The Last Grimm: Red’s Hood by H.L. Wampler
Overall: I think that this book needs more polishing. There were a few minor things that drove me crazy, such as Abigail saying that ten minutes had passed in the narrative but she didn’t know what time it was. How exactly would she know how much time had passed if she knew what time she arrived but not the current time?
Characters: I think the characters were the weakest part of the book. Most of the characters were one-dimensional and predictable. Abigail, our heroine, didn’t seem to act her age. In some scenes she felt 15 and others she felt 18 or 20. I didn’t feel like this was an adult novel. Even the sex scene felt like an awkward teenage experience. I think that the novel would have been stronger if Abigail was younger. With her as an adult, the scary scenes felt cheesy and the romance felt juvenile. Abigail was a very unlikable girl. She was quick to throw a fit and threw tantrums in nearly every chapter. She was mean to her co-workers and friends, but always thought SHE was the victim. Connor was rather pathetic. He followed Abigail like a lap dog, bowing down to her every whim.
Plot: Although the transition between scenes felt clumsy at times, I really enjoyed the plot. I liked the action, the deaths, and the back story. If the characters were more developed then I think that this would’ve been an awesome story. I think that Abigail tried to visit too many places in the novel and so there was less of a visual connection made to each scene.
Ending: It was quite cheesy and rushed at times, but I couldn’t help but smile while reading. Overall, I’d recommend passing on this book, however I do believe that the author has a knack for storytelling and future books are worth a second glance.
Abigail Grimm stopped believing in fairy tales years ago. She is a college freshman who just landed the internship of the year. Things were going great; she even met a devastatingly good-looking man, Connor, who could not seem to get enough of her.
Then she witnesses the receptionist mauled to death by a giant wolf in the middle of downtown. The skeletons in her family’s closet come falling out as Abigail discovers she is actually the last in a long line of fairy tale guardians. And Connor, well he is not quite what he seems and has a few skeletons of his own.
Abigail must abandon everything she thought was real for make-believe and fantasy. With Connor by her side and a forbidden love budding, she must track down the wolf and save humanity before it’s too late.
This book is an interesting retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
I purchased a copy of this book from Amazon.
About the Author
(Picture and information borrowed from Goodreads.)
H. L. Wampler lives in the great city of Pittsburgh with her husband, twin sons, bad dog, and one fat cat.
Along with writing novels, H. L. also blogs, tweets, Facebooks and works part-time as a HUC at Presby.
She is a woman of many talents.
She published her first novel, The Last Grimm: Reds Hood, on 8/1/2012. While getting rave reviews with friends and family, she strives to get it out to the strangers of the world.