Book Review: “Reluctant Hood” by Kendrai Meeks

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“Reluctant Hood” by Kendrai Meeks


“A rebellious descendant. A werewolf on the prowl. With her friends in danger, can she become the red-cloaked hood the world needs?

Gerwalta “Geri” Kline has just thrown out generations of tradition. As a descendant of the mythical Little Red Riding Hood, Geri refuses to suffer the fate of a woman who tried to find her fairy tale ending… and ended up dead. Despite possessing the powers of a “hood,” she resolves to head off to college and the big city, and live life as a human…


As she attempts to create a new future in Chicago, her old life starts to creep in. Her lab professor turns out to be a vampire and the half-mad werewolf stalking campus is desperate for her help. No matter how much she wants to leave her lupine-lurking days behind, the world of night proves uncooperative. Soon enough, Geri is knee-deep in a terrifying vampire conspiracy. Her only hope to get out is to agree to help the werewolf, and act like the hood she doesn’t want to be…


Reluctant Hood is an imaginative urban fantasy tale that reinvents the classic Little Red Riding Hood legend. If you like headstrong heroines, original fantasy worlds, and fresh takes on Grimm’s fairy tales, then you’ll love Kendrai Meeks’ bewitching tale.”

Rose-Worthy Features

            As you can tell this book is called “Reluctant Hood” like an EXTREME makeover of the classic Red Riding Hood. So, one thing I loved seeing in this book were the little Red Riding Hood or Three Little Pigs (random, I know) references. They were fun and I liked reading them!

Thorny Features

One thing that can make or break a book are the characters. In this case the characters broke the story for. While reading you follow Geri and even though there were times where here snarky personality made me laugh, there were times where she was just mean and that was annoying. She made stupid decisions but acted like a complete know it all. I wish I liked her more but at least for me, she was one of the reasons I was not a big fan of this book.

The plot was straight up boring, at least in my opinion. Geri would be fighting one second but then the next she would we working with vampires, which I knew from the start would be a stupid idea. There was action but when I read the action scenes I didn’t feel as engrossed as I would if it were Throne of Glass (great book, read it.).

While reading the synopsis, maybe it was a misunderstanding but I expected Geri and Tobias to somehow end up together…. WRONG! This book made me so confused with who liked who. There were moments where it seemed like Geri liked Tobias but the next thing I know she’s hooking up with this other guy! The end did not help my confusion because so many different things are happening! I was just not a fan, they either like each other or they don’t. It’s not that difficult.

Ok just being straight up there were moments where this book had me cringing! For example, “fang mitzvahs”! Yes, you heard it right, it’s a thing in this book. I’m definitely someone who loves fantasy and make believe but this just had laughing.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 1.5 out of 5. This is probably one of the harshest ratings I’ve given a book but I just really didn’t enjoy it. I liked the idea of this book and that was probably why I was so disappointed when I read it and it didn’t turn out like I wanted to. I looked at other reviews on Amazon and most of them seem good so maybe it’s just me who doesn’t like this book. If you read this book or have read a book with this sort of idea make sure to leave a comment below and tell me about! Make sure to subscribe to stay updated with all my incoming post. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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