Review by Onyinye Excel -- Chasing The Red Queen

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Review by Onyinye Excel -- Chasing The Red Queen

Post by Onyinye Excel » 09 Oct 2018, 05:56

[Following is a volunteer review of "Chasing The Red Queen" by Karen Glista.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The cover page of this book caught my attention. It was captivating and I wanted to find out more. I’m glad I was not disappointed. Also, the phrase ‘red queen’ piqued my curiosity. I learnt quite a handful from her. If you’re a lover of romance with a lot of generational history and fiction, then this book is for you.

Karen Glista’s book, CHASING THE RED QUEEN – A Sault Ste Marie Novel is a fictional romance story about friendship, family, love, courage, bravery and history. It focuses majorly on the love affair between some Iridescent and humans. Donja’s father is dead. Her mother, Lisa remarries Carson. They have to leave their home and relocate to Carson’s piece of property at Hampton Manor. Donja breaks up with her boyfriend, Kevin, because she refused to sleep with him. This move will be hard on Donja. She will lose her best friend and all the people she grew up with. Surprisingly, this move would mark a new beginning for Donja. It would change the life of her family, especially after she encounters some Iridescent. Would her family survive secrets of the past? These and many more are the questions answered in this book.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I almost gave it a 4 but had to reconsider because of some errors like, “That must have tough” (page 45) and lots more that I encountered in the course of reading the book. I also did not give it a 2 because I found the story captivating. It was laudable.

Since I’ve never heard of the word, ‘Iridescent’, this book taught me a lot about them. I enjoyed learning about their kind. Affiliates like Torin made me realize that everyone is capable of love. All we have to do is accept them the way they are. This was what I enjoyed most in the story. Love happens to us all. Most times, we don’t know when it shows up. When Torin lost his best friend, my heart was moved. This was what I liked least in the story. My reason is that he died at the hands of the enemy. It caused Torin pain and I was sad about this.

Karen Glisten wove several plots to give a balanced story. There was a lot of history and background information on the major characters to set the stage for the climax of the story. Her love language was heartwarming. I was especially endeared to Makayla and Donja’s friendship and sisterhood. Their gothic and ‘gothic glam’ transformations endeared them to my heart. I appreciated the way they chose to fill in each other’s needs. Though there were horror scenes in the story, the marriages at the end made up for it.

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Post by C-Extra22 » 10 Oct 2018, 10:06

"Love happens to us all. Most times, we don’t know when it shows up" - I love this deduction. I'm motivated to read this book. Thanks dear.

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Post by jcoad » 10 Oct 2018, 10:12

Nice summary. Not my type of book but I appreciate your review and how you describe your rating of the book. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Sweet Psamy » 10 Oct 2018, 10:16

Wow! I like the 'red queen' thing. Reminds me of high school. Guess I'll have to read this book to find out more about the iridescent. Impressive review - blessings!

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Post by Shalomsamuels1 » 10 Oct 2018, 11:03

this review is a bit bland, but it did pique my interest slightly.

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Post by Allyseria » 10 Oct 2018, 11:30

I love that there are several plots in the story. However, I know that it's hard to pull off several plots because the reader ends up skimming some of them because they want to get to the main plot. Hopefully, this book wove them together well.

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Post by Bookcool123 » 10 Oct 2018, 12:12

Well, the author did make an earnest example of love through this book so a thumbs up for the hard work. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Noraine Alissa Poria » 10 Oct 2018, 12:30

Sometimes the grammar of the book turn us off, like no matter how good the storyline is it is still a turn off sometimes.

This book sounds interesting, and I agree with you the cover photo is really captivating and intriguing.

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 10 Oct 2018, 12:59

I have to Google iridescent. Wonderful review. I like that I can.sympathize with the character about moving a lot. It is tough. I like that it is a romance novel. Thank you for the review.
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Post by Onyinye Excel » 10 Oct 2018, 14:06

LaurenHaupt wrote:
10 Oct 2018, 12:59
I have to Google iridescent. Wonderful review. I like that I can.sympathize with the character about moving a lot. It is tough. I like that it is a romance novel. Thank you for the review.

This was my first time of hearing about them, and sincerely I was not disappointed. Regards.

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Post by Rosemary Khathibe » 11 Oct 2018, 04:19

Romance novels are my cup of tea, and the fact that there are horror scenes in this one is a bonus. Fascinating review like always.

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Post by melissy370 » 11 Oct 2018, 08:52

I am not a fan of romance, so I won't be reading this one. Haven't heard of iridescent myself and I will look it up. Thanks for your review.

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Post by ea_anthony » 11 Oct 2018, 15:19

I am absolutely undecided here. I do read romance and the book cover is quite catchy, same as title. I will need to come back, please keep the reviews coming!
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Post by T_stone » 13 Oct 2018, 16:03

This book's cover is actually catchy. Romance and a bit of horror sounds like good read to me, and your review has piqued my interest in this book. Thank you for the review
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Post by OrlaCarty » 15 Oct 2018, 16:10

I like that there was a lot of background information given. I enjoy when a character is strengthened that way.

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