{Book Review} Red by Alyxandra Harvey

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{Book Review}  Red by Alyxandra HarveyRed by Alyxandra Harvey
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on March 10, 2015
Format: eARC
Amazon five-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…

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.

Moriah (1)

About Alyxandra Harvey

Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long 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.

Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with three dogs and her husband. She likes chai lattes, tattoos, and books.

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