📚 Written in Red by Anne Bishop

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Description⎮Reviewed Mar. 2016

Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Length: 18h 32m
Publisher: Penguin Audio⎮2013

5 ★ Audiobook⎮ *jumps on couch* I love this book!
*flails on floor* I LOVE this book!
*yells from rooftop* I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I can tell you exactly why I love this book. Ugh, where to even begin? I listened to almost an hour of Written in Red a few months ago and then stopped. I’m not really sure why. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right “place” for it at that time. Whatever the reason, I sure am glad that I decided to pick it back up again. This story was so addicting that I found myself thinking about it all the time. I almost literally could not stop listening. This is one of those books that completely de-rails your TBR and forces you to rearrange your life around listening to it. I missed a social function because of this book. The writing is so enveloping. It swallowed me up like a black hole. There may have been (actually, there probably were) some problematic points in the storyline, but those barely registered with me. If I had looked closely and really scrutinized, I’m sure I could have spotted them, but I was far too consumed with enjoying the story to even bother. I realize this review is more of me “gushing” than reviewing, but I’m not even sorry. I just love this story-world so much. The attention to detail is impeccable and so original. The world is very thoroughly built and “fleshed-out”, but I never felt that it was at the expense of the story’s progression. Written in Red had a wonderful pace and never felt rushed or stagnant. I was surprised after finishing it to realize that the audiobook was over 18 hours long. I honestly didn’t realize it was that lengthy of a story. I was enthralled with it every single second.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a good urban fantasy story and this one reminded me of why it’s my favorite genre. For a while there, I was reading so much fantasy that I got burnt out, but this novel has rekindled my love for it. One of my favorite feelings in the entire world is discovering a new series to obsess over. Especially that moment when you feel yourself becoming hooked by a new story and realize that there are several more installments just waiting to be downloaded. That, that’s the best. After finishing this installment, I sped through the second one (review to come shortly) and have already begun the third. It should be noted that this series is definitely not, I repeat, NOT for youngsters. It bluntly discusses numerous things that are of a mature nature. And I do mean bluntly. There’s no way any of it could slide past the noticing of a teen/pre-teen. As an adult, I found it both humorous and refreshing, but there’s no way I would consider recommending it to anyone under the age of 17 or so.

?Trigger warning: It also *prominently* deals with the matter of cutting, as well as physical and psychological abuse.

Narration review: Alexandra Harris’ narration style actually bothered me a tiny bit for the first 75% of the book. It was nothing major and I never wanted to stop listening because of it. It just took a little getting used to before it no longer bothered me. The way she narrated the prose portions of the book sounded slightly strange to my ears, although it was hard for me to put a finger on why (something to do with the pacing and articulation, I think). However, I very much enjoyed hearing her voice the dialogue. Her ability to voice characters was very distinct and really brought them to life in an individual sort of way. I particularly enjoyed the way she voiced Sam, the wolf pup! ♣︎

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