by Alyxandra Harvey


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ISBN-13: 9781508524779
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 1,029,160
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Red (Entangled Teen) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Sophie_Valencia More than 1 year ago
From the first moment (and I'm talking about the cover), this book set a tone, an eerie mood, that I couldn't pass up. Red has one of the best covers that I've seen in a long time, in any genre, so I had high hopes for this book. I was ready for haunting, powerful storytelling and the kind of story that could have Florence + the Machine as a soundtrack.  In some ways, this book definitely lived up to my expectations. At times, there was an eerie, creepy quality to the story. The magical creatures and supernatural powers of the characters, of course, reinforced that feeling. The castle and the forest made up the perfect setting for this story because readers usually give such places an air of mystery. The vibe of this story was definitely on point. Unfortunately, the length of the book didn't allow the reader to delve into any aspect of the story. I think that this genre often has to negotiate a delicate balance between background and action. Sometimes choosing action over background (or vice versa) could determine whether a book is good or great. This book, for me, required a bit more character development, but I don't think that the length of the book allowed for it.  The story moved forward at a good pace after the first third of the book so there probably wasn't a lot of time to develop these characters to the fullest. (I have to admit, though, that I may be judging this book with the wrong scale as I'm not a huge YA or YA fantasy reader so I'm not familiar with the genre conventions.) Ultimately, for me, Kia and Ethan were cool characters doing cool things but, I just wasn't invested in what happened to them or what they were doing. There were moments that almost got me to care but those moments always fell just a tad short.  Overall, I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy YA Fantasy with a strong female lead.   Reviewer's Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All errors are my own.  
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: This book was absolutely superb! The detail, characters, storyline and cover all wrapped together to really make this an exceptional YA book. I loved the darkness in the story, mixed with the romance, plus a bit of fun. It reminds me of one of my favourite YA authors - Sasha Hibbs. Just like her books, the dark and the light are both blended together to support the story and the characters have both depth and personality. There is so much to the story, well beyond what you see at first glance.  The story begins with a girl who is part of the paranormal - she is able to burn things, when her emotions are burning as well. Her fire power is seen as a burden by her family, so she is sent off to live with her grandmother, where things are odd, creepy and steeped with the supernatural...coincidence? I'm thinking not! Soon, Kia learns that her power of the red is more than a burden. In the right moments, it can be a gift, possibly even a life-saver. She meets Ethan - who is, himself, shrouded in a dark evil, blackness. He is strange, distant and rude. However, we soon come to discover there is so much more to him. As we glimpse into the real Ethan, we begin to see that the woods and the Blackwood family itself has more darkness than poor Kia can even begin to imagine.  As she starts to fall for the only one she didn't expect to, will she have to choose between what she should do and the one she loves?  I thought the characters were fantastic. Kia was a strong, smart and inquiring young lady. She doesn't just take what is on the surface. After discovering her power, she understand wholly that sometimes people are what they appear. She learns to piece together the real world around her and we watch as she grows even stronger as a young woman. Ethan is also excellent. I love the level of detail that was put into his character, with the layers of emotion, secret and pain that he has wrapped round him. I didn't expect him to come out being the character he did, and it left me in an odd state - do I trust him/don't I, Do I like him/Is he a jerk?  The pace of the story was brilliant. It kept me intrigued and very much pulled into the story, the entire time. I was able to have breaking moments, to take in the detail and enjoy the romance, but there were plentiful faster paced moments, to give me a great feel for the urgency in the situation. I loved the darkness that was woven into the tale, as it really made the story for me. I love a good, dark read.  Overall, this story was excellent. I enjoyed it very much and would highly recommend it to YA readers who enjoy a dark paranormal read, with a side of romance and a heap of brilliance!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.) “Everyone thought I’d started the fire on purpose. And there was no use in trying to convince them otherwise. They’d never believe the truth.” This was a good YA paranormal romance, with some weird paranormal creatures in it. I liked Kia, even if she did seem to have a talent for getting in trouble! I felt quite sorry for her in the way she kept accidentally setting fire to things, and having to move in with her grandmother and change schools couldn’t have been easy. “I’d learned I didn’t need kindling – I was kindling.” The storyline in this was pretty good, and I liked that we got some really weird paranormal creatures in here like Wendigo’s and Phooka’s! “The more magic you used to keep monsters away, the more monsters were drawn to you.” There was a bit of romance, and I thought Ethan and Kia were a really cute couple, even if Ethan’s father would never have allowed the relationship. “His mouth was every kind of sweet drink and every bite of dessert I’d ever had.” The ending to this was pretty good, and I liked that we got some action! 