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Red [Kindle Edition]

Kait Nolan
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Every fairy tale has a dark side...

Elodie Rose has a secret. Any day, she’ll become a wolf and succumb to the violence that’s cursed her family for centuries. For seventeen years she’s hidden who and what she is. But now someone knows the truth and is determined to exterminate her family line. Living on borrowed time in the midst of this dangerous game of hide and seek, the last thing Elodie needs to do is fall in love. But Sawyer is determined to protect her, and the brooding, angry boy is more than what he seems. Can they outsmart a madman? And if they survive, will they find a way to beat the curse for good?

From the Critics:

Holy, holy crap, I really enjoyed this book…I was so absorbed in this book while reading it, I couldn’t stay away and I wanted to check out of everything I was doing so I could go finish it. I think of this as “glue” and have referenced in other reviews when a book is “sticky.” This book is quite sticky. Be ye warned…The storytelling and the layers of meaning and the multiple ways to view what was happening in the story made this incredibly fun to read, and I have recommended it several times to people already. I think that part of what draws readers to YA and YA romance is that emotions are overwhelming and scary, even if you’re an adult, and that feeling of being overpowered by your emotions coupled with the secrecy of teenage life makes for some compelling reading. In this particular case, both of those elements are present and strong in the story, and when combined with allegory and a recasting of a well-known myth, it’s delicious. –Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

About the Author

Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear--sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. The work of this Mississippi native is packed with action, romance, and the kinds of imaginative paranormal creatures you'd want to sweep you off your feet...or eat your boss. When she's not working or writing, she's in her kitchen, heading up a revolution to Retake Homemade from her cooking blog, Pots and Plots. Looking for more action-packed adventure? Check out Kait's Mirus series (Forsaken By Shadow, Devil's Eye, Blindsight), available wherever ebooks are sold. And don't forget to drop by her website and sign up for the newsletter to be notified of upcoming and new releases!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1658 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HB8PN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear--sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. This Mississippi native has something for everyone, from short and sweet to Southern contemporary romance to action-packed paranormal--all featuring heroes you'd want to sweep you off your feet and rescue you from work-day drudgery. When not working or writing, Kait's hanging out in her kitchen cooking and wishing life were a Broadway musical.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 4 Mar 2012
By Lily
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So this was a retelling of little red riding hood, i have to say there wasn't much that reminded of the fairy tale. I think the idea was used as a selling point but apart from werewolves I couldn't relate the two to be honest.
However, Elodie and Sawyer were a good pairing, I wanted to see them together and I liked that Elodie grew a spine and all that. The plot was pretty exciting, with hunters after her (I didn't expect it to be who it was...) and the curse developing etc. I did find this an interesting enough read, but there was nothing else to this novel apart from their relationship building (which was very quick) and the werewolve curse. I was a bit disappointed, I thought this book would be better but it was all a bit predictable, although the genre "Red" is set in doesn't exactly see many brillant new reads. If you want a quick, easy read I do recommend this but I wouldn't pay more than the £3.30 for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood 12 Dec 2011
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17 year old Elodie Rose is on the cusp of becoming a werewolf. She and her dad have spent the last few years preparing for this inevitability, ever since they received the sinister note left by her dead mother explaining Elodie's hereditary curse. The note made it clear that having sex would finalise the transition from human to monster. Elodie desperately wants to remain human and has led a solitary life, keeping away from friends and boys, following her mother's advice to the letter. So what's a girl to do when she meets the strong and gorgeous Sawyer?

Why five stars? I've always favoured vampires far above werewolves until I read Red. Kait Nolan's reimagining of the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale has awakened an interest in the werewolf genre. Elodie is quite shy and introverted but she has an inner core of steely strength. When push comes to serve she can stand up for herself and those she loves. Sawyer is the masculine, heroic young man all teenage girls dream of, a true gent, strong and forceful but gentle, kind and devoted. Of course this is fiction. Most 17 year old guys do not find the `one' or in this case their mate at such a young age but Sawyer's loyalty to Elodie never wavers.

Many YA novels I've read of late have shied away from sex and even talking about sex. Red doesn't. While there are no explicit scenes, the reality of raging teen hormones is acknowledged. Teenagers kiss and touch, and passion can lead to young lovers getting carried away, something that almost happens to Edodie and Sawyer while skinny-dipping. Elodie is a product of her parents' lack of precaution. She doesn't want to make the same mistake as her mother but her physical attraction towards Sawyer is undeniable. I also like the normal dialogue.
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I read my first book by Kait Nolan a couple of months ago and was spellbound by her vivid storytelling and original worldbuilding, so when I heard that her new story to be released soon was an urban fantasy retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood I was excited and curious and my excitement wasn't even tempered by the fact that Red is a YA novel. If you know me you know I'm not a fan of YA novels, the immaturity and whining of the characters irritate me, but having already had a first taste of Kait Nolan's writing I knew that I was in for a treat and had no qualms about reading a YA story written by her, and I was proven right.

Red is Elodie's story. Elodie is about to turn seventeen and has lived in fear for the past 4 years: because on her 13th birthday she read a letter left for her by her deceased mother revealing to her the curse of the family: that just as all her female ancestors she will turn into a werewolf and be a danger to others and herself. Elodie subordinated all her life since that revelation to trying to prevent the change and come to terms of ending her life if/when it happens. Due to this she lives a pretty isolated life and tries to stay under the radar. She keeps herself away from others, she doesn't have friends and there is an emotional gulf between her and her dad.

Elodie's emotional suffering is heartbreaking. She lives each day of her life not knowing if the thing she's the most terrified of will happen that day or not but she knows that when it happens she will have to die. She accepted this fate with such sad resignation that it touched my heart.

Enter Sawyer, the new boy in town and our irresistible hero. He has his own grief and demons to wrestle, but he is intrigued by Elodie and wants to help her.
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