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Because the floor was a little snow-slick and her shoes didn't have enough traction, she was pulled from one end of the room to the other and couldn't figure out how to let go of the rope without falling on her butt. View all 46 comments. I almost gave this sucker a five star. Meg Corbyn escapes her controller, who uses her abilities as a blood prophet aka cassandra sangue to his gain when her skin is cut she has prophesies.
He had kept her completely sheltered from the world. She is almost child like in her outlook of the world. Then the Others.. Look I used a big word!! The Others co I almost gave this sucker a five star. The Others co-exist with humans. Well partially, there is no sparkly ass vampires in this world. No, to the werewolves that you wanna bang: These wolves are the big bad type..
Well, I might want to bang them. These creatures don't mind eating you. Steal from them? They will eat your hand off. These are creatures done right. Plus they have some other interesting individuals living among them. In this book you get a taste of Tess but you never really get the whole gist of what she is.
The vamps and wolves are scared of her-that's enough to make me want to be her Then get this: There is no romance. No Mary-Sue: This book is just pure story. This book doesn't move very fast at first, slowly building up to an ending that had me turning pages so fast my eyes couldn't keep up. I'm so glad I have the next in the series ready to read.
I would have to say the only thing that bugged me was the made up names for the days of the week, but it wasn't distracting enough that I didn't love this book. View all 48 comments. Dec 19, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: urban-fantasy , paranormal , read-in Ok, looking at the ratings and reviews, this is very much a love-it-or-hate-it kind of book. As in, some of my friends hated it so much they couldn't even finish Me, on the other hand? I haven't guzzled a book down this fast in a long time!
I've already ordered the next one from my library, and I'm looking forward to it more than I have anything in recent memory. As a fair warning, I would encourage anyone thinking of buying this one to look at some of the other revi 4. As a fair warning, I would encourage anyone thinking of buying this one to look at some of the other reviews.
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Some of my friends complained that there was too much extraneous detail about Meg's everyday life, schedule, etc. Now, normally, too much of any sort of words or details that don't move the plot forward will kill a story for me. I'm extremely action oriented when it comes to books, but for some reason, I didn't notice this particular complaint.
Which leads me to believe that it will come down to each person's individual experience with this one because the opinions are varying wildly. Another complaint was that Meg was a milquetoast, but I really liked her! And Simon! I loved that the Others weren't nice. That they weren't just humans under their monster skin. They were scary as fuck I don't know. It's set in our time, and everything is recognizable, but it's an alternate earth where monsters live among the humans. They're the alpha predators, and we know it.
And the truce between the humans and the Others is precarious at best. And she ends up turning everyone and everything on its ear in the process. I don't want to say anything else, but if you're interested in a new urban fantasy series, I personally think this one is really fantastic! View all 43 comments. I know, I know , but the details, guys! They destroyed me. How do people deal with this?! So she got the stool from the sorting room and used it to climb over the counter.
She turned the simple lock to the open position and then realized the simple lock was augmented by a heavy-duty dead bolt tha I know, I know , but the details, guys! She turned the simple lock to the open position and then realized the simple lock was augmented by a heavy-duty dead bolt that required a key - which might not be on the key ring she'd left in the sorting room. Stop forgetting the point! And be assured that I don't need to be a werewolf to do it. I just can't do this, okay?
I don't need to know every fucking detail and if the character wants to pee and where the bathroom is and - Oh my GOSH. I'm so interested! This is so very long and tedious. Aw hell. I think Anne Bishop is not for me. Moving on. For more of my reviews, please visit May 25, carol. Remember how I said Half-Off Ragnarok was like sugary breakfast cereal? Written in Red is melt-in-your-mouth goodness targeted squarely at the urban fantasy-paranormal fan whose appeal is intensified by a couple of surprising features.
Kudos, Bishop, kudos. A brief prologue orients the reader to the history of the Others, the indigenous spirits of the world, and of humans. At creation, humans were given isolation to learn and grow, but as they spread throughout the world, they encountered the Others. Humans and Others skirmished, with humans largely on the losing side as the Others control natural resources. Currently, they have forged an uneasy peace, with the Others maintaining compounds in some larger human towns and cities, much like diplomatic enclaves.
The first chapter starts in the city of Lakeland, with Meg on the run during a snowy night. Samuel, dominant wolf and leader of the compound, is vaguely troubled by Meg but gives her the job—after all, they could always eat her. Montgomery, a recently transferred police officer who takes on the role of ambassador for the department with the Others.
I found myself fascinated by the idea of an alternate-history universe where we have many of the same things cars, sneakers, bagels, chick-flicks , the same rough geographic layout the Atlantik Ocean, the Great Lakes but with the threat of the Others looming in the everyday background. Characterization was acceptable, if rather standard for the genre. Meg does develop as she struggles with agency, particularly as she starts to understand more about her own abilities. Likewise, the elemental spirits were well conceptualized, with a sense of indifference to consequences and a selfish focus on their own interests.
