Fangirl Book Club Pick of the Month: “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl StrayedEvery month, our club votes on the book that we will read for that month. This month, the Fangirls Read It First book club voted to read Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.

Spoiler-­free Synopsis:

Twenty-two year old Cheryl Strayed is struggling. Her overwhelming grief over her mother’s death, her family’s emotional distance, and her failing marriage have sent her to the brink of personal destruction. Four years later, she makes the impulsive, life-changing decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. More than a thousand miles of trail, crossing through California, Oregon, and Washington, the PCT is not for the inexperienced or the faint of heart. It is, however, just what Cheryl needs to get back to herself.

Fangirls’ Analysis:

March’s hostess chose this book for the club to vote on because it is an inspirational and true story about a woman confronting her demons and challenging herself both physically and emotionally. Club members voted for it because they had seen so much about the movie, because it had been on their TBR (To Be Read) list, and because they are fans of journey and travel stories.

What We Liked:

Club members enjoyed Cheryl’s no-nonsense approach to the gritty details of the hike – descriptions of her toenails falling off, for example. The author did not appear to sugarcoat anything about her experiences on the Pacific Crest Trail, or in her personal life that lead to her impulsive decision. The landscapes were brought to life vividly, and the story flowed well between past and present. We also appreciated that Cheryl didn’t live a “cookie cutter” life. She made a series of poor choices that led to her downfall. We find it admirable that Cheryl was able to recognize and acknowledge her mistakes and take drastic measures to correct her life. Her openness was refreshing and lacking the wallowing, pity-seeking tone that can be found in similar stories. There were several aspects of Cheryl’s life that members found themselves relating to, like the distance in her family after the loss of her mother, wanting to be alone with her grief, and the problems in her marriage.

What We Didn’t Like:

Some members felt that the story weighed too heavily on the physical journey. We would have liked to know more about Cheryl’s life leading up to her mother’s death and before her decision to leave on the hike. One member felt that Cheryl might have been more likable if they had gotten to know more about her.

Fangirl Rating: 4/5 stars

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BOOK TOUR: Review: “Hidden Deep” by Amy Patrick

 

Hidden Deep by Amy PatrickA review by Maria.

First off, a big thank you to author Amy Patrick for allowing me the opportunity to read and review her novel Hidden Deep, book one in the Hidden trilogy.

Rylann likes to spend time in the woods by her grandmother’s house even though they are the same woods she got lost in overnight as a child. After her parents’ divorce, she and her mother move in with her grandmother and she spends more time in these woods. One day she meets a  boy named Lad, who had saved her life as a child. Only now they are much older, and she finds herself very attracted to him. But Lad is evasive and mysterious about his life and the more he evades, the more Rylann wants to know him. However Lad’s story is more unworldly and magical than she could have ever imagined.

The story moved at a very fast pace and read much like a mystery, with Rylann trying to discover more about Lad. There were some great side characters in this book including Rylann’s grandmother and her friend Nox. The book was interesting and kept my attention. There were some big surprises that I had predicted, but it was still nice to discover them. Hidden Deep had a fairy-tale, enchanted forest feel to it, much like children’s stories but with older characters.

I enjoyed the personalities of both main characters Rylann and Lad. Rylann was a smart, funny, and awkward-feeling teenage girl going through some major life changes. She meets this great guy Lad who is a little odd but fascinating. She also gains the attention of bad-boy singer Nox and struggles with feelings for both. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but owns up to her faults and mistakes. It takes longer to get to know Lad’s character. But without giving too much away, he is also smart and funny. He’s a strong believer in love and is easy on the eyes.

I plan on reading more in this addicting and magical trilogy!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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Hidden Deep (Book 1 of the Hidden Trilogy) by Amy Patrick

Release Date: 03/23/15

Oxford South Press

319 pages

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Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she’d be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She’s a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he’s not supposed to exist.

After her father’s affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn’t mind a first date that didn’t suck, but she’s determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann’s recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.

