The Girl In Red by Christina Henry (4 out of 5)

Pretty good. I did not like it as much as I liked her take on Capt. Hook, but she still makes a compelling case for an author who turns fairy tales upside down, inside out, and right back up. In other words, what that Gregory Maguire used to do, and be good at (was he, really? More and more book friends of mine are realizing he really isn’t all that and a bag of chips!). Christina Henry? Far better. Believe me.

This is the 2nd book I have read by her and I thoroughly enjoy her writing style and complete and utter dissection of the characters. Maguire likes to make you believe he has the dark side down. After watching several of my employees try to read Wicked in the past 6 months and ultimately abandoning it, I became more convinced that Christina Henry is who you need to read for the true dark side of fairy tales. If Maguire is Nora Roberts, Christina Henry is Anne Rice.

This time around, Henry tells us about Red, the girl in the forest. This Red is NOT the defenseless little girl in the tale of yore; rather, an ass kicking banshee trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world populated by blood spewing zombies, killing machine men with dark desires, and cannibals. All Red needs to do is get through to try to get to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Only two problems with this story- there is a LOT of emphasis on Red being biracial. Almost too much, like it saturates the story, becomes an integral part of the story, when it really doesn’t play ANY part in the story. And obviously, Red wants to get to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and the ending, well, there isn’t much to it at all. Quite a letdown after what was one hell of a story overall. Take away those two issues and you still have one hell of a story. Highly recommend. Take my word for it- drop Maguire and acquire a Henry.

~ by generationgbooks on December 25, 2019.

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