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Book 3

The link leads to the full review, so feel free to click through if you're interested in more than the short blurby version of my opinions.

Red by Jordan Summers
Series: Dead World
Publisher: Tor, 2008
Genre: Science Fiction
Sub-genre: Urban fantasy

The premise of Red is meant to be a genre-bending romantic/sci-fi/urban fantasy version of Little Red Riding Hood. The tagline at the back of the book asks "What if Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf turned out to be the same person?" It's not so much a retelling as it is a new story using the fairy tale as an inspiration, although references do abound, at first subtle, then moving to more blatant shout-outs.

Point of view shifts from sexy sheriff Morgan and tactical team member Red, both covered in third person past tense (and with bits of head-hopping) to having the occasional chapter narrated by the killer in first person present tense. In fact, the book opens with the killer, and there are all manner of trigger warnings here. He sexually pursues a young woman, intending to claim her as his mate and winds up being more violent than he means to, killing her before he gets a chance to do anything else, although he's still satisfied on more than one level by the encounter. Naturally the shift to first person is to hide the identity of the killer as long as possible, although the shift from past to present tense and back again is a little harder to adjust to.
Tags: futuristic, urban fantasy, vampires, werewolves
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