She’s still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He’s still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she’s with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann’s strict policy– never want someone more than he wants you.

Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don’t get careless and Don’t get caught. It’s allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…

Lad’s never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He’s not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.

And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.

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Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014). She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.

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Review: “Falling From The Sky” by Nikki Godwin

Falling From The Sky by Nikki GodwinA review by Amanda.

Ridge McCoy is sixteen-going-on-seventeen, a basketball star, an older brother, a boyfriend to a pretty, popular girl. He is all of these things; he’s also numb. Following the death of his father in a plane crash, Ridge has trouble feeling much of anything, beyond instances of panic whenever an airplane flies overhead. Unable to deal with his mother’s detached grieving, his girlfriend’s half-hearted attempts to comfort him, or anything besides basketball, Ridge just wants to make it through the summer with nothing more to dwell on than perfecting his jump shot and hanging out with his best friend Terrence. Basketball camp in a town an hour and a half away offers the perfect opportunity for escape from his hometown.

A chance encounter at a mall in the unfamiliar town leads to something new in Ridge’s life – an attraction that shakes him to his very core. Micah Youngblood runs the carousel at the mall and makes it his mission to befriend adorable, sad-eyed Ridge. When their friendship begins to hint at more, Ridge has to decide if he will cling to his preconceived idea of what love is and risk losing Micah forever, or throw caution to the wind and allow himself to feel again.

This book took all of my expectations and tossed them out the window. It is a love story, first and foremost. Written from Ridge’s point of view, readers will find themselves reminiscing about their own experiences with high school crushes and first loves. Falling From The Sky raises the idea that you can fall in love with who a person is on the inside, regardless of gender of sexual orientation. Appropriate for readers fourteen and older, this book showcases everything familiar about teenage romance – that first glance, the hyper-awareness whenever the other person is near, almost kisses, the anticipation of seeing that person again – while keeping the content PG.

The only thing that keeps me from rating this book a full 5 stars is how often the title of the book is mentioned throughout. Once or twice is enough to make you think “Oh, hey! That’s where the title came from!” Anything beyond that is too distracting.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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Review: “Solaris Seethes” by Janet McNulty

Solaris Seethes by Janet McNulty

A review by our awesome new reviewer Domoni.

I would first like to thank the author for the opportunity to read her novel in exchange for an honest review.

Rynah’s home planet Lynar has been destroyed.  The crystal that sustains her planets magnetic fields has been stolen, in a betrayal by someone close to her. Rynah escaped the planet in a ship built by her mentally unhinged grandfather, in preparation for the prophesied destruction. The ship, Solaris, is a functioning artificial intelligence which Rynah’s grandfather programmed to know how to stop a destructive force that could wipe out galaxies.

Studying the prophecy, Solaris tracks down four humans from different points in Earth’s history. The prophecy states those people will be the difference between survival and failure as they race to save Rynah’s planet. They must gather the six crystals to stop the completion of the ultimate weapon and perhaps return Rynah’s home planet to stability so that it can be rebuilt. Traveling to unknown planets, and attempting to decipher the ancient prophesy, each companion contributes their own strength and weakness to the team. They battle unknown indigenous people and fight against the vicious attacks from space pirates and the group who seeks to unite the six crystals.

I am an avid fan of sci-fi and was very excited to read this book. Though the pace is quick and the story is interesting, there are some points that completely pull me out of the story. When Solaris, who has quite the attitude for an AI, pulls the four humans out of time and deposits them onto the ship, there is no moment of questioning. None of the characters seem to question that they are on a spaceship in a different time than they know. The Viking Alfric, the Greek scholar Solon, Brie the bullied teenage girl from 2014, and Tom the young tech savvy man from 2099 all just seem to accept and understand what is happening without question or argument.

I enjoy the moments where we get a bit of back story on each character. The insight into their behavior and choices helps enrich the story without taking it in too many directions. The budding friendships, as they each lower their guard and learn how to be friends, is refreshing over the traditional romance often seen in literature.

