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Of Snow and Scarlet: A Little Red Riding Hood Retelling (The Fey Collection) Kindle Edition
I found myself caught somewhere between nightmares—bitter flashes of fur and fang, hot breath, full snarls—and hopes and dreams as soft as gossamer, fleeting as sparrow in the snow, impossible to pin. Through it all was the memory of Finn’s mouth on mine, the brush of his lips, the shaking of his body as it pressed against me. He was all nerves and quiet, tender desperation.
An outcast with a proclivity for poisons, Andesine De Winter longs for a life outside her closed-minded village. But she's drawn to the surrounding forests of Thornwood, and the mysterious white wolf that saved her life as a child.
When the wolf reveals himself as the shape-changing Finn, an omega hiding from his former pack, Andesine finds herself in the middle of a conflict that threatens everything she holds dear—her dreams, her family, and the boy she's given her heart to.
There is more than one way to lose yourself, and more than one kind of wolf in the woods…
CW: This book is suitable for older teens and adults, with some sexual content
Praise for "Of Snow and Scarlet":
"She's only gone and done it again! A fantastic cast of characters, histories unearthed, revelations, confrontations, a whole lot of banter and a steaming pile of C.H.E.M.I.S.T.R.Y."
"I don't think I can put into words how much I loved this book."
"If you love a well built relationship, fun characters, beautiful atmosphere and world building that completely immerses you, add this one to you collection now!"
- ASIN : B0947HRHT7
- Publication date : June 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 4647 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 376 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B095M8VC2Z
- Best Sellers Rank: #379,272 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2021
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Couple that with how this is a romance with some real bite, and it proved to be a pleasant diversion.
This book sucked me in. If I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. I’m a sucker for a good romance and what developed between Andie and Finn was just so lovely and genuine. Add in wolf pack drama, a grandma with secrets, and more, and you’ve got a captivating story I was sad to see end.
Katherine never fails to please me and this book continues the wonderful tradition. As always, she sets the atmosphere so wonderfully. I felt the crisp cut of the snow and shuddered under the blowing wind. I could feel the sweet scent of flowers and herbs in my lungs and I craved bread and pastries for hours after!
The characters here are so beautiful! Snarky, full of passion and their awkward growth from friendship to something deeper was an absolute pleasure to read. I will never tire of the playful banter. The banter is always one of my favorite pieces to Katherine’s novels. She is a master at being realistic, playful and still moving the novel forward.
World building here is so perfect. We learn about the magic of the world as Red does. It feels natural and flows just like you want world building the flow—to serve the characters’ viewpoint.
If you love a well built relationship, fun characters, beautiful atmosphere and world building that completely immerses you, add this one to you collection now!
Top reviews from other countries
This story was just exceptional. I devoured the first 25% and then forced myself to slow down so I could savour it. There wasn’t a thing I didn’t love. Andie as our protagonist is great, relatable, fun. Finn, our love interest, is a delight, charming, funny and sweet. Their dynamic together was really good, and though the relationship comes together quite quickly, it still felt organic – not insta-love.
The plot was gripping, and I was trying to figure out all the elements as I went along. There was a surprise towards the end that I didn’t see coming, and it was a great twist on the original Red Riding Hood story.
Finally, the writing is beautiful. I found myself stopping every so often to re-read a line here and there because it was just so well-formed. Maybe that sounds a bit nerdy, but I can appreciate a good sentence :) Like I said, I’ve been a fan of Kate’s writing for a while, and I can really see in this book how her style has grown from her earlier work.
Cannot recommend this story enough. It’s got an excellent protagonist, delightful love interest, entertaining plot, brilliant pacing, humour, a little bit of steamy romance, and a satisfying ending. What’s not to love?
The world building and description is simply wonderful. I found myself immediately pulled into the story and unable to put the book down. This book is filled with family, sizzling romance, supernatural, and a bad ass grandma! What more could you want from a Red Riding Hood retelling?
In this story, an adult "Red" meets a stranger called Finn who can turn into a white wolf. Their romance is the core of the story, alternating between intense pining, and back and forth wit.
Their love is threatened by Finn's old pack, a group of wolf/men lead by a dangerous alpha. After fathering children with human women, they return years later to take away boys with the wolf gene to join their pack (females with the transforming power are said to be much rarer). I don't want to give away spoilers because it is excellently done, but this leads to a feminist exploration of gender roles, especially in parenting.
There's a cast of great characters around the central due, including Red's mother and Grandmother, the villanous alpha, Finn's father and friend in the pack.
A must read for anyone who likes fairytale retellings - it takes the genre and pushes it into new places.
The characters are unique and believable - everyone has a distinct personality and everyone's interactions fit their characterisation.
World building in this story is incredible, the human and wolf social structures contrast beautifully and I honestly found myself completely absorbed.
Kate has again written an amazing story, with the right mixture of wit, action and those incredible tender moments. If I could give more than 5 stars I definitely would.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
The writing is gorgeous , lyrical in places with more than a touch of gothic beauty. I could quote this book for days!
The romance was perfect, swoonworthy and filled with longing, tragic backstory and witty banter that Macdonald is getting famous for.
A stunning read, and one I will come back to... Especially perfect for cold winters nights.