REVIEW: Red by Alison Cherry

Title: Red
Author: Alison Cherry
Publisher: Quercus
Expected Date of Release: January 2nd 2014
Pages: 320
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Top student. Beauty queen. Girlfriend of the hottest football jock: Felicity's got everything. And it's all down to her red, red hair.

Felicity lives in Scarletville, the world's only redhead sanctuary, where red hair is celebrated, protected - and the key to sucess.

But Felicity has a secret. A red hot secret. And if anyone finds out, she's finished.

Because Felicity's actually a natural blonde.

And in Scarletville, blondes need not apply.

I was SO excited to read this book and when I saw it on NetGalley... I think I nearly fainted! However, I am sorry to say it just didn't live up to my expectations. I was very disappointed. The cover is stunning! So bright, her hair instantly stands out like Felicity's is described to.

Felicity is naturally a strawbie, but she must keep the truth a secret as her mother is the head of the pageant, it could ruin her reputation, her life and her families. Felicity has been building up to become Miss Scarlett for all her life, it is what she was trained for, but what happens if she would rather focus on her art instead. However, someone finds out and soon situation escalate to blackmail and embarrassment putting all her training in jeopardy... but why?

Felicity comes across as a character who appears very loving but also naive. She is kind towards her friends however, she is held by the fact that she can never tell anyone her secret, meaning she lies to her friends without a split decision and does not seek help as she appears to believe she is strong enough as 'she is Felicity'! However, I do admire her strength and the way she did deal with some situations, standing up for herself and trying to resolve some areas with perseverance. I also like her individuality, the way that even though no-one she cares about seems to care about her art or music taste, she still perseveres and does what she wants to do without taking orders from others.

Furthermore, I strongly disliked Felicity's 'best friend' Haylie, she was infuriating, self-absorbed and plain rude! All she talked about was herself, and then whined and whined. Agh! She really got on my nerves, she was just very childish and immature.

Additionally! The whole blackmail plot with some of the requests/orders named came across as very childish. It wasn't as scary and POW! as I initially anticipated. However, it did hold my attention as I loved the ending, as it was not as you will first assume meaning I really enjoyed the twist.

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