Looking past some inconsistencies the story is compelling and interesting enough to make me want to read the next book in the series.

 

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

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BLOG TOUR: “Riddle of Fate” by Tania Johansson

Riddle of Fate by Tania JohanssonA review by Maria.

First off a big thank you to author Tania Johansson for allowing me to read and give an honest review of her novel, Riddle of Fate.

Khaya is part of a group of people with special abilities working for The Company. She tells the future for them. But Khaya becomes a liability when she discovers she’s developed another ability, because anyone in Company history with two abilities has gone crazy and even murderous.  As Khaya starts to realize her life is in danger from the ones she trusted most, she embarks on a dangerous quest with the angelic Derrin to fight for her life and change the course of the future.

Khaya was an interesting character. She already knew she had the power of premonition and her job with the Company was foretelling the future. It was helpful, since readers missed her introduction to her first ability, when she discovered the second power and suddenly had to learn everything all over again. I really liked the interactions that Khaya had with her co-workers in the company and found myself wanting more. And I liked how very smart and distrusting Khaya was when her life became in danger. Instead of just being the too trusting heroine, she thought and used her brain, and often ran away from people trying to help her. I think the only aspect I didn’t like in reference to Khaya was her interactions with her boyfriend Brier because they always seemed lacking.

Derrin was mysterious and sexy and it took quite a while to learn anything personal about him and his past. But he was always there to be the hero for Khaya and save her from danger. Once more of his past was revealed this character really started to grow on me and I adored how he was often all-knowing but sometimes clueless at the same time. The beginning of the book was really Khaya as the main character with Derrin in the background and the second half of the book had Derrin more in the forefront as a main character while dealing with the angels. Having these two perspectives made the novel very unique and refreshing.

The story started off amazing and fairly fast paced. The writing flowed well and kept me interested. But the second half of the book delved heavily into the angel hierarchy and angel politics. It helped that the angels and the Company were both after Derrin and Khaya but the politics dragged the story down and I found myself struggling to finish the book.

Lastly, the romance was very much a background feature in this book, making it a different kind of paranormal romance story. This book was character driven which made the romance worth the wait.

I’m not sure if Johansson is making Riddle of Fate into a series or not, but I plan to read more books from this author.

 

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

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Riddle of Fate by Tania Johansson
Publication date: May 29th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Khaya’s life, a life the Order say was never meant to be, is thrown into turmoil when she discovers she has a second ability. The Company who employs people like her – with rare and special abilities – insists that having more than one inevitably leads down a dark spiral into madness. So they are watching and waiting, ready to terminate her at the first sign of trouble.

Now, on the run from the Company’s agents while trying to prove her sanity, Khaya realises they are not the only ones she should fear. Angels are working towards her demise as well.

The question that haunts her is this: What did she do that was terrible enough to elicit the wrath of angels? And can she trust the mysterious Derrin, or is he the cause of all her tribulations?

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Tania JohanssonI grew up in a small town called Ficksburg in South Africa and moved with my family to England aged fifteen.I then completed my schooling through a correspondence course from South Africa. This challenging time taught me a lot of self-discipline and determination. Qualities that have been invaluable while writing my first novel.

In 2004 I started studying optometry at Aston University in Birmingham, UK and currently I live and work as an optician in Kent.

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BLOG TOUR: Review of “The Enchanted Rose” by Nadia Nader

The Enchanted Rose by Nadia NaderA review by Maria.

A big thanks to the author of The Enchanted Rose, Nadia Nader for allowing Fangirls Read It First to read and give a honest review of her book.

