Review: The Red

tl;dr: completely insane but satisfying erotica fantasy

The Story:

If you are unfamiliar with Tiffany Reisz, you may want to mentally prepare yourself. This book is bananas, but in the best possible way. The Red is about a young woman named Mona, who comes from scandalous beginnings (her mother was a free love kinda gal, and invited a man to impregnate her without any strings because she wanted a child) and is now faced with a arduous task of saving her late mother’s gallery from financial ruin. She’s gone over the books, and the prognosis in grim. Right at the moment she decides she can’t fight it any longer and needs to sell it, a mysterious man shows up, and offers her the money it will take to bring the gallery back from its debts IF she agrees to submit to his sexual appetites with a carte blancheĀ agreement.

Mona is intrigued by the man, and really doesn’t want to sell the gallery, so she agrees. They embark on a year-long steamy affair, where she is given hints about their encounters from a variety of paintings. He shows up every few months for many hours of debauchery, which begin to become strange and twisted, and nearly unbelievable. She wonders if her imagination is that good, or if he’s drugging her somehow.

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Review: BtVS Season 10 New Rules

I’ve enjoyed most of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novels, but this one was surprisingly excellent. If you haven’t been keeping up to date with the graphic novels, I highly recommend you do so, so that you can get here. It hit my fandom spot in all the right places. I also really love all the story lines they’ve mined from the magic seed idea. The only character that needs an arc is Willow. They seem to have forgotten about her mostly, although she did have her own short series.

Nicholas Brendan (Xander) has joined the writing team now and I don’t know if it’s because of him, or what, but I feel like these issues really came back to basics with a lot of the characters. I can’t wait to see where it’s going!

5 stars

This fulfills the book with non-human characters, the book with magic, the graphic novel, and the book based on or turned into a TV show requirements.