7.5 out of 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kia Alcott is moving to live with her grandmother at the Blackwood estate after being expelled from her school for setting rose bushes next to the school on fire. The longer she remains on the estate, the more she begins to question the mysterious things taking place around her—and the gorgeous, aloof Ethan Blackwood is not making matters any easier. Ethan is more aware of the secrets lurking in the woods that encompass the plethora of acreage surrounding them, and his job is to protect those who may wander in and not let the monster within lurk out. Is Kia’s strong resilience enough to save her from what lies beyond the fence? Even her fiery exterior may not be enough to protect her.  “So what if I was the granddaughter of the help, with dyed cherry-red streaks in my hair and a chip on my shoulder?...I sounded like a stereotype from a gothic novel.” Kia Alcott was a feisty, sassy main character. She was strong and refused to give in when all the odds were stacked against her. Her determination to discover the dark secrets of the Blackwood estate strengthened her reserve, making diving into her world effortless. Not only are the Blackwoods hiding something, but Kia also has her own secrets—discovering why she was whisked away to live with the grandmother she barely knew added to the mystery and intrigue that I quickly began to associate with this book.  “I had secrets now, dangerous ones, so maybe it was best that I stuck here on a secret lake no one knew about.” The book was told in alternating points of view, which offered insight into Ethan’s mind and how he handled Kia ingratiating herself into his life. Ethan not only had a darker side to him—the side that hunts monsters in the night—and Kia discovered his kaleidoscopic persona as she began to let herself get to know him and why he was the way he was. It would have been impossible for me not to fall in love with Ethan, and Harvey has, once again, written a charismatic male lead that I fell in love with instantly, like I did the Drake brothers from The Drake Chronicles.  I found Ethan competing with some of my favorite male characters for my attention, he became so illustrious and alluring.  “It was easy to see why Ariel would have a crush on him. And Justine. And most girls at school. He was girl kryptonite.”  The combined personalities of each character added something different to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading as the friendship between Sloane and Kia grew, as well as Kia’s relationship with Ethan, which is another reason I believe the alternating points of view became vital to the development of the story.  “She was different from the other girls I knew…She was fiery and raw and totally distracting.” This book was absolutely wonderful, and I can’t wait to find out if there will be more books following Kia and the Cabal. The enigmatic setting and creatures that roam left me reaching for more, especially after the shocking ending. I have always been a fan of Alyxandra Harvey’s books, and Red made it onto that list with the others.  Once you pick up Red, prepared to be ensnared by a story that will refuse to let go until the very end.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
This was awesome!! Such a great concept and unique characters.  I loved Kia. She has such a fiery spirit, literally! Fires always seems to happen around Kia and it's getting harder and harder to keep her secret. When she accidentally sets fire to her school, she is shipped off to live with her Grandmother. Thing is, her Grandmother lives and works in a huge Mansion that belongs to the mysterious Blackwood family. Once there Kia knows that things aren't as they seem and the Blackwoods are keeping secrets, but are these secrets better left secret!! So ya, Kia was such an awesome heroine. She is trying to keep her secret but with people like Ethan around her, she finds it hard to control her temper. She is a strong, no nonsense girl. Then we have the enigmatic Ethan Blackwood. At first he comes across as cold but we see things from his perspective and we get a sense of what his life is like. He is destined to be one thing but wants to go the opposite way. He tries to stay away from Kia because he knows what will happen to her if his father finds out. He also know how dangerous the woods can be. Ethan was such a sweetheart. He is strong but has a good heart!  I loved the relationship developing between Kia and Ethan. It was such a relief to not have insta love!  The concept of the story was amazing. I loved the idea of the Zoo. I loved all the different magical creatures in the forest. I loved the creepiness of the forest also. When Kia was in there it had my pulse pounding!! I loved the lore and the history of the place. So ya, I pretty much loved everything about the plot.  Anyway, Red was another awesome book from the very talented Alyxandra Harvey. I've pretty much loved everything I've read by her. She always manages to grab you from the very start. Red is no different. It's a fast paced and thrilling read. From the captivating plot to the engaging characters, Red is a must read. I really hope that the author will develop this into a series because I would definitely jump back into this amazing world. 
