy/animal. And I hated the female period stuff. Gross. But the killing of evil bastards was the 5 star part 😉

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
I originally rated this novel 4 stars, but the more I think about it, the more I am bothered by and uncomfortable with the ending. So I am leaving the rating off. Maybe one day I will settle on something...

Hoo boy, this review is a hard one for me to tackle. I am a huge Elana K. Arnold fan, but I am not sure I can get fully behind Red Hood, like I gladly did with Damsel. Some more people need to read this ARC and tell me if I'm wrong.

Red Hood is a sort of, kind of a retelling o
Andrea Ashwood
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
[English Review - Reseña en Español]

“Maybe there could be more of you. More fighters.”

“It’s not that we need more wolf hunters,” you say. “It’s that we need men to stop becoming wolves.”

“What we need right now,” Mémé says, her voice a cautious warning, “is to get through these next few days. Heads down. Eyes up. The world is not kind to women who cry wolf.”

I love you Elana K. Arnold, thanks for writing this wonder!
I didn't know I needed this book.
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I requested this book for one reason only : because of DAMSEL. It's a book a lot of people hate, or dislike, or just feel uncomfortable about. And I don't begrudge anyone their feelings. But somehow it just worked for me. So when I saw yet another feminist sorta-retelling by the same author? I wanted it.

While this saying a lot of things, and unpacking all the societal gender issues, it just didn't quite work as a story. It felt very literal, the good girls killed by the wolves aren't good girls
destiny ♡ howling libraries
I desperately want Elana K. Arnold to focus the rest of her writing on endless feminist fairytale retellings ♥
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
A fun, feminist retelling of red riding hood primarily focusing on rape culture and the connections women create with one another to support and uplift another.

Towards the end, the story dragged and could have been edited down a bit. I also felt as though the protagonist's romance was thrown into the mix to lighten the darkness of this plot rather than being a pivotal piece of the story. Her relationship felt unimportant and was quickly forgotten when we got into the heart of the story, so I wa
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, hypewagon
"There isn't always a wolf," Mémé reminds you, "but there is always the threat of one."


I came into this prepared to be salty and infuriated like I was with Damsel . . . but instead was utterly blown away by the sheer power of this book. This was such a fierce piece of feminism wrapped in a well-known fairytale. To say I loved this would be an understatement, and to say this is powerful would also be a drastic understatement. This book doesn't pull any punches but neither is it overtl
Megan Easter
Feb 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm going to be honest - I actually read 50% of the book and then skimmed the rest because I just couldn't do it anymore.

This book was very problematic for me. In my opinion, it was written to make you uncomfortable. From the second person perspective to the very graphic and detailed descriptions about blood and periods and sexual experiences. I feel like this is the type of book you either "get" and love or don't get at all.

Unfortunately, I am the latter category. I didn't get it and I didn't
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Balzer + Bray, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.

“I stumbled to me feet and took off running.
Well, dear, he chased, and I am sure you know where this story goes. It’s your story, too, after all.
I ran, and he chased, and soon I became aware that it was no longer a man who followed me – it was a beast, a wolf.”


“who’s afraid of the big bad wolf
i am afraid
of everything.”

Bisou Martel ran from the car to escape t
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

My expectations were a bit too high after reading Damsel. That was a damn near perfect book and after learning Elana would come out with a Red Riding Hood inspired novel, my expectations were high. However, the first sign of trouble started off when I learned this would be written in 2nd POV. Which... OK, it may not be my cup of tea but I hoped the story would be good. That was the second sign of trouble.

Needless to say, Red Hood was mediocre at best. The positives are outweighed by th
Katherine Moore
The first word I thought of to describe ‘Red Hood’ is outstanding. It holds a potent message of female empowerment and gives us a whole new image of ‘Little Red Hiding Rood,’ and it’s coated in so much blood it feels like a murder-mystery. If just that makes you uncomfortable or woozy, you probably won’t be able to handle all the intense themes and topics* that author Elana K. Arnold weaves into this hypnotic coming-of-age tale. But if you love a brave story where cruel realities meet bold fanta ...more
Shayela Tahura
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am sad - and furious - that so many women have internalized misogyny to such an extent that they deem this book an attack on men. There are brave, progressive, feminist men in this book - men as heroes and accomplices to women wronged. And even if there hadn’t been, the fact that I’m sitting here watching women label this book as misandry - when every man killed is slain by women defending themselves from a murderous attack — is appalling. Every young woman should read this book. We can expand ...more
Eva B.
Nice is different than good.
I will read everything Elana K. Arnold writes forever. I really loved our main cast, and I loved the second person POV. My one complaint is that I wish it had talked about how not every woman has a period, and not everyone who has a period is a woman; due to the focus on periods in this.
(Side note: can't believe I had this review up for TWO YEARS without realizing there was a typo in the second sentence lmao)
The Nerd Daily
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

This story can be described as bloody and brilliant. My favourite thing about Elana K. Arnold’s books is that they’re so unapologetically meant for the empowerment of young women. I relished diving into the world of Red Hood after reading Damsel, because I couldn’t wait to see what world Arnold would craft for us. She manages to turn the narrative of the Little Red Riding Hood and imbues it with the strength of a woman instead o
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 Stars for Red Hood (audiobook) by Elena K. Arnold read by January LaVoy. This was a really twisted tale. It was oddly gory, dark and violent. But I still liked it. I don’t know who I would recommend it too though. My favorite part was the narration. January LaVoy always does a wonderful job.
Erin Entrada Kelly
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this 500 stars, I would.

