Twelve year old Tee, and her two best friends, Elly and Richy, come together as the heroic Yellow Hoods in the face of life threatening danger. Whose side are the Cochon brothers on, and will they tip the balance? Will Nikolas’ ties to one of the secret society cost him Tee’s life?
The world is 1800s-eque, with a rich history that is discovered throughout the series. Grounded fairy-tale elements are incorporated in the background, providing additional depth and enrichment for the mature reader.
Called "The Harry Potter of technology" and "A cross between Hunger Games and the Kingkiller Chronicles,” the Amazon best seller series, The Yellow Hoods, is a gripping, whimsical adventure that’s layered for the young and mature adult, making it great for ages 9 to 90.
Set in the greatly imagined world of Adam Dreece, this first book in an emergent steampunk series, ‘Along came a wolf’, is a captivating tale of a young girl called Tee, her brave and fearless Yellow Hood friends and her mysterious, inventor grandfather facing off against a wolfish and cunning enemy.
From the beginning it is evident that Tee gravitates towards dangerous situations and one such encounter leads her into the company of Andre LeLoup. LeLoup closely resembles the big bad wolf and Tee can easily be seen as Little Red Riding Hood. There are a number of other characters which are recognisable but distinguishable of those in fairy tales and myth. Nicholas Klaus could be imagined as Father Christmas and the three brothers who closely resemble the three pigs. After their encounter LeLoup’s visit to the town and in particular her Grandfather, who is a master inventor, unveils his true intent of retrieving the plans for an invention which is sought after by an old acquaintance of Klaus. LaLoup is a confident, proud and cunning enemy who will not tarnish his reputation by not completing what he sets out to do and will go to great lengths to do so. It is down to the Yellow Hoods, Tee and her friends Elly and Richey, to stop LeLoup and prevent him from achieving his goal.
The book is written in a way which is both compelling and heart-warming, the wit and dialogue within the book make it a fun read. It would be a great book to read both as a child or adult, with compelling characters and imaginative setting this would make an instant family favourite. I especially liked the three Cochon brothers who, at first, seemed like thugs but as the story progressed and you learnt about their past, they soon became favourites of mine. The rest of the characters were well developed and each was interesting, there are those you will love and LeLoup who you will loathe. I’d like to learn more of the setting in the following books and can’t wait to see how the Yellow Hoods develop and the adventure they find themselves on.