Saturday, August 17, 2013

[Review] Dirty Red - Tarryn Fisher

Released: December 21st, 2012

Dear Opportunist,

You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now that he's mine I'll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn't ever think about you anymore. I won't let him go… ever.

Dirty Red

Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn't. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.

Do you love me or the idea of me?
EEEEEP~ I really didn't want to read this book in the beginning since I was pretty bummed about The Opportunist. The ending was just freaking depressing since it didn't have the happily ever after I was expecting, but both sides were trying to be rational. But this cover wasn't that pretty compared to the Opportunist which showed Olivia's sexy and dangerous side. Leah looks more vulnerable, which she is not, in this cover. And now we see the world through the antagonist's side.

Leah is a psychopathic, obsessive bitch who thinks she's in love with Caleb because he is the image of perfection that her parents expect from her. She wanted the attention, the feeling that her parents would finally think of her as something instead of nothing. And she achieved this through Caleb. But she is utterly obsessed with her ideas and plotting.
"I have done a number of things to keep this man. I have lied and cheated. I have been sexy and meek, fierce and vulnerable. I have been everything but myself."
She is a woman who knows how to manipulate. With her fabulous red hair and snarky attitude, she is one dangerous package. She is frustrating and sexy at the same time.

I still really like how Tarryn Fisher changes the present/past between chapters. We get a glimpse of how she's facing her current predicaments and what her history with Caleb was: how they met, how they ended up together, how she felt. Everything!

And the characters I actually really liked. In a way? They were pretty frustrating at times, aside from Sam, who I absolutely adore. He deals with Leah so casually that she gets upset, frustrated, angry, furious, etc etc. And Sam doesn't beat around the bush, he just goes straight to the point.

Exhibit A:
Leah: "How do I get him to come home?"
Sam: "Get a new personality and learn to shut the fuck up."
Oh Sam. And then Exhibit B:
Sam: "Caleb is a pretty nice guy. […] Why would he marry a girl like you?" 
Lastly, Exhibit C:
Sam: "It's hard to remember that a cold shrew like you is actually a mother."
I bloody freaking love Sam. He's hilarious and he's honest. He doesn't bullshit around Leah even though he works for her.

But I love love love how Caleb and Olivia are like soulmates. It's like the for real, the-one kind of thing.
"When they're together, it's like putting a hurricane and a tornado in the same room - you can feel the tension. I didn't believe in the cliché of soul mates until I saw them together." - Cammie 
It's as if everyone around them knows that, no matter how many times they try to keep those two apart, they know that their hearts will always belong to each other.
I didn't choose her. Love is illogical. You fall into it like a manhole. Then you're just stuck. You die in love more than you live in love." - Caleb
And freak faeraweralkejralwekjr the one scene with Olivia (which I was pretty pissed since she only showed up once in the whole book).
Leah: "I thought you loved your husband."
Olivia: "I love yours too." 

Minor Faults:
  • I didn't like how crazy Leah was, it was a bit too exaggerated but maybe it was her character.


4 APPLES!!!!!

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About The Author:

Tarryn Fisher would like to write a novel that every single person loves but that is impossible. Instead, she tries to write stories that pull on people's emotions. She believes that sadness is the most powerful emotion. Aside from writing, she also loves rain, Coke, Starbucks, and sarcasm.

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