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Red Summer

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Rita James can manipulate fire.
But as The summer progresses Rita finds it harder and harder to control her growing abilities. Rita tries to keep it under control but the harder she tries the more obvious it becomes that something is wrong. Her weird mood swings and strange behavior alarms her guardian, Thomas, who knows more about her past than she does. A past that refus
Paperback, 226 pages
Published January 25th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jan 21, 2015 Mitsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it! Rita, Wil, Ingrid and Nik are incredible! Rita is strong, gorgeous, intimidating and exciting. She's the character I'd love to see on a movie screen! I love Wil, her boyfriend! Ingrid and Nik are also strong characters!

The character development is excellent. The suspense is perfect. There are plenty of surprises. The action scenes are so detailed I can imagine them easily. With all the suspense, what surprises and delights me most is the humor. There is one scene that had me laughing s
Apr 04, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book! I read it pretty much in one sitting.
I loved the premise. It was very intriguing and well thought out. I read a lot of paranormal books and a lot of them are very similar but this book was unique. The characters' supernatural powers were believable (which I love!) and super cool. They reminded me a bit of the xmen. The plot unfolds gradually through a series of flashbacks and big reveals. I liked the mystery of not knowing everything right at the beginning. I would have lik
May 06, 2015 Kozmotis rated it liked it
Shelves: tr
This is not my typical type of book, I do not read paranormal books, so I was surprised to find out I enjoyed this one. I read it in two sittings, the story was easy to catch on, and the personalities of the characters are powerful that it caught on. The characters also had their flaws, which made them believable.
The only downfall for me was in the beginning, it was a little confusing to understand the differences between the characters and the setting of the story.
Overall, I wouldn't mind readi
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Jul 08, 2014 Bittersweet BookReviews rated it it was amazing
Red Summer is an interesting read. It's a bout a group of friends who all have paranormal abilities. The characters were well defined and likable. Houston does an amazing job with this story. It flowed nicely and had some great twists, it will keep you turning pages. The only downfall for me was in the beginning. I was getting confused with all of the jumping back and forth between characters. Overall this was an awesome read and I would recommend it to those who like a good paranormal read.
Feb 12, 2015 Alysia rated it really liked it
This book was a good surprise. I really enjoying it. I enjoyed the characters and the story line very much. I think you should read it and see for yourself. I kept turning the pages on this book because I wanted to see what happened next. * This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*
Freia Hagen
Mar 27, 2014 Freia Hagen rated it liked it
WARNING: contains spoilers!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First let me say that my preferential genre is adult paranormal romance, and this book doesn't fit into that category. However, I really enjoyed the story. The concept of these characters having 'abilities' and looping through the same period of time was really creative. I found myself thinking about James Patterson's Maximum Ride series on several occasions as I read. (I loved that series
Feb 01, 2015 TheCosyDragon rated it it was ok
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Red, or Rita, is just beginning to catch on fire. Not in the way that Katniss does, but in the real sense of the word - Rita makes flames part of explosive life.

The idea of the mutant abilities was interesting, and quite unique from other novels I have read. Taking the blood of someone unique, and then finding the genetic basis of it - right up m
Isis Persephone
Apr 16, 2014 Isis Persephone rated it it was ok
First off, let me say that I quite enjoyed the overall premise of this book; while I was reading it, I kept thinking that it would make an awesome manga or graphic novel! There's a lot of action, and some unique concepts regarding the characters and their abilities that were really fun. That said, I did have some issues with it. The largest issue was that, while I enjoyed all the action and the fast pace, I think it moves too fast for real character development; I never really grew attached to ...more
May 02, 2015 Darlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to Darlene by: Kindle Unlimited
I picked up this book through Kindle Unlimited. I read other reviews and thought it would be great. Yet at 11% I was ready to stop reading and move to another book. After all, I have tons to choose from. But I decided to switch on my text-to-speech and set it on fast and continued. You see, I never cared, much, for any of the characters and with so many, I kept getting lost as to who was who.

Rita was, of course, my favorite. I loved that she was not the timid, white, girlie-girl. Black and full
Sep 06, 2014 ☆Joycedale☆ rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying what I thought this book was about was inaccurate. I thought it would be about a girl who controls fire trying to live a normal life. What I didn't expect was science experiments gone wrong and out to get each other.
It did take me awhile to get into this but that wasn't entirely the story's fault. I had family issues going on and was only able to read about 5 pgs at a time so I really didn't have the time to be drawn in. When I finally was able to spend time with it, I was
Andretta Schellinger
May 18, 2014 Andretta Schellinger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I have read a lot of books, 1000s even, however, for all the books I have read this one is completely different and I loved it. When I started this book I thought it was going to be about a young lady with paranormal abilities trying to live life as normal as possible with a boyfriend, foster father, foster sister as she navigates life after high school. I would not have been disappointed if this book ended there.

