Red Hood Blog Tour: Review & Playlist & Favorite Quotes

Red Hood

by Elana K. Arnold

Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Release Date: Feb. 25th, 2020

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retellings, Fairy Tales

Synopsis: You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked. And the wolf is angry. Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her. A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. . About the blood in Bisou’s past and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods—frightened, but not alone.

Elana K. Arnold, National Book Award finalist and author of the Printz Honor book Damsel, returns with a dark, engrossing, blood-drenched tale of the familiar threats to female power—and one girl’s journey to regain it.



ELANA K. ARNOLD is the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning young adult novels and children’s books, including the Printz Honor winner Damsel, the National Book Award finalistWhat Girls Are Made Of, and Global Read Aloud selection A Boy Called Bat and its sequels. Several of her books are Junior Library Guild selections and have appeared on many best book lists, including the Amelia Bloomer Project, a catalog of feminist titles for young readers. Elana teaches in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program and lives in Southern California with her family and menagerie of pets.AUTHOR LINKS



Prize: Win a copy of RED HOOD by Elana K. Arnold (US Only)

Starts: 18th February 2020 Ends: 3rd March 2020

Direct Link:

Author Links:

Red Hood Review: 3.5/5 Stars

(e-arc received from publisher for free in exchange for review in collab with Fantastic Flying Book Club – this has not influenced my review in anyway)

“Fairy tales and fables are powerful because they tell us truths we already know. They ring a bell deep inside us, striking a resonant, vibrating notes that makes us nod yes with recognition.”

Having read one of Arnold’s previous books, Damsel, I knew to expect a unique approach in Arnold’s books. Arnold writes without pulling any punches, and in a very stark way. Red Hood is another grisly, feminist retelling of Arnold’s. Red Hood, a loosely based Red Riding Hood retelling was very much a social critique that hit the ground running and didn’t let up. I enjoyed its feminist and angry tone – and I would put out some content warnings for this one.

I think Red Hood, and Arnold’s other books approach things in a very violent way, with no sugar-coating. That style isn’t for everyone, but I do appreciate it. I think some people might think she goes too far, but I think the purpose is more to push us to think hard and carefully about topics such as toxic masculinity. If you go in with an open mindset and a certain level of maturity, I think you’ll really appreciate Red Hood.

Understanding is part of it. We need to understand what motivates and drives the culture of toxic masculinity. We must be willing to look for it and call it out whenever it appears, whether it’s presented as jokes or as something else. And we must act. When we see it, we must protect those who are its victims.

The book follows a high school girl through her experiences with menstruation, and other girls at her school and their interactions with their male classmates. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding what’s going on, and Bisou’s powers – and what consequences boys will face at her hands for their actions. Overall, in general terms the plot kept me on my toes (and thoroughly creeped out!) I think this was another great, if not disturbing, book by Arnold!

Here’s a Red Hood playlist you can listen to along with the book!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s