Red Summer by Antoinette Houston
A group of friends discover that they have been reliving their high school lives over and over for the past eighteen years. Now something has interrupted the cycle; bringing with it long forgotten memories, and strange abilities beyond their belief – or control.
As they try to make sense of what’s happening to them the ominous source of their shattered past closes in to destroy them.
About the Author
This is not my typical type of book, and I had a very hard time reading it, to say the least. It took me much longer than normal to get through it. That being said, I can honestly say the Author created very strong characters that a reader could definitely love and hate all at the same time. Rita, The main character has “special abilities” and eventually it is discovered that all the characters have some abilities of their own. The characters become drawn to each other quite nicely and you get a bit of everything, from fear and not knowing who to trust, to cheering them on and wanting them to work out their lives. The constant loop of always being just out of high school isn’t something that held my interest, however it was very well written and I give kudos to the author. The grammar was impeccable and the spelling was spot on. Antoinette Houston did a wonderful job with this book. I think she I sa wonderful Author and if she were to write something more in my line of genre, I would absolutely read it in a heartbeat.
RED SUMMER BY ANTOINETTE HOUSTON
What an excellent book this is. This is not my normal favoured genre but I had a change of heart when reading this! The characters created by the author are different but have a very strong connection that isn’t immediately obvious.
We have Rita, the central character who we discover has a special ‘ability‘. Then there is Wil, Ingrid and Nikki. As the story progresses it seems that this group never grow older than high school, just keep repeating their lives.
Gradually they are drawn more and more together, learning about each other, discovering how they all have ‘abilities’. When something causes a disruption to their lives, things begin to get scary! – Well a bit more than previously!
I found I had conflicting opinions of the characters, first I was fearful of one, then another. Who could be trusted?
I was drawn in to this book and wanted to keep turning the pages. How would it all end? Would they destroy each other? I wanted a happy ending but wasn’t sure if that was possible.
This is a really good book with a mixture of love, anger, plenty of action and paranoral ‘abilities’. Very well written. I enjoyed it and thoroughly recommend it.
This book reminded me of the movie “Repeaters”, in that it involves a group of youngsters repeating their lives in a loop, until something goes wrong. What makes this a little different from that film, however, is that there is a bit of a paranormal twist.
Overall this was well written, and it is obvious the author took time to review and edit the writing. The story flowed nicely, was full of action, with surprises and twists, and the characters were very well fleshed out. I can’t get too detailed without giving too much away, but I HIGHLY recommend it.