Red

Rated 4.54/5 based on 26 reviews
Elodie has a secret. Any day, she’ll become a wolf and succumb to a centuries old curse. For 17 years she’s hidden what she is. Now someone knows the truth and wants to exterminate her family line. The last thing she needs is to fall in love. But Sawyer's determined to protect her, and he's more than what he seems. Can they outsmart a madman and find a way to beat the curse? More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466074132
About Kait Nolan

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.

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Review by: Niscerelle Barrientos on Aug. 10, 2012 :
I'm not going to write a little summary of the book, because you don't need it... Just let you know that this is a really good book, well written, easy to read and it's gonna keep you entertained... I loved it.. It was a really good bought.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cheryl Ann Wartman on April 05, 2012 :
Elodie Rose is a strong seventeen year old who lives with her protective Dad. He has every right to be protective. Elodie's Mom died, but recently they got a message from her indicating a family legacy. All the women have turned to werewolves when they hit puberty. It has been devastating for them. On top of being a confused teen without a Mom.Now she has to deal with the fact that she is turning into a monster. There really does not look to be a future for her.

Elodie loves school and had been looking forward to going to college. Her Dad has been training her to survive in the woods, and suggested that she lead a solitary life, as per her mother's letter. But neither of them know when or how she will transition. According to everything she knows, it is late for something to occur, so she is hoping that her Mom was wrong and she can stay human.She secretly takes a job in the local park with a research team studying wolves. Telling her Dad she is doing tours in the park.

Sawyer comes to town with his Dad. His Mom died in a hunting accident. He meets Elodie in the woods, on the anniversary of her Mom's death. Sawyer tries to protect her from herself. He is intrigued by her, but knows as a werewolf he has no place in a relationship with a human.

A great read by Kait Nolan. The young heroine is such a strong character who has had so much thrown at her in her short life. Complimented by a strong complex hero. I do not want to give much away but wow. I loved how the characters felt so real. I look forward to reading more of Nolan's work.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emma Meade on Dec. 15, 2011 :
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?

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. Teens curse, and so do Elodie and Sawyer. The topic of suicide is often taboo when it comes to YA books but not in Red where thoughts of suicide have plagued Elodie her whole life.

I know I love a book when I find it hard to put it down longer than the time it takes for me to make a cup of tea. Red is such a book. I found myself talking the ears off my friends about it.

Above all, Red is a well written book; it’s clear this book was edited well, something I always appreciate The readers are also treated to both Elodie’s and Sawyer’s perspectives. I enjoy hearing from the male point of view.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: deniz bevan on Oct. 04, 2011 :
You know what? I think Kait's the first modern (published only in the 21st Century) author, and first indie-published author, whose books I pick up as soon as they're released. As someone who normally reads novels and poems by authors long passed on, it's exciting to be able to say that. There's always some bit of news out there about publishing suffering the last throes, or no one being able to write any more, and so on. Well, Kait's proving them all wrong, and writing some great romantic paranormal stuff while she's at it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Lawler on Sep. 21, 2011 :
Excellent read. I enjoyed reading about the characters and their voices, the backstory, the plot and how it unfolded. Loved the HEA. Elodie is a wonderful character and no matter how much she has to fly under the radar at the beginning of the book, she is a strong personality and no wimp.

Yep. A really, REALLY good read!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Eric on Sep. 09, 2011 :
A long, long time ago, in a ...wait that's not right. I know the first bit was correct though. A while ago an author on Goodreads offered up her first novella as an intro into her world. I'm not sure what exactly made me accept this one but I'm sure glad I did. She threw me into the Mirus world of shadow walkers, elemental, wares, draykn, and many, many other beings. But oh was it exciting. Two more novellas later I'm ever so glad I've stuck with it. Why I am telling you this is? Because this is the first attempt of Kait Nolan's outside of that world and I need to say that while of course I was a fan of her previous work now I was timidly curious to try something different this time around.

I get it. You can't always go with your main bread and butter, sometimes a new dish needs to be served up. I enjoyed starting off with a different kind of werewolf than accustomed to. I won't slow you down with all the nitty gritty but you'll understand when you start reading it. Nolan has a way with cutting out all the extra crap that just gets you lost while reading and cuts right to the heart of things. It's all a matter of pacing and she's got this one like it's the blood flowing right through your circulatory system. Perfectly on course, moving exactly as needed the entire time.

