Book Review: Red by Kait Nolan

Synopsis taken from 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.


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