bookishbaggins More than 1 year ago
A mix of Greek and medieval mythology set in modern times, Red truly is an easy read. It flows well and has just enough happening to keep a reader’s attention. There isn’t much of a build up here though – much like Kit, readers are thrown right in. This is not a book bogged down in detail. However, I would’ve appreciated just a little more backstory to the Cabal, Holden, and especially the weird and wonderful creatures that roam the grounds. Mermaids, minotaurs, and werewolves, oh my! Overall, the book has a ‘this is just how it is’ attitude to it and I can’t help but feel like something more was missing. Likewise, I wanted more of Harvey’s characters, especially the supporting characters. I liked getting to know main characters Kit and Ethan – the chapters alternate between their points of view – who are both vulnerable and relatable. Kit’s growing powers and Ethan’s struggles with his family’s legacy create an engaging read; add in their budding romance – that develops as fast as the book – and Harvey has written a well-rounded paranormal romance. But I would absolutely choose to read more of Sloane and Todd, who are mysterious and amusing. Even ‘mean girl’ Justine, who at times seemed no more than a plot device, but then at others, a much deeper and interesting character. Each was standout and had a story that could benefit further development. I don’t know if Harvey is planning more books in this universe. While the ending is, for all intents and purposes, wrapped up, there is plenty that has the potential to be a great series. I for one would pick up the next book. Red is a fast-paced and interesting story that can keep a reader hooked until the end.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
Kia is a firestarter...she accidentally sets her school and her BFF on fire. Now she's expelled and her BFF won't talk to her...go figure!...... Kia is sent to live with her grandmother who's part of the 'help' at the Blackwood mansion. It's a 'cottage' town with a private school, snobby rich kids, a fairytale looking castle, and the woods. There's something weird going on and Kia wants to figure it out. There's a shadow secret group called the 'Cabal' that the adults belong to and want their kids to carry on their traditions. Ethan is the Blackwood heir..he's the only one who really completed the 'trial' and wants to stop all things associated with the cabal. His girlfriend died trying to complete the trial and others have been hurt and he's tired of the whole thing. There's secrets...hidden and not so hidden dangers...a mystery and a love story....Great feel for Ethan as he tries to protect his friends and Kia trying to come to terms with er gift/curse. Good story, characters you care about and a satisfying ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could be longer but still a good book to read.