When Vivian loses her mother, her father ships her off to live in Misty Hills with two aunts she never knew existed. She finds everyone in her aunts’ town to be a bit odd and discovers her aunts are even more eccentric. As she gets to know her aunts, she uncovers two long hidden secrets: She has an identical twin sister and her family is cursed. Vivian scoffs at the idea of a curse, but quickly learns there is much more to Misty Hills than she ever could have imagined. With both her aunts and twin behaving mysteriously and cold around her, Vivian sets out to uncover more of her mother’s secrets and maybe put a stop to the curse.

I liked Vivian’s maturity with her situation through this book. Just her mother dying and her father shipping her off alone would be very real reasons for Vivian to lose her cool and freak out, but she deals. Even while meeting a whole new branch of her family and finding a sister hidden away from her all her life – she still deals. She does have moments of legitimately freaking out, but mostly she focuses on what she can do to make things better. How she can get to know her sister? How she can uncover the secrets? How she can stop this curse? How she can stop the mean girl squad at school and get the cute boy to notice her, for some extra teenage angst? I liked how it took her actually seeing the mysterious things in action for her to finally lose it. But with seeing came believing and she finally understood why all these secrets were kept from her and maybe why everyone around her keeps their distance.

This novel is short and moved very fast. There was a very Gothic and dark feel to it. Add in a dash of romance and the supernatural element and this book turned into a delightfully fascinating read. All the secrets made this book a great paranormal mystery and kept me intrigued until the very end. I can’t to wait to find out how this story evolves more in the next books in this series!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

The Enchanted Rose by Nadia NaderThe Enchanted Rose

Misty Hills

Book One

Nadia Nader

Genre: YA Paranormal

ASIN: B00S99Y4I8

Number of pages: 135

Word Count:  Roughly 45,000

Cover Artist: Consuelo Parra

 

Book Description:

When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…

Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.

Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?

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Excerpt 1:

“Actually, I lived abroad. I just moved back to the US. My dad sent me to live with my aunts when my…” My breath hitched. I couldn’t say the words aloud. The bus driver gave me a sympathetic look in the mirror. I realized he must have noticed me carrying the urn. I sank lower in my seat, staring out the window at the dreary landscape. Grey clouds covered the sun and bleached the color out of our surroundings. The only familiar thing at the moment was the fog rolling over the hills. It reminded me of San Francisco, where I’d lived the last few months. I had been so excited to move there. How could I have known it would end in such tragedy?

“Well, Misty Hills may not be the most exciting place to live, but there are plenty of stories about it.”

“What kind of stories?” I had tried googling it, but the search engine hadn’t yielded much information. It was as if that one town in Colorado were cut off from all technology.

“All sorts of things. There are rumors that the original founders of the town were runaway witches from Salem. You know, from the Salem witch hunts back in the day?”

“Really?” I felt pretty skeptical. “So, they’re superstitious?”

“A little. I’ve heard all kinds of wild tales about the goings-on in Misty Hills. Too many crazy stories, but I guess the sources aren’t the most reputable. Try to take in as much as you can right now because we’re arriving around the time the sun sets.”

I hadn’t believed my father was serious about sending me away until he instructed me to get on the bus. I begged to stay with him, but he was adamant. I got angry and threatened to run away as soon as I arrived at my aunts’ house. He asked me to come to terms with what had happened. What about me? I thought. Don’t I get to have some time to get used to having lost my mother? Do I have to lose my father too?

 

Excerpt 2:

 

A couple of pots were bubbling atop the stove emitting delicious smells. My mouth watered, and I realized how long it had been since I’d had a home-cooked meal. My father and I had lived on ready-made meals since mother’s passing. I briefly wondered how my father would manage without me there to make sure he ate. I blinked back the tears that threatened to spill over.

“Have a seat at the table.” My aunt gestured to a cozy table along the wall. Two places had been set. With an efficient stride and swoop, she took a seat. “I’ve made beef stew with vegetables and rice.”

“It smells delicious.” Despite the lump in my throat and rock in my stomach, I salivated.

With a serving spoon, Aunt Agnes scooped rice onto my plate and added a healthy helping of stew alongside it. She did the same for her plate and then sat watching me as I raised a spoon to my mouth.

