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-To start off, I’m not a professional reviewer. This is just my opinions about this book.-
Written in Red by Anne Bishop is an adult Urban Fantasy novel from the series, The Others. Here is a synopsis of the book here: Written in Red. What I liked about this book is how the main female character, Meg, had to adapt in a world of The Others, supernatural beings with human form. She is surrounded by shifters who are always ready to kill, vampires who take in blood with a touch, and girls who names are Winter and Spring.
Meg is a Cassandra sangue, or a blood prophet who can see the future when her skin is cut. After escaping from her confinement, she ends up at the Lakeside Courtyard, a place run by the Others. She meets Simon Wolfgard, a wolf shape-shifter, who pretty much changes her life as she gets hired to become the Human Liaison at the courtyard.
I enjoyed reading Meg’s challenges, obstacles and moments with the Others and how she tries to adapt to the real world after escaping. She is determined, child-like, and always thought of others before herself. Even though she’s a human, she doesn’t act like a human. “‘She does not think like other humans, and she does not think like us. She is something new, something little known and not understood’” (Written in Red).
I love Simon, the wolf shape-shifter. He is an alpha, over-protective, dangerous, and more wolf than human. He is the leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, an experiment where humans can come and shop or come in contact with the Others. When he first met Meg, he hated the way her hair smelled. She smelled like human but not like a prey. I like how Meg brought out the “human” in Simon and how protective he is of Meg. The romance was sweet and subtle, since romance wasn’t the main point in this book. ““He watched her, listened to her, and knew she was truly asleep. He kissed her forehead and found the act pleasing for its own sake. And, he admitted as he licked his lips, it was enjoyable for other reasons. Meg wasn’t bitable, but he really did like the taste of her.”” (Anne Bishop).
Besides the struggles of wanting to cut everyday, Meg has to overcome the challenges of hiding and not getting caught by the Controller, the person in charge of the place she was confined at with other Cassandra sangue. She makes friends the Courtyard and everyone begans to accept and love her for who she was. It’s fascinating to see how these “monsters”, or the terra indigene, open up and accept the humans that work at the Courtyard or the police that drops in from time to time. It was all thanks to Meg, a human that wasn’t really human. She kind of brought the “human” out from all them without them having to be human. They are still terra indigene but thanks to Meg, they are getting used to humans.
Overall, this is one of my favorite series and very enjoyable to read. It gets so much better as the series progress and you see more problems arise as the relationship between humans and terra indigene grow, as the problem with the Cassandra sangue and their need to cut intensify, and Simon and Meg’s growing attraction towards each other grow. It’s very interesting and very enjoyable. The characters are just fascinating to read and the plot is unique. 10/10!