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Love Is Red

(Nightsong Trilogy #1)

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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  126 reviews
La sua prima arma è il sorriso: accattivante, irresistibile. Adocchia le sue vittime nei locali alla moda di New York e le seduce con studiata naturalezza. Le fa parlare, le osserva, offre loro da bere e alla fine riesce sempre a portarle là dove vuole arrivare. Già tre ragazze sono morte nell'ultimo mese, la pelle incisa da arcani solchi, e mentre le forze dell'ordine si ...more
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by BookMe (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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karen
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Camille
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Liviania
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
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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
Becky
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Butthisbook
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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)
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
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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
SmartBitches
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, a-grade, 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
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Sarah-Jane
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jesse
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Martha
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
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?

Racial-Ethnic:
1 (black single mother and son; mom ends up dead, son is practically incidental, and all of this happens in New York)
QUILTBAG: 0
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
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L.A.
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
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Deb
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
Patty
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Is Red
By
Sophie Jaff

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

Oh my...it'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
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Danielle Urban
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Book Riot Community
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
Ivanna
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
First off, I'm at a loss for words right now.

Let me start by saying that I'm genuinely scared of the author right now for being able to concur such thoughts, this book is sick. I meant that in a good way. This is how thrillers should be written and plotted.

I'm a fast reader but it took me awhile to finish this because I had to held on to every word. It's the type of book you want to savor. It's beautifully written, the author has her way with words.

And lastly, this book is one ultimate mindfuck.
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Garryvivianne
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial killer is stalking the women of New York, he is called the Sickle man. Meanwhile, Katherine is lonely, but has met two men that she has come to like. It becomes somewhat complicated, as both men are friends. She begins to have horrible visions, or is it reality? The book takes you into both minds, Katherine's & the creepy Sickle man. And you start wondering about her two lovers. Very exciting, a very different kind of story, which includes long ago myths. A fast, exciting read.
Jessica McReaderpants
I was not expecting to like this book- I read the back- ho-hum serial killer loves to kill the ladies. Then I started to read and I was intrigued from the get-go. It switches from the killers perspective to the heroines so pay close attention. You don't know till the end who done it. I did enjoy it and now that I know it is a trilogy I will be looking forward to the next book. I enjoyed the descriptions of the emotions as colors and tastes. All in all an intriguing well written book-
Joey Young
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was highly poetic. That's the first thing that I will say. Then, I have to point out it switches perspective between second person, first person, and third person. Overall, though, I felt it was unique, horrifying, lovely, and noxious.

For my full review, go to www.JoeyFiction.com.

Note: If run-on sentences and excessive description are not your thing, then this book is not for you. I felt it was captivating throughout. Cold sweats. Shivers.
Book  Minx
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creepy
Deep, dark, and creepy as hell. The suspense is beautifully crafted with twists and turns leaving one questioning each moment. Loved the magical and mystical elements. Plus all the feels at the end!

It really didn't need the epilogue though. Maybe since it's the first of a series, the need will become clearer but I find that doubtful.
Nikki
That was f*cking mind-blowing. That's all I can say about it. I LOVED it up until very end. Did NOT love the obscure POV that was thrown in at the last minute. I've been thinking over the past couple of weeks what value that added, and I can't come up with a single thing. But - I'm still thinking about the book weeks later, so there's that...
Jonathan Toth
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!!!! The String Diaries meets Girl on A Train, with a slight sinister eroticism. So suspenseful all the way to the end. Plus the use of colors as emotion were both beautiful and scary. Couldn't put it down read it in under 24 hrs. Read it!
Marguerite (M)
It's a big NOPE.
I hated the writing translation, I hated the story.
I found it gross and creepy and meaningless.

It was a romantic thriller with a bit of pornography and a touch of science fiction.
I think.
Whatever.
I don't even know what to say about it.
Emily
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2015
Oo, creeeepy. And while one story arc was completed it's a good thing this is the start of a trilogy, bc I still have so many questions!
Kate Gage
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it- kept me engaged all the way through- writing is creative and fresh and very real descriptions if life that resonated with me
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