Here is the very first public review I’ve received on Red August, ever. This mini-review is from @abibliophilesbookmark on Instagram and it is based on the 1/3 of Red August you can read for free on Smashwords.
I was looking around the internet for an illustration style to filter a photograph. I was specifically seeking an Arthur Rackham filter. Anybody who loves fairy paintings as much as I do has probably heard of Arthur Rackham. In searching for that, I came across this:
Pretty sexy huh? (Source)
Which is actually an image of a Kinuko Craft painting done in the Arthur Rackham style, from Playboy in the late 1970s. Yes, Playboy! Anyway, this illustration was done for something called “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti, which it turns out, is a poem I’ve never heard of. Below is an excerpt (it’s really long, y’all) and you can see the whole thing here.
Coming this Summer
What if you found out that you were descended from a long line of clandestine fighters, and that your family was still at war? Or that the love of your life was something other than human? August Archer thinks she’s a normal teenage girl—even though she has been having disturbing and erotic dreams about wolves lately. Still grieving over the loss of her bookish, charming father, and wondering over his final gift of a red hooded cloak, August is uprooted from her New York City apartment to a tiny town in Maryland, and the rambling Victorian house where he grew up. There she meets a wise woman with a gift for herbal medicine, the gentle old man who keeps the house in repair and the grounds thriving, and her new neighbor: an enigmatic, irresistibly fascinating man who refuses to talk to her, yet who seems to know her better than she knows herself, and fuels her most intense romantic fantasies. But it’s when August begins to coax her feisty Scottish grandmother out of her self-imposed catatonia that a strange tale of werewolves and hunters emerges—one in which the man of her dreams may be her family’s oldest enemy—in this modern-day telling of the Red Riding Hood story.