Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Atria Simon and Schuster
Format: ARC                   Pages: 356
Genre: YA Contemporary, Supernatural, Apocalypse
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Red HillWhen 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?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

My Thoughts:

Red Hill is an absolutely amazing story. Mrs. McGuire tells a wicked tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat, reading late into the night. What an awesome take on the zombie apocalypse. Yes, everyone knows I love a good zombie story and Red Hill is everything I love. Action, thriller, suspense, end of the world doom…..and teds. Yes, teds. Ask Zoe.

Zoe definitely has to be my favorite character. Even though she is always a secondary supporting character, I immediately fell in love with her tenacity and her undying hope for the future. And the way that at times, she can put an adult in their place with just a few words or give them hope when all seems to be going to hell in a hand basket.

All the characters were very well written. They all had that depth that is needed to make a good story great. I think that Bryce is the only one I would change, making him more verbal in what was important and what he wanted.

The storyline itself was very well written. It was definitely different in how all the characters cross paths and how Red Hill seems to be on everyone’s mind as their safety zone. I loved all the little surprises along the way and felt all the emotions, which is definitely a plus to me. At one point, I was crying and I was very sad to see this one end. Of course, it was both a happy and a sad ending, happy for the good things, sad for the losses along the way.
I would definitely recommend Red Hill to readers of drama, action, fantasy, paranormal, and zombie apocalypses.

NOTE: In honor of Red Hill, my love of zombie apocalypse stories, and if I was ever in a zombie apocalypse, my choice weapon would have to be a crossbow, I have decided I will rate in crossbows. Therefore, Red Hill definitely gets 5/5 crossbows!!

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