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Red Hood

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  720 ratings  ·  282 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. Shes kept mostly to herself. Shes been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds
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Published February 25th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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chai ♡
Theres 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 couldnt 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 Red
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 never
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!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

3.5 stars. The only reason its not 5 stars is Im 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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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
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.

Its not that we need more wolf hunters, you say. Its 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.
I mean, I requested an ARC from this book to
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 ♥
Candace Robinson
Oh man... So I really liked the writing in Damsel which is why I requested this one to read. But I just couldnt finish this one because I didnt know it was written in second person POV!! I just cant do the second person! 😩 ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
♠ 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.
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. Its 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.


whos afraid of the big bad wolf
i am afraid
of everything.

Bisou Martel ran from the car to escape the bloody
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. Arnolds books is that theyre so unapologetically meant for the empowerment of young women. I relished diving into the world of Red Hood after reading Damsel, because I couldnt 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 of a
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
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
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
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 its coated in so much blood it feels like a murder-mystery. If just that makes you uncomfortable or woozy, you probably wont 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 fantasy and ...more
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
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
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.


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,
Bitchin' Reads
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is so good!
Eva B.
Nice is different than good.
I will read everything Elana K. Arnold reads 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.
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 weve all been
February 20, 2020:

Consider reading this review over on my blog!

➝ Sum it up in points!

✔ darkly inspired by Red Riding Hood
✔ feminism meets unbound anger
✔ toxic masculinity is stamped on
✔ notion of men are wolves
✔ second-person point of view

Red Hood creates a battleground for the dangerous wolves in the form of men and the dangerous feminists in the form of women to establish the unapologetic aftermath of an attack. The ideas of finding comfort in your own body and consent are explored amidst the
✨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
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
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.
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ELANA K. ARNOLD writes books for and about children and teens. She holds a masters 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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“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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