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Love Is Red

(Nightsong Trilogy #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  124 reviews
“Ridiculously entertaining…. Jaff’s woozy supernatural saga is effectively scary and great fun to read.”—  New York Times Book Review

This electrifying debut—Book I of the Night Song Trilogy—spins dark suspense and literary fantasy into a mesmerizing story of seduction and survival.

Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she doesn
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Harper (first published May 1st 2015)
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Tammy Hey there, book two comes out June 6th. It's called Crown of Stars and is avail for pre-order now. Cheers.

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Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-from-work
prologue: told from the perspective of the biblical joseph, detailing the time from the annunciation to the birth of jesus. and one of the wise men is an alien. unless "alien" is being used more loosely to mean "foreign" or "other." but it's got silver eyes and menace.

chapter one - a second-person POV that graphically details a bondage-y erotic encounter between a gentleman and a woman which tastefully cuts out right before he slices her to death with his knife.

has any book ever gone from chri
Este e o tipo de livro que "uma imagem vale mais que mil palavras". Ou seja, uma capa vende, e se aliada a um título chamativo, melhor ainda. Logo que soube da edição deste livro fiquei curiosa. Uma capa apelativa, uma sinopse interessante. Tinha tudo para ser perfeito. Ou não?

Talvez pelo facto de ter partido para a leitura do livro com expectativas demasiado altas, acabei por me desiludir um pouco com o desenrolar da história, que se tornou um pouco sobrenatural e irreal para o meu gosto.

Tempo de Ler
Feb 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
O pior que li este ano, até à data.
Normalmente, independentemente do género literário e mesmo partindo de conceitos difusos, uma história vai fazendo cada vez mais sentido à medida que vamos obtendo mais informações em relação à mesma. Isso não aconteceu comigo com O Amor é Vermelho, aliás, quanto mais lia, menos percebia.

Sophie Jaff misturou acontecimentos bíblicos com passagens eróticas, terror, romance, suspense, paranormal e aquilo que parece ser uma espécie de conto à la Grimm, narrado em
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-copies
Love is Red took me by surprised. A Mystery Thriller mixed with romance and a slight twist of fantasy, this book will leave you breathless and even if you decide to put the book down to do Earthly things like eat and sleep, the whisper of the words from the book still stay with you.

Going between two different POVs of Katherine and the serial killer called the Sickle Man, the story stays disturbed and intense the whole way through. Through the chapter we discover that the Sickle Man is preparing
Chiara Cilli
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow. E' così che voglio iniziare questa recensione, con un semplice wow che racchiude tutto ciò che rappresenta questo libro. Non credevo che sarebbe successo, quando l'ho acquistato. Ma quando l'ho aperto . . . oh, è stato come entrare a Narnia.
Una Narnia psicotica e inquietante e conturbante.

Non so davvero da che parte cominciare, cosa dire, come esprimermi.
Quello che so è che tu mi hai rapita fin dal prologo.
Perché sei elegante e sei preciso e mi hai affascinato.
Perché tu hai una missione.

David Pimenta
“Tu começaste a obter prazer na caça e prazer no acto de cortar, e eles terminam muito, muito depressa. Tudo se constrói em direção a Ela e a cada uma das vezes o prolongamento torna a toma mais requintada. O momento da concretização vai muito além de tudo o que se possa imaginar, mas começou a surgir demasiado depressa e depois tu regressavas ao nada, nem mesmo escuridão, apenas a ausência de luz e cor e som, de qualquer coisa, de tudo.”

Um bom policial fascina e desperta a curiosidade do leitor
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
From the back of the book:

Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she isn’t aware that this future awaits. However, there is one man who knows the truth: A killer stalking the women of New York, a monster the media dubs the “Sickle Man” because of the way he turns his victims into canvasses for his mesmerizing, twisted art.
Unleashed upon Manhattan after lying dormant for centuries, the Sickle Man kills to harvest the precious hues of his victims. As his
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
The comparisons to NIGHT FILM and THE SHINING GIRLS drew me in. Both were creepy literary gems, and if LOVE IS RED was half as good I was sure to love it. I'm not sure that I do.

