A paranormal action thriller: 16-year old Helena Basque has killed Siegfried Simonet, the last of the Lycanthru wolf cult. She and the people of La Rue Sauvage can finally rest, free from the werewolves’ reign of terror. Until Helena receives a desperate request from the parents of a missing girl, whom they fear has been kidnapped by Lycanthru from a neighboring village, the eerie and foreboding DeSarte, where the wolves run rampant.
Helena agrees to search for the girl and soon encounters a pack of Lycanthru far more dangerous than the one she just vanquished. Even worse, she keeps catching glimpses of Siegfried Simonet, the last Lycanthru she killed, everywhere she turns. As her tales of the DeSarte wolves grow more and more suspect, even her closest friends begin to doubt her, forced to wonder whether the wolves ever truly existed at all, or if Helena’s grief has driven her insane. Helena insists that this is precisely what the Lycanthru want everyone to think. But can she prove her innocence and uncover the truth in time to save the girl, her friends, or even herself?
I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
Paranormal retellings of Red Riding Hood are not uncommon. Seriously- what better way to throw some action into the classic story of girl versus wolf than to make that grandma-eating-wolf a monstrous werewolf?
Red Rider Revolution is a story of courage, identity, and battling the lies in our lives with truths from the Bible. That’s right, Red Rider Revolution is a Christian paranormal, which I, admittedly, was incredibly hesitant to take a gander at. Paranormal has always been on my taboo list so I couldn’t imagine how it could be a Christian novel, but my curiosity got the best of me and I read it. And boy am I glad I did!
Different from the (very few) paranormals that I’ve read, Red Rider Revolution leans more towards a Spiritual Warfare battle than it does a general monster thriller. I’m not going to describe how to keep spoilers out of the review, but I was actually impressed with how the werewolves were handled and the amount of Christian morals and illustrations that were present.
Now, that’s not to say that the wolves weren’t scary and there was no action; quite the contrary in fact. The graphics and action in this novel is incredibly high, with very detailed scenes of torture, deaths, and rituals. The emotional stress should also be taken into consideration before reading. But aside from this, there is no profanity and the only “sexual” content is a few detailed kisses (and vague mentions of the werewolves being naked as they transform from human to wolf).
My only complaint about this book would be that it is very long. Once the height of the action started, it seemed like it didn’t slow down or stop for a breather once. There were several fight scenes that could have ended the book instead of continuing to drag it on and I actually caught myself a little bored in the action just because there was so much happening back to back and I couldn’t see the end.
But overall, I was pleased with Red Rider Revolution and cannot wait for book 3! I give it 4 out of 5 stars and challenge you to take a chance on this Christian paranormal (if you do, come back and let me know your thoughts!).
-Note: This is book 2 and does pick up where book 1 left off, but I had not read the first book and could follow the story perfectly.
Rayleigh is a Freshman in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.
Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.