PolarbearRM More than 1 year ago
So GOOD!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a almost riveting story. It had the makings of an amazing book... Except, that the character development was definitely lacking. Background development was lacking. It would have been much better if it had been a longer book or even a series. I'd have loved to have seen deeper into their world. I feel the book just wasn't set up for that, and in this case it left a lot to be desired.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Kia Alcott is cursed. She has an unusual talent which is the cause of her current problems. Will she ever understand why she is a fire starter? Now she finds herself sent away. She is going to live with her grandmother. She doesn't know her and doesn't want to be on this isolated estate. Suddenly her life gets even stranger. Who or what lives in the woods? I was captured by the supernatural creatures that are locked away in the zoo kept by Holden Blackwood. This wealthy family is not what I expected. The father is cold, cruel and manipulative. His son, Ethan, rebels against his father's control. He's haunted by death and violence. What a brooding hero! I enjoyed the attraction and romance between Kia and Ethan. This story is a dark fairy tale that made me look over my shoulder to see who or what was lurking behind me. Abby was not what I expected from a grandmother. What a feisty woman! Kia is powerful and unafraid. She is a worthy heroine. She and Ethan are well matched. The setting added to the dark, ominous feeling as did the mythical menagerie and Ethan's friends. Alyxandra Harvey did a great job! Red was filled with surprising twists and non-stop action. I was a nervous wreck.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
Red's synopsis sounded intriguing to me, and that cover is gorgeous! Alyxandra Harvey is an author who's been on my to-read list for quite a while, and I'm thrilled to say I'm a fan.  I really liked Kia right away - she's snarky (I'd snark right along with her any day!), clever, and oh yeah, can start fires with her mind. As you can probably imagine, that's a problem, especially because she can't control it - she gets kicked out of her school and sent to live with her grandmother, Abby.  One of my favorite television series of all time is Heroes, so when Kia decides not to tell the truth about things she's getting in trouble for even though they aren't her fault, I totally get that. She's afraid the truth could go one of two ways - no one would believe her, or she'd become a government experiment. In Heroes, the characters had extraordinary abilities like Kia, and they were hunted down by the government, so Kia's reasoning was solid to me.  I kept wondering why Kia calls her grandmother Abby instead of Grandma. They saw each other once a year before Kia goes to live with her, so they don't know each other all that well. But still, it seemed odd to me. I liked Abby.  Ethan runs hot and cold. At times I liked him, and other times I didn't. He can be kind and generous but also just plain rude. Because he's in the know about the mysterious woods from the start and Kia isn't, I guess he was going for the tough love thing? Maybe he thought he was helping her out? But he can see there's more to her than she lets on, and he's smart. There's much more to her than meets the eye.  Red is fast paced with plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested and turning the pages. You can feel Kia's struggle to control her ability, and I wanted her to come out with the truth but understood why she was hesitant about the idea. For me, Red is a quick read, and I was engrossed from the beginning. Kia had a lot to do with that. I just really loved her character from the first page. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good young adult paranormal read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
I loved the Drake Chronicles Series by Alyxandra Harvey. Because of my love for that series, I snapped my advanced copy of Red up right away. Harvey didn't disappoint. Red was a creative concept with the perfect blend of supernatural, friendship, family and love. There were several twists in the plot that kept me guessing until the end. I have to say, I was pleased with most of the events that took place as the story was tied up. Without giving away too much of this fantastic book, I have to give kudos to the author for the start of what is sure to be another awesome series. My only complaint is that this book was far too short. I would have liked to see more character development and more information on the supernatural side of things. In short, I can't wait to read more of this series as it comes out. It was a great introduction to a creative world Harvey has constructed. This book gets five glittery stars for how surprisingly good it turned out to be!
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GloriousBooks More than 1 year ago
This was one of those reads that were split right down the middle into one half that I couldn't stand and the other, enjoyable. For this kind of read, I never know what to say in a review and how to rate the book. I feel like I'm forced to decide which half of the read to represent the whole book. I suppose it depends on how enjoyable I found the one half to be. But it really does disappoint me when this happens - it just shows how much potential the book had. To put it simply, I got bored. The first half of the book really dragged for me. I found myself wandering off just to distract myself and the number of times my thoughts started to wander was astonishing. Thinking back I don't know how I carried on reading. Nothing seemed to grab my attention. The characters fell really flat and that, in turn, just made me not care about anything that went on. Not any secrets that were revealed, character deaths or supposedly exciting things of the sort that usually has a reader on the edge of their seat. In the second half however, things started to pick up. There was a whole lot more action happening and the characters had actually started to open up a bit, and that made me take a little bit more notice. This is where things get really frustrating for me. Did I actually enjoy it that much, or was it in comparison to the first half of the story I found it a breath of fresh air? Thinking back, i couldn't wait for it to be over. So I guess that answers that question.
