Goodreads: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost
Series: Grimmtastic Girls #2
Red Riding Hood and her friends have learned that the E.V.I.L. Society, thought defunct, has returned to Grimmlandia with plans to weaken the world’s boundaries–and plunge them all into the terrible nothingness. The future looks grim, but the four girls hope that if they can find a long-lost treasure, they can at least save the school from financial ruin. But loner Wolfgang has suddenly taken a new interest in Red now that they have drama class together. Can Red trust him with their plans or does Wolfgang secretly work for E.V.I.L.?
Red Riding Hood Gets Lost possesses all the charm of the first Grimmtastic Girls book, reuniting readers with the four BFF protagonists Red, Snow, Cinda, and Rapunzel while providing a plot full of just a hint of mystery and a little bit of romance. From the opening pages when Red encounters loner student Wolfgang, it is apparent that Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams have written another winner–no sequel slumps here!
Though Red Riding Hood may be a little bit heavier with the romance than the previous book–or perhaps it simply seems that way because Red acknowledges her attraction to Wolfgang more than Cinda acknowledged her crush–the series recognizes the friendship of its protagonists as one of its greatest strength and this installment does the girls ample justice. Red may find herself attracted to the dangerous Wolfgang and desiring to trust him when her friends do not, but she never considers betraying them for her new love interest and they never consider leaving her out of jealousy or anger. Such support shown among females somehow seems rare and precious these days and every time the girls helped to boost each other’s confidence or performed a small act of kindness, I wanted to cheer. These books are proving to be not only engaging but also to have a positive message for their readers: girls do not need to be in competition.
Reading about these girls and their devotion to each other really warms my heart, but the plot always delivers, as well. Because each book focuses on a particular girl and readers are able to experience the story through fresh eyes, the story feels fresh each time, even if the girls are still following the same clues or often even forgetting about their imminent danger altogether, since they still have to deal with the everyday stresses of studying for tests or auditioning for the school play. It seems each book will have a new artifact disappear and a new mini quest for the protagonists to achieve–and yet how different each of these plot points seem, when interwoven into the daily life of a particular individual.
I am enjoying getting to know each girl better, through her own eyes and through the eyes of her different friends. Sometimes perspective changes like this can seem forced or like a desperate attempt to make a stale plot interesting. In this case, however, the technique really works, bringing out different facets of the characters while also allowing a slight shift in the type of story presented–a contemporary story about fitting in a new school for the first book, something more like a forbidden romance for this one. Each book is a new treasure and I am beginning to fear I won’t be able to read them all fast enough.