Blurb: “My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”
Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little–a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood–has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned–she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Red’s new assignment threatens to be short on happily ever afters…
Someone is murdering transplanted Tales in gruesome fashion. The list of fictional characters capable of such grisly acts is short and includes more than one of Red’s old flames. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another complication, in the form of sexy, enigmatic Nate Grimm, the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. Used to following her own rules and living life on the edge, Red has managed to avoid taking on a partner until now. But Nate’s dark side makes him perfect for a case like this. That is, if she can trust him. Because if there’s one thing Red knows for sure, it’s that believing in the wrong person can have big, bad consequences…
Review: When I first picked this up and started reading it, I really wasn’t too sure how I was going to like it, because it is a re-imagining of fairy tales and that has kind of been done to death between TV and books, but I was willing to try it out. I was pleasantly surprised.
You absolutely get fairy tale characters, but you get other literary figures tossed in there as well, which made this a little different. That and not all of the characters you meet fit the classic stereotype. Some do, but definitely not all of them.
There is a lot going on in this story with the plot and the introduction of all kinds of characters, which made it a bit hard to get going in the beginning, but once you got a feel for the world and the people, things went more smoothly. There were a few times, though, that I got a little lost on which characters where which fairy tale/literary figure.
I did like Red and Nate, though I think I would have liked Nate better if he would have had a little more badass in him. He is a Reaper, so there should have been some more of that going on. The lack of it made him a bit bland.
In all an entertaining read and I’ll be grabbing the next one to add to my list.