Tess was one of my favorites of the Others, with her moody hair and mysterious identity. However, Samuel mostly seemed angry and conflicted, and rarely gave the sense of a confident, focused personality that one might expect as leader of a large, dynamic group. The two other narrative viewpoints of Monty and Asia were also very straightforward.
The police officer might as well have been called Trueheart, and Asia was a one-note scheming narcissist. Actually, what has been perplexing me is that in the wrong mood, I might have easily hated this book. The language is relatively unsophisticated and dialogue-focused. I could probably make a couple of educated guesses at the next book as well.
Plotwise, Bishop is clearly setting up the beginnings of a romance, but not until Meg learns her own dominance. And Meg is one marvelous, Speshul Snowflake. To meet her is to love her, apparently. For a lot of reasons, this could have gone the other way. I devoured the book in one sitting, expected plot, Speshul Snowflakes, anger issues and all.
I can only conclude that Bishop is meeting my genre expectations so well, with that flair of intriguing difference, that it was irresistible. In fact, when I finished, I was seriously spent a couple of minutes debating whether I should download the next book on Kindle and keep reading. It was only discovering that only the first and second books are out, with book three not expected until March and four and five in the works that kept me from an all-night reading binge. So I re-read this one instead. Additional thoughts: maybe part of the appeal is that it fails to hit my annoyance buttons.
Meg has agency, imperfectly realized. She is kind, a quality I value more and more in my old age. She also generally fails to display TSTL traits. And, as cheesy as it sounds, the themes of the book are tolerance and friendship Re-read April Because it's distracting, entertaining and delicious and I've been feeling cruddy. View all 34 comments. They are all super-hot and slightly more aggressive than the average alpha male but basically they are humans that just happen to have a special diet OR can turn furry.
In this world the creatures that have both a human form and an animal form are not to ever be thought of as human. They might be able to mimic being human to a certain extent but they do not understand most human things and while a few humans might be useful they think of most of them as Meat. Yes you heard me right human are generally dinner in this book and more than one is eaten. It all starts with Meg coming to ask Simon for the Liaison job for the Others in the middle of a snow storm.
She is a Blood Prophet, which means when she cuts her skin she sees prophecies of the future for who or what she is focused on. This also means that whoever she ran away from want her back desperately. A small warning : Meg cuts herself. But we get to learn about the Others with Meg and honestly that is what really made most of this story for me. Wolves were big and scary and so fluffy, how could anyone resist hugging one just to feel all that fur?
But if that is happening I think it will take awhile and be a slow burn. Still it was just enough that it satisfied the need I usually have for romance in my books. He watched her, listened to her, and knew she was truly asleep. He kissed her forehead and found the act pleasing for its own sake.
And, he admitted as he licked his lips, it was enjoyable for other reasons. So if you are tired of the same old werewolf vampire story that usually involves a love triangle then this could be for you. I enjoyed the plot, the set-up of the world and some of the main characters and just how unusual and different this story was.
Completely unconventional and totally enchanting. View all 22 comments. Buddy read with my wonderful friend Nina. Let's do this! So maybe Namid was wise to make human females do foolish things. Thus, I'm not in the position to guarantee that the following review will contain more than incomprehensible gibberish. I apologise in advance Buddy read with my wonderful friend Nina. I apologise in advance. I won't say that Written in Red was a surprise for me. I already knew I was likely to appreciate it, thanks to some reviews I had read and, above all, thanks to a couple of friends of mine who claimed this series was a hidden jewel of the urban-fantasy world.
So, no, I'm not surprised that the quality of this book is so high; but for sure I am astonished by how much I enjoyed , loved and adored it. If you have already read some of my reviews, you must know I never provide a short summary of the plot, not even the slightest description of what the book is about, before writing down my opinions. Very probably, more than a few details emerge just the same, given how specific I tend to be when analyzing the different element of the book, but that's all.
You will almost never find in my reviews a sentence like "This book tells about". Even more so, you won't find it in this one. I knew literally nothing about the plot when I started reading Written in Red , except that there were werewolves and vampires, and I strongly feel this played a part in my overall enjoyment, which, as you may have guessed, was very, very high.
It is well-structured , solid , not too fast-paced nor the opposite. It is exactly the kind of plot a first book in a series needs: action is not neglected, but at the same time the readers have time to get acquainted to the world and the characters, totally at their leisure and without a bit of boredom. Moreover, this is one of those plots which are not composed of a single narrative thread -what I like to call 'multiplots'. And the thing about these category of plots that makes me fall head over heels is that at the end, in those hectic moments of the final battle, or anyway in that which is the climax of the whole story, it turns out that all these separate storylines converge into one.
