Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Publication date: March 5th
Source: Publisher – Thank you!
Rating: I loved it
The Skinny: I am in love with this book
I received Written in Red a couple of months ago, and I have already read it twice. I am unable to get this story out of my head! I find myself picking up the book and flipping to my favorite parts just to relive the story. Written in Red is the best book that I have read all year. I love it.
Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy was recommended to me a few years ago, but I never got around to reading it. When I received Written in Red, I recognized the author and was excited about the new series. This book is incredible. The story is so unique that I am still trying to absorb it. The idea of a colony of shape-shifters is not the most original concept, but Anne takes a generic premise and elevates it to a level that is creative, imaginative, and addictive.
I have been searching for a heroine like Meg for years. She is courageous, loyal, and intelligent. Her thoughts and behavior inspire sympathy and admiration, and I really wish that she were real so that we could be best friends. Simon is the leader of the shape-shifter district, and his ferociousness is well-balanced with his love for his nephew Sam. If one character stole the entire story, it is Sam. That little wolf puppy is super cute, and I hope that we get to see more of him in the next book.
While romance is not the highlight of Written in Red, it is slowly simmering, and I am looking forward to reading how Simon and Meg develop their feelings for each other. The subtle eroticism of the story is alluring, and I swear, Anne Bishop has created literary cocaine – I WANT MORE.
The writing is terrific. Descriptions are vivid and suck readers into the pages. The bloody violence is coupled with sweet moments, and I was left with an enthralling story that makes me beg for more. I recently read that the second book will be published next year and my excitement cannot be contained. I want this story to continue forever.
If you are interested in urban fantasy, you must read Written in Red.