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By Alyxandra Harvey
Published on March 10, 2015
Published by Entangled Teen
Source: YA Bound & Entangled Teen

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…

My Thoughts

  Red has proven, yet again, that Alyxandra Harvey can do no wrong in my eyes. Not that I needed further proof. She kind of had me at hello! And have you taken a good look at that cover? Perfection! I don't think that I need to actually say this, but I want to and I am going to... I loved Red! I had a blast reading this book, I was 100% invested, and I am already anticipating the next awesome release from Ms. Harvey. Now, I reckon it is time to tell you a little about the story, and why I love this author!

  Kia Alcott got into trouble one too many times. Not just any trouble, BIG trouble. She is able to create fire, sometimes she feels like she is made of fire, and she has no idea how to control it. And now she has been exiled to the country, to live with her grandmother, who works for the Blackwoods in their massive, private estate. Surrounded by tons of wooded acreage, barbed wire fences, with its own lake, the estate is more like a castle. And there is something strange about the place, residents included. Kia winds up in a whole lot of trouble, and a whole lot of danger. Strange things, stranger than anything she could imagine, and she can start fires just by thinking about it!

 I adored Kia. She was a fantastic character, snarky and smart. She was curious and inquisitive, and had a great sense of humor. "Solar Flare" is all I can say! She is not a rich girl and she feels uncomfortable around Ethan Blackwood and his friends. She is a little scared of him, and definitely thinks he is a jerk. But slowly, she gets to know him, and Ethan is so much more than he seems! Sylvie is one of his friends, and she was a favorite for me, too! She is a great character, wonderfully characterized, and incredibly lovable. She made this story even better! 

 What a fantastic story! Creatures from myths, a magical cabal dedicated to keeping these creatures in line, no matter the cost, which is passed down through the generations. Fantastically written characters, a very relate-able, and root worthy MC. A slow-burning romance that is shipable. Mystery and suspense, magical powers. New friendships! I was drawn into the story from the first page, and loved it to the last.

  I adore Alyxandra Harvey. She writes beautifully, and she knows how to bring her readers into the world she has written. She has easily won a place on my favorites shelf, and I don't think she is going anywhere for a long time! I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this to anyone who likes a mysterious, thrilling story, with magical creatures, magical people, magical societies. It is fun! It is fast-paced! It is awesome! 
About the Author

About the Author Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as 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. Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.

 Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books. 

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