Rita, or Red has she is affectionately called by Will is a pyromaniac as well as an
Dawn Prough
So I really enjoyed this book despite some of its drawbacks. I'll cover the pros and the cons, and explain while I still recommend this book overall. As such, there are some spoilers, though I'll try to limit them.
The good:
1. It's about superheroes, or rather the origin story of people with superpowers. I love Marvel and have RPed super-powered games before, and this is genre I love and don't see many stories in, not outside of comics.
2. It's original. I haven't seen many stories with this kind
Mar 23, 2014 Ann rated it it was amazing

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.

Theresa Needham fehse
May 22, 2014 Theresa Needham fehse rated it really liked it
free book for honest review.

Rita found that she could manipulate fire, but her control was deteriorating. Her boyfriend, Wil, just wanted to enjoy being with her. Unfortunately her 'baggage' may prove to be too much. Ingrid wanted to help better the relationship between her brother and his foster daughter; Rita. But his paranoid antics were driving everyone crazy. Nikki thought his life was normal only to find that he, Wil, Ingrid and Rita had been living their high
May 06, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Rita found that she could manipulate fire, but her control was deteriorating. Her boyfriend, Wil, just wanted to enjoy being with her. Unfortunately her 'baggage' may prove to be too much. Ingrid wanted to help better the relationship between her brother and his foster daughter; Rita. But his paranoid antics were driving everyone crazy. Nikki thought his life was normal only to find that he, Wil, Ingrid and Rita had been living their high school lives over and over for the past eighteen years. ...more
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Mar 24, 2014 Romance Readers Retreat rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Deborah McClatchey
Aug 21, 2014 Deborah McClatchey rated it it was amazing
“RED SUMMER” was about Rita and friends and their amazing paranormal talents. How they became that way is revealed bit by bit. Rita in particular was of setting fire spontaneously at times. The book is not my usual genre, so I found myself a little lost at times…jumping back and forth, but I found it intriguing to say the least. The characters were well defined and likable except for Gabe…and of course Jason! It was a mystery to wonder who had what abilities! I had to keep reading to find out ...more
Sharon Stevenson
Apr 29, 2014 Sharon Stevenson rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is a fast-paced urban fantasy novel featuring characters with special powers. The writing is descriptive and the storyline suspenseful. I found I couldn't quite connect with the characters - I think because of how fast-paced it was - though they were very vividly drawn. I enjoyed the story itself very much, but I must say there was a lot of switching between past and present tenses which got a bit jarring. Overall, this is a suspenseful read with a cool story. I look forward to seeing what ...more
Melissa ownsbey
Jul 14, 2014 Melissa ownsbey rated it it was amazing
wow great book loved it
i was hooked from first to lat page
its a must read book
10 plus stars
i liked wil rita ingrind and nikki
didnt lie bobby
it kept me guess ing
i have nothing bad to say about this
book it was great hope everyone reads it
thanks for letting me read this book
Tyler Hill
Feb 12, 2016 Tyler Hill rated it really liked it
A pretty good first book for this author. Although I'm always a fan of fantastical abilities being structured and ruled as much as possible, the way the different abilities of the characters were revealed made for a fun read. I may read the sequel, if I get it free or cheap.
Kia Sanders
May 09, 2014 Kia Sanders rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, owned
K.D. McQuain
Apr 09, 2014 K.D. McQuain rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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Aug 13, 2015 Damián added it
Shelves: firts-reads
I have recieved a copy in exchange of an honest review, but unfortunately I wasn't able to finish the book because it got stolen.

So, I'll review the book until Jason's awakening.

So far, the characters were well developed. But, at first, it was a bit difficult to follow the story, it was a bit confusing sometimes.

The story was going very good, so puzzling, but I won't be able to read it until the end.
Liam Levi
Liam Levi rated it it was amazing
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Antoinette Houston
Jun 30, 2014 Antoinette Houston rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Antoinette J. Houston was born Antoinette J. Stewart in El Paso, Texas but raised in Union City, Georgia. She now lives in Hampton, Georgia with her husband and rambunctious son with whom she particularly enjoys not acting her age. Her hobbies include creative cooking, drawing, playing video games and making unique leather jewelry and bookmarks. She enjoys watching anime and reading mangas and ...more
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