Review: Red by Alyxandra Harvey
Publishers: Entangled Teen
Published: March 10th, 2015
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…
Thanks to YA Bound Books for putting this together and for giving me a paperback copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Hi everyone! First, as usual I'm going to be going over the cover. How gorgeous is this cover? You can totally see the elements of Red Riding Hood and I adore the muted colors that are super saturated. Unnnnnnf, so pretty.
I love Ms. Harvey's writing. I became a fan through reading the first two books in the Lovegrove Legacy. Red had the same elements that made me fall in love with her writing. There were strange creatures, amazing descriptive language, awesomely sassy characters - looking at you Kia - and a great romance with some angst thrown in. Romance doesn't seem to come easy to her characters, and I have to admit that I like it.
I love, love, love Kia's sass and I think my favorite line comes right from the beginning: "I was mature enough not to set is eyebrows on fire when he said that. Just saying." I think this perfectly sets up her character.
Ethan was broody in the best possible way and fun fact I once wrote a story with a character named Jaime Blackwood...so when I saw that Ethan was a Blackwood I had a little happy squeal go off inside of me.
I also really like how the POV switched. I love books that give you that full perspective instead of being one sided.
I highly recommend this 5 Triquetra read!
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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.
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