I enjoyed this take on the red riding hood fairy tale, the premise that somewhere in Elodie Rose’s heritage was the woman who spawned the myth. The book itself is a very sweet story of Elodie, a seventeen year old girl who just wants to be normal, but tragedy and a shocking truth divert the course of her life. Her father, a man who would do anything to protect her from the curse that follows their family, drills and trains her to survive in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Sawyer is a young man who has his own family secrets and when Elodie comes to work on his father’s research project in the Park, he finds there is something irresistible about her; something that draws him to her but raises his suspicions.
Both characters are solid and likeable and work really well together. You can believe their instant attraction and the struggle they have dealing with more than just the usual teenage hormones. The intensity between them was well written, powerful and tasteful, leaving me and them just on this side of wanting more.
I liked the plot, that tragedy had followed Elodie’s family for generations and it was poignant that she believed she would succumb to it too. The scenes in which she acts out her worst fears were especially emotional. I enjoyed seeing Elodie’s confidence grow as she dealt with the more mundane bullies. I also liked that she was willing to stand up for a new girl, it said a lot about her character. The choice of ‘bad guy’ was good and made a lot of sense after the reveal, and it certainly had me fooled!
The pace was good and well judged, there were no moments where nothing happened, and there was always something pertinent to the story going on.
An enjoyable and engaging read in the Young Adult genre and Kait Nolan is an author I would like see more of.