TaylorKnight More than 1 year ago
When I first seen the cover for Red, I was hoping it was a really dark, creepy retelling of Red Riding Hood. It’s not marketed as one but it could pass as for it. Red is about a girl named Kia, who can start fires with her mind. She’s sent to live with her grandmother after she get in big trouble at school. Her grandma works for a really wealthy family. The estate is large, creepy, and is full of secrets. Kia gets caught up in the middle and chaos ensues. Red started off so quickly. I thought it would take some time to build up but Alyxandra Harvey drove right into it. I was caught really off guard by how I was just thrust into the story so fast. It took a couple of pages, but I ended up really liking how the book started. The whole book was pretty fast paced. It’s about 198 pages so there wasn’t a lot of time to slow the plot down. Sometimes I felt like the plot was so fast paced that some things weren’t completely explained. I wanted a little more  explanations and some more details. The characters were very classically YA characters. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but I wasn’t surprised by them. Kia was a pretty cool character. She spoke her mind and didn’t take any crap. She’s really snarky. Her ability to start fires with her mind is what made her different from other characters in YA. I really liked that part of her and how much she actually tried to control her fires. Ethan was kinda on the boring side for me. I wasn’t blown way by him but there’s wasn’t anything that I hated about him. He was just a “normal” mysterious, broody male lead in a YA novel. But he wasn’t a complete jerk so I liked that a lot. Overall, I had a really good time reading this book. It was a fun, quick YA read. I do wish there was a little more explanations and substance to the plot. But I’m a critical reader by nature so if you’re not super critical, I doubt you’ll find any problems with this book. I adore the cover and the overall concept. If you’re looking for a fast read in between “serious” books, I recommend Red.
teengraceland More than 1 year ago
Red was a very entertaining paranormal read. Throughout the novel there is an air of mystery through the dual point of views because you want to know the background to these two interesting characters, Kia, who can start fires with her mind, and Ethan, whose family is a part of this mythological hunter society.   Kia is a girl with a mysterious past and a lot of sass, making her an intriguing character right from the beginning. She doesn’t conform to the norms of society and speaks what’s on her mind, two things I love in a character. Combined with her new friend, Sloane, and her dynamic really shines.  Ethan is a boy who lives a double life. On one hand he is a playboy, on the other hand he is a boy who lives in a world where dragons are real and he has to be the one to hunt them.  The paranormal world Alyxandra Harvey creates is one full of mystery and myths. You’ve got a secret cult that collects mythological creates and a girl who can fight stories with her mind. While it was a little unrealistic how the characters willingly accepted the paranormal qualities of each other, I can overlook it.  “Red” makes you feel attached to the characters and keeps you on your feet the whole time. I read this book in one sitting and I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to see where everything was leading to. At times I wasn’t sure the direction the book was trying to take and it was a tad bit predictable, but nevertheless it was extremely enjoyable. There were so many plot twists and turns that just powered me through the book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to read a quick paced paranormal book with a touch of romance. I would like to thank Entangled Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book. I highly appreciate it and enjoyed the book.
