Review: Once Upon a Time: Red's Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver

Type: Series
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Kingswell Teen
Source: Hardcover // Won in Giveaway
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Summary: Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red help's Granny with Granny's baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales.
Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of "control" as she discovers she has a hot temper when the "mean girls" push her too far. ("When we learn to control it, we needn't fear it," Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname "Red."

She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn't understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out.

Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.


At first, I wasn't the least bit interested in this book even though I'm a big fan of the show. Surprisingly though, I kind of enjoyed it.  It was a really short book and very intriguing. 

Red's Untold Tale is about Red's past, before the start of the show. We get to see how Red's relationship with Peter develops and how she grew up with her grandmother. Red helps her grandmother sell her baked goods as well as dealing with the bullying of villager because of her grandmother's talk of nonsense about wolves.

Red is a very brave and confident character, but she doesn't really remind me at all of Red from the TV show. That was one of the problem that I had with it since I was trying picture her in my head, but it just seem a little off. 

Overall, I thought that it was enjoyable. Not much really happens though. It is mostly about how Red came to be and her lifestyle. The action doesn't really happen until almost near the end of the book. Because it was really short, I was able to finish it until the very end.

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