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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: "Red" by Kate SeRine

(Transplanted Tales #1)
Publishing Date: 8/2/12
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Netgalley
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

“My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”

Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little—a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood—has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned—she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Red’s new assignment threatens to be short on happily ever afters…

Someone is murdering transplanted Tales in gruesome fashion. The list of fictional characters capable of such grisly acts is short and includes more than one of Red’s old flames. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another complication, in the form of sexy, enigmatic Nate Grimm, the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. Used to following her own rules and living life on the edge, Red has managed to avoid taking on a partner until now. But Nate’s dark side makes him perfect for a case like this. That is, if she can trust him. Because if there’s one thing Red knows for sure, it’s that believing in the wrong person can have big, bad consequences…
My Review:
I received a complimentary copy of "Red" from Netgalley thanks to the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I read this book in a couple of days because it had my attention from the beginning.  I do not think I've ever read a book that was based on fairy tale characters, but told in a different way.
Tess Little (who we would know as Little Red Riding Hood by the fairytales)...but in "Red", she is not the little red riding hood we all know.  She actually goes by the nickname "Red" and she's an Enforcer for the Fairytale Management Authority.  See the tales were sent over to the real world and they have to keep the "tales" in check from the humans.  When there is a "tale" crime, Red is there to figure out what happened.
Unfortunately, Red finds herself in a world of mess.  She ends up having people she once loved, in the mince of the biggest crime ever.  Someone is killing off tales and Red is stuck in the middle of it...because one of her ex-lovers may be the prime suspect.  She is forced to find out which one did the meant time, she also is trying to keep herself alive because someone is watching her.
She is teamed up with Nate (otherwise known as Death) because he is a Reaper.  He is perfect for the case and he does not mind teaming up with Red.
Red has felt an attraction to Nate...but she is still not sure what it could be that attracts him to her.  He is a pain in a butt...but he always shows up at the right time when she needs him.
I really LOVED the characters, Red and Nate.
Seriously...can I have Nate?  He sounds really dark, dreamy, and sexy.  =)
Red was one kick butt character.  I liked how she was not your little girl character.  She was one chick you just did not want to mess with.
This book brings you the fairy tales from the dark side, basically.
Kate SeRine definitely kept me enthralled whenever a new fairytale character was introduced.  You'll read about Snow White, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Juliet, the werewolf (from little red riding hood), the sandman, and so many others...but of course be prepared for not your regular stories because some of these characters have a dark side to them.  Oh...and let me not forget the bad guys who are involved in the killings...let's just say I was surprised to find out who it was.  =)
I really enjoyed reading "Red" and look forward to the next book.  I liked how Kate SeRine kept me clicking my Kindle to turn a page to read.  She has a very interesting writing style and a wicked "cool" imagination.  (taking my daughter's saying)  =)
I definitely recommend this book to urban fantasy and paranormal romance lovers out there.  If you want the dark side of the fairy tale definitely will enjoy this book.
Can't wait to see what happens next!  =)  


Unknown said...

Love this book! I cannot wait for Lavender 's story

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