Thursday, March 24, 2016

Red Hill - Book Review

I picked this book up last year at B&N.  Yes, a real true book, not an ebook.  I like to switch it up every now and then.  If you don't know Jamie McGuire wrote Beautiful Disaster - Travis Maddox & Abby.  This book is NOTHING like that book.  Don't go in thinking you are getting a romance, because you're not.  You are getting a kick ass story with a strong female lead, that doesn't take crap and can take care of herself.  



Paranormal/Apocalypse
*No graphic sex*
*Violence/Brutality*

Blurb

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?

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



3.5 Stars

Is the flu shot really safe?  
Does it keep you safe?
Maybe from the flu, but NOT from anything else.

Scarlet is heading into work, where things are just off.  Her first patient, Dana is having GI 
problems.  But she doesn't know why?  Other than a  mysterious bite from a drunk.

But then things take a turn and the shit starts rolling down the hill
at a breakneck speed.  Scarlet leaves to find her girls.  
She needs her girls!

Nathan and Zoe were just abandoned by Aubrey, their wife and mother.
Well, not really a wife or mother.  
They need to get to safety and the only place Nate can think of is
his brother in law's place.  Family!

Miranda, Ashley, Coop, and Bryce are trying to get to their father's farm.
But will the VW make it?

No one is sure what the outbreak is.
How it started or what's going on in the rest of the world.

Scarlet is first to reach Red Hill.  Every day she patiently watches the hill for her
daughters.  She knows in her heart they are alive.
Is it just wishful thinking?

When the other's arrive at Red Hill, they keep a vigil.
Watching for Scarlet's kids and taking out the ted.
Will they make it?
Or with the ted take over and kill them too?
Is there a happily ever after for them?

I liked this story.  I liked the background of how the virus started.  Very unique.
Scarlet is bad ass, but she was being selfish and dumb.
What makes her kids more important than anyone else?

My main issue was the ending.  For the first 75% of the book
I was enthralled!  However, I hated how it ended. 
And I think it comes from the fact that I don't see this being a 
series.  There is no need to go further.  It's done. 
Wrapped up in a nice bow.  

The insta-love is there too. 
It's the end of the world, of course, that's what they are thinking about!?

I felt one specific death was just added for drama.
There is no way that person wouldn't have been able to survive.



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