I took a bite and reveled in the taste. She smiled at my blissful reaction. The smile softened her face, making her appear kinder.

“This is amazing.”

“Thank you.” The smile disappeared as suddenly as it had appeared. Her face clouded over again. “We take turns cooking here. Beatrice actually made that. Of the three of us, she’s the better cook.”

“I can cook too, if you like. I used to cook for my parents sometimes. Mom taught me some family recipes.”

Aunt Agnes studied me for a few seconds. “That would be nice. It’s good to give Beatrice a break from time to time.”

We ate the rest of our meal in silence. The beef stew filled my stomach and warmth spread across my body. In the cozy atmosphere of the kitchen, with pots bubbling across the countertop, I almost felt content for the first time that week. Before I could enjoy it for too long, my aunt spoke.

“You won’t be expected to go to school tomorrow. I’ve told them that you’ll start on Friday, so no reason to go and mix them up.” She frowned at me. “I don’t normally encourage slothfulness, but I supposed you could take the day to recover from your travels. If you’d like, you can explore the grounds. You can also go down to town if you wish.”

I nodded gratefully.

“Is there anything you would like to ask me?” Aunt Agnes peered at me down her thin nose.

“Yes.” I hesitated, not sure it was the right time to ask. Then I decided to take the plunge and pose the question that had been bothering me since I’d found out I was being sent to live with them. “Why didn’t my mother ever mention she had sisters?”

If I hadn’t been intent on observing her reaction, I would have missed the fleeting expression of anger and grief that crossed her face. But I was watching closely.

That expression disappeared quickly, and she looked back at me in disapproval, her face becoming more pinched looking. Her lips thinned to a white line until they almost disappeared. The silence went on long enough for it to become awkward. Soon, all I could hear was the loud ticking of the grandfather clock.

When I thought I couldn’t bear the tension any longer, my aunt finally spoke. “Your mother never mentioned us because she was desperate to break free. Mentioning us would have made her escape futile.” She looked at me with an intensity that made me lightheaded. “As it is, you are back with us, so she never managed to truly escape.”

 

Excerpt 3:

 

Aunt Beatrice hovered near the table. Her hand clutched the necklace that hung across her chest. “There you are, Vivian! You found her quickly, Agnes! Please, have a seat, before the food gets cold. We usually eat in the kitchen, but it’s nice to use the dining room, especially on special occasions such as this.”

“Of course, the girl probably won’t show up for lunch, regardless,” Aunt Agnes said, taking her seat.

“She’ll meet Vivian sure enough. They’ll go to school together tomorrow.” Aunt Beatrice fussed at the table and began to serve the meal. “Vivian, you’ll only have a few days in school, and then you’ll be off. You’ll get a chance to familiarize yourself with Misty Hills over the winter break. I can show you around the town if you’d like.”

“The girl can show her around.”

“Who’s the other girl?” I asked. I spooned food onto my plate with enthusiasm. Everything looked and smelled delicious. “Is she my cousin?”

The sudden silence made me glance up.

Aunt Beatrice held a hand over her open mouth. Aunt Agnes had tightened her lips in a thin white line. As I looked back and forth between them, Aunt Beatrice’s features assumed an expression of pity while Aunt Agnes continued to look stormy. My hands tingled in apprehension.

They spoke at the same time, saying the words that forever changed my life.

 

Excerpt 4:

“I’m Vivian. Are you the one I saw last night?” I felt uncomfortable at how his eyes roved over my face as if trying to memorize my features.

He arched an eyebrow. “Where?”

“Here, walking in the gardens.”

“No. I wasn’t in the gardens last night.”

Of course it couldn’t have been him. The figure had been slighter than him. Even in the dark, I was able to see that much.

The boy in front of me was tall, with wavy brown hair that was streaked with sun-kissed blond. His laughing eyes were a warm chocolate brown. He looked about my age.

