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Peek Inside Red

Kia Alcott can start fires simply by thinking about them. But after her latest “episode,” Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal—including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood. But Ethan isn't exactly who Kia thinks he is. And even the most vibrant shade of red doesn't stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family...

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Bad girls burn hot…

Red is the color of Kia Alcott’s hair.

It’s her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble. And it’s the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It’s an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn’t stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…


"This book was such a fun-filled fantasy that is sort of a Little Red Riding Hood retelling but with a supernatural and magical twist that had me completely fascinated and consumed." --Tina, Goodreads

"Definitely highly recommended for fans of YA fiction, fantasy, paranormal, the supernatural, or for those who are looking for something fresh and original in the genre." --Stephanie Ward, Goodreads

"An intriguing YA read that I really enjoyed, Red was a fantastic book. It had an interesting concept, great characters, and an enjoyable story." --Farrah, Goodreads

"This was a great, really creepy book! Loved this world, and what Kia can do, and the forest that the Blackwoods protect! Really great book!" --Louisa, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751736
Release Date: Mar 10, 2015
Page Count: 251
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: bad girl/rich boy, enemies to lovers

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By Sarah Elizabeth March 14, 2015

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“Everyone thought I’d started the fire on purpose. And there was no use in trying to convince them otherwise. They’d never believe the truth.”

This was a good YA ...more

By Stephanie (Bookfever) March 09, 2015

It's been two years since I read a book written by Alyxandra Harvey. I've always been a huge fan of hers but due to to many other books her books that I still have to read got put aside for a while. So I'm so glad I got to read this new book of hers because it reminded me of how much I adore her boo ...more

By Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) March 09, 2015

Harvey has been on my favorite's list for awhile now, or rather, her amazing writing and fun series have been. It all started with the fun and lovable Drake boys and her enchanting Lovegood Girls. When I saw she had a new book out, I knew resistance was futile and quite frankly, I didn't even want t ...more

By Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) March 03, 2015

Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing LLC for giving me this book to review

Kai always gets into trouble, partly because of her fiery temper and partly because she can start fires just by thinking. After the latest incident causes Kai to lose her best friend and be kicked out of school, she is ...more

By Paige May 06, 2015

“You love him." I widened my eyes incredulously. "Dude, I only decided not to hate him like twenty-four hours ago. Slow the shit down.”


Sweet baby...

If you want a YA novel that has a snarky heroine, "clutch-my-heart kind of twists, a mysterious forest and paranormal romance that has nothing to d ...more

By ~Tina~ February 05, 2016

I've been a huge fan of Alyxandra Harvey since her debut novel, Hearts at Stake and have been an avid reader of her work since then, so it's no surprise that I jumped at the chance to read her latest release, Red as soon as I could, and wow am I ever glad I did! This book was such a fun-filled fanta ...more

By julieta April 14, 2015

This book just performed a miracle. I liked a bad boy! He is the typical bad boy: tough and careless on the outside, hurt and broken on the inside. The funny thing is he actually got to me-- this is weird because, you know, I hate bad boys. I'm gonna say it's because Alyxandra Harvey wrote it.
Also, ...more

By Stacee February 21, 2015

This was intriguing. Quite a unique premise and it's written in a way that only Alyxandra could do.

Loved Kia. She's snarky and stubborn and smart and I loved being in her head. Ethan is something else all together. He's strong and loyal and has hints so swoon. Getting boy POV is one of my ...more

By Stephanie March 18, 2015

'Red' is an addicting young adult paranormal novel that follows our main character - Kia Alcott - as she moves in with her aunt, who works at a huge family estate. The move definitely wasn't her idea - her dad pretty much ships her off after she (accidentally) sets fire to her school. She doesn't un ...more

Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and author Alyxandra Harvey for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!

Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!

Red is Alyxandra Harvey’s latest release and is an unassuming story full of intrigue, passion and the pa ...more

By Michelle March 11, 2015

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 


Red is a standalone young adult paranormal. I found it very refreshing to see a standalone paranormal. And I thought it ended in a great place and the story actually felt complete to me, so kudos to Alyxandra Harvey ...more

By Farrah February 28, 2015

An intriguing YA read that I really enjoyed, Red was a fantastic book. It had an interesting concept, great characters, and an enjoyable story.