Melissa_Robles More than 1 year ago
Oooh you guys, Red by Alyxandra Harvey is a beautiful, ominously dark, and thrilling read set in a CASTLE. *swoon* I love books set in castles, they are so exciting since they always hold deep secrets and usually house a young and handsome guy worthy of falling in love with, like in this one, yay! At first I thought this book was based on Little Red Riding Hood's fairytale because a) the title Red and b) the girl in the cover with a red dress in the woods kind of hint on that, but as I read the summary and immersed myself into the story, I found out that it was a different storyline altogether. However, this book does read itself like a fairytale. It has magic, mythical and fantastical creatures, the before mentioned ominous setting, and basically almost every other element that defines them as such. Very cool, and creepy at times too! The main character, Kia Alcott, was an interesting person and one whose personality I'm not exactly used of meeting. She's dark and temperamental, a natural troublemaker thanks to her ability to wield fire, but cool enough to not pass off as arrogant or a dis-likable person. She's actually quite nice and smart, though I doubt we'd ever be close friends if we had the chance to meet in person. Still, I liked her company and was rooting for her to come out alive from the dreary situations she got herself into. But as much as I liked Kia, I couldn't help but love Ethan's character more. I was thrilled to be able to read from his point of view because he's the type of character that leads a life with a double personality (or more) just to hide his true self. He comes off as the cocky rich guy, but is a complete sweetheart beneath the facade. He's a brokenhearted boy who's had a hard life as the son of a crazy person who's bent on making sure all the kids of those in the Cabal keep up with the tradition- of slaying monsters or locking them up to study. The overall plot is crazily chaotic, but good, and it has unexpected twists to keep the book entertaining 'til the very end. The author did a great job in combining so many elements and I liked that she wasn't afraid of taking things a step further. The ending of Red, although a bit cheesy, was a nice enough way to wrap things up while leaving room for a sequel which I'm hoping will be written. It has to be. I need to see how things develop between Kia & Ethan plus to learn more about Kia's ability. I'll be crossing fingers. As a final note, all I have left to say is that Red is one awesome read and I think you shouldn't overlook it. You'll probably end up liking it as much as I did once you read it! *wink*
E_VanZwoll More than 1 year ago
The last thing that Kia wanted was to set her school on fire... and her best friend with it. Unfortunately, that was exactly what happened. Cursed with a gift of fire, Kia is sent away to her grandmother in the country after her school expels her. Expecting to be bored while essentially living as a servant to the rich, Kia soon realizes that not all is normal with the Blackwoods. While creatures wander the woods, Ethan Blackwood comes home with blood on his hands, and Kia overhears talk of a Cabal. Fighting to control her power, Kia is watched by those who would destroy her... or use her. RED is a mixture of myth, legend, fantasy, and romance; full of excitement and adventure, I found it difficult to put this book down! Kia is a strong character, uncertain of herself but unwilling to give up, she doesn't back down from a challenge or hide behind others in a fight. Ethan, a boy Kia's age who has secrets of his own, lives in the shadow of his father but is desperately trying to be different. The story is told from both Kia and Ethan's points of view, making the story more cohesive and complete, as each character slowly discovers the secrets of the other while hiding their own. This also helps both characters come more fully alive as you are able to see into the mind and heart of each throughout the story. I really enjoyed the story in RED as well as the characters. This is both a coming of age tale and a mystery, wound together into a dark fantasy. None of the characters are exactly as they first appear, even the seemingly snobbish Justine, and you learn their backstories and motivations as the story unfolds. I was even happy with the ending, and the author has left it open just enough for a possible sequel without making the story into a cliffhanger. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Kia tried to be a normal teenager, but unfortunately every time she became angry things got set on fire.  Her last episode burned her best friend as well as her school which caused her to be expelled and shipped off to live with a grandmother she barely knows.  But when family secrets are revealed, Kia learns she isn't as strange as she thought she was.  There's also the son of her grandmother's boss, Ethan.  She's instantly attracted to him, but will she be able to get through his wall? Will he explain the truth about his father's collection? What are they hiding? This was a truly creative story.  I expected it to be purely a paranormal novel, so imagine my surprise when there were Griffins, unicorns, ogres, trolls and much more.  I loved the blossoming romance between Ethan and Kia, as well as the growing friendship she has with Sloane.  The story itself was pretty fast paced and I hated to see it end.  The descriptions were well thought out and plausible, it made the story even that more enjoyable.
