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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 deA 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....

Title : Red Summer
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ISBN : 22233706
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 221 Pages
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Red Summer Reviews

  • Mitsy
    2019-03-30 04:55

    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 so hard I had tears falling. Love it! Not only was I consistently surprised, I found myself laughing, too!! The vivid imagination it took to even think of this novel is amazing. To write it is as well as this...is unbelievable. From beginning to end, I love it all! The book summary says everything and, at the same time, nothing. :) Here it is: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. See? That's great, too! Rita is a strong, likeable, superstar! They all rock! I would pre order tickets to see them on a movie screen, if they can do the story justice! :) It's got everything! No movie has been like this in years! It's perfect! :) Love it!Got this for an honest review. Thank you Antoinette Houston!

  • Lauren
    2019-03-29 21:38

    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 liked even more mystery, and being forced to guess for longer before finding out certain details. I think the book could have been longer too; deeper explanations and more drawn out suspense. The characters were likeable and their flaws made them believable. I really like the fight scenes! There were some grammatical errors and some switching of past and present tense, but the writing was compelling and fluid. The beginning took some time to get into but once I did I couldn't put it down! I liked the little hints at the end that there might be more to the story. I would read more. The author's creativity alone would keep me coming back for more!

  • Kozmotis
    2019-03-21 23:58

    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 reading a sequel of Red Summer.I got this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Bittersweet BookReviews
    2019-04-06 01:50

    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.

  • Aly
    2019-03-27 22:44

    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
    2019-04-10 02:30

    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, btw.) Red Summer was definitely a fun read. There is no shortage of action and, for the most part, the characters are well developed. I would have liked a little more detail about William, however. I didn't fully understand his abilities until he was actively using them. Whereas, during the scenes where they are in Thomas's memories, the others' abilities were given more description. For the most part, I like Rita. Looking back, though, as an author I probably would have paired her with Nik. Wil seems a little too immature for Rita just as Ingrid seems a little too immature for Nik. But, that's just my opinion. I did think the ending was a little predictable. Long before the final confrontation I had already guessed who Rita would choose and that Jason would be defeated leaving Bobby as a viable nemesis for a potential sequel. I think the author has done a very good job of giving likeability to the right characters while creating a distaste for the bad guys. I wanted to punch Bobby almost every time he opened his arrogant mouth. I'm not sure how many times I rolled my eyes and thought 'Dude, get over yourself. She doesn't want you.' To be honest my favorite character was Nik. He just had that calming persona that I tend to like. Another reviewer mentioned that the grammar and spelling were spot on. I have to disagree. I don't know if I got a final edited copy, but I found lots of grammatical errors. There were also several misuses of words - probably typos - like, using the word 'who's' instead of 'whose'. (That's an actual example from the book.) I also noticed that the tense wasn't consistent. One minute I'm reading past tense, then the next sentence is in present tense. As well as mixing tenses within sentences. It made for a weird reading experience. The first half of the book felt a little choppy as I was going along. I'm not sure if the author intended that effect but I would have preferred things flow a little smoother. Overall, I really did enjoy the story. It was unique and fast paced. I loved the action scenes! She did a great job describing an adrenaline pumping scene. Of course, as a huge romance fan I would have liked to see a little more lovey dovey stuff between Rita and Wil, but that's just me. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of books like the Maximum Ride series. It is definitely along those lines. The characters are great and each has their own individual personality. I like that they have traits about them that really are true to their young age. I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. Antoinette Houston has a very creative imagination and does a good job of relaying that through her story.

  • TheCosyDragon
    2019-03-31 03:48

    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 my alley. I'm not surprised it only worked on children. Did I mention that's the field of my PhD?Each of the main characters has those special powers, and it's not immediately obvious which they have. Rita manifests first, and refuses to talk about it. She's a 'raging black woman', which felt like it fell into a stereotype rather than Rita having her own personality.Jason seems like a danger - I don't know why they didn't just kill him. I mean, it's a bit inhumane, but when you get someone who can break everything in one fell go from within a cell, it's just sensible! I struggled to work out what role Thomas played. Only his memories are useful to the teenagers, and I think they could have survived without that. He seemed to be aimed at providing a 'normal' perspective, and still he was the one who was hurt the most often, just for being himself.I don't think that the blurb on the novel does justice. I didn't jump into it because I couldn't understand what the endless summer would be. I thought maybe I would see the same scene playing out over and over - but instead I got some powerful action scenes with tangible emotions. Did I mention that the cover is pretty awesome? It's very simple, but if you actually just look at it, it gives a strong hint for what is to happen. A match burning the wrong way...What put me off this novel, and what might have changed since I read this early ARC, is some of the prose. The writing didn't feel 'tight' to me, in the way that some novels are. The dialogue could have gone with a little more finess, because it often felt like the words were superfluous. Something else that bothered me were the changes in tempo.I'm willing to cut this novel some slack, since when the author supplied it to me, she explained that this copy hadn't been edited. I'm interested to see whether the next novel has evolved - and I think I'd consider reading it just to see what happens with the mutant powers. Are more of them going to appear? Are their children going to be 'monsters'?

