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4.68  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Red is a page-turning historical fantasy that invokes the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood and the horror of the Brothers Grimm.

The year is 1891; the place, Bezidu Nou, Romania. For four hundred years, the townsfolk have been telling the tale of a wicked wolf, a beast created by evil that prowls the forest at the town’s border, waiting to be summoned, waiting for a daught
Paperback, 234 pages
Published December 9th 2020 by FriesenPress
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Sophia Myers
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book provides an insight into witchcraft and sisterhood that rejects the overused binary of good and evil, right and wrong, and light and dark. The protagonist Red finds herself overwhelmed with the constant abuse faced in her home, and realizes a consciousness of what lies beyond the hands of her oppressors when she sees the power that can be wielded by women who worship the earth's splendid energies.

Too often fictions surrounding witchcraft present their characters as good, making every
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A new darker take on Little Red Riding Hood, I found Red to be a gripping fast-paced read! (Non-Spoiler Review)

This book alters between two timelines, which helped tie the story together as a whole. In the "present" timeline we follow Red who lives under the constant abuse of her father and grandmother who plan to sacrifice her to the wolf for their own selfish gains. The past timeline shows readers how the cursed wolf came to be and how he is tied to Red's family in the present.

I really enjoye
Sonny March
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was an incredible, intricate story. I thoroughly enjoyed every single page of this book. It was dark, captivating, and I finished it in no time because it had me immediately drawn in. Super excited for the next book in this series.
I highly recommend this to all who favor dark fantasy, horror, and any story that contains perfectly crafted witches and werewolves!
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A delightfully dark Little Red Riding Hood retelling. This book has it all. Werewolves. Witches/witchcraft. Dark themes. A two part storyline that seamlessly comes together into one. Subtle LGBTQ representation. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dark fiction and Grimm's style fairytales (though be warned, there is a trigger warning for references to rape and rapists, so proceed with caution if that might be triggering to you). Overall, this book offered a unique retelling of the class ...more
Amanda Pagano
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
As one can infer from the book title, Red shares themes with the classic Red Riding Hood tale. But, aside from a younger girl with a red hood, a wolf, and the dark, mysterious forest, the similarities stop there. Voerman does an excellent job of turning this common theme into a story of her own. Powerful witches coming into their own during a time when women were put down and seen as lesser than compared to men. It’s an empowering story filled with revenge, justice, and shocking mysteries.

Four hundred years ago, a werewolf made a pact with a witch to transfer his curse. Now, Red lives in a town haunted by this curse. When her father offers her up as a sacrifice to control the beast and claim power, Red turns to witchcraft to protect herself. But the curse is old and not easily broken...

The simultaneous timelines of the originators of the curse and Red drove the story forward, keeping the tension building throughout. The lush descriptions ground everything in a darkly magical plac
Sarah Patt
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found Red by debut novelist Sabrina Voerman to be a gripping fast-paced read. The story alters between two timelines - the early 15th century and late 18th century but I think if the author had a Family Tree diagramed in the epilogue it would have been an extra special touch and helpful. It was only at the very end I became a little confused with who was related to who so that's why I think a Family Tree would have been helpful. I have seen this in other books I have read & have utilized them. ...more
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Sabrina Voerman is a newly self-published author in our beloved horror genre. Red, her debut novel, will not be her last in this Blood Bound series and I couldn’t be more excited about it. This gothic Red Riding Hood meets Brothers Grimm retelling is beautifully woven together from past and present timelines and leaves you clutching your racing heart from the tragedy unfolding before you.

Witches, werewolves, dysfunctional family history, and newly found love are all themes within this poeticall
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What would you do to protect those you love? How far will you go to protect yourself? “Red” is a book so well done I don’t know where to begin the compliments… Let’s start with the outside. The touchable, soft cover. It’s the kind of cover that survives greasy fingerprints, as it can be wiped off and look new again. This is great news for people like me who snack while reading. The size of the book is just right. It can easily be held open and read with one hand. Big enough to not have to turn t ...more
T.R. Tells
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Rose Flynn
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dark and twisty Red Riding Hood Retelling

Sabrina Voerman has written an intense, dark two time-lines version of the Red Riding Hood Tale. Her story has given me Uprooted/Holly Black vibes and chills. You follow two timelines of Red in late 19th century Romania and Matthias in 16th century Estonia as each is trying to survive the fates they have been given. Red is to be sacrificed and Matthias is cursed. Voerman has crafted a narrative that leaves you wondering just how these two characters are
Michael Benavidez
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
RED is the debut novel and first in a series by Sabrina Voerman. Utilizing the vast spectrum of magic, witchcraft, good, and evil, she crafts a cast of characters that are interesting, engaging, and stunningly heartfelt. A story of two time lines, this is a period piece that doesn't try (at least doesn't feel like it's trying) to set up for a guy punch of emotion. It just seamlessly weaves itself together, and as the reader understands and predicts the end, we become ever more interested in the ...more
Gillian Dowell
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When you’re lost within these pages, you’ll forget how this story is a retelling and not simply a remarkable, originally done idea of its own.

Red takes you to the shadowed corners of a fairytale, where dark secrets and mystery await you and your unsuspecting mind. With layered stories intertwined amongst ideal utilization of beasts and magic, you’ll behold nothing short of the peak of fantasy that remains alluring from start to finish.