Ladystorm More than 1 year ago
I first thought this was going to be a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and it kind of was and kind of wasn’t.  I couldn’t wait to read this one as Alyxandra Harvey is one of my favorite authors! I wasn’t blown away with this one but I did enjoy it. It’s a very strange and intriguing tale to say the least. Kia was kicked out of her school for starting a fire, but it wasn’t really her fault. She is a firestarter and hasn’t learnt how to control the fire within her. Her father doesn’t know what else to do so he sends her to live with her grandmother. Her grandmother lives on this really weird estate that has a forest full of really strange things. Kia hates being in the big estate with all it’s rules and weirdness. Not to mention Ethan Blackwood, the rich boy who seems to be very rude or at least she thinks that at  first. I liked Kia but at times I found her a bit to whiny, I mean I understand she has this scary new power but it just got on my nerves some times. She really comes threw with the fire when she needs too though! Ethan has a lot to deal with as his father is part of the Cabal, a cult type group that hunts some very strange animals. He doesn’t really want anything to do with it but sort of has no choice. The estate is not safe, not for someone like Kia and he tries his best to get her to leave. Ethan is a pretty cool guy, with a lot of pressure put on him because of his father. Red is hard to talk about without giving to much away and the reasons I thought it was intriguing. Kia is thrust into this new place and you know it’s different but your not really sure why. I kept reading cause I wanted to know what will happen to this fire girl in this strange and weird place. I liked the ending and what happens to Ethan’s father is so funny and I felt like he really got what he just have to read and find out!! :) Overall I enjoyed this one and if you are in to YA paranormal type novels then I think you will find this one interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blendyreadit More than 1 year ago
In this young adult novel, where Grimm’s Fairy Tales meet The Most Dangerous Game, we enter a world where fabled beasts and mystical creatures are a reality, but the most feared monster there is just might be the dark side of humanity. Kia is a special and dangerous young girl, but she soon realizes that there are far more dangerous things in the world than herself and if she isn’t careful, the dark creatures inhabiting the woods around her will be the least of her worries and trusting the wrong person can get her killed. No one is who they seem and everyone has their secrets, with twists, turns and surprises at every corner, Ms. Harvey takes her readers on a fun journey. I really enjoy YA (young adult) books, especially when fantasy is involved, but some of the ones I read can come across as too immature or boring and some of the plots and story lines just too predictable and mundane. It’s a fine line that authors have to toe when writing this genre, because you have to keep it innocent enough with also keeping it enthralling, not an easy feat. Personally, I need some excitement in my reads and some intrigue to keep me interested and much to my pleasure, Red, did that for me. Some of the plot was very predictable and easy to figure out before their big ‘reveal’, but Ms. Harvey managed to throw in a couple of surprises I didn’t see coming and I absolutely delighted in that! Now, where this one went wrong for me and kept me from giving it a four or five stars, was the lack of substance within the book. It needs to be said that I am an extremely critical reader and I want to love or hate the characters I am introduced to, I want to feel like I know them and I want to get lost in them, but with this book, I just didn’t. Of course at this point, it’s all personal preference and Red had all the makings of a great story, but I just didn’t love or hate any of the characters involved and never once did I forget that I was actually reading a book and get lost in it. I want to get lost in a book! I want a book hangover when I’m done! With that being said though and knowing this is primarily a YA read, I think that a good majority of readers will find this book enjoyable. Overall, I would recommend this to those that are looking for a fun, easy read. It was definitely more entertaining than Twilight in my mind (but I really did not enjoy that book) and I think it would make a fun buddy read for parents and children (children of course being 13 and older, because there is some slight violence and smooching), but more critical readers be warned. Happy Reading, until next time… I would like to thank NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for the ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
mybel More than 1 year ago
