I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Quite Contrary by Richard Roberts
Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Horror, Fantasy
Published by Curiosity Quills Press Pages: 317
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
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Also by this author: Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain (Please Don't Tell My Parents, #1), Please Don't Tell My Parents I Blew Up The Moon
The secret of having an adventure is getting lost. Who ever visited an enchanted kingdom or fell into a fairy tale without wandering into the woods first?
Well, Mary is lost. Mary is lost in the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and that is a cruel and murderous story. She's put on the red hood and met the Wolf. When she gives in to her Wolf's temptations, she will die. That's how the story goes, after all.
Unfortunately for the story and unfortunately for the Wolf, this Little Red Riding Hood is Mary Stuart, and she is the most stubborn and contrary twelve year old the world has ever known.
Forget the Wolf's temptations, forget the advice of the talking rat trying to save her - she will kick her way through every myth and fairy tale ever told until she finds a way to get out of this alive. Her own way, and no one else's.
What I thought of this book.
This was an interesting retelling of red riding hood.
Mary is a defiant twelve year old, her mother told her she couldn’t go to a party and she said she was going anyway. Then someone at the party talks her into going into a dark tunnel and that is where it gets interesting.
There is a talking rat who wants Mary to pick her story and she thinks it’s all pretty much a prank of sorts. She picks the red riding hood costume and things go down hill from there. Everywhere she goes she is told that red riding hood never survives that she always dies in the end. She gets killed by the wolf.
Mary chooses a way to go and meets all sorts of characters that sound like they might be from other fairy tales (I am not up on all the stories). Everywhere she goes the wolf is hot on her trail. He wants her to join him as he is in love with her. It’s either join him or die.
I can definitely say I haven’t read a retelling like this one before, but then I haven’t read a lot of retellings. It was full of interesting characters and I loved the Rat. At first I didn’t see how this could be considered Horror but then the further along I got it became a very dark story and there was some gory parts in it.
Mary is different and part of my problem with this story is that she is suppose to be twelve years old but she has the mouth of an older teenager at times. She also doesn’t act like a twelve year old, as she has a very level head most of the time and just seems more mature to me than a kid of that age. I might be able to believe it a bit more if she was a street kid, but she had a home so it’s not like she had to get hard because of living on the streets. That said Mary had a lot of spirit and was very smart.
So even though I had problems with Mary sounding older than she was I really did enjoy this story. It was very engaging and once I started listening to it I just wanted to keep going to find out what happened next. Before I knew it I had listened to half of it in one day. 🙂
Amy Rubinate did a great job narrating this story. Her voices were really good and I loved her wolf’s voice.