by Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: March 2015
Rate: Enjoyed it (4 stars)
Bad girls burn hot…
Red is the color of Kia Alcott's hair.
It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it's the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.
When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.
Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.
But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn't stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…
I had the need to read Red the very first time I saw it on Goodreads, not only for the intriguing and beautiful cover, but for the promising synopsis. And I was not wrong. Red is one of those YA supernatural stories that hook you right from the very first page.
With a great plot, interesting supernatural aspects, a good romance and great characters, Red is pretty much what you can read in the synopsis. I don't want to explain further from that to avoid possible spoilers, but let's just say the author did a wondering job building up all the scenarios and aspects of the story. It's one of those stories that while you get to know the characters and unravel what's going to happen to them, the background around them starts making sense slowly and, in the end, everything is connected. I like those stories where you get all the details and all the information slowly and then everything makes sense and you go like "No way!".
The main character, Kia, is definitely a strong character. I liked her attitude, since most of my favorite characters have a badass attitude and personality and Kia was no different. However, she's a teen and it showed her insecurities all masked by some well-thought comebacks that made the situation kind of funny. Ethan was something different, sweet and trying to do the right thing. I liked him from the very first page and having two different point of views throughout the story - Kia's and Ethan's - was very helpful to get to know both characters and liked them a bit more by getting into "their heads".
Overall, this was a really enjoyable read. I was fascinated by it from the very start and it's one of those books who's difficult to stop reading and continue the next day. You need to know what's going to happen next! That's why I am highly recommending it to all YA readers searching for a good paranormal book with a romance in it that will definitely keep you awake all night.
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Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.
Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.
Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.