Red Riding Hood and Heist Society

     I saw Red Riding Hood on the weekend. It was an ok movie. Not amazing, not terrible. Pros: Amanda Seyfried is a good actress, I loved the whole medieval thing (the village, the clothes, the armor), the visuals were amazing in certain scenes, and the biggest pro of all: you never know who the wolf is. They make you think it's this person, then another person, and then someone else entirely, and yet it was still a surprise at the end. I loved that. I liked guessing and I liked being surprised.
     Cons: it was cheesy at times, slow in moments, and the whole party/dance thing was almost laughable to me. And the ending was a little disappointing. I don't want to spoil it so all I'll say is I guess I'm just too much of a romantic.

     Another thing I did this weekend was read Ally Carter's "Heist Society". I've raved about Ally Carter before- she writes the Gallagher Girls series. I just love her. Her books are light, funny, and unpredictable. This one was about a girl whose family are all cons. She leaves the family business to go to regular high school but she gets drawn back into the life to save her father. She has to pull off this big heist with a bunch of teenagers for help. The book didn't disappoint. One of the things I like about her is that she writes things that I could never write. I'm not so good at the caper/mystery plot line, nor do I think I'm all that funny. And Ally Carter just gets teenage girls- she writes them really well. I think a lot of people would shy away from her books because they're targeted to a younger teen audience, but I'd recommend them to anyone.