Title: Red Summer
Author: Antoinette J. Houston
Published Date: February 4th 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Rita found that she could manipulate fire, but her control was deteriorating. Her boyfriend, Wil, just wanted to enjoy being with her. Unfortunately her ‘baggage’ may prove to be too much. Ingrid wanted to help better the relationship between her brother and his foster daughter; Rita. But his paranoid antics were driving everyone crazy. Nikki thought his life was normal only to find that he, Wil, Ingrid and Rita had been living their high school lives over and over for the past eighteen years. Bobby, the cause of all the madness, has run out of time to find a solution to Rita’s problem. He was going to have to give them back their memories in order for them to realize the danger. That was only if he could convince them to over look their hatred for him.
This book has a unique, imaginative and intriguing plot. The characters are not only believable, but pretty dead on for teens that age. In the story, a group of friends discover that they have been reliving their high school lives over and over for the past eighteen years. Now something has interrupted the cycle; bringing with it long forgotten memories, and strange abilities beyond their belief – or control.
Rita, the main character, has a special ability, fire control. Other characters have abilities of their own as well, bringing some really interesting powers and abilities into the mix. The characters are brought to each other easily, then you get a lot of nice twists and turns. Sometimes you want to cheer them on and sometimes you want to smack the bejesus out of them, which is why I said before that the teenagers are believable.
Ms. Houston holds your interest, making you wonder who to trust. It has a creative edge. If you enjoy suspense, paranormal and plot twists, you will enjoy this book. Even though it wasn’t necessarily something I would usually read, Ms. Houston is definitely onto something here. She is obviously a creative author and I hope to see more work from her. The one complaint I would have is that it’s a bit confusing jumping back and forth between times, so it took me a bit longer to read. But, overall, I enjoyed it.
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