There were so many parts of Red where I was not just laughing but realizing her characters are living and breathing wondering how they're going to (re)act or how in their actions a moment was going to play out. Even the epilogue didn't make me cringe - I was all over those last few lines of text dying for more.

I really have high hopes for Nolan she's got my full attention with every one of her releases. I'm looking forward to whatever she's got cooking for next time. I'm not even going to hope for anything specific (I'm usually wrong in guessing and she keeps on surprising me) whatever she fancies I'll be reading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jaime Lincoln on Sep. 09, 2011 :
Young Elodie has lived her life preparing for the inevitable. She begins to think she may have been spared, but someone enters her life causing her to question everything and everyone in her life. Sawyer has lived is life the opposite of hers. He knows things that will help Elodie; and when their paths cross events happen, causing Elodie to see things differently.

Nolan delivered an entertaining and intriguing tale of young love in Red. The story's rhythm was woven together with a hint of action, secrets, and a shocking surprise ending.

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Jaime L. Lincoln
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tamara Epps on Sep. 09, 2011 :
I have never been a big fan of the whole paranormal YA genre (especially after reading Twilight), however, after reading and loving Paranormalcy by Kiersten White I figured perhaps the genre was worth a second look. That's how I came to read Red by Kait Nolan and I'm glad I did.

The story is told from two points of view - Elodie (a teenage girl trying to avoid the curse that has been handed down by her mother) and Sawyer (a teenage werewolf) - however, it is clearly Elodie's story. The plot is a strange mix of paranormal romance and paranormal thriller yet I found it worked and I wanted to keep reading. I needed to know who would win out which kept me turning the pages.

My favourite aspect was definitely the emotion and motivation woven through each scene. The reader is pulled into the characters lives and more than once I found myself flooded with the strong desires which plagued Elodie and Sawyer.

Engaging, with strong characters, my only criticism is that although we are shown Sawyer's point of view, the majority of it is written in Elodie's voice. I found that this disrupted my reading of it a little as it was far too lopsided. However, I believe the author was right to include Sawyer's view - I just wish there was more of it.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick escape from the real world. And if, like me, you haven't read much of the paranormal genre, I think this is a good place to start. I know I certainly will be looking into more books by Kait Nolan.

[Disclaimer: I received a kindle copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda Rudd on Sep. 08, 2011 :
Kait Nolan, known for her paranormal romance/urban fantasy novellas Forsaken by Shadow and Devil’s Eye (see my discussion of Forsaken by Shadow), has written a YA fantasy/paranormal romance called Red. And we are all grateful that she decided to branch out.

Perhaps you can guess from the title, though possibly not, that Red is inspired by the old folktale Red Riding Hood. The novel has been advertised with two different taglines: “Every fairy tale has a dark side…” (true, but not especially enlightening,” and “Once upon a time Red Riding Hood fell in love with the wolf. It ended badly.” Now that is a tagline you can sink your teeth into, yes?

This novel follows the story (part romance, part coming-of-age) of Elodie Rose (and I love that name by the way), the latest in a long line of women descended from the girl who inspired the Red Riding Hood tale. A curse haunts the matrilineal descendants, leading to madness and death for every successive generation. But, having reach the age of 17 safely, Elodie begins to hope she has escaped the curse. Until she suddenly begins to experience symptoms that mark the change, and she must admit to herself that she is becoming a werewolf.

Enter Sawyer, a young man with a temper, a protective streak a mile wide, and a troubled past. Sawyer, like Elodie, is not all that he seems. The two become fast friends, finding in each other a stability they have been unable to find elsewhere. Yet, just as it seems the two might become something more than simple friends, a hunter whose family has hunted Elodie’s line through the centuries appears to take her life.

Thrown into mortal danger, with only Sawyer by her side, Elodie must herself become the hunter in order to fight for her right to live. If she is to survive she must learn to trust herself and her strength, and accept the wolf as an integral part of who she is.

Having previously read and enjoyed Forsaken by Shadow (and already loving the concept of reimagining fairy tales) I approached this novel expecting to like it. However, I have (of late) begun to lose my taste for YA fantasy/paranormal romance, in large part due to Twilight and its many mimics, so I was also a little apprehensive. I need not have worried, however.