Kia was great. She was fiery (no pun intended), clever, and refused to take crap from anyone. I thought she was a total badass.

Ethan was a sweetie. He was st ...more

By Shelley March 16, 2015

**I received this book for free from (Entangled Teen ) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Red, by Alyxandra Harvey, is one of the rarities in ...more

By Abbie March 12, 2015

(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 3.5

Kia was an okay character, but she annoyed me a few times, so I didn't love her.

The storyline in this was interesting, and the pacing was quick enough that I didn't get bored too much. I did find a few things to ...more

By Louisa March 11, 2015

This was a great, really creepy book! Loved this world, and what Kia can do, and the forest that the Blackwoods protect! Really great book! ...more

By Kimberly (Book Swoon) March 13, 2015

What lies in this dark forest is more than some fairy tale creatures, and Red Riding Hood never had the power of fire before.


Red promised to be a mysterious read with its dark forest setting, the secretive Blackwood Family and Kia with her power of fire, how could I resist? This is my f ...more

By Ri March 13, 2017


Alyxandra Harvey does it again as she enchants us with a thrilling new tale!!!

Kia moves to the Blackwood mansion where her grandmother works after setting her previous school on fire. There, she meets the elusive and mysterious Ethan who seems to be keeping secrets from her. I loved the fact that th ...more

By BookLoversLife April 13, 2015

This was awesome!! Such a great concept and unique characters.

I loved Kia. She has such a fiery spirit, literally! Fires always seems to happen around Kia and it's getting harder and harder to keep her secret. When she accidentally sets fire to her school, she is shipped off to live with her Grandm ...more

By Max May 18, 2015

I was sold on this premise almost immediately. A girl who an start fire with her mind and a badass personality to back it up? Hell yeah! I didn't even know what the actual plot of the book was, but I didn't even care. The main character IS A GIRL WHO CAN START FIRE WITH HER MIND. How flippin' cool.

S ...more

By Elena March 11, 2015

I'll start this review by saying that Red was definitely an enjoyable read with a really interesting and unique plot and of course some really amazing characters!

Kia,our main character is sent to live with her grandmother who works for the Blackwoods,after accidentally setting her school on fire and ...more

By Melissa March 10, 2015

Oooh you guys, Red by Alyxandra Harvey is a beautiful, ominously dark, and thrilling read set in a CASTLE. *swoon* I love books set in castles, they are so exciting since they always hold deep secrets and usually house a young and handsome guy worthy of falling in love with, like in this one, yay!

At ...more

By Sasha March 10, 2015

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

Thank you Entangled Teen and Ms. Harvey!

Red is the first novel I’ve read by Alyxandra Harvey and it didn’t disappoint. Red had all the workings of a delicious YA novel: suspense, paranormal, a strong heroine and romance amidst a wonderful Go ...more

By Naturalbri (Bri March 13, 2015

My Thoughts:

This book was absolutely superb! The detail, characters, storyline and cover all wrapped together to really make this an exceptional YA book. I loved the darkness in the story, mixed with the romance, plus a bit of fun. It reminds me of one of my favourite YA authors - Sasha Hibbs. Just ...more

By L.E.Olteano June 23, 2015

Originally posted on Mar 13 2015 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:

In a Flutter: Lovely!
Fluttering Thoughts:
Worldbuilding: There’s a really cool gothic element to the paranormal world of Red, the castle which holds so many secrets, the dark woods surrounding it which contain deadly ‘monsters’ ie fantastic ...more

By Suze December 22, 2016

Kia can start fires without matches. It just happens and there's nothing she can do to stop it, fire is a part of her. She's got fiery red hair and when she gets emotional there are flames she can't control. She was kicked out of school because of a fire she started and is now living with her grandm ...more

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Alyxandra Harvey

About the author

Alyxandra Harvey

Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women's rights, and ice cream. Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with her husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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