Sabrina Voerman has expertly executed this take on Red Ridin
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
For her debut novel, and the first in an ambitious series, Sabrina Voerman's writing reads as a deep and experienced ya author. The characters are dynamic and interesting. The plot is driving and a few unanswered questions keep you seeking and wondering throughout. Peppered with just enough gore and horror to keep you on your toes, Red weaves a spell on the reader like any good witch would. ...more
Mj Carstarphen
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved Red. I'll admit it's not my typical genre or style of book, but I enjoyed it! The duo timelines and witchcraft all made for a fantastic story that has me waiting for the next book as well as maybe even reading similar styles. Absolutely worth reading. ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was an interesting book full of historical character and a completely new take on witches for me. I liked the different take on the traditional role of the wolf and girl in the red hood. Congratulations on writing your first book - I can't wait for the next one :) ...more
Nik Knack
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great book from start to finish - I can't wait to read the other books in this series! The end kept me guessing... well till the end. You really got to connect with the characters during their journey and feel invested in their storyline. ...more
Marissa Penney
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Red is a dark recount of a classic story that had me guessing right up to the last page. This book is thrilling and full of detailed imagery. I can't wait to see where the author takes this story next ...more
Willow Penney
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly descriptive, gruesome and enticing! I don't normally read occult fiction however, I really enjoyed this. ...more
Dylan Colón
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dark enchantment that made me a better person!

In this enchanting retelling of "Little Red Ridinghood", the reader is given a dark world of magic, covens, witchfinders, and werewolves. It bounces back and forth between the events leading up to "The Moon Curse" and the way it affects the main character, Red.

But I am actually here to highlight what I felt this novel did best... it perfectly captured abuse from both male and female perspectives! I've been through the things certain male characte
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"They do not understand and people fear what they do not understand."

Red is a darker retelling of the Red Riding Hood with witches and werewolves.

I enjoyed every page of this amazing and gripping story. I loved the rhythm of the book which was making me forget time and space. Sabrinas ability to create believable settings and strong characters made this into a intricate story where I just devoured the book. Following
the two separate story's at the same time, that eventually intervened, was alwa
Susan Powerhouse
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is simply amazing. The story is gripping as it takes the reader down the ‘forest’ path, twisting and turning, revealing the the truth of each character a little at a time.
Mood and atmosphere is expertly created and yet the story moves a good pace.
I found I could not put this book down, it’s definitely ‘a page turner’!
Great characters and a interesting twist on an beloved fairytale. I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s a must read!
I look forward to more from this author, esp
Kate Pollock
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I randomly came across this book in an online book appreciation group. I was intrigued by the cover and the subtitle "The Blood Bound Series" so after reading the blurb and also realising it was a new author (I do try to support them when I can), I bought the book to see what it was like. And I was pleasantly surprised!

Quite short as just over 200 pages, this book flies in and keeps at a really good pace. True, I sometimes felt the story moved along a little too quickly in places and we could ha
Braedon Riddick
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
While Sabrina Voerman’s Red is her debut book and introduction in The Blood Bound Series, make no mistake about it: this novel reads nothing like a debut. Inspired by the well-known fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood, this remixed, witchy horror haunts with conniving violence and copious amounts of cursed blood.

“In the heart of Romania lies Bezidu Nou. A town of lush farmland, it is bordered by a forest filled with an earthly power. A power so strong it scares men from entering the woods, warn
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my top 5 books. This was a great read, it kept me sucked in and not wanting to put it down. Community, struggle, love, and thrill. This book had it all. 10/10 recommend.
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've seen a lot of reviews that say Red is a retelling of the classic Red Riding Hood story but I think it is much more than that. Sabrina clearly took inspiration from the classic and created a whole new story, one that is gripping, fantastic, and, despite all the horror, full of hope.
I 100% recommend Red if you are into witches, werewolves, and magic and am so excited to see more from Sabrina Voerman.
Brooklynn Dean
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red is a historical novel of magic and fantasy and the exploration of cruelty that not only engulfs the reader in its elegance and horror but also takes seriously the time frames in which it was set. Voerman has clearly done research in preparation for this tale because the language, the lives, and the general tone of each time period felt very real. It very much felt like reading a Grimm Brothers tale in subject matter and execution.
I love when books dive into human concepts and conditions wit
Rachel Adorno
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A dark story beautifully told from two different timelines(16th and 19th century). Though centuries apart, the stories are connected and come together for more than one reveal in the end. It flowed perfectly as the timeline changes through each chapter. Werewolves, Witches, love, hate, vengeance, selfless and selfish acts. You get so much from these characters and I couldn't help but feel invested in several of them. They each have many layers and as you dive deeper Into the book, some unexpecte ...more
Alexander Michael
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
"I have never known a morning I did not wake without pain."

This is an important book. But I'll say why after I talk about the plot. Red, by Sabrina Voerman, is a 'true account' of the Little Red Riding Hood/Big Bad Wolf parable. I like to think of this as the truth inside the lie. The True Story. We follow two time periods - 1504 and 1891, almost 400 years, depicting a family line, and the sufferer of a curse that transforms you into a - yep - Wolf.

In 1891, we follow the titular Red, a young wom
Alaijah Deleon
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
my new favourite book! starts a bit slow, and was a little confusing at first, but once i got further into the story things started coming together and it all wrapped up into a silk bow by the end of it. it was hard to put down, not only because of the plot but also because of the characters. Sabrina did an amazing job setting a certain mood it was dark, but in the best way possible. i’ve always had a hard time staying focused on a story, i get distracted too easily, but with red i was so into i ...more
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