He tilted his head at me, giving me a similar look to the one Declan and Skyler had given me the previous night.

“Is there something on my face?” I asked peevishly. I brushed a long strand of hair behind my ear. His attention was caught by the action. I used my hands to pull my loose hair back into a makeshift bun, tying it around itself in a knot.

“No. You just remind me of someone. She has a bad temper, too.”

“I don’t have a bad temper,” I protested. Strands of hair fell across my face. I blew at them in exasperation.

“She argues a lot, too. When she bothers to talk, that is. She usually keeps to herself.” He gave a lazy grin.

“I don’t argue a lot,” I argued.

He laughed at that. Realizing I had proven his point, I smiled sheepishly.

“What is this place?” I asked, trying to divert attention away from myself.

He looked at me with renewed interest. “Is this your first time here?”

“It’s my first day here. My aunts told me to go exploring. They told me the grounds were huge, but I didn’t realize they were this big.”

“As long as you don’t go wandering in the woods, you should be okay.” He leaned against the statue, crossing his long legs.

“That’s what they said, too.” My eyebrows knit together. “Are there animals in the forest?”

“Some. There can be some nasty surprises in there. It’s not safe unless you know the place. And even then, it’s better to stay away just to be on the safe side.”

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BLOG TOUR Review: “Red” by Alyxandra Harvey

"Red" by Alyxandra HarveyA review by Danielle.

Kia Alcott is sent to live with her absent grandmother after being expelled from her school in the city and being labeled a troubled teenager in a downward spiral. She didn’t mean to set that fire or hurt her best friend Riley but no one would believe her. After all, it’s not like people are used to hearing that someone can set fires with their mind. Being shipped off to live in the country, in a mansion that’s more like a castle, with an eccentric billionaire and his family is not Kia’s idea of a good time. Sure Ethan Blackwood is gorgeous and rich but he’s also rude and spoiled and so are his friends. Kia tries not to make waves or draw attention to herself at her new private school, a feat that is almost impossible with Ethan’s friend Justine and her unrequited crush constantly finding ways to make Kia’s life miserable. In fury, Kia accidentally sets multiple small fires and is almost expelled from the prestigious school, where only money and power buy you the option of screwing up.

Soon Kia begins to notice something strange going on at the Blackwood castle involving Ethan, his friends, his dad, and the woods surrounding the house. Strange noises in the middle of the night, secret meetings in the woods with Ethan and his friends smearing blood on each other while dressed in weird clothes.  Or Mr. Blackwood’s trophy room of dead animals and more exotic items on display of creatures that couldn’t exist, like the paw of a wolf with a plaque that reads “werewolf.”  A terrifying ice monster in the woods that would have killed Kia if not for her fire ability. Ice monsters don’t exist, rich privileged teenagers don’t hold secret bonfire meetings dressed in tunics, and girls shouldn’t be able to start fires with their minds, but somehow it all was real and happening at Blackwood castle. Will Kia find out Ethan’s secret? Will Ethan discover Kia’s? What is that monster in the woods and who is going to stop it from hurting anyone else?

Red by Alyxandra Harvey was an interesting read. I enjoyed the concepts in the book; not a lot of YA paranormal fiction cover these specific topics. As an avid lover of the horror genre, there were several familiar concepts that I appreciated reading about from a new perspective. The type of love triangle in this book is also very refreshing while still managing a twist at the end. I give author Alyxandra Harvey a big thumbs up for breaking out of the traditional love triangle archetype presented in almost all the YA fiction in the last couple of years. I actually found myself more drawn to Ethan’s character than Kia’s. Ethan wore many hats in Red and he seemed to have more depth than any of the other characters. I wish all the characters had a few more layers to them, and in general I would have liked to see more back story and dialogue in this book. While the book definitely tied up the loose ends and gave the reader closure, I wouldn’t mind reading another story about these characters, maybe a few years from where the first book left off.

 

 

Rating: 3/5 stars.

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