Monday, April 21, 2014

Written in Red by Anne Bishop Review

Written in Red (The Others, #1)



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.

I few reviews ago I mentioned that audiobooks help me get into books that I wouldn't usually read. Written in Red is one of those book. I know for a fact wouldn't have finished it if I read it. That would've been sad because this book was the bomb. I'm not very picky when it comes to narrators. As long as I understand what they're saying I'm good. I have to admit, though, that the narrator sounded a bit bland, but I got used to her voice pretty quickly. Other than that I enjoyed the audiobook very much. 

I feel that Written in Red is the book I've been looking for. I always wanted to read a book with lots of world building but not boring. That is exactly what this book is. World building and character development. I was so fascinated by it. The Others were so vivid and not your typical shape-shifters, these creatures are more their animal counterpart than human, which I found refreshing. I would have to say that the crows were my favorite. The way the talked and behaved got a few chuckles out of me. Also, I read in many reviews that it gets kind of confusing with all the characters and the constant change of POVs, but I didn't have a problem with that. I was so into this book and the story that I didn't mind the different POVs or the amount of characters. 

For some reason, I thought there was going to be heavy romance in the book. But I was wrong. There were hints of romance in the next books but not in this one. And, you know what? I didn't mind one bit. I was so involved in Meg's daily routines and her getting used to The Others that I didn't even notice. Meg was such and amazing character. I could be in her mind for hours and I wouldn't mind. I've never read a character quite like her. I was mesmerized with everything she did. I'm in love with this book and its characters. 

If you are an impatient person like me, I think you'll be better off with listening to the audiobook and if you don't mind slow and rich books then go for it. It doesn't matter what kind of reader you are, you definitely have to give this one a try.


16 comments:

  1. You know . . . maybe that's why I didn't LOVE this book like everyone else did. I mean I liked it, but it was SO long, and SO detailed. Maybe I should try the audio ;)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! It was very long but the audio made feel short. I loved the writing and details. Maybe try the next one on audio.

      Delete
  2. Oh this book... I just loved it! It was so awesome! I really loved book 2 as well and I can't wait for the third. I confess I haven't tried an audiobook yet because I'm afraid to be too distracted and to be lost in English. Listening in English is so different than reading it. But I'm glad you had a great time there!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't wait to start book 2. And I agree about being too distracted. My first language is Spanish and I always thought that it would be hard to listen to an audiobook in English but I haven't had a problem with audiobooks to this day. Give them a try. You might end up loving them.

      Delete
  3. I have heard nothing but good things about this series so I couldn't help but resist picking these up. I am so happy to see that you are loving them as well.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh yay!! You loved it. Though I don't know if reading it would be far better experience than listening to it. I really should check out this audiobook business. ;) I hope you'll enjoy Murder of Crows as well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love audiobooks, Joy. I hope you give them a try!

      Delete
  5. After listening to some books and then reading others in the series, I realize how much more into the book I get when I listen to it. I will have to check this one out!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely! I just get lost in the books when I listen to them.

      Delete
  6. YEEESSS! I just read this one and will have my review going up for it soon but I loved every part of it! The world building, characters, setting, everything was amazing! Glad you loved it too!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Woot! I can't wait to read your review!!!

      Delete
  7. YES! I'm thrilled that the audio turned this near DNF into a 5-star listen for you. I <3 these audiobooks so hard. I don't normally fly through 18 hour listens, but Anne Bishop just makes it so gosh darned easy. Great review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YES! It didn't feel like it was that long. Audiobooks have open my eyes. Now I'm trying books that I wouldn't have picked up if it wasn't for audiobooks.

      Delete
  8. This one sounds very cool. I often enjoy reading books with little to no romance as they tend to be more action-packed. I'll definitely keep an eye out for this one.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I have to admit i'm so beyond intrigued about this one since SO MANY people have said the same things about you and praise this book and it's characters and world building and just EVERYTHING! lol, i serouisly need to make time for it!
    Great review!
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
 
Blog Design by Imagination Designs all images from the Meadow of Dreams kit by Irene Alexeeva