Audio Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Posted February 12, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 5 Comments

Audio Review: Written in Red by Anne BishopWritten In Red by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #1
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Published by Penguin on 03-05-2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 448 pages
Format: Audiobook
Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
Source: Purchased
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As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Written in Red is my first Anne Bishop experience and WOW! This is not your usual story with fluffy and sexy shape-shifters. The Others teeth! Bishop has created a wonderful and complex world that I can’t wait to get more of.

I’ve had Written in Red on my TBR list since I saw how much Jen at Red Hot Books loved. But after Carmel at Rabid Reads told me I HAD to listen to it because it was AMAZEBALLS I knew I had to move it up my reading pile and decided to go with the audio book since I had one credit left on my account.

It took me a few chapters to get into Alexandra Harris’ narration but only because I felt like her male voices were not deep enough. And there’s not much of a pause when she changes scenes so I found myself confused in a few spots but once I got the hang of her narration it was all good. Her narration of Meg was just great. She had me crying for Meg when some of the shape-shifters were mean to her and at the times when she was scared. Harris’ narration and Bishop’s writing really made me feel connected to Meg.

I read mostly UF and PNR books and I’m use to the werewolves, vampires and other creatures that go bump in the night be on the sexy side. Anne Bishop’s creatures are NOT romantic, alpha yes but not the kind to seduce you into their beds. No they see humans as “monkeys” and nothing more than food. That’s right ladies when these sexy beasts threaten to eat you, they’re not talking about your lady bits.

The shape-shifters are more like animals that can change into human than humans changing into animals. Their animal sides control them in their actions, thoughts and even in their language. (I love how the crows called Meg, The Meg.)

Bishop has created a wonderful and complex world that I can’t wait to get more of. I’m glad I picked up Written in Red. I can’t wait for the 2nd book, Murder of Crows to release next month (March 4, 2014).

Favorite Quote:

“You scare me like that again and I’ll eat you.”

Looking for Recommendations:

Anyone that has read Written in Red and has read books similar please let me know. I’d love to read more books with non-cuddly shape-shifters.






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About Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel, Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

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I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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5 responses to “Audio Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

  1. Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I love the author,so I was thrilled when I saw she had a new series 🙂
    I can see we all be busy the day of Murder of Crows is release.
    Gret job!

  2. This was my first Anne Bishop book as well and I loved it. I can’t wait for Murder of Crows to come out and plan on purchasing it the day it is released. The crows were my favorite too and with the title of the next book, I’m hoping they have a large part in book two. I’m also a big fan of the ponies.

    Great review Jen.

  3. I read this book and loooooooved it. It made the list of my top reads of 2013.
    I love Anne Bishop, her Black Jewels series is also a favorite. I read the books couple of years ago and listened to the audiobooks last year. They are narrated by John Sharian and I think he does and excellent job. I recommend you to listen to them, and like they are “old” books there is a high probability your library may have them.

  4. All chou crazy people listening to 20 hr long books LOL. I read this one back when it came out, and you know how sometimes you’ll read something and you’ll be kind of MEH about it, but it sticks with you, flitting around in the back of your head for M-O-N-T-H-S? I’m totally there right now. When that happens, I know it means I need to take another look at it, and all these great reviews coming out are making me want to do it NOW. Like right now 🙂