Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: Red at Night by Katie McGarry

Red at Night
Red at Night (Harlequin More Than Words) by Katie McGarry
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.


Publishes in US: April 1st 2014 by Harlequin Special Releases
Genre: NA contemp
Source: free on amazon
Series? Harlequin More Than Words

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    I wanted to read Red at Night because I have really enjoyed everything by Katie McGarry and wanted to know what would make two teenagers hang out in cemeteries. 
    Stella has a rough upbringing and she finds comfort in being there, where no one makes fun of her.When Jonah appears day after day at the cemetery where she frequents, they both are curious about each other. I can't imagine the bullying and how Stella must feel to rather be around the dead. Also the pain that Jonah feels, the guilt, and not many people gets what he went through. 
    With a traumatic event like he experienced, a complete stranger, and how he had the bravery to do what people can't understand, putting themselves aside and doing something for a person in desperate need. 
     Their romance was sweet, and so was the novella, but I think it did the characters justice, and I think their issues were pretty well explored. 
    I loved the writing style and so far anything in this world that Katie has written I have enjoyed and will continue to read that one.
Bottom Line: Short but sweet.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Where is the weirdest spot you've hung out?
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  1. I'm so happy you enjoyed this one as I like it too. It's always amazing to see how Katie knows to write a story regardless of the number of pages. Great review, Brandi :)

  2. I'm glad to hear that the author was able to do her characters justice in so few pages; quite often that's not the case with novellas. Happy Friday Brandi!

  3. I'm more worried that it will never be enough. But I'm glad that it's not the case at all. :)

  4. I am actually starting this tongiht! So I am really glad to hear you enjoyed it. Great review.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  5. Just did a post on novellas, but I do think I may read this one because a) it's free b) it's a new story and c) love Katie McGarry!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  6. I can't believe I haven't read this series yet. I even had the first couple of books. AGAIN, lol. Weirdest spot I've ever hung out . . . hmmm . . . I'm not sure this counts, but my father was rather creative in the punishment department, and he understood that boredom was by FAR the worst punishment, so he used to make me sit under the deck (ours was one of those high off the ground kind). *snickers* It was the WORST. Especially in the summer time when it was all hot and there were bugs . . .

  7. Andrea @The Bookish BabeMay 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    I love McGarrys books too. Glad you liked this!

  8. Jenea WhittingtonMay 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    I picked this one up, but I haven't read it. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

  9. I've only read her first book but I've been meaning to continue.
    The weirdest spot I've hung out? Well I've hung out at a cemetery but it doesn't really seem so weird to me. I can't really think of any place else that's weird though. As a teen I use to lay on the tennis courts in the middle of the night to stare at the sky but that's not that weird really.

  10. Oh, I need to check this out! Love this whole series!

  11. Glad you enjoyed this one, Brandi. I love it when two opposites come together in a story, and this one sounds sweet and well done for a novella.

    Happy Friday! :)

  12. Bookworm BrandeeMay 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I'm happy to hear that Ms. McGarry didn't let you down, Brandi! :)

  13. I downloaded this one too. I'm glad you liked it. I hope I can get to it soon.

  14. I really liked this one, too! Katie just has a wonderful way with words. Great review. The weirdest spot I've ever hung out... A cemetery, but I didn't find it SO weird, lol.

  15. shootingstarsmagMay 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Glad you liked this; novellas seem to be hit or miss for the most part. Weirdest place I've hung out? I don't friends used to hang out in parks at night a lot...or the magazine aisle of a grocery store. LOL

  16. I have this novella myself, but I haven't had a chance to read it as yet... I think I will soon, I used to live down the road from a cemetry and would sometimes visit it at night!! Nice review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  17. kirstymariejonesstudioreadsMay 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I haven't read any Katie McGarry, though I do have Pushing the Limits and this one (since it was free anyway), haven't read it yet though either, but glad to see you enjoyed it. Hmmm, the weirdest place I've hung out...not a lot of weird places, the skaters ramp (which is behind the leisure centre where I live) and behind the shed in high school...haha.

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  18. What an awesome author! I will have to check this out. Great review!

  19. I still haven't read anything by McGarry despite all of the times her books have been recommended to me. I'll have to fix that soon.

  20. The weirdest spot I have hung out as a teenager is in a park, in one of the tunnels to get to the slide, crammed in with three other giggling toddlers. I was in the park, you see, and then it started to suddenly pour with rain. I clambered into the tunnel for shelter and they followed. I talked with them for half an hour until it stopped and also read a little to them too. I had a pretty cramped body though xD

    Sounds like a nice short story there.

  21. Sometimes I like short and sweet, and I always love Katie McGarry. Glad you enjoyed this! :-)


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