This book is incredible. The dreamy-like quality of the second-person narration; the clever callbacks to fairy tales of yesteryear; the amazing feminist undertones and overtones; the character- and story-building; even the chapter headings and moon cycle illustrations are strategic and on-point.

I hope this book finds its way into the hands of teenage girls everywhere, so they can begin to unlearn the culture of toxic masculinity in which we’ve all been br
Gross.. so gross, but weirdly good?

Red Hood was an interesting retelling book. In it, you will meet Bisou who lives with her grandmother in Seattle. At first, I was a bit shocked with what was happening but then I quickly got over that and was fully invested in this book.

It all begins with Homecoming night. Like all good stories, Bisou is being running for her life in the woods. She is being chased by a vicious wolf.. or so it seems. Let's backtrack though, she went to the dance with her boyfri
Bang Bang Books
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it

Issues I Had With This Book
* Why the 2nd Person?: I feel like if you are going to write a book in 2nd person, there should be some impact but I didn't feel it here.

* I See What You're Doing Here: My friend and I were reading this at the same time and she pointed out how Arnold is teaching teens how to do stuff such as make tea and put on a condom. And although some teens do get sex ed in books and I didn't find anything wrong with teaching, I just wish Arnold could have found a more clever wa
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020

I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

Dear Lord this review is a hard one to write. Not because the book was bad, but because it was SO DAMN GOOD!

I knew after reading "Damsel" that Elana would do the same with Red Hood too: deconstruct the fairytale and give to the readers the spirit of the story set in the real world: that everywhere there are predators and sometimes women have to fight back and become equally
Poetic, unusual, powerful. A gritty Little Red Riding Hood with strong messages of consent, and the power of friendship as well as the power of femininity. If you think about it too hard, with regards to world-building, as you would with a regular fantasy, it doesn't answer a lot of "How" questions. But that's irrelevant. It's more of a prose poem about womanhood than anything else.

But although I am all for demystifying periods, I really, and I mean really, do not need actual details about chan
Ardent Reader
Three reasons to not give 3 stars:

1. Second person POV. (Really I can't bear the second person narrations).
2. Start was so slow.
3. Couldn't bring myself to agree with the feminism part which the author tries to narrate through this story.
Sheila G
I'm excited to be a part of the RED HOOD blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from, February 18th - February 24th, 2020!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Premarital Sex, consensual and non-consensual, Death of a loved one and on-page death, Murd
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, paranormal
Imagine if you just barely escaped one of the most embarrassing moments of your life to find yourself at the mercy of claws and teeth. You're running through the forest, but you know in your heart that you aren't fast enough to escape the wolf. You turn around and make a stand as adrenaline courses through your veins and a sense of purpose washes over you. The wolf is dead at your feet.

The first thing that stood out to me about this book was the second person POV. Very few books I have ever read
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This was incredible. I love all Elana K. Arnold's book, of course. But I really enjoyed this one.

The rage this book has.

And the way it viscerally deals with menstruation!


I've seen reviews that argue this book is encouraging violence against men and/or rapists, and that it's transphobic.

It's really, really not. Do some rapists and abusers die? Yeah. But they die while (and this is, I feel, the important part) hurting women, and they die because Bisou is trying to save herself,
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ELANA K. ARNOLD writes books for and about children and teens. She holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of California, Davis where she has taught Creative Writing and Adolescent Literature. Her most recent YA novel, DAMSEL, is a Printz Honor book, Her 2017 novel, WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her middle grade novel, A BOY

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“It’s not that we need more wolf hunters,” you say. “It’s that we need men to stop becoming wolves.” 10 likes
“Freshman year, you said yes to Graham when he asked you to be his date to a dance, even though you didn't want to. Mémé, who was driving you to the school to meet him, kept looking at you out of the corner of her eye, until at last she said, "Dear one, why did you agree to go out with this boy when you are so clearly unhappy about it?"

"Because," you said, "I felt sorry for him, and he wouldn't take no for an answer."

Mémé had pulled the car into the next parking lot and turned off the engine. She turned in her seat t face you. "Darling," she said, and her hazel eyes were electric, her mouth a straight flat line, "it is not your job to make boys happy.”
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