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REVIEW: Red by Stephanie Nichole

Title: Red

Series: Shady Oaks

Genre: Young Adult paranormal Publication Date:

Just outside of the big city limits of Lexington, Kentucky, the small and mysterious town of Shady Oaks exists. With a eerily welcoming presence, it offers its residents charm, beauty, and secrets. Surrounded by a large forest and rivers, this secluded town provides the perfect scene for supernatural and paranormal events to occur. Only, the humans haven't' learned of the secrets their alluring town holds. Or have they? Mysterious disappearances are plaguing the small, hidden town of Shady Oaks. The locals toss it up to being becoming tired of small town living but Livienne’s family thinks differently. Livienne’s father is moving her along with her older sister, Loxley back to his hometown of Shady Oaks. The small town charm draws Livienne in but she’s not easily accepted with rumors of her grandmother circling around the town. Most people avoid Livienne and her family and pass around whispered warning of witchcraft. However, one afternoon could change everything for Livienne when she meets Sylar by chance at the local library but Sylar could complicate things with her family and the secrets that surround them. Sylar, the skater boy, who has always been a bit of an outcast, is drawn to Livienne from the moment he sees her fiery red hair and emerald green eyes but getting her to open up proves to be difficult while he’s trying to keep his own secrets hidden. Will Livienne and Sylar be able to keep their secrets while forging an undeniable bond? Or will the rumors and the answer to the mysterious disappearances rip them apart? This is a Young Adult paranormal twist on classic fairy tale story in the Shady Oaks series. This series of books twists your favorite fairy tales, legends, and myths into paranormal and supernatural stories for both young adults and adults. Each one is labeled for either young adults or adults, so make sure to pick carefully. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors from Kingston Publishing. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order.

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Rating ★★★★

Little red riding hood and the big bad wolf with a twist. This book gives you lots of excitement with all the types of characters you expect to find in this genre, plus a little more. The author then throws in some romance which is the icing on the cake. Only drawback for me was that it was a bit distracting because there were many editing mistakes.

Overall a really good read.

Rating ★★★★

Welcome to the world of Shady Oaks. It's a small town, nothing special and everything seems perfectly fine until the disappearances. Not that the town folk would tell you they are. Everyone knows some people arent meant for small towns. Sylar has lived in Shady Oaks a good amount of his life. Since his parents death, its just been his sister that has been his rock. When she goes missing he knows there's more and he's going to find it.

Livienne's family is unique. Her father and sister are in an elite force of supernatural soldiers. A very secretive and dangerous group. They protect humanity from all things that are supernatural. All the disappearances in Shady Oaks has brought her father back home. When Livienne and Sylar meet and find out they have common interests they work together to find his sister. This is a cute young adult read, that I highly recommend for 14 and up.

Stephanie Nichole lives in a small town with her family in New Mexico. She graduated college in 2010 with a degree in business and accounting. However, her true passion is all things book related. As a student English and Literature were her favorite subjects. Weekly library trips with her mother also helped instill her love for books. Stephanie would look forward to summer most of all, not because she was out of school but for the summer reading groups at her local library. After a friend’s encouragement she started her author journey in 2016. Stephanie is an avid book, music and old Hollywood movie lover. When she's not busy reading or writing she's probably binge watching Netflix or PassionFlix. Some of her favorite authors are: Edgar Allan Poe, K. Bromberg, Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover, Alessandra Torre, Tarryn Fisher, Nicholas Sparks and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Stephanie also loves to connect with her readers and love social media.


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