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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,150 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Once upon a time, Red Riding Hood fell in love with the wolf.  It ended badly...

Elodie Rose has a secret. Any day, she'll become a wolf and succumb to the violence that's cursed her family for centuries. For seventeen years she's hidden who and what she is. But now someone knows the truth and is determined to exterminate her family line. Living on borrowed time in the mids
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published August 14th 2011
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I'm a huge fan of Red Riding Hood and this retelling by Kait Nolan is such a treat. Now, this is not your everyday retelling but one with a fantastic twist! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5+ stars
Susan Bischoff
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Finally, Kait Nolan, author of the Mirus series: Forsaken By Shadow by Kait Nolan Devil's Eye by Kait Nolan, brings her exciting blend of action and romance to the YA audience. This novel, not connected to the paranormal world of the Mirus, is the story of Elodie, the descendent of the young woman who inspired the Red Riding Hood legend. Elodie's family journal documents a tale of madness and death, passed down through the female line, a curse that has been hanging over Elodie's head. And just as she thinks the curse might pass her by, she starts to ...more
Tilly Slaton
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first time that I have read anything created by Kait Nolan. As often as I anticipate exploring new authors, I am usually left wanting. It’s a damned shame…Most of the time.

Thankfully, that is not the case with Red.

I applaud Kait Nolan on her brilliant novel, Red and I look forward to the books to come. I have high expectations for this author, and once you purchase this book, I have no doubt that you will feel the same.

The newest in paranormal romance, the sweetest of new-found love
Are you a fan of Nightshade? a member of Team Jacob? Like a gusty female MC whose story will leave your heart pounding from fear and excitement? Then please, please put this book NOT ONLY on your TBR listing but NEXT on it!!! I came across a sample chapter of this book attached to a Susan Bischoff (talent series) book and was immediately intrigued; so much so that I bought the full story and read RED that very day and twice since!

I loved so many things about this book: 1) NO love triangle. The
Vicki Keire
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good things about this book. A survivalist YA love story with fairy tale roots. It's epic. I do not usually like werewolf stories. Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver was the single exception for a long time, but no more! Shiver has a friend- Red! And that's some of the highest praise I can offer- Nolan takes a sub-genre that's not my favorite and makes me not only love the book, but kind of turns me on to the subject of werewolves in general. All that's missing is the warning: Werewo ...more
Victoria Scott
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another outstanding book by Kait Nolan. My favorite part of this story was its originality. Though it stems from age-old mythological creatures, everything about this book is fresh and original. Nolan's writing style is smooth and seamless, and makes putting RED down next to impossible. Action and character development in all the right places creates an emotional and exciting read. I can't wait to see what Nolan writes next! Three cheers for RED! :)
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read my first book by Kait Nolan a couple of months ago and was spellbound by her vivid storytelling and original worldbuilding, so when I heard that her new story to be released soon was an urban fantasy retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood I was excited and curious and my excitement wasn't even tempered by the fact that Red is a YA novel. If you know me you know I'm not a fan of YA novels, the immaturity and whining of the characters irritate me, but having already had a first tas ...more
Carolyn Gray
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I ran into Kait via a mutual friend on twitter, and something led me to her blog where I discovered RED. My passion for YA fiction has been growing in leaps and bounds lately, so despite generally avoiding any book about wolves or vampires, and yes, in part because the cover is gorgeous (srsly), I decided what the heck, give it a go and support a new twitterfriend. I was also intrigued because this book is a self-published endeavor. As such, I thought Nolan did a fabulous job with this story (th ...more
Claire Legrand
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
With RED, Kait Nolan (she of Mirus fame Forsaken By Shadow Devil's Eye Blindsight) offers up her first foray into the YA world -- and boy, does she deliver!

