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Red Hood

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  94 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
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Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
oh boy, oh man, many things about this book do not sit well with me. It took me some weeks to shepherd the thoughts running pell-mell through my mind into a straight line, and well, here's a full review now posted HERE on my blog!
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 Red
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!
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elana Arnold continues to flex on the entire book world by writing unflinching, raw, powerful novels about women taking back their power.
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
Candace Robinson
Oh man... So I really liked the writing in Damsel which is why I requested this one to read. But I just couldn’t finish this one because I didn’t know it was written in second person POV!! I just can’t do the second person! ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I desperately want Elana K. Arnold to focus the rest of her writing on endless feminist fairytale retellings ...more
♠ TABI ♠
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."


RTC after a re-read closer to release date but 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.

I received a digital ARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Quotes are taken from an uncorrected ARC copy.
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
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.


I don't know, it was a push to get through this, I wasn't feeling motivated to read it, despite all the good in the story and what it was saying.

I think people who disliked DAMSEL will enjoy
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
Thank you Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

CW: sexual assault, intimate partner violence, death, murder, unwanted sexual pictures, being forced into a relationship, sex scenes (consensual and nonconsensual, but not too graphic), and menstruation

This review is really going to suck because I could easily ramble on about how amazing this was. Because this book is amazing. It is multigenerational looking at the same issues that women have dealt with
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
Erin 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
I'm honestly split down the middle on this one. I liked it more at the end than I did at the beginning but I am confused because I can't really articulate why that is.

I picked up Red Hood because Elana K. Arnold's Damsel received a Printz honor in 2019. At first, I was thrown by the narration of second person. It's hard to stick with an entire novel for a narrative style that I personally think is best with short stories. Anyway... Arnold situates her story almost like a high school drama,
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
I did not read Elana Arnold's controversial first book, so this was the first book I read. I did not think I would like it as much as I did. The story is only very barely entrenched in the Red riding hood fairy tale, but much more a story about female strength and rage in a male dominated world where women are often used and discarded as objects not people. Arnold sometimes verges on the edge of becoming preachy but reins it in, and the story succeeds because of it. Bisou is a fascinating ...more
The memory is a mix of pleasure and shame, and you wonder: For the rest of your life, every time you experience that pleasure, will shame be its shadow?

Oh, hell yes. Second person, present tense. My favourite forbidden angel, you're back.

Red Hood is about Bisou, a teenage girl floating in the awkwardness of high school, but with a loving boyfriend and caring grandmother. On the night that she first gets her period, she runs into the woods and kills a wolf - that wolf turns out to be a boy she
Brenna Clark
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Edelwiess for this eARC! I saw the cover and the title and was automatically drawn in, expecting a Red Riding Hood retelling. There are bits and pieces of that story here, but it is a beast all its own. What I found inside these pages was one of the most empowering stories I've had the pleasure to read, and it was so different than many things I've encountered as it was mostly told in second person. This alone made it unique and created a deeper connection with the story and ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. I really appreciate what it does, and I think it tackles some important themes. For instance, it deals with themes that are usually seen as taboo, such as menstruation and female sexual pleasure. But it also deals with important feminist themes like the importance of girls supporting girls, calling out victim blaming, and calling out incels. It's also a very bloody book though, quite literally, which isn't necessarily my thing. And I found the ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Nope, this is not for me. I couldn’t get past the POV and I already know how my period flows I don’t need to read about someone else’s. I got about 20% before I was finished with reading about you this and you that.
Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. I do recommend you being a bit older since this is not a YA book. Should be marketed as an adult read. I would for sure give it a try you never know if could be YOUR next favorite read.
Lyndall Clipstone
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was so good. Brutal, visceral, but also in the end... uplifting. I also really loved the use of second person - it was so immersive.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow I couldn't put this down, and I felt so strong after reading it!
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Like other early reviewers before me- I don't agree with this being labeled as a young adult novel, and I feel as though it's important that you know going into this that it features more mature content that's not going to be for everybody. Yes- there's sex! Yes-there's violence! None of it is too graphic, but if you read primarily young adult novels- then 9 chances out of 10 it's going to be more graphic than what you're
Sheila Goicea
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.

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This is the Arnold I know and love. Forever and ever. She can take a reader to the depths of darkness and find the hope and enlightenment and power that lies within women. She is truly representative of a litany of female voices that seek to uplift women using the old adage-- if you're going through hell, keep going.

This one reminded me so much of Infandous with the interwoven poetic elements that add an element of raw energy to infuse the story. Then to use the red riding hood retelling and
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

When you first received this book for review, you were a little uncertain. Would it be as awesome as Damsel? Could a strange, unearthly, almost-retelling of Little Red Riding Hood ever live up to your admittedly high expectations? You almost psyched yourself out and didn't request it, after all.

But once you opened it and began reading, you were quickly hooked.

At first, the second person point of view startled you: it is certainly
Jan 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
After the disappointment of Damsel, I really had high hopes for this one, it sounded amazing. But it just wasn’t.

Yes, I finished it in less than 4 hours. No, not because I enjoyed it. Because I practically skim read it.

I don’t know how this is marketed as YA, I feel like it definitely needs to be adult. I’m 28 years old and reading the content of this book has literally left me feeling sick to my stomach. I feel like there needs to be content warnings AT THE BEGINNING and the back of this book
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's really a 4.5-star book, I think (as once again, I wish Goodreads let me be more granular about these things). I learn something every time I read one of Arnold's books, something about what it means to be a human being, and that's not a small thing. Red Hood is thematically, if not in setting or style, of a piece with Arnold's previous book, Damsel. I think I slightly prefer the Greek-tragedy march into the face of the darkness of Damsel, but that's just a matter of taste when discussing a ...more
T ❄
Sep 05, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
It is almost physically painful how much I want to read this book. It is almost as if this was written for me personally. Dark fairytale retellings are the BEST.
imma need 2019 to hurry up so i can get this in my hands ASAP
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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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