Author: Kate SeRine
Series: Transplanted Tales #1
Published by: eKensington
Publication Date: August 2, 2012
“My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”
Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little—a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood—has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned—she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Red’s new assignment threatens to be short on happily ever afters…
Someone is murdering transplanted Tales in gruesome fashion. The list of fictional characters capable of such grisly acts is short and includes more than one of Red’s old flames. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another complication, in the form of sexy, enigmatic Nate Grimm, the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. Used to following her own rules and living life on the edge, Red has managed to avoid taking on a partner until now. But Nate’s dark side makes him perfect for a case like this. That is, if she can trust him. Because if there’s one thing Red knows for sure, it’s that believing in the wrong person can have big, bad consequences…
Ali @ My Guilty Obsession is always adding books to my TBR, as I do hers. Unfortunately they tend to stay there and get pushed aside. So we decided to pick a book for each other to read, and we had to read it sometime during the month. This time, Ali chose Red for me. I have to say that it was a pretty good pick.
I’m not always a fan of fairytale retellings or I just get bored by them, but I did like Red. The plot was predictable and not anywhere near mind-blowing, but it was still good. It was actually the characters that made this book for me. That’s perfectly fine, since that’s more important to me anyway. There’s also humor, so it definitely got points from me for that.
I liked Red (the character). I didn’t love-love her, but I like-love her. That totally makes sense. She’s a tough chick, and one of the best Enforcers for the Fairytale Management Authority (FMA). She wears red combat boots and has Red by CombiChrist as her ringtone, so we bonded fairly quickly. And what can I say, I like a chick with attitude and snark.
Nate is a pretty good character too. I wasn’t particularly swooning or anything over him, but I liked him. I liked his role as a reaper in this, and that he wasn’t all super annoying alpha. Sure, he was concerned and protective at times, but it was as to be expected in the situations they were in.
Something that I liked a lot was Red’s relationships with her ex-boyfriends. She remained friends with them, and I really enjoyed the dynamic she had with each one. I wanted to give the author a high-five for an incident that happened with one of them. Just because she found Nate attractive, didn’t mean she expected them to get into a relationship. She was single and could get it on with anyone she wanted. I hate when authors make their female characters refrain from sex just because there is a possible love interest down the line in the book. Get it, girl!
The secondary characters had me laughing. Not necessarily always because of what they said, but because of what their new identities and lives became here in this world. For instance, Snow White is a whore! No, seriously, she runs a brothel. It’s pretty funny. It’s not only characters from fairytales; there are also nursery rhyme and Literary characters. So there are a lot of different characters to play with.
It is explained why these characters started coming over to the real world, which is sort of humorous. However, I did have an issue with certain details, because it seemed to be contradictory at times. It isn’t a huge deal, but it was something that bugged me a little.
Overall, I enjoyed Red! I’ve been told the next book is from Nate’s perspective and is better, so I look forward to reading it.
By the way, the Kindle edition wasn’t search enabled, so I couldn’t go back and search for parts when I needed to. So annoying.