22 March 2015

Book Review: Red by Alyxandra Harvey

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Entangled Teen
Published: 10th March 2011
Pages: 198
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance, 
Main Characters: Kia, Ethan 
Date Read: 14th March - 18th March 2015

Rating Given:
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Bad girls burn hot…
Red is the colour 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 colour 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… 

 I was given a review copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

With this book cover I wasn't too sure that I liked it as I couldn't really tell what was going on in the cover, however, when I looked at it bigger I found I loved the cover. I love the creepy look of the cover even though the story didn't have a creepy feel about it but the location definitely reminded me of the story.

This book started off good enough but nothing really grabbed me in fact parts of it got me a little lost on what was actually going on. There was so much happening in the beginning of the book with no real explanation which annoyed me a bit as I wanted more reasoning sooner than what we got at the beginning. I liked the different kinds of mythical creatures as usually there's one or two creatures so that was interesting. The romance side of the story was a little slow to begin with which was a nice change to insta-love. I would have loved a bit more from this new romance so I am hoping there's another book to come but there's nothing on Goodreads as of yet. There was a lot more action happening towards the end with things happening that I wasn't expecting. I really enjoyed the end half of this book with explanations to what was happening. The end didn't have any cliff hangers but I do feel like I wanted more and I'm sure there could be more to come.

I pretty much liked all of the characters with a few exceptions to some of the characters that I couldn't tell if they where good or bad. Kia was a great female character as she was smart and strong as well as showing her vulnerable side at times. I wasn't sure about Ethan at first as he never showed what he was feeling but because this book had alternating points of views I was able to understand why he was the way he was to Kia.

Overall I did like this book but I didn't love it as much as Alyxandra Harvey's other books, but I do think that if there are more books to come from this world it will get better.