Kait Nolan takes a very old tale and turns into something fresh and entertaining. Elodie and Sawyer are both complex, interesting, and likeable characters. Sawyer is a great character — angry and a little brooding, fiercely protective, smart, and sweet, who despite his best intetions makes more than a few mistakes. But the true bright spot, and rightly so, is Elodie herself. She is intelligent and resourceful — perhaps a little moreso than is common in most 17-year-old girls, but Kait Nolan does a good job demonstrating why she is not your typical 17-year-old girl. Elodie is torn between her desire for a normal life, and her determination that she would take her own life before hurting anyone. And Kait Nolan is careful in presenting this angst in a way that is believable for a teenage girl with a lot on her shoulders without succumbing to melodrama.

I will admit that the whole romantic concept of instantaneous attraction, of that “they touched and suddenly all was right with the world” idea, gets a little old. It seems like the romantic elements in many YA fantasy tend be very similar and predictable. It’s a complaint I file against the whole genre and the expectations that most readers have for the genre. However, Kait Nolan does frame this concept nicely within the context of werewolf behavior, which helps alleviate some of the predictability. And overall the romance is evolves in a believable fashion, if somewhat quickly due to the time constraints of the plot.

All in all, Red is a very entertaining novel with good pacing and great characters that fans of YA fantasy/paranormal romance should definitely add to their reading list.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Melissa Dalton on Sep. 08, 2011 :
Synopsis taken from Goodreads.com: 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?

Okay, I admit it. When I first picked up Kait Nolan’s Red, I was skeptical. And while I’m being honest, I’ll confess that I’m a little burned out on the werewolf-human-shiny vampire scene. So when I realized that Red was about a girl who was cursed to become a werewolf, I may have started to roll my eyes a little. Boy, am I glad I was wrong.

Red had me hooked from the very beginning. When we first meet Elodie Rose, she’s writing a letter that’s similar to the one she received on her thirteenth birthday from her mother. The letter that changed everything in her life–the one that told her she was cursed and would soon be transformed into something horrible. In Elodie’s letter, however, she confesses that she wants to be normal, to have a life and grow to become an adult. She doesn’t want to die like the women in her family have before her. But she feels that the change is close, and she doesn’t know how much time she has left.

Enter Sawyer. When we first meet him, he finds Elodie alone in the woods with a knife to her wrist, and he assumes the worst. As we soon learn, Sawyer and Elodie will be working together for the summer for Sawyer’s father, a local scientist who is trying to find a way to introduce red wolves back into their area.

This was the first book I’ve read of Nolan’s work (her Mirus series is now on my list), but I enjoyed it so much that I finished it in two days. The attraction between Sawyer and Elodie is downright steamy at times (even in cold water), and the overall story was great. Her tagline, “Every fairy tale has a dark side …” is perfect for this book, and I thought the twist she created for Little Red Riding Hood’s fairy tale was great. I’m a big fan of twisted fairy tales, so I particularly enjoyed that aspect of it.

Overall, Red is a great read for anyone who enjoys YA literature, and I was very sad when I finished and realized that Nolan hasn’t written any sequels to this one yet.

Kait is represented by Laurie McLean of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency in San Francisco. To learn more about her, visit her website or catch up with her on Twitter.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sandy Pulliam on Sep. 07, 2011 :
I absolutly love this book! I didn't even think of Red Riding Hood while reading this. Truely a page turner that will keep you up all night and have you gasping for breath. If you love YA paranormal romance you will love this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kim Deister on Sep. 07, 2011 :
Red is the latest novel from Kait Nolan, not part of the Mirus series, and I think it just may be my favorite so far! The story had a little bit of everything: romance, twists and turns, teen drama, action, unexpected villians. Loosely based on the Red Riding Hood tale, Elodie and her father have lived on the edge of society for the last several years after learning about a curse that has been passed for centuries along the femaie line. When nothing happens as the curse says it should, Elodie begins to question the truth of the curse. But eventually, things begin to change in her, things that can only be explained by the curse. Meeting Sawyer, and falling for him, seemed to happen at the worse possible, especially when it becomes clear that someone is trying to kill her,

Elodie is such a strong character, and I love that. She accepts her fate and the responsibility that comes with it, always putting those she loves ahead of herself. Sawyer has problems and secrets of his own, but is inexplicably drawn to Elodie. The two together are a great couple, lots of romance, without being overly steamy. Sawyer is strong, but never overbearing, a fine line that is often crossed in YA romance. Instead, his strength is in the form of support and guidance, a refreshing change.

