Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Blog Tour - Red By Alyxandra Harvey {Review & Giveaway}

Author:Alyxandra Harvey
Publication Date:March 2015
Genres:Young Adult,Fantasy,Paranormal
Blog Tour Organized By:YA Bound Book Tours

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 Review}

I'll start this review by saying that Red was definitely an enjoyable read with a really interesting and unique plot and of course some really amazing characters!

Kia,our main character is sent to live with her grandmother who works for the Blackwoods,after accidentally setting her school on fire and burning her best friend.There she meets the dark and mysterious Ethan who seems to be hiding something.As days pass,Kia realizes that there are a lot of secrets hidden in the depths of the mansion and particularly its forest.After weird things start happening and secrets begin to unravel,Kia gets thrust into a new and of course dangerous world,where she has to fight for her life in order to survive!And her ability to control fire is not enough...

I have read some of Alyxandra Harvey's books in the past and I really enjoyed them.That's the main reason I chose to participate in the blog tour for Red.I couldn't wait to finally get my hands on another one of her books because her writing style is really addictive and the characters she creates are so easy to fall in love with!

In this case,I fell in love with Kia and of course Ethan.Kia is such a passionate,loyal and of course kick ass female character that will give everything to unravel the mysteries surrounding the Blackwood estate and save her new friends from harm.And of course she manages to do that and so many other things that really make her stronger as a person,develop her character in the book and teach her how to control her abilities.She's strong,stubborn and her fiery temper gives life to the book.It makes it more exciting and fast paced.Because let's be real here.We all love a kick ass heroine with a temper that actually can start fires!

And of course,I can't not talk about Ethan.As soon as I started reading the book,I knew that Ethan would be the mysterious stranger with a sweet and loving nature hidden deep inside.He was just so dark and handsome on the outside,but on the inside,he is exceptionally loyal and able to love unconditionally.And of course,like Kia,he hides his own deadly secrets.His personality really surprised me and his development as a character made me fall in love with him even more!Definitely one of the best and most interesting male characters I have ever had the luck of reading about!

Moving on to the plot.It was something completely different from anything I have read before and that's what drew my attention from the beginning and made me want to read it...Desperately!The story was really fast paced as I mentioned before,and I actually managed to finish Red in two days.So if you're interested in reading a light but quick and fast paced book,this is definitely for you!The writing was exquisite...I have always loved the author's writing and this wasn't an exception!It just manages to make you feel like you're in the story and want to experience it exactly how it is told...If that makes any sense.The descriptions were on point,realistic and of course,made it so incredibly easy to imagine the world,the mansion,the woods surrounding it...Everything.

The only thing I didn't like that much was the fact that after a while,some parts of the story got a bit too predictable for my liking.And some things weren't explained that well.I would have loved it if there was a bit of a back story,explaining some facts and giving more information about the characters.In my opinion that would have made this book so much better than it already was!

Lastly,the ending was satisfying but at the same it felt rushed and kind of abrupt.I sincerely hope some miracle,there will be a sequel to this book...I just need more information!

To wrap up this review,I'll just say that Red is definitely a book worth reading!It has its flaws but it's definitely enjoyable,fast paced and easy to read.Plus,the characters are fantastic and so easy to get attached to! 

{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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