Review: Red by Kate SeRine (Transplanted Tales #1)
August 2 2012
370 pages (according to my Kobo)
Received from NetGalley
Yummy Man – Nate Grimm
Kick Ass Chick – Tess “Red” Little
From Goodreads –
“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…
Every once in a while, you read a book that makes you want to climb to the top of the nearest building and shout to the masses “You guys all really need to read this book!” For me, Red is the most recent read that has made me feel this way.
Red is the first book in Kate SeRine’s Transplanted Tales series. When I started this book, after reading the blurb, I was expecting an interesting twist on the characters I read as a child in my favorite story books but I was not expecting what Kate did to them! I loved how she put modern and gritty twists on them all. Need examples? Well our heroine, Little Red Riding Hood, is an Enforcer and wears leather and carries guns. Snow White runs a brothel. Goldilocks is a call girl! And it’s not just fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters either. Elizabeth Bennett is our heroine’s BFF and Darcy is a successful business man! Every twist that Kate put on every character was awesome!
Tess Little is our heroine. Her story as Little Red Riding Hood, the story we thought we knew, is in fact not her real story at all. That’s another twist I enjoyed. How Kate changed things up a bit, making the fairy tale more relatable to today’s reality. Really neat. Tess is everything I adore in a heroine: she’s tough, strong, smart and kick ass yet vulnerable and a little lost. And she’s super snarky! I really liked her.
And let’s talk about Nate Grimm shall we? Holy wow…so dreamy and SO sexy! Kind, intelligent and absolutely in love with our Tess (but she’s a little clueless on that fact in the beginning), he’s a wonderful hero.
There are a lot of characters introduced and a couple of times in the beginning I needed to remind myself who was who but that wore off quickly. I ended up really enjoying how everyone was written. Even the smallest supporting character was memorable in his or her way and played an important role. People weren’t there just to name a name – something I find sometimes happens in some fairy tale based books. The chemistry between all of the characters was exceptional – especially when it came to Tess and Nate. But you also feel it between Tess and Vlad and Tess and Seth and Tess and Nicky and… Don’t worry; this is not a super orgy book or anything. And seeing that puzzled/shocked look on your faces, this may be a good time to explain the main plot of the book.
The main story in Red revolves around some gruesome murders happening to Tales (literary characters now living in the Here and Now) and Tess is brought in (with Nate) to investigate. Oh, and all the suspects happen to have been romantically involved at one time or another with Tess. There are many little twists and turns along the way and it’s interesting to watch Tess come up with the ‘why’ behind the murders.
Overall, the writing was smooth and the pace was wonderful. I enjoyed every twist and turn. And yes, I had my suspicions about who was responsible for everything but the big reveal was still exciting to read…and finding out I right was fun too. *grin*
Almost as soon as I started Red, I knew I had a new goal in my blogging and reading life: to spread the word about this book and to make sure that fans of both urban fantasy and paranormal romance give it a try. Trust me, it’s totally worth it. Absolutely totally worth it.
Giggle worthy quote
“’Thanks for the sandwich,’ I mumbled around a mouthful of pure heaven. ‘This is delicious.’
Nate gave me a self-satisfied smile. ‘Thanks. It’s the herbed mayonnaise. I mixed it myself. If you’re nice to me, maybe I’ll give you the recipe.’
‘Don’t bother,’ I replied. ‘I don’t cook.’
Nate lifted his brows. ‘Not at all?’
‘But you love to eat.’
‘So does a dog,’ I retorted. ‘Doesn’t mean it cooks.’”
Check out my interview with Kate here and you can enter to win a digital copy of Red! Run now, don’t walk, because the giveaway ends Sunday August 5th and since everyone should read this, everyone should enter.