One of the things I love most about Kait Nolan's books is that, while the paranormal is the main thrust of the plot, there is so much more to the story. Elodie's problems with Amber had nothing to do with the paranormal side of the story, but was a really emotional subplot that had me feeling for Elodie. The back and forth between Elodie and her dad and between Sawyer and his dad were also a huge part of the story, even without being focused on the paranormal.

The action is non-stop, and the twists and turns are fantastic. The unexpected bad guy completely threw me and I loved that! Definately pick up this book and give it a read! It was FABULOUS!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: J.R. Pearse Nelson on Sep. 06, 2011 :
Kait Nolan's Red is a fast-paced roller-coaster ride of young adult paranormal fiction. There's romance, adventure, shape-shifting, an evil plot, and a super creepy villain you'd never expect. Nolan writes deep characters, full of just enough teenage angst, combined with backbones of steel. Elodie stays strong despite her unfortunate circumstances. She draws on seemingly unending courage despite her unconventional upbringing. And Sawyer? Let's just say this: I was a little ashamed of how sexy I found this youngster. He's dominant without being dominating, strong and resilient without needing to prove anything (besides to his father, the alpha). There's no sex in this book, but Elodie and Sawyer sizzle on the page together. And event after surprising event keeps you turning the page from the very beginning. Five stars!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Auricht on Sep. 04, 2011 :
RATING: 4.5 SMEXI SAWYER STARS!!!!

Kait’s writing first came to my attention via Goodreads and I got to read her first novella in the Mirus series, ‘Forsaken By Shadow’, which I enjoyed. Kait contacted me about reading ‘Red’. I checked out the trailer and thought hmmm sounds like a take on ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, just my personal first thought. If you listen carefully to the narrator , it was a long, long time ago, Little Red Riding Hood fell in love with the wolf. This is the story of the repercussion of that event and what Elodie and her father are dealing with, now.
I found myself easily turning the pages , this book has action, violence, a gorgeous chemistry , betrayal, discovery, loss, understanding and love.
Elodie has her own personal anguish to deal with and Sawyer happens to be there interrupting a moment that could have gone either way.
‘Red’ is told from both, Elodie and Sawyer’s POV’s. I enjoyed being in Sawyer’s head. I love Sawyer’s name and his character. I loved the way Kait made the reader feel the pull of Elodie and Sawyer’s chemistry. It felt very natural. They calm each other in a way that Elodie doesn’t understand, she just ‘feels’ better when Sawyer is with her. Sawyer is starting to realise there is more to Elodie. Could they have something in common?
The Barbie Squad are your typical pains in the ass , with their leader Amber , more so. You just want to give that girl a good slap. She is a thorn in Elodie’s side.
A little girl and her arrogant brother are kidnapped and Elodie is there to pitch in and help find them. He may be the jerk that caused her a lot of issues with Amber, but she knows the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Something is very off with this turn of events and Elodie is starting to feel like maybe she is being baited to be flushed out.
Elodie is trying to keep her wolf at bay , the transition is close , what will this mean for her, will she have to do what her mother did to stop the curse? She feels so alone with what she is dealing with, believing there is only one way to cure here cursed life.
Help and understanding is closer than she thinks.....


Michelle
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Grete Evans on Aug. 31, 2011 :
I enjoyed this take on the red riding hood fairy tale, the premise that somewhere in Elodie Rose’s heritage was the woman who spawned the myth. The book itself is a very sweet story of Elodie, a seventeen year old girl who just wants to be normal, but tragedy and a shocking truth divert the course of her life. Her father, a man who would do anything to protect her from the curse that follows their family, drills and trains her to survive in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Sawyer is a young man who has his own family secrets and when Elodie comes to work on his father’s research project in the Park, he finds there is something irresistible about her; something that draws him to her but raises his suspicions.

Both characters are solid and likeable and work really well together. You can believe their instant attraction and the struggle they have dealing with more than just the usual teenage hormones. The intensity between them was well written, powerful and tasteful, leaving me and them just on this side of wanting more.