You already know they are meant to, of course, but every single time I think of it as a little narrative miracle. It's so satisfying. And it's not as wasy as it may seem to 'reduce' the intricacy of such a big multiplot in just one key moment. I do not have any other word. I loved its richness, its impeccably neat complexity, and can only admire and worship Anne Bishop for the coherence, the attention and the work she put in shaping it.
A plus. Anne Bishop uses the third-person, which she surely knows how to employ and thus had me sold completely after only one page I'll always chose the third-person narrative over the first-person. Besides, she has such an enticing way to write, with her full and well-turned sentences and rich descriptions. She is always precise about what the characters do and how, and this gives her writing a sort of concrete, material quality that I cannot explain.
Her style gives the world she lays down for us a texture and a consistency that made it easy for me to attune to the story itself. Anne Bishops writes as if she is shaping something material. Her writing is a sculpture. The blessed characters. If you love books that feature a respectable but not so much cast of characters, each one unique and adorable and that's the case to add: downright scary in his own way, then Written in Red is your book.
A prophet, Wolves "big and scary and so fluffy" , Sanguinati what did you say? Oh, please, only meat- humans! Only humans call them vampires , a girl who's probably Medusa's daughter or anyway a close relative of hers, Crows really a lot of them , Howls, a Bear, a Coyote, a couple of mice that will be quickly eaten. And I've surely forgotten someone. Besides, did I mention that one of the Wolves is a pup? His name is Sam and I swear on my heart, you've never met anyone more pretty and cuddly than him. And did I mention another one of the Wolves is Simon Wolfgard?
He made me melt in a thousand ways. View all 71 comments. Feb 08, Jen Davis rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this book -- for a lot of reasons. I can't recall the last UF book that portrayed monsters as, well, monsters. The Others in this world Anne Bishop has created aren't sexy. Or emo. Or anything like human. They see humans as monkeys They eat them. And they make no apologies about it. There is a woman that comes into their world, though, that makes them see all humans are not created equal. Some may be worthy of their protection and friendship.
Meg is a cassandra sangue I really enjoyed this book -- for a lot of reasons. Meg is a cassandra sangue, a blood prophet. Women of her kind spend their entire lives imprisoned and bled for prophecy. But she uses her gifts to escape. She seeks refuge in the Courtyard, the land of the Others, and takes a job as their human liason. The Courtyard leader, Simon, senses something different about her.
His wolf senses categorize her as "not-prey," though he doesn't understand why. It isn't until after Meg has wound her way into the affections of those who live in the community, that her true nature is exposed. Then, they must all band together to protect her from the humans who want to get her back under their thumbs. The only very small criticism I have about the book is that Meg is a little too-good-to-be-true. The book does acknowledge, though, that her emotional innocence is part of her heritage. And she is just so damn likeable!
Simon is the male lead, but I wouldn't call him the hero in the traditional sense. You can clearly see a bond forming between him and Meg, true, but this isn't a romance. Maybe later? I would like that! It's all about the way this woman plants the seeds of change in the Courtyard community with her goodness. Her simple kindness and positive approach manage to break down the prejudice the Others feel toward humanity. As the story unfolds, we see the characters among the Others become richer and more developed through their interactions with her.
Yet they don't lose their edge. We never forget they are vastly powerful or that they are killers. Simply put, she becomes theirs. The secondary characters are plentiful and add so much to the story. By the time the book was done, I felt like I knew the beings who inhabit the Courtyard. I cheered for them. I rallied for their defeat of the humans who turned out to be an entirely different breed of monster.
The tone is dark and intense. There's plenty of tension and action. I'm really looking forward to taking the next step on this journey! View all 7 comments. As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. This book is the first book in the Other Series and it has been on my the forever.
I don't know why it has taken me so long to read it. I love usually don't read ur As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. I love usually don't read urban fantasy but have seen so many glowing reviews that I finally decided to read it. I loved Meg and all the other characters. I really don't know who I loved the best. I loved the world. These creatures aren't human and they shift. I was totally captivated and it was gripping from the very beginning to the very end. I am so happy I found another series that I love and can't wait for the next book.
I read this with my buddy, Susan and we will both be reading the series togethor. View all 36 comments. Sep 25, Bradley rated it it was ok Shelves: urban-fantasy , fantasy , ya. I'm rather surprised that I didn't get into this nearly as much as I had hoped I would. Something wasn't clicking with me, and as I kept reading, I spent way too much attention on other things. Like little things like why I ought to care. I expected Urban Fantasy, and to me, it doesn't even remotely equate with sparkly vampires or huggable monsters of any stripe.
