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Written In Red by Anne Bishop

Okay if you know me, you are probably aware that I enjoy Anne Bishop. Her "Black Jewels" books obsessed me for a REALLY long time. And kinda still do, I'm not going to lie. I spent a surprising amount of time a few nights ago trolling the interwebz for earrings that reflect "the power of my red jewels". (my birthright jewel is green, but I descended to red when I made my Offering to the Darkness. That's right, I'm nerdy!)

Even if you aren't a huge fantasy nerd, who loves Anne Bishop and her world building ways, I still recommend reading Written in Red. Rather than a guilty pleasure, WiR is an actual pleasure. I'm not sure if it was marketed to YA, or adult audiences, but it is suitable for both. (i.e. no sex. Although I have hopes somebody will be "gettin' some" in the next book, as WiR is part of a planned series)

I found this book to be THRILLING! The perfect mix of "alternate reality" re-imagined earth, mythology, and romance. As soon as I finished reading it, I read it again. And many more times since then. I made all my friends read it. My copy is covered in hand cream, wine stains, and tears, the spine bent open in certain exhilarating places. Good thing I own a bookstore, because I'm going to need another copy.

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