Sunday, March 8, 2015

Review: Red by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Red
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published Date: 10 March 2015
Buy: Amazon

I received this book through NetGalley from Entangled Teen for review.

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...
(Summary from Goodreads)

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.

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