DeAnna Reviews: Red at Night by Katie McGarry

by DeAnna on July 14, 2014

DeAnna Reviews: Red at Night by Katie McGarryRed at Night by Katie McGarry
Published by Harlequin on 2014-04-01
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 100
Format: eBook
More Than Words:Bestselling authors and real-life heroinesEvery year, Harlequin's More Than Words award is given to three real-life heroines, women whose courage and vision have helped change people's lives for the better. Once again, three bestselling Harlequin authors have written stories inspired by these remarkable women.In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge…the local cemetery.Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah's friends. Once he's sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won't have time for her anymore. Too bad she's already fallen for him….Look for all three ebooks inspired by real-life heroines: Red at Night by Katie McGarry, You Are Here by Liz Fichera and The Gift of a Good Start by Earl Sewell. Visit the Harlequin More Than Words website, at, or your favorite ebook retailer to download these free novellas today.

I absolutely loved Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series (though I still have to read the latest book), so when I saw that she was coming out with a new book, I knew I had to buy it immediately. When I started reading it, though, I had forgotten that it was a novella.

I liked Red at Night, but I didn’t love it. I thought that both Stella and Jonah had interesting characters and were good narrators. I really liked their interactions together, too.  Both of their backstories were heartbreaking, which is nothing new in a Katie McGarry book! And I was really drawn to them.

I think my biggest problem was the length. I know it was a novella, but I just feel like it could have been so much more. I didn’t love Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits novella) either. I think that part of what I love about Katie McGarry is the way she develops her characters and tells her stories. I never feel like her novels are too long or that anything is unnecessary. And because of that, I feel like her novellas always leave me wanting more.

Don’t get me wrong: It was a really good story, with a really good ending. I just really wanted more of it!


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