In the small town of Woodsville, self-assured Ruby Hood becomes tangled in more than traditional teenage angst. With the Homecoming Dance looming, everything at Woodsville High appears normal, but things are not as they seem. Ruby meets a cute boy with a lopsided grin, Dylan Hunter. She flirts shamelessly with the football star, Kent Wolf, and finds herself in a barrage of harsh verbal altercations with his stunning yet wicked sister, Kayla Wolf. Thankfully, she finds solace in her friend, Lilly Fair. Through a series of odd and painful events, Ruby discovers her true calling and the responsibilities that come with her new power and position. Despite her heartache and sorrow, will Ruby find the inner strength not only to protect herself, but also to keep the Wood safe at all cost?
I started this book with a lot of trepidation. I am rally a purist when it comes to my fairy tales. And when there was a lot "Over the river and through the woods.." in the first few chapters, I got a little worried it would be too cliché. But that all soon disappeared as I found myself fully immersed in the story. For what Greenhalgh does well is take that familiar story and make it her own. She weaves a tale of shifters, werewolves, witches, and guardians with an expert hand. Making you feel like this world is real and possible. Her characters are relatable, human and supernatural at the same time, and she isn't afraid to throw in the tough stuff. Touching on death and loss in a way that throws all those clichés right out the window.
When Ruby is faced with the two sudden death's in the same day, she knows her life is never going to be the same. Then she finds out she is the guardian of the woods, the woods her Grandmother so lovingly guarded her whole life. Her world is turned upside down with choices and challenges she never could have dreamed. (Enter a cast of supernatural beings to rival any episode of Grim or Once Upon a Time. A formula that strangely works.)
Can she take care of the wood? Can she guard the life force the wood holds? And most importantly can she trust her own instinct. I really can't tell you because I don't want to give anything away.
The only complaint I have is that I feel like the story started with one main theme, and turned into another without the first being resolved. I feel like we are left with a lot of questions, and few answers. With any luck those questions will be answered in a sequel.
Do I think you should read this one? Without a doubt. I give it 4 1/2 stars, perfect for the supernatural/paranormal fan in your life. And a definite keeper for me.
Even though she currently lives in Las Vegas, Stephanie Greenhalgh is a Midwestern girl through and through. As an avid reader and learner, literature and school are more of a passion than a hobby. This two time UNLV graduate has four published short stories: "Betula's Angst", "Duality", "Angel 101", and "The Twistedly True Nightmare of Ruby Hood", all featured in anthologies. The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood", is her first full length novel and debuted in August from Write more Publications.
When Stephanie is not writing, reading or running, she is teaching young people and sharing her passion of the written language.
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