Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Book Review: Red at Night by Katie McGarry

Posted by A Jeffrey at 05:02
Red at Night by Katie McGarry

Red at Night
by Katie McGarry
Book description from Goodreads:

In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge…the local cemetery.

Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah's friends. Once he's sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won't have time for her anymore. Too bad she's already fallen for him

p.s: This book is FREE on Kindle!! I don't know when it will change so grab a copy! 

My review:

***3 STARS***

I was quite excited to read this book because well, it was written by Katie McGarry. I haven't read her other works apart from Crash into You and my god, it was. . . breathtaking. At the end of it, my nerves were all tingly and I was breathless, as if I had just lived as someone else. And Isaiah *SWOONS* was such a great character and one of my bestest book boyfriends ever *inserts tons of hearts* 

If you haven't read any of her books, you must certainly check it out, starting with Crash into You :) 

Anyway, moving on, Red at Night is a novella written I think to show awareness of the charity Goodie Two Shoes organization and how they impact people's lives. 

I like that. A lot. I like books that can make a difference. Before, I had no idea this charity exists and now, I know and probably will look out for them. It's a brilliant idea and I hope to contribute to help the unfortunate in the future. 

Storyline aside, this novella I believe focuses on the positive messages it can bring to readers, like how a bad person can change into someone good. I had thought of this once, that maybe villains can change for the better but then there's the saying of 'leopards can't change their prints'. 

“Do you think people can change?" I ask Rick
"Yes." he answers plainly. "There are those who can."
That grabs my attention. "So you believe it's possible?"
"Miss Stella."He gives me his teacher-to-pupil stare. "Its boils down to choice.”

This novella has proven people can change, bullies can change to good guys, people can redeem themselves and repent as long as they put their minds into it.

The reason I gave this 3 stars is simply because the storyline was okay, but it didn't make me go breathless, didn't make me feel the anticipation, the tingly sensations, the need. It was just simply, a story of a bullied girl who falls for someone who changed after a traumatic incident. 

Because of the short length, there wasn't any room for character development, world building, and simply it was too short for us to know what's going on, what will happen to Joss, Cooper and Martha etc.

The story ended with a rush and I didn't like how the author only told the skeletal frame of the story without fleshing out the details.


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