I liked the plot, that tragedy had followed Elodie’s family for generations and it was poignant that she believed she would succumb to it too. The scenes in which she acts out her worst fears were especially emotional. I enjoyed seeing Elodie’s confidence grow as she dealt with the more mundane bullies. I also liked that she was willing to stand up for a new girl, it said a lot about her character. The choice of ‘bad guy’ was good and made a lot of sense after the reveal, and it certainly had me fooled!

The pace was good and well judged, there were no moments where nothing happened, and there was always something pertinent to the story going on.

An enjoyable and engaging read in the Young Adult genre and Kait Nolan is an author I would like see more of.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stacey Wallace Benefiel on Aug. 30, 2011 :
I read Red in one sitting and really enjoyed it. It had all the things that I like in a YA paranormal romance - a tough heroine, a swoonworthy boy, romance, action, and an interesting twist on a familiar story. What most surprised me was the attention to detail that Ms. Nolan paid the setting. A good portion of the book takes place in the woods and I constantly marvelled at the level of research she must have done to make all the orienteering and survivalist components believeable and correct. Well done!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: David Kubicek on Aug. 28, 2011 :
A page-turner. Red has everything a good story should have: twists and turns and surprises, characters we can identify with and cheer for, and a pace that makes us hunger for what is coming next. I hightly recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ashelynn Hetland on Aug. 27, 2011 :
First things first: can there PLEASE be more YA novels like this? Please please please? And by “this” I mean: survival novels. ASHES by Ilsa J. Bick is one, and I liked it, and The Hunger Games is another (mega love), but Red is another survival novel that kept me engaged and I had to know what was going to happen next. Love love love!

One thing I didn’t understand: the title. I think it’s supposed to be like Red Riding Hood, since Elodie’s “curse” is being a werewolf, but um… Red Riding Hood was all about going to grandma’s house and getting eaten by a wolf. Or well, that’s the children’s-friendly version, I think. But whatever, it probably doesn’t matter that much. It’s just one thing I thought about after finishing the book. I don’t know. I thought there should have been a better title.

I did like it, though I did have some difficulties. This book, at times, can be very paranormal romance typical. And by that I mean, look at your YA books and you know how all them are alike? This book, while different at times, falls in the “omg I’ve read this before” pattern.

1. The romance between Sawyer and Elodie is very, very fast. It’s been days when suddenly they’re in love and wanting to have sex. And when they come close to having sex, it’s Sawyer who pulls away and tells Elodie to stop. >__<

2. Elodie asking Sawyer how he was able to stop from going all the way, and his reply is “Because I love you.” I don’t know if this is supposed to be romantic, but just rereading that passage and typing this makes me roll my eyes. Why why why is it always the man who has the strength to stop “because I love you”? When will it be the girl’s time?

3. The ending, which I’m trying really hard not to spoil right here, so if you don’t have to be spoiled, SKIP THIS PART. Elodie is captured and tied up, and she’s thinking she can’t break free, so she decides to wait for somebody to come rescue her. Big deal? Maybe not. Why am I bringing it up? Because she’s acting like a damsel in distress. *brain explodes*

4. Elodie and Sawyer talk to the reader. You know, when you’re reading and all of the sudden, one of the characters explains to reader and you’re like “WTF?” I think it’s a very fine line when authors do this—and Kiersten White manages to do it well in PARANORMALCY and SUPERNATURALLY. In fact, I didn’t even notice until she pointed it out in a blog post for PARA. For Red? I noticed. So yeah, fine line there.

There’s dual POV here, Elodie and Sawyer both in first person, and they both have very distinctive voices. I never once thought “Who’s narrating?” while reading. Yay! I love dual POV and love it when it works.

This book was very addictive, and I kept turning the pages up past my bedtime to know what was happening next. And now all I have to ask is: Is there a sequel, and when is it available?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Misti Wolanski on Aug. 26, 2011 :
I read this book right after it came out, and since then I've been trying to come up with something negative I could say about it, to add some balance to this review. Not happening. If the premise interests you, read it. This is a fantastic YA werewolf title that I'd gladly hand to friends.

Elodie is a girl who believes she's due to become a werewolf, a ravaging monster, due to a family curse. Sawyer is a hereditary werewolf who's fighting his own demons for the recent death of his mother.

