Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Review: Red Hill by: Jamie McGuire

Release Date: October 1, 2013 from Atria
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review

"When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best."

My Thoughts:

When it comes to Jamie McGuire, I’m not your typical fan. I initially fell in love with her paranormal Providence series and that is what made me want to read more from her. I honestly had no clue Beautiful Disaster even existed until I went searching for more of her writing. When I found out she was releasing a new paranormal novel I was ecstatic. Then I found out it was zombies and I was somehow even more excited. I was so ready for this book!

Red Hill delivers everything you would want from a zombie novel. It has characters struggling to survive and the crazy undead trying to stop that at every turn. It is hard to be original with zombie novels any more. Zombies are zombies are zombies. There really isn’t much more to them. To be completely honest, there isn’t really anything original about Jamie’s zombies, but there really isn’t anything wrong with that. They don’t need to be original to make for a good story. The story really wasn’t about the zombies anyway. It was about this group of people that came together to survive the screwed up world and that was done perfectly. 

I truly loved how the story was told. I loved switching between Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda’s perspective. It gave three very different perspectives to the end of the world. Nathan was definitely my favorite perspective of the three. He was just so sweet and kind and he loved his daughter so fiercely. It broke my heart what he was willing to do for his daughter. Scarlet was another character that was so strong in the face of such tragedy. She refused to give up hope and was willing to do anything for her daughters. Then we had Miranda and well I can honestly say I hated Miranda. I liked reading from her perspective because it really gave another view to the story, but as a character I just couldn’t stand her. I found her to be selfish and mean. There is another issue I had with her, but it’s a spoiler so I’m not going to go into it. 

My favorite characters though were actually secondary characters. I adored Joey and Cooper. There was just something about both of them that I absolutely loved. Both of them were willing to risk themselves to save others without thinking twice. I really just loved them. 

Not going to lie, the romance in this is not the main focus. The story is about surviving and making a life out of the crazy. The romance is there but it isn’t what drives the story. I was pleasantly surprised by this. I loved that the focus was broader and more detailed. It really was about hope in the face of total destruction.

All in all, Red Hill was a great read, and while it is probably not what fans of Beautiful Disaster are expecting, it is still a wonderful story. I am glad Jamie gave us more paranormal and I hope we get even more in the future.


  1. After Beautiful Disaster, I wasn't sure Jamie McGuire's books were for me, BUT this awesome review has me so curious!! I've heard some amazing things about this book already, and you know how much I love zombie stories!! I'm especially excited about the different perspectives and how much you love the characters (except for! Fabulous review, wifey!! *glomps*

    1. I definitely think you will enjoy this one more than BD. It has the whole zombie thing, but its also about love and survival and you will enjoy it.

  2. Hmm. I've recently been introduced to the zombie craze, so this is on my to-read list. I'm glad that you enjoyed it! I love when alternating points of view are done well, but it's such a bummer that you hated Miranda! Also, I'm so proud that this wasn't a "romance" focused zombie book. <3 (Pst... I see "The Walking Dead Season 4" countdown in your sidebar... so that means it's good, right? I haven't tried it.) I've gotten off-subject, but awesome review, Teresa!

    1. Haha yeah Miranda bothered me, but I could still appreciate and enjoy her perspective. AND OMG YES THE WALKING DEAD is awesome! A must watch for any zombie fans!

  3. I found Beautiful Disaster, and that was what lead me to being a Jamie McGuire fan! But, I still haven't finished the Providence series! I know, I'm awful! But I will! Now, even though I didn't finish her paranormal books, I still want to try this one out!

    Zombies, like you said, are hard to make original, so I do tend to not really read a lot of zombie based books. But the book does sound interesting.

    Great review!! :)

    1. Oh you have to finish Providence, love me some Jared!

      I think you might enjoy this one, its zombies, but like I said they are the backdrop for the real story.

  4. Aw... I liked Joey and Cooper too! There were a lot of great characters in Red Hill. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Teresa!

  5. Honestly, I didn't really like the Providence series (I hope I'm not rude in any way) but it looks like this book is interesting. I'm definitely going to check it out. Great review Tess :)

    Jules of Jules Bookshelf

  6. The dual pov and the secondary characters sound really well done

  7. I'm not a big fan of zombies, Teresa, but I'm looking forward to Red Hill. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I always love a story where the side characters make such an impact! Awesome review!

    1. I really think this is a zombie book that can be enjoyed by those who dont necessarily enjoy zombies.. its so much more than that =]

  8. Everyone is loving this book and I really can't wait to read it. I haven't read anything by Jamie, but I'm curious to see how I'll like her writing. While I do love romance, I def don't expect it in a zombie book. I just wanna be scared/freaked out and enjoy a good story. Great review Teresa!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island


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