Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: Redheads Are Soulless by Heather White

High School senior, Sofia Black, has had a very hard life. Since her father's death 7 years ago, she has had to look after her drug addicted, alcoholic mother. School isn't any better for her either. The other kids constantly tease, and ridicule her. All she wants is to get out of her small hometown in Alabama.

When new student, Jason, shows up, Sofia's world is turned upside down. She doesn't understand why he wants to befriend her so badly... And, just when she thinks she can trust him, trouble appears.

Jason's twin brother, Robbie, moves into town, and things go haywire. Sofia is now running for her life - and Jason is forced to share hidden secrets with her. She learns the truth about her father's death, and finds out that she may not be as "human" as she once thought. She struggles to accept her fate, while fighting for her life.


Redheads- Alright, have I ever mentioned how much I love red hair? To the extent where I’ve actually dyed my own hair red. And the saying “Redheads are Soulless” can sometimes be true. Yet, it’s supposedly reality in this book. In this first one, we don’t see a whole lot of the magic and legend behind it, but I’m very much looking forward to learn more!

Love triangle with a twist- We all have read a book with a love triangle, right? The girl can’t decide who to be with, it all turns into a huge mess. Okay… but what if the two guys in the triangle are brothers? *gasp* What?! Yeah, kinda messed up on Sofia’s part. But once you read the story, you absolutely cannot blame her!

*As a side note: I haven’t really seen much of these kinds of love triangles. I think the only one before this was the Vampire Diaries. But recently, I’ve read a lot of summaries where the girl can’t decide between two brothers. Emerging trend in the book world? Hmm.. maybe.

Alcoholic mom- Sofia’s mom has a serious problem. She can’t give up her alcohol for any extended amount of time, and thus makes a lot of bad decisions. I think Sofia’s wrong in her assumptions, though. She thinks that her mother really loves her alcohol more. I think that her mother wants to… not necessarily get better, but she wants to not disappoint Sofia. She just can’t give up the alcohol. It’s her way of coping with what has happened and she’s become dependent on it.

The end- The end! It was great. It sets up the sequel in a way that… it feels like things are going to get better, but there’s still a lot the characters need to get through. It wasn’t really a huge cliffhanger, didn’t leave me in complete shock and pulling my hair out until the second book. But it definitely does make you want the sequel very soon.


Tense- I really don’t know why this is in the negative section, or why I’m even mentioning it at all. There was…what? Maybe one incident where the tense (past/present) didn’t line up right and switched. But seriously? This was an e-arc. You can’t expect there to not be mistakes.

*Side note: In past arcs I’ve received from Heather, I noticed a lot of spelling/grammar errors. In this? Besides the tense thing, the grammar would get an A+. Pretty much the only spelling mistake I caught was the word “tab” was meant to be “table”.

Confusion- When we finally figure out the real bad guy in the end, you’re like “wait what?” just because we also find out that everyone else knows that person is bad and yet they do nothing about it until the very end! In a change of POV at the very end, though, you get the hint that it was all a part of a plan.

Sofia’s school- I’m just saying, based on the cover and the guys’ reactions to Sofia in the book, she is gorgeous. In my opinion, gorgeous girls don’t get as ridiculed as much as Sofia does. I didn’t feel like her peers would, in reality, treat her as they do just because of her family history. However, this is a work of fiction. Paranormal fiction at that. I can’t really expect it to follow normalities.


Heather M White said...

Just an FYI- you got an ARC, and as I said there would be errors in the ARC. That's why you got it a month early. I was still editing. So all errors have been fixed.

Ashley Prince @ The Bibliophile's Corner said...

This book sounds really good. I'm interested to read the book though to see how the title fits the story. So far from the synopsis and review, I'm not seeing much of a connection.

Great review, girl!