Making things work out between them is difficult enough--and someone might be trying to kill Elodie...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mandy I Read Indie anderson on Aug. 25, 2011 :
Elodie has a secret that she keeps. It has taken over her life since she was 13 when she received a letter from her mother telling her what she is. Since then her relationship with her dad becomes strained, she throws herself into her school work and makes sure she severs all ties to friendships. She believes she is cursed and has no future.
Sawyer is a werewolf with a chip on his shoulder. He is constantly angry, blaming his father for his mother's death, believing he could have prevented it. But all that changes when he meets Elodie and realizes she calms his inner beast.
Red ties in the childhood story of Little Red Riding Hood, hence the story's title. It was a very interesting story that I found hard to put down, always eager to start it back up. I enjoyed the switching of POV, being able to get inside both Elodie and Sawyer's heads. Red is another one of those books, whose characters stay with you long after you’re done. The story line was well delivered, full of romance, suspense, and mystery. I don’t think I found one thing wrong with the book. I enjoyed it so much, and would love to see a second book with Elodie and Sawyer.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lady Antimony on Aug. 23, 2011 :
I don't normally read werewolf genre books, but this was completely different! Miss Nolan did an amazing job of getting you sucked into the story, and wanting to stay there. Elodie's inner conflict was intriguing, and her romance with Sawyer was just perfect! I loved the twist on the typical fairytale, and the identity of the 'hunter' was a complete shock. This book had everything, conflict, action and romance. I absolutely loved it and look forward to reading more of Kait Nolan's work.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lady Antimony on Aug. 23, 2011 :
I don't normally read werewolf genre books, but this was completely different! Miss Nolan did an amazing job of getting you sucked into the story, and wanting to stay there. Elodie's inner conflict was intriguing, and her romance with Sawyer was just perfect! I loved the twist on the typical fairytale, and the identity of the 'hunter' was a complete shock. This book had everything, conflict, action and romance. I absolutely loved it and look forward to reading more of Kait Nolan's work.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Anya Kelleye on Aug. 21, 2011 :
I've been waiting for this book to come out for a long time. I have to say it was worth the wait. Ms. Nolan has a gift with storytelling. She writes a very good twist to an old fairy tale but at the same time it's not just a re-telling of the tale. The characters were very believable. It is very interesting how the author lets you in on the different perspectives of the characters by switching between the main two teenage characters point of view. Ms. Nolan does a good job of drawing you into the lives of these two teenagers and how they deal with their budding relationship and the fight for their lives of being chased by a madman on the hunt.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Katarr Kanticles Press on Aug. 19, 2011 :
I sat down and read it in one sitting.

There is a lot to like about this story, especially the relationship that develops between Elodie and Sawyer.

Mystery, action, character growth...all extremely well done. Sawyer is a perfect alpha male hero, without being an overbearing jerk. Elodie is a strong heroine, but not to the point of being annoying. She can step back and accept help, without losing an iota of her strength.

Loved it. You wrote a winner, Kait Nolan!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Gabryyl Pierce on Aug. 17, 2011 :
Downloaded Red a few hours ago. Thought I'd read a few pages, get a feel for it...I just FINISHED it. I was lost. Completely and utterly lost. Hours went by and I had no idea! Wow. Just fantastic. Characters were so real it was like I could see them in front of me.

Thank you for sucg a great read.

Now go write more...and hurry!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Susan Bischoff on Aug. 17, 2011 :
Finally, Kait Nolan, author of the Mirus series, brings her exciting blend of action and romance to the YA audience. This novel, not connected to the paranormal world of the Mirus, is the story of Elodie, the descendent of the young woman who inspired the Red Riding Hood legend. Elodie's family journal documents a tale of madness and death, passed down through the female line, a curse that has been hanging over Elodie's head. And just as she thinks the curse might pass her by, she starts to experience symptoms of the change, of the transformation to a werewolf.

Just when everything seems to be falling apart for Elodie, enter Sawyer, a brooding, angry young man with his own problems. Together they form a friendship that soothes them both, and then the friendship begins to feel like more.

And just when it seems like there might be some hope for Elodie's life after all, enter a madman, a hunter whose family has stalked Elodie's through the generations.

The story sends Elodie, with Sawyer beside her, on a mission to hunt the hunter. But also to find herself, her inner strength, and to embrace the wolf to save herself, Sawyer, and their future. Full of action, laced with teen angst, and graced with a sweetly seductive romance, this is a read that's sure to be a delight to fans of teen paranormal romance.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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