I've been a huge fan of Alyxandra Harvey since her debut novel, Hearts at Stake and have been an avid reader of her work since then, so it's no surprise that I jumped at the chance to read her latest release, Red as soon as I could, and wow am I ever glad I did! This book was such a fun-filled fantasy that is sort of a Little Red Riding Hood retelling but with a supernatural and magical twist that had me completely fascinated and consumed. Harvey has written about vampires, ghost, fey-folks and witches, but this book felt entirely different from her other books, but in the best way possible. It's a great mixture of fairytale and fantasy but with supernatural and magical abilities thrown in. It's an intriguing and mysterious story that has just about everything I could want in an escape. Magic, medieval gothic lore, fantastical and mythical creatures all set in a remote looming castle with dangerous wild secrets and characters. Harvey really went all out with this book and I loved that she didn't give us all the answers and we are made to just sit back and enjoy as the story unfolds as we learn about Kia, Ethan and the Blackwood family and all of their wicked secrets. Kia was awesome from the start, she's a sassy character who doesn't take crap from anyone and I loved her spark (pun intended). Staying with her Grandmother at Blackwood castle is a last resort since she got expelled for setting her school on fire, but it's not like Kia can help it, for what ever reason she can start fires with just her thoughts, but she's scared since she doesn't know why or how to control it. Ethan is a rather intense character that was pretty hot and cold when he first meets Kia. He has a very unique role in the Blackwood family and I absolutely loved learning about some of his more eccentric talents and activities. I loved how protective he is of Kia and his friends. Ethan and Kia may have had a shaky relationship at first, but I can't deny they have quite the sizzling chemistry. All in all, I thought this book was really very cool. The world Harvey creates is bizarrely imaginative, dark and edgy with characters I couldn't help be invested with from the first page till it's thrilling conclusion. There were some loose ends, so I'm hoping we get more. This was a fun and solid escape and I look forward to seeing what Harvey has in store for us next!
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Red is about this girl named Kia whom everyone thinks is a bit of a pyromaniac. She does have a problem with starting fires but not the way that people think. She starts them alright ... and the fire literally comes from within her. Kia gets kicked out of school for setting some old lady's roses on fire, so she gets shipped off to live with her grandmother. It's not some beautiful, homey little cottage that she's going to ... it's a castle and Grandma is the vet/wood chopper/everything else for the residents of this amazing home. Soon after moving in, she notices that things probably aren't as they seem and then the story really lights up. No pun intended. Fine. Maybe it was intended ... it sounded perfect. What did I think? Well ... I'm not a big fan of paranormal ... I mean, I like paranormal novels but it's not my "GO TO" genre when I'm looking for something to read. Something about this cover and the blurb for it ... it was intriguing and I was super excited to pick it up. All of that nonsense being said, I really REALLY liked this one. I really liked the whole premise of the story ... the reader is really kept on their toes because you don't know what is going to happen next. It's always something new with each turn of the page, you literally couldn't predict the next exciting part. The writing was pretty good too. Not the best that I've read but it wasn't bad and it did keep you interested. I didn't find myself skimming pages or skipping paragraphs to just make the story move faster. This book is a stand alone. I don't believe that there will be a prequel that comes out and it was so nicely buttoned up at the end, I don't think that there will be a sequel either. And that has some serious drawbacks. One being that even with all of the info that you know about these characters, there is so much that is still unknown. It felt like you had enough to get you through to the end of the book but it lacked a depth that I think the book would have benefited from. There is such a thing as too much information but these characters didn't come close to having that issue. I just wanted ... more. I've said it a million times, I am a greedy reader. I'm a SUPER greedy reader. I want to know every minute detail that the author has to give me about characters, locations, situations and after the author gives me that, I want MORE. I want all of the details that the author has thought of but figured it would be too much for the story. Most of the time, it's not! Tell me about these characters' past. Tell me about their needs, wants, urges, passions, hatreds ... I want everything. I think this story just lacked those extra things and it made you feel like these characters were just part of a clique at school that you don't really know anything about except the big stuff. You don't know what makes them tick. Anyway, that's just how I felt. Now, by no means does everything that I've said in that last paragraph mean that the book isn't worth reading. I think that it is. ESPECIALLY if you're a person who has a hard time getting into a book ... this will keep your attention and feed that urge to read. This was my first book by Alyxandra Harvey and I'm excited to see what else this author has up her sleeve because this was good.