LOVE IS RED opens with a rape scene, which was not the best first impression. Half the novel (maybe a little over half) is told through the killer's point of view using the second person. The second person point of view was an interesting choice of literary technique and I thought it worked well to add a bit of tension t
Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
Reading the synopsis on the back of Love is Red, the reader is led to believe this is a murder mystery/thriller with a psychopathic serial killer who leaves the desecrated bodies of women throughout New York. That is what I assumed when I starting reading. And that is why I was baffled by events in the book that appeared to make no sense; it was if the book had morphed without warning. That is why I am telling readers now: Love is Red is a fascinating and unforgettable book that also includes ho ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
In the heat of the summer, the Sickle Man terrorizes the city. Katherine, like every other New York woman, is well aware of the killer who has brutally murdered three women in their own apartments. But what Katherine doesn't know is that the killer, a man hiding in plain site, has followed her through the ages. She is his ultimate goal, a victim he's grooming to perfection. And as the death count rises Katherine ignores the warnings that surround her, ignorant to the fact that the killer is some ...more
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
Este livro chamou-me logo a atenção não só pela capa que é deveras apelativa, mas também pela sinopse. Tenho de admitir que embora não seja uma especialista em livros do género thriller ou policial, esta história merecia mais. A ideia original da autora parece-me muito bem criada, mas acho que ao longo das páginas perdeu-se muito daquilo que era suposto transmitir ao leitor. Passou de termos um homem misterioso que fala na primeira pessoa sobre tudo o que sente quando encontra a sua próxima víti ...more
Federica Vantaggio
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2015
Voto: 4,5

"Inali il desiderio, che ha il colore di uno specchio d'acqua limpida. Che formicola come la pelle d'oca sul braccio, e ha l'odore delle dune appena prima di vedere il mare"

Avete presente quando guardate un Thriller? Siete nel bel mezzo della scena clou: la protagonista si avvicina all'assassino, la musica è crescente fino ad arrivare all'apice nel momento più spaventoso.. Ed è proprio in quel momento lì che: VI SQUILLA QUEL BENEDETTISSIMO TELEFONO e a voi per poco non viene un in
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Man this book was good.
Writing a review for it is gonna be quite a challenge. I only hope I do it properly.
Talk Supe
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
WTF did I just read? This one is so odd, but in a good way. Part of me feels like I GOT the novel then another part of me feels like I missed something.

Stylistically, I'm impressed with the way LOVE IS RED is written. Plot wise there's so many layers with a supernatural undercurrent. This one is definitely different
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

4 1/2 Stars.

Love is Red was bloody fantastic and freakin' scary as hell! The book is follows duo narratives, one with the serial killer dubbed ‘The Sickle Man’ since that is his tool of choice and his main prey Katherine Emerson, a freelance writer. I've read many books that have blended genres, but Jaff takes it to another level, effortlessly combining multiples genres; Horror, Romance, Paranormal, Thriller
Katie/Doing Dewey
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate love triangles and I'm not excited about violent thrillers, but the magical aspect of this story drew me in. It seemed like a dark version of magical realism, with fantasy elements all mixed up with a thriller set in an otherwise realistic world. When the first chapter was a sexually and violently explicit scene from the sadistic killer's perspective, I was a bit disappointed. In particular, I was hoping the killer's motivation would be less simplistic than just being a sadist. I'm glad I ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Em primeiro lugar quero agradecer à Editora Marcador por me ter enviado este livro, que muito me agradou! Desde que saiu por cá que andava com ele de olho: uma capa chamativa, um título interessante, uma sinopse curiosa...tudo ingredientes que podem fazer um livro excelente!

De facto, o livro é interessante. A história é contada em duas vozes: da perspectiva de Katherine (perseguida) e da perspectiva do assassino. Só isso cria um contexto diferente e que deixa o leitor na expectativa, para tentar
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-grade, fantasy, thriller
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Do you ever have that moment where someone recommends something to you and it just changes everything? A new coffee place that has the best mochas. An old film you might have heard of in passing, but now can’t stop watching. Just some serendipitous circumstance that gives you such good feelings.

