Friday, October 18, 2013

Review Me Twice: The Red Sun Rises by Victoria Kinnaird

This book was given to us as part of the blog hop we're participating in this week (and what do you know?!  You can enter to win a copy at the bottom of this post!)  We offered to review the book in addition to just promoting the giveaway tomorrow, mainly because we're awesome like that.

I didn't really know anything about the book before I started reading it other than there were vampires involved.  And, honestly, it was more than I expected for a vampire novel (not because I have anything against Kinnaird's writing, but because there are just so many freakin' vampire novels these days, you kind of stereotype them.  I know, I'm terrible.)  

The story had a lot of interesting elements to it.  Magic, combined with Vampires, and a little bit of a twist on the lore (no sparkling, I promise.)  Kinnaird is also pretty witty.  There are a lot of pop culture references, which is applicable because our main character, Eren, is 17.

Probably my biggest complaint about this book is that it isn't consistent   There seem to be a lot of gaps in the story line, or some really obvious plot hole covers.  Lilith's back story  for instance.  You keep getting conflicting stories (that she's known Gaunt for centuries, but she was turned when Eren was only a few months old, which would indicate that she was only a vampire for 17 years.)  It turns out that she had been turned human for juuuust the right amount of time to get pregnant and have Eren, before being turned back into vampire.  There are a lot of things like that, they don't seem to QUITE match up.

Overall it was an enjoyable story.  Some good plot twists and some great character relationships.


Like Cassy, I didn't know much about the book before I jumped in. We were given the standard teaser summary, which I skimmed and saw what amounted to "this is totally not another Twilight you guys!" and I sighed deeply and started to read. And then I regretted my cynicism, because it really isn't just another Twilight. It's actually very good. (Oh snap.)

I liked everything. I liked the characters, without exception. I liked the pace of the story (up to the very end, which was very rushed... not like I can talk, I have the same problem, but I did notice that the Kindle told me I had 5% of the book left and I thought... then there is going to be a seriously major twist, and we will not get the big epic scene we are building up to. I was kinda right, but not in the way I thought, and then BOOM done.) I liked the approach to vampires and magic and how they combine. And I really liked the voices. It felt like the characters were real people because of how they talked and thought. (Except, Corbijn has a little bit of an early-Twilight Edward vibe, where he uses slightly too proper speech, but I give that a pass because he was isolated from people for a long time, and he has memories from a long time ago... etc.)

I would definitely recommend this book, and lucky you, you can WIN IT! Check it out below:

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