The premise of RED is utterly intriguing. In the RED universe, our protagonist, 17-year-old Elodie Rose, is the last descendant of the original Red Riding Hood, whose love affair with a werewolf inspired the fairy tale and has burdened all her female descendants with a curse -- they, too, will turn into a werewolf with the onset of puberty as
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: will-not-finish, ya, ebook
This is the second story I’ve read from Kait Nolan, but while I enjoyed Forsaken By Shadow, Red runs into a mess of standard YA trope problems right from the start. I decided not to finish, and so I want to make clear, this is only a partial review.

First, the romantic couple’s introduction has to be awkward and angry, because this “establishes conflict.” And yet, the female character can’t stop thinking about the male already. Just because. Also, that two werewolves were right next to each other
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolute pleasure to read.

It's a re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood and what became of her descendants. "Red" is well-written, romantic, and suspenseful as the story progresses. The legend of the family's curse was well thought out and allowed the reader to understand Elodie and her father's sense of doom. Included in the family legend is the existence of hunters whose goal it is to exterminate the women of her family. I actually couldn't guess who the hunter was until moments be
Love notes:

-Elodie is a strong, stubborn character. To "do the right thing" she is willing to die for those that she cares about.
-Sawyer's character is so interesting and complex. He has this desire to protect Elodie without realizing why.
-The chemistry between Sawyer and Elodie is pretty instant, but the relationship takes a little while to build.
-I really loved the slight bend on Little Red Riding Hood. Very cool without taking over the entire story line.
-It was fun reading a story about a g
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-bookshelf
One piece of paper changed Elodie Rose's life forever. A letter arrived from her mother on the day she turned thirteen, her dead mother, detailing the violent curse bestowed upon the women of her family. Four years later, Elodie is living on borrowed time just waiting for the day that she will follow in her ancestors history, from girl to beast. Each day is precious and Elodie is doing her best to live her life and build the survival skills that she may need, if she is lucky enough to keep her h ...more
Trisha Wolfe
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE werewolf books. I’m probably the last reviewer/blogger of my kind. An endangered species. I will never get tired of authors finding different, original ways to shake up the werewolf scene. And Kait Nolan has done just that. When I first learned that this was kind of a retelling, I was a little discouraged. I’m not big on the whole fairytale thing. I’ve seen books do this well, but overall; I just want an original concept. But Nolan really impressed me. I didn’t feel like I was reading a f ...more
A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far...wait that's not right. I know the first bit was correct though. A while ago an author on GR offered up her first novella as an intro into her world. I'm not sure what exactly made me accept this one but I'm sure glad I did. She threw me into the Mirus world of shadow walkers, elemental, wares, draykn, and many, many other beings. But oh was it exciting. Two more novellas later I'm ever so glad I've stuck with it. Why I am telling you this is? Because this ...more
J.R. Nelson
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-authors
Kait Nolan's Red is a fast-paced roller-coaster ride of young adult paranormal fiction. There's romance, adventure, shape-shifting, an evil plot, and a super creepy villain you'd never expect. Nolan writes deep characters, full of just enough teenage angst, combined with backbones of steel. Elodie stays strong despite her unfortunate circumstances. She draws on seemingly unending courage despite her unconventional upbringing. And Sawyer? Let's just say this: I was a little ashamed of how sexy I ...more
Andrew Mocete
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Bottom line. Loved this book.

Elodie has spent her teenage years thinking that because she's a werewolf, she's cursed and has no future. But when she meets Sawyer, also troubled and headed in a downward spiral, something changes. They have an instant connection that helps bring some peace to all the baggage they're carrying around.

