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Red Hood

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  66 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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  • Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
    Red Hood
    Release date: Feb 25, 2020
    Elana K. Arnold, author of the Printz Honor book Damsel, returns with a dark, engrossing, blood-drenched tale of the familiar threats to female power— ...more

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    Giveaway dates: Jan 21 - Feb 11, 2020

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    Chaima ✨ شيماء
    oh boy, oh man, many things about this book do not sit well with me. I just finished it so my thoughts are still running pell-mell through my mind, so full review to come once I can form the words into something coherent. (also, once my finals are over).
    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!
    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, 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 of
    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.
    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
    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
    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
    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!
    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.
    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
    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
    Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020
    Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap. This book! Arnold is genius. Another book that will make many uncomfortable, as good books that take on male toxicity will do.

    Read it. Wear it. Breathe it. Bleed it.
    Celia McMahon
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date.

    DAMSEL was my first book by Elane Arnold and I knew after reading it that she was going to be one of my auto-buy authors. I went in with the expectations that carried over from DAMSEL and I was not disappointed.

    Let me start this review by saying 1. that this book is in second person present tense POV, so if you do not like that sort of POV, steer clear. I, myself, don't mind it and find it
    Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019, arcs
    There are some books that sneak into your heart when you least expect it.

    I was initially dismayed when I started reading Red Hood and discovered that it’s written in second person. It’s a bit jarring to feel like there’s no separation between you and this story, which definitely goes into the darkest parts of the forest. Arnold promised in the opening reader’s note (at least in my ARC copy) that she would lead readers out the other side and this promise is what kept me going.

    Red Hood wasn’t
    What an amazing, poignant, honest and feminist book. A page-turner, finished it in one sitting.
    L.C. Perry
    Aug 10, 2019 marked it as must-have
    Damsel was an interesting read so I can only imagine what this book has in store.

    *Puts on battle-ready gear*

    Alright, I'm ready. Do your worst, Elana K. Arnold!
    Dec 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    I hated Damsel with a passion...

    BUT, I want to give this author another try and this book sounds really good. Here's to second chances!
    Caroline 💞🐉
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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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