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Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: Written in Red

Title: Written in Red
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
Length: Novel (514 pages/18.5 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Gifted, thanks Loupe @ Hot Listens!
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 5.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Written in Red is book one in The Others series. The series focuses on Meg Corbyn, a cassandra sangue (blood prophet). A cassandra sangue are pretty much how they sound, when one of the girls cuts their skin, she sees a prophecy. In the beginning of the book we meet Meg right after she ran away from a compound. The compound was a horrible place, they kept the girls basically enslaved to be cut whenever someone paid to have their future told. Anyway, Meg stumbling across the Lakeside Courtyard, and winds up getting a job as a Human Liaison. This is where it gets interesting, the Courtyard is run by the terra indigene (which includes shapeshifters, vampires, and elementals) but there are a few humans that live there as well.

The book has a ton of characters, and I think the audio helped me keep track of them well. The narration made it easy to distinguish between all of the characters. Simon, the wolf that rules over the Courtyard is the one that hires Meg. There is tension between the two but no romance (at least not yet). Meg has to figure out how the world works and the Courtyard seems to be the perfect place for her even though it is dangerous. She manages to integrate herself into their world and become an important asset to them. The only bad thing is, the people at the compound are not happy that she escaped and they're willing to do anything to get her back. That leads to an interesting read that kept me intrigued all the way through.

I really wasn't sure what to expect from this series, but it hooked me from the very start. I loved the way that Simon was growly towards Meg, and it slowly switched from real threats to empty ones. Written In Red kept me on my toes and I had to know what happened next so I already started book two. I recommend this series if you enjoy paranormal reads. It's a bit different from all the others in the Urban Fantasy genre, but I think this is one of the best books I'll read this year.

22 comments:

  1. yay! I love this series so much! I'm glad to see you had a great time too! You'll see! more to come!

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    1. I'm beating myself up over the fact that I waited so long to read this series!! It's so good :D

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  2. I should read book 2, never got to it

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  3. I've seen the series before but never knew what it was about. I've never heard of a blood prophet before so that alone would be interesting to read about. Plus, I kind of like the growly males that slowly warm up to the female over time. :)

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    1. I was the same way, but knew all the people seemed to love the series. So glad I finally read book one :D Yes, Simon is such a growly wolf shifter :D <3333 him!

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  4. I have this one on my to-read list. It looks like a fun read. I love that you've enjoyed it so much that you've already started the second one! That makes me want to read it even sooner. Great review :D

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    1. Thanks Jaclyn! Hope you enjoy book one, I need to grab the audio of book 3 asap :D

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    1. Thank you again for gifting it to me <333

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  6. Oh yay another who loved it! I think I even managed to have this one on audio that I snagged a while back. Hmmm.

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    1. I think this is one of my favorite narrators now, loved everything about it!

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  7. I'm seeing this series everywhere, and everyone loves it! I'll have to try it!

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    1. Yes! I kept saying that too then finally did it. :D

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  8. I've read it at least 15 times since it came out, I do love this series very much. I can't wait to meet more of the scarier, the hidden, Terra Indigene!
    And you did notice he is a Wolf shifting into a Human right, not the other way around?

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  9. sounds like a great story Mel! love the review :D

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    1. Thanks Sexxxy, it really was! I think you'd enjoy it as well :)

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  10. Doesn't it feel like a modern Grimm fairytale? I'm happy you are on board with this series, Bishop is responsible for some of my sleepless nights

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    1. It really does, I need to grab the audio for book 3 so I can see what happens next :D

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  11. Oh my! I've heard this series is amazing. Wow. And the audio is awesome too. Thanks!

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    1. Loved the audio so much I grabbed the audio for book two immediately. *nods* It's a must listen!

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