Unfortunately, there's a hunter in town who will do whatever it takes to kill Elodie. When it becomes clear there's no escape, Elodie, along with Sawyer, go on the off
Lauralynn Elliott
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If I said this was one of the best books I've read this year, I would feel like I was making an understatement. Even giving it five stars seems like an understatement. It's that good. I've waited for this book to come out for a long time, and it was definitely worth the wait. I was pulled into the story from page one, and I could barely make myself stop reading long enough to do things that needed to be done. You know, like go to work. Very well written, exciting, romantic...these are just a few ...more
Alica McKenna-Johnson
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-ya
So often I'm disappointed by YA novels because the author dumbs down the characters and plot because they are 'writing for teens'. Kait hasn't done this. She's created wonderful rich characters. Elodie is strong- not bitchy- independent, resourceful, and vulnerable. A full well rounded character. Sawyer has hurdles to climb and issues to work through, he's also thoughtful, loyal, and sexy. I love werewolves and Kait's are unique and rich. I love the world she has created and encourage everyone t ...more
Gayla Drummond
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I sat down and read it in one sitting.

There is a lot to like about this story, especially the relationship that develops between Elodie and Sawyer.

Mystery, action, character growth...all extremely well done. Sawyer is a perfect alpha male hero, without being an overbearing jerk. Elodie is a strong heroine, but not to the point of being annoying. She can step back and accept help, without losing an iota of her strength.

Loved it. You wrote a winner, Kait Nolan!
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shifters, ya, favorites
There's nothing I love better than a well-written werewolf story, and this one definitely qualifies. Kait Nolan did everything right. I only wish this wasn't a stand-alone - I want more Elodie & Sawyer!
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well and truly remarkable. I don't read a lot of young adult fiction, but I'm SO glad I did! No cliches, no familiar tropes, just fearless storytelling with complex characters, plenty of action and a believable romance. Rundon'twalk.
Caitlin Audet
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review to come.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a really cute and new take on a Fairy Tale. I loved the interaction and chemistry between Elodie and Sawyer and how their relationship progressed through the book. Red was a great read!
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were awesome, very mature for 17 year olds so it didn't come off feeling like a YA novel.
I loved Sawyer. I really liked that even though he knew Elodie was his mate, he doesn't actually mention it (even in his head) until very late in the book. He simply wanted to protect her, comfort her, be around her. Be her friend. He doesn't even really question it all that much, it just is and even though he chastises himself about being creepy, he's still going
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I flew through this book. It was really good for a teenage werewolf book. Was lacking a bit of romance, and there was nothing groundbreaking, but it was an enjoyable read.
The actual rating is a 4.5 instead of a full out 5, but it borders so close to five that I decided to just give it a full out full stars. I loved this book and hate that I didn't finish reading it the first time I started. But there were still a few "hmm" factors that didn't quite hit it with me, except that I can't exactly pinpoint what it was.

I'm no good with reviews, so this will be short and sweet as I wax poetic about what I loved about this story.

First of all, I'm big on characters: their
Goodreads Book Synopsis

Every fairy tale has a dark side...

Elodie Rose has a secret. Any day, she’ll become a wolf and succumb to the violence that’s cursed her family for centuries. For seventeen years she’s hidden who and what she is. But now someone knows the truth and is determined to exterminate her family line. Living on borrowed time in the midst of this dangerous game of hide and seek, the last thing Elodie needs to do is fall in love. But Sawyer is determined to protect her, and the b
Emma Meade
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
17 year old Elodie Rose is on the cusp of becoming a werewolf. She and her dad have spent the last few years preparing for this inevitability, ever since they received the sinister note left by her dead mother explaining Elodie’s hereditary curse. The note made it clear that having sex would finalise the transition from human to monster. Elodie desperately wants to remain human and has led a solitary life, keeping away from friends and boys, following her mother’s advice to the letter. So what’s ...more
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Can I just say, I love my book blogging friends! ;) If not for them, I would have missed out on a lot of really great books. Sure, I probably have found them eventually, but through their reviews, recommendations and author interviews I found some gems I might have otherwise missed. I have Mundie Moms and their interview with Kait Nolan to thank for me stumbling onto Red. I think I downloaded Red to my Kindle the day that I read the interview. Silly me waited almost a month later to read it. I’m ...more
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