I like grit. I love plot. Characters are everything, but if I had to place all my hopes upon one thing and one thing only, I'd say it h I'm rather surprised that I didn't get into this nearly as much as I had hoped I would. Characters are everything, but if I had to place all my hopes upon one thing and one thing only, I'd say it had to be conflict. For way too long in the novel, there was no real conflict. Sure, we have the Others and the Monkeys. We have Meg running from her past and her late-revealed ability. That's all out there as a potential conflict, but in the meantime, we've got growls and innuendo and something that smells entirely of a different kind of novel.
Like I said, it took me a long time to figure it out. But it dawned on me: this isn't really a UF novel. If you ignore all the light fantasy elements, what we've really got is a novel about an awkward girl from a bad home that ran away and took up living with a gruff immigrant community, and specifically with a mean-sounding bookstore owner with a heart of gold.
She gets bedazzled into being a jack-of-all-trades and she eventually gets adopted by the enclosed community. Mary-Sue syndrome? Self-esteem issues boiling down to cutting, but magic making it a useful trait? Yeah, there's that, too. If there hadn't been magic in the novel at all, it might have been a rather heartwarming tale about a kid finding a community to belong to, with other heartwarming elements like befriending the abused puppy, discovering that sorting mail really is interesting as long as you can use REAL PONIES I mean elemental steeds And you know what?
I might have been more at home in this real-life setting kind of tale. I'd likely have attached to each character more deeply. And you know what really scares the living shit out of me? I never pine about how a tale might have been better-served vanilla. And yet, I just did. There were a few elements of magic and history that were promising, such as the drowned city. Maybe if a little bit of the plot had revolved more around the implications of the magic rather than just being bad ass and driving away all the bad monkeys, I'd have at least had that to point at, but as it was, almost the entire novel was mundane this and mundane that.
I wanted to like this more. I really did. The end action was, unfortunately, too little, too late. The magic and the UF elements were too bland. I couldn't even taste them through the mundane. Needs more spice. I'll read the next in the series later this month because I've already promised that I will, but I really hope it picks up with more real conflict than this. Mundane conflicts are mundane conflicts. They appear larger only as long as there's nothing else to compare them with. Once you add some truly breathtaking conflicts, the rest of it just fades into the background.
Maybe for some readers, all this mundane buildup served the function of complex character building, but I haven't seen that much in the way of character development or change except in how Meg is no longer prey and is accepted. Of course, all of that could have been accomplished with some severe editing out of or so pages until we were left with an actual interesting story with all the fantastical elements not being drowned out.
Here's to hoping it gets better! View all 29 comments. Mar 16, Tatiana rated it liked it Shelves: , urban-fantasy. This urban fantasy is for those who like to read about sorting mail, training wolf puppies, staff meetings and snow. Evidently, I do, but to a degree. Interesting mythology, but WAY too much attention to unnecessary minutiae. It's too much when repeated 20 times in a book. All logistics and meetings in this story are super boring.
And no romance. Jan 07, thefourthvine rated it did not like it Shelves: warnings , sff , worst. Okay, first, a warning: if you ever engaged in self-harm, if you have ever been tempted to engage in self-harm, don't read this book. Don't go near this book. Don't even finish this review. You'd be better off reading Moby Dick backwards while dangling upside-down by a toe. Actually, everyone would be better off reading Moby Dick backwards while dangling upside-down by a toe. This isn't just a bad book, it's an actively awful one on virtually every level.
I finished this book so mad I came back t Okay, first, a warning: if you ever engaged in self-harm, if you have ever been tempted to engage in self-harm, don't read this book. I finished this book so mad I came back to GR for the first time in years to write this review.
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And then I stared at the blank box for weeks, wondering how to encapsulate all that was terrible about this book in one review. My conclusion: I can't. So let's just hit the lowlights, discussed here in no particular order because you can't really rank disasters of this magnitude. Hero Confusion This book has no idea who its heroes are. The nominal good guys, the ones the narrative wants us to root for, are the "good" earth natives supernatural entities of many varieties -- werewolves, vampires, elementals, etc.
The earth natives have powers that far overwhelm any human's abilities. A single earth native of the weakest variety can kill many humans. The most powerful varieties could kill every human on a continent without much effort, and they have no weaknesses at all. Because might exclusively makes right in this world yeah, we'll get to that , the earth natives own everything in the Americas.
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And most things everywhere else, as far as I could tell, but the worldbuilding -- we'll get to that, too -- is super shaky, so I'm not sure. The earth natives control resources, transportation, food, water, everything. And they can take any of that away from the humans, any time they want to. They can also, of course, just kill them. Just sometimes it's more fun to make them eat their loved ones first. This is textbook oppression. The most powerful control everything and will kill you or take away what you need to live at the slightest hint of dissent.
And we're expected by this book to actively root for the oppressors to continue to dominate and oppress.
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I couldn't manage it. Oh, and I mentioned that there are good and bad earth natives, according to the narrative. What separates them? The good ones only kill and hurt some humans.