Love is Red is my serendipity. I read it in one sitting. I cannot remember the last time I was so completely enthralled with a book that I’ve neglected everything
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mmh pfff.. Il libro è carino, ma non è adatto a tutti. Non è leggero, nè fluido. Anzi, è pesantuccio e molto confuso, se non si riesce a stare dietro alla storia. Io nonostante avessi capito praticamente da subito chi fosse l'assassino, non sono riuscita sempre a stare dietro al filo del discorso; a confonderti ancora di più le idee è il racconto dentro al libro, di cui ho capito il senso solo dopo la fine (sempre che io abbia capito!) E onestamente, non ho ancora capito bene di che genere sia, ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fresh, scintillating, captivating story with multiple threads that tie together in a deft, delicate, and ingenious style. As layer upon layer is teasingly revealed, we see just how twisty and clever this story is, and are left panting for the next installment. Especially enchanting is the way Jaff switches effortlessly from lush, breathtaking prose - you might never think of colors the same way again - to simple contemporary observations, funny, wry, and painfully honest. Making one's space in ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sophie Jaff's supernatural thriller has literary aspirations, and while some of the writing is beautiful, and the depiction of the murderer at the center of the story is often intriguing, the prose style lapses into overwrought purple prose, and she becomes far too caught up in the lame love triangle, which gives the book a cheap, 50 Shades kind of feel. The plot twists can be seen coming from a mile away, and the ending is (annoyingly) left wide open for a sequel, with little to no questions an ...more
Dec 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I always thought great story telling is better than a great plot. I haven't met a book that proved me wrong. Take this book for example. Some parts were told in first person and some in second. Yes, second person. I mean who does that?! In fiction no less! I understand how the book is told in different perspectives and for some books that can work. The story telling has to be full proof, though. And whose voice does the second person story telling belong to? If that's not enough there are a coup ...more
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La trama di questo romanzo ha subito attirato la mia attenzione e devo dire che il mio istinto questa volta non ha sbagliato. Quando non potevo leggere a causa degli impegni quotidiani, sono rimasta con il pensiero fisso alla vicenda e non vedevo l’ora di potervi dedicare altro tempo per procedere nella storia, per scoprire, per sapere!

“Il terrore ha il colore dell’ombra sotto il letto, il colore del midollo osseo, il colore del gesso: ulula come una sir
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from Amazon Vine.

Diversity Rating: 0 – What Diversity?

1 (black single mother and son; mom ends up dead, son is practically incidental, and all of this happens in New York)
Disability: 0
Intersectionality: 0

Ugh ugh ugh. Sometimes, my buzzwords “obsession” and “stalker” are able to lead me to chilling, well-thought-out books. Other times, they lead me astray and have me mourning the lost hours of my life. If
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review: 'Love is Red', A Work of Fantasy and Horror by Sophie Jaff.

As times change and crimes evolve, the dating scene is just a bit more dangerous. Second guessing another person’s interest becomes a necessary ingredient to safety. Hooking up with strangers has a whole new threat, one that we read about the in the news more frequently than in the past.

In Love is Red by Sophie Jaff, we follow the exploits of Katherine as she moves through the dating scene. On
Love is Red is such a unique book--a combination of mystery/thriller and romance along with a sprinkling of fantasy and paranormal. The story is told by Katherine, a young woman living in New York City with her roommate Andrea and Andrea's young son Lucas, and she has just begun seeing two very different men. David is sweet and attentive and his friend Sael is mysterious, cocky, and somewhat distant. Alternatively, we get the chilling perspective of the Sickle Man, the serial killer who is terro ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love Is Red
Sophie Jaff

What I think is the main idea or theme of this book...

Oh's the Sickle Man...he is scary, creepy, evasive and pretty much terrorizing most of the women in NYC. There doesn't appear to be a reason for choosing the victims he chooses. Some are young, some are older, some are thin, some are not so thin but he chooses them in a sly and provocative way and he has his reasons for those he chooses. Once chosen...there is no hope for survival. It does appear that all roads
Danielle Urban
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love Is Red (The Nightsong Trilogy)
Love is Red by Sophie Jaff is one dynamic novel.. The thriller is brilliantly well written in a way that makes readers feel like they have plummeted into the story themselves. The point of view leads readers feeling like they are there, inside of the scene doing everything that is said. Then it switches point of view and you can feel yourself feeling or thinking the same thoughts as the main characters. Absolutely, out of this world. I have never read a romance
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I cannot and will not stop talking about this book. It’s equal parts creepy and charming, and does a great job blending fantasy into a modern thriller. Katherine Emerson is part of a prophecy, unbeknownst to her, and a serial killer terrorizing New York must get to her before the prophecy comes to fruition. The chapters alternate between Katherine’s POV and the POV of the Sickle Man, which is told in second person. With the perspective of the Sickle Man, the book gave me a Lolita vibe, where the ...more
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