Jun 14, 2013

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Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop (The Others #1)

writteninred5 star

Urban Fantasy
March 5 2013
Hardcover
448 pages
NAL

Kick Ass Chick – Meg Corbyn

From Goodreads –
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

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Written in Red is the first book in Anne Bishop’s The Others series.  This is a book I’ve seen floating around the blogosphere sprouting rave reviews since it released earlier this year.  Many of my friends suggested I read it but one look at my reading schedule showed me that was not going to happen anytime soon.  Then my blogger BFF and one of my new auto-buy authors both suggested I read it within days of each other and I knew:  I knew I just had to shuffle things around and make myself read it as soon as humanly possible.  And that’s what I did.

And let me tell you…wow.

It is very hard to explain this book and this story to you as the world that Anne created is very detailed and without understanding it you won’t fully understand a quick recap so I won’t even bother trying.  But it’s good for you to know that there are all sorts of paranormal creatures in this book and they live alongside humans.  Also know that the paranormals in this world are NOT fluffy fun creatures.  They are vicious and they see humans as food.  But humans serve their purpose producing things that the Others (the paranormals) need and use so they won’t kill them…yet.

The tension between humans and the Others is incredibly well written.  You feel how nervous these people are when they are in the presence of a vampire or a shifter.  And the shifters in this book…there are all sorts!  I especially loved the crows.  They cracked me up.

There is tension between Meg, the main heroine, and the Others too but for a whole other reason.  Meg is on the run.  From what and why we don’t know at first but it is very interesting, let me tell you.  I adored her character.  She is perfectly written.  A lost soul who has no idea what truly happens in the real world, I was so proud of her when she accomplished new things on her own.  She is very smart and clever yet almost childlike.  But strong.  Very strong.  I just loved her.

Another character I loved was Simon.  He continuously gave me chills both of the sexy and of the spooky variety.  He is what he is and getting inside his head was frightening.  There is quite a lot of depth there even though at first he may seem like a big bully.  Don’t get me wrong, he is a big bully, but that’s only because he is Other and he is Alpha and you can’t get much more bully than that.  I just loved watching him with Meg.  How he slowly lets her in as she lets him in.  There is no romance in the book but the relationship between Meg and Simon, the chemistry and the connection, is enough.  It’s beautiful…in an odd sort of way.

And Sam!  He is a wolf pup and is absolutely adorable.  There is much to his story but I’ll leave it there for you.  Want to know more…read the book.  😉

I actually loved (or at least liked) every character save one.  Asia.  Just thinking about her makes me So MAD!  I don’t recall hating a character more in my life.  I have read some pretty nasty villains yet I have not reacted this strongly towards one of them before.  Every time she appeared on the page I wanted to throw the book across the room.  I actually contemplated skipping her scene but then realized how much I would be missing if I did that.  The moment you meet her you know she is a selfish slime ball of a bitch.  You know she is not good news for the Courtyard where the book takes place.  But that still doesn’t explain my reaction to her.  I mean…I was p-i-s-s-e-d!  The more I thought about it the more I realize that my loathing her is actually a huge hat off to the author.  Asia, from the very beginning, is out to screw over Meg and Simon.  I believe the characters of Meg and Simon are so well written that I became very attached to them from the start and I was taking it as a personal insult that this crazy character was going to attempt to do them harm.  I wanted to protect them and myself from reading what was going to happen.  Sound wonky but it’s true.  I hate Asia Crane with a passion unlike any I have felt before and it’s because I loved Simon and Meg with a passion I don’t often feel this quickly.  THAT is how amazing the characters are in this book.

The friendships, the connections are truly something to behold.  I love watching the Others come together around Meg.  How they take her under their wing and end up seeing her as one of them.  It’s superb to read.  And the pace is not quick nor does it drag.  You are on the sidelines watching a truly amazing story unfold and the pace matches that.

Written in Red is a very impressive book.  I know those of you who have read it are thinking “Yeah Julie, we know that. That’s why we read it, you know, MONTHS ago”.  Sush you.  If you are a fan of true, gritty urban fantasy stories and are, like me, strong characters readers, you absolutely must check out this book.  It is raw and powerful and will leave you both covered in chills and smiling with satisfaction.  And like me, it will leave you thinking that Anne Bishop is a genius.

5 stars

Books in The Others series –
Written in Red
Murder of Crows (March 2014)

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  1. Anci Sköld says:

    God!
    ANOTHER book I just have to read after reading one of your reviews.

    But I have one question: Can you really stick to a reading schedule?
    I mean, I have to have the right feeling towards a book to be able to read it.
    So I couldn´t read a book just because I´d put it in a schedule to be read – even if my life depended on it!

  2. I so wanna read this one 😀

  3. I LOVED this book! I have reread it at least 4 times and the DH keeps asking me if I’m rereading THAT book again, lol! I totally agree with you about Asia. I couldn’t stand her! I can’t wait to see the next book, even if it doesn’t come out until next year. I want to know if it’s about Meg and Simon still or if we meet a new character, possibly Jean? Can’t wait!

  4. Yessssss!! I’m so in love with this book, and according to Bishop’s Facebook account for the series, she’s handed off the Murder of Crows manuscript and has started on the third! Bliss!

    Great review, Julie, and I agree on everything — especially the way that Bishop built up the real friendships between Meg and the Others. It was just *so* well done, and who doesn’t love an adorable puppy?

  5. I need to quick stalling and read this. Lots of great reviews for it. Including yours of course 🙂

  6. Yes Julie! This is the most awesome book I have read this year. I have already read it 5 times, and when re-reading it is perfectly ok to skip Asia scenes. I also like Henri Beargard a lot, I want to know more about him.
    Good to read the next book has been written already.

  7. everyone seems to love this one, I can’t wait to discover it as well.

  8. Readsalot81 says:

    Nice review Julie 🙂 I thought the Asia parts of the book were the weakest, imo. Considering how the other characters were crafted, she comes across as such a cliche, but the rest of the book was just fantastic.

    I seriously cannot wait for the next book!

  9. Awesome! Just yesterday I was recommending Daughter of The Blood to a gal on twitter as one of my top fav. audiobooks, and now I see this! YAY!
    I can’t wait to read or listen to this.
    Thank you for the great review 🙂

  10. Yay! Julie, I’m so glad your read this book now and not months later. I agree with you Asia is a “selfish slime ball of a bitch”. LOL
    I can’t wait to see what Mrs. Bishop has in store for Meg and Simon.

  11. I was hoping you’d review this one, as I really trust your reviews! I guess it’s going to have to go on my list because you make it sound irresistible!

  12. Jessica says:

    I just started this one, Julie, and I am LOVING it! Thank you so much for the recommendation.

  13. i read anne bishop’s black jewels trilogy and was awed by her… Same goes for this book… no sexy romance etc and yet such a compelling tale…. marvellous book..

  14. LOL Julie! I’m telling, don’t get old.. I came to get the link to post on my review, and I had forgotten that you were the reason I listened in the first place. In my defense, I think I had to wait a few months before the audio came out.
    Anyway, thank you for always steering me right 🙂

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