  • Isis Persephone
    2019-03-29 00:36

    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 any of the characters, and because I wasn't attached to them, I wasn't very invested in the outcome. One thing that pleasantly surprised me was that this was not a monochromatic book; there were people with different skin colors and facial features represented, which I personally find to be a much more enjoyable (and realistic, if I can apply that word to an urban fantasy) world to be in. That said, I also found Rita's character to be a stereotype; she was very much the "angry black" girl. To clarify, that is not to say that I don't think a character of African descent can't be angry, but because I didn't find the character development to be strong, Rita appeared randomly angry for no particular reason, and combined with a certain attitude, it worked to create a caricature that I didn't enjoy (Rita's anger is sort of explained at the end, but not in depth; I needed more development and a closer connection to her early on for it to have worked for me). There were lots of grammatical errors, and while I don't enjoy that, I can deal with with it. What really bothered me were the tense changes; it made the book, to me, feel like I was reading a draft rather than a finished product. So, while I enjoyed the premise and action in the book, I didn't enjoy it as much as I might have had it been longer with more explanation shown, better character development, and grammatical/tense changes fixed. My rating: 1 star deducted for lack of character development. 1 star deducted for the stereotype I found evident in Rita's character because her attitude appeared to have little explanation. 1 star deducted for tense changes/grammatical errors. If you are not bothered as much by these things, I suggest this book; despite the problems, it's a quick, action-packed read!

  • Darlene
    2019-04-04 04:38

    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 of fire. Once she let the fire go I was liking her more and more. Why is it that authors don't write in color more often? Rita is a tough girl! But not to show she's tough. As with most kids, that's just a guise to keep from showing her vulnerabilities. My second favorite was Inny, Ingrid. She was a sweet friend. Or was my second Wil? He was very loving and true.So obviously, I did get into the characters after TTS took over. Still. With all the action that takes over, I was left panting from the constant action--all in present tense, by the way. I think it works when there is a lot of action. But in the beginning it just added to the confusion.The context of the story was interesting. A group of young people doomed to relive their teen years again and again. But anyone who has been through those years once, and lived, isn't likely to want to do it repeatedly. After adulthood hands you its freedoms and responsibilities it seems the angst of adolescence is left behind with the music and fashion best memorialized in school annuals. So reading about this 'Groundhogs Day' scenario for a gang of young people, made me tired. Well, tired and thankful it never happened to me.Still... although I think there will be a sequel, I don't think I will look for it. I'm sure others will love it as they have this book. At any rate, I wish Antoinette J. Houston all the best!

  • ☆Joycedale☆
    2019-03-29 22:32

    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 sucked in and couldn't put it down.Its full of strong realistic characters that have just graduated high school. Rita and Ingrid are foster sisters being raised by Ingrid's brother Thomas. Will and Nikki (btw who spells a boys name that way?) are roommates and are dating the girls. Will and Rita do have problems with her ex Gabe who thinks she belongs to him.Rita has always had a fascination with fire but lately weird things have been happening. Thomas knows somethings wrong with Rita and spends time on the phone with a strange man named Bobby who seems to know what's going on with her. I don't know what else to say without giving away plot points.At times I was confused about what was happening and some things aren't explained when they should be but the story itself was just so interesting and edgy. There was some grammar issues which I was really surprised to find in a paperback so I deducted 1★ for that. The ending gives a sneak into a sequel but I didn't find anything on goodreads showing an upcoming book from the author. If there is a sequel I hope to read it.I was sent a copy by the author through Book Review Buzz in exchange for a honest review. Thank you.

