16 December 2013

{Book Review} Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

By: Me My Shelf And I | 16 December 2013 at 12:02 AM | | | | | | | | | | |

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Red Hill
Author: Jamie McGuire
Pages: 368
Release Date: October 1sr, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 5 Birds

When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.
When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.
Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Post-Apocalyptic/Zombie Survival books grow up with Red Hill!

It’s no secret I have a blogger/author crush on Jamie McGuire! The woman could write out VCR instructions and I’d happily read it with a dopy, excited look on my face. Wait, do you all know what a VCR is? Damn, I just aged myself didn’t I?

When RED HILL arrived in the mail (thank you my lovelies at Atira Books BTW!) I was a bit skeptical. It doesn’t have Travis in it. No Pidge. And it’s about Zombies which I was just a tiny bit burnt out on. I was thrilled to see that while this is a zombie book, yes, it’s soooo not just about zombies. Confused? Let me explain.

RED HILL might take place during the zombie apocalypse but it’s focus is on the relationships and lives of the people with in it, more than the skull crushing, blood filled, run-for-your-damn lives moments. Oh it has those, it does and they are goooood, but what carries this book, what I adored was how even in a time of total and utter crisis, lives cross paths and you realize how small the world really is.

Following the alternating POVs of 3 characters who all converge in the same area after some time, you get to see how this world effects not just one person, but many. Pile on top of that the gut wrenching addition of children and their well being in many different scenarios, and you literally can’t help but rip through each page to see what happens next. Come on, adding little kids to anything makes it all the more suspenseful. We’re desensitized to violence and loss of adult and even teenaged characters at this point in life…but KIDS!

The body count is high, as one my expect. I want to give you a George R.R. Martin/Game of Thrones kind of warning and just say now, “Don’t attach to anyone”. Jamie McGuire will read your thoughts, the book will magically change and that person will die. Okay, so maybe I’m overreacting a bit, books can’t magically change – but still…think of this as if actually being in the zombie apocalypse and attach carefully. You’ve been warned.

Fans of Jamie McGuire will be happy to know this is still an adult book, with that all important “adult content” she’s ever so good at writing. (bom-chikka-bow-wow) Though, note that it’s not the main focus, and you might be surprised on when and where it happens.

My only one gripe, is a silly thing. At one point the group of people are (mostly) all together having a conversation, and one member –someone I had the hots for from the word GO –and therefore I knew all about him at every second, speaks. Suddenly it’s almost as if he totally disappears for 2 pages. I had to flip back to see if I did that thing I do when I’m exited reading, and skimmed, missing him. It’s noted a few pages later that he is still there, but that he could have almost been mistaken for not, because he was being so quiet. He’s not really the “quiet” type, considering the topic of conversation that was happening, so I felt this was just off, and and it threw me. It put a bump in my smooth reading road and the mention of him still being there almost felt like Jamie forgot he was there too. However I could have been overly sensitive to this due to my book boyfriend status I had with him. 

In the end, those 2 pages were nothing that made me think less of this novel and once again I am wowed by the writing styles of my favorite red headed story spinner. Get ready for action, tears, loss, and a whole lot of drama at some points. Even if you are burnt out on that whole zombie thing, I promise you this book is different and I highly suggest you get a copy for yourself, and a friend. Hey, it’s the holiday season and the best gifts are books!

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1 comment:

  1. I loved this book, One of my fav reads of the year. :o) Now if I could just find the time to try some of her other stuff.

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