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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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. This Mississippi native has something for everyone, from short and sweet to Southern contemporary romance to small town romantic suspense—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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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 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Cheryl Ann Wartman on April 5, 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 27 days after 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 10 days after purchase)
Review by: deniz bevan on Oct. 4, 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 30 days after 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 37 days after purchase)
Review by: Eric on Sep. 9, 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 25 days after purchase)
Review by: Jaime Lincoln on Sep. 9, 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 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Tamara Epps on Sep. 9, 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 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Amanda Rudd on Sep. 8, 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 22 days after purchase)
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