  • Andretta Schellinger
    2019-03-25 01:55

    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 arsonist. But that is not where her abilities end, she is in fact a pyrokinetic. She not only loves flame and all things fire, but she can manipulate it with her mind. I love fire, used to fight wildfires, but even I can't move my fingers and have the fire obey me, although that would have been very useful in the past. Rita is a strong independent individual who knows who she is, or at least thought she knew who she was until fire started to erupt from her fingers.The character development in such an action pack book is surprisingly good and really draws you into their life. I was really surprised how much I grew to like the four friends, and hated Bobby without even knowing his true story until the end. In fact the entire story culminates in the last 1/3 of the book. This book has it all, some love, some snarky attitude, some violence, some science, some ethical issues, and a lot of really good writing.

  • Dawn Prough
    2019-03-26 01:35

    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 of origin story for the super powers, and yes, they are explained that make sense within the world. 3. The characters are diverse, different, and interesting. Only a few of them a little trope-y, and it wasn't enough to turn me off. In a genre that if fueled by stereotypes and tropes, this is awesome.4. The main character is a minority, and she's not the only one. It felt like it was a world that actually had racial diversity.The bad:1. The book needs editing. That's really the biggest drawback about it. With another polish to correct minor mistakes, it'd be a awesome story. And they are minor -- I normally can't stand to read a book with grammar and spelling mistakes (and I didn't catch any of those in this book), to the point that I'll put a book down and can't finish. This book didn't have enough problems to stop me, so again: minor.Overall, the book was a good one and I really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend this one!

  • Ann
    2019-03-28 00:34

    RED SUMMER BY ANTOINETTE HOUSTONWhat 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.

  • Theresa Needham fehse
    2019-04-19 00:46

    free book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.comRita 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. Bobby, the cause of all the madness, has run out of time to find a solution to Rita's problem. He was going to have to give them back their memories in order for them to realize the danger. That was only if he could convince them to over look their hatred for him.This is a good read with a unique plot that keeps you reading to see what happens. It's not my usual type of book but I enjoyed it. The idea of reliving time is intriguing. It was a bit confusing with the way it jumped back & forth between present & past, but it was well worth reading. This is the 1st book I've read by this author but I'd enjoy reading more.I rate this book 3 1/2 starsJennifer

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-13 21:35

    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. Bobby, the cause of all the madness, has run out of time to find a solution to Rita's problem. He was going to have to give them back their memories in order for them to realize the danger. That was only if he could convince them to over look their hatred for him.This is a good read with a unique plot that keeps you reading to see what happens. It's not my usual type of book but I enjoyed it. The idea of reliving time is intriguing. It was a bit confusing with the way it jumped back & forth between present & past, but it was well worth reading. This is the 1st book I've read by this author but I'd enjoy reading more.I rate this book 3 1/2 stars

  • Romance Readers Retreat
    2019-03-24 00:31

    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 is a wonderful Author and if she were to write something more in my line of genre, I would absolutely read it in a heartbeat.

  • Deborah McClatchey
    2019-03-25 23:34

    “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 how they all intertwined and what was finally going to be the end result. Kept you on your toes! Will definitely look forward to her next novel.

  • Sharon Stevenson
    2019-04-13 00:52

    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 this writer comes up with next! Recommended to fans of fantasy and sci-fi.

  • Melissa ownsbey
    2019-04-21 00:29

    wow great book loved iti was hooked from first to lat pageits a must read book10 plus starsi liked wil rita ingrind and nikkididnt lie bobbyit kept me guess ingi have nothing bad to say about this book it was great hope everyone reads itthanks for letting me read this book

  • Tyler Hill
    2019-04-15 23:53

    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
    2019-04-20 02:47

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  • K.D. McQuain
    2019-04-11 01:43

    This book took me a while to get into. It started off slowly, with a lot of character development but was missing anything particularly gripping to capture my interest. Which is probably the reason it took fifty pages before I got interested in the story. The back story was a little too much like X-men but it has a lot of potential to develop in sequels. The characters are strong but not fully fleshed out, I would like to see Rita and Wil become more fully defined. We don't get to know much about their history until very late in the story, which was intentional but may prevent some readers from connecting with them. A possible reason for the diverse ethnicity of the characters might be drawn from the genetic expiraments that led to the creation of the characters, were the scientists looking for the best genetic match to develop these "special abilities"? All that being said, I didn't start off liking this book, but the last fourty pages turned it around. It would have benefited from some editing but the ideas are strong. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

  • Damián
    2019-03-24 02:43

    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.

  • Antoinette Houston
    2019-03-31 05:32