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Book Review (ARC): Always Red (Red #2) by Isabelle Ronin

always red

Title: Always Red

Author: Isabelle Ronin

Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary

Date Publish: November 7th 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Goodreads Rating: 4.11


Chasing Red is the Wattpad phenomenon with over 130 million reads, and one million reads each week. Revised and with new original content, it will be published in two volumes, Chasing Red and Always Red. New readers and fans alike will fall in love with Red and Caleb–over and over again. 

Veronica “Red” Strafford’s painful past has made trusting Caleb Lockhart difficult. But Red might have pushed Caleb away one too many times…

I want you to fight for me. Just as I fought for you. But you wouldn’t.
I stood there, staring after him, tears pouring down my face.


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Hiya bessies!

How are you all?


First off, I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. That didn’t influence my review in any way.


Let’s start bessies!


Bes, you noticed that I just posted my review of Chasing Red and now I am posting the review of its second book. You must be thinking, I should have just combined them just like I always do whenever I read a series in one go. But then, I have different thoughts for the two books so I decided to separate my review.


You bessies know that I absolutely loved the first book. It was amazing and it really stuck to me. However, the second book fell a bit short for me.


Let’s just skip the character review because they are still the same way they are on the first book. Let’s go to story now.


As I was reading the second book, I keep asking what would be the problem needs solving in this book now that Caleb and Veronica finally worked their issues and decided to be together. Every time I flip the page on my Kindle, I was just waiting for something, a trigger, for that said problem. And when I found it, bes, everything is predictable after. From the twist to the solution, it was all predictable. I’ve seen it all coming. I wasn’t surprised to the part where it was supposed to be a surprise. You know what I mean?


So I wasn’t that thrilled when I read the climax part of the book. However, even though I was already expecting the rest of the things happening in the book, I still want something to surprise me or satisfy me. I was hoping that Justin and Beatrice-Rose wouldn’t go that easily. They are the antagonists of the story and they did pretty bad things. So I was kind of expecting that they would pay for it badly too. But then they didn’t. They didn’t even have a proper closure.


So if I love the first book so much, I kind of felt disappointed on this second one. There weren’t any kilig moments in this one too. Not many funny moments except from the ones where Kara opens her mouth. So this second book feels lacking.


I kind of didn’t feel the ending too. I mean, it answered that one last mystery from their past but I don’t know why I wasn’t feeling satisfied by it. It really feels lacking. I wasn’t as into the second book as I was on the first book.



To wrap this up, this book is still good. It is the conclusion of the Chasing Red but I kind of still wanted more. I feel like Ms Isabelle Ronin could still do better. Also, I will be reading the Wattpad version of Chasing Red and maybe see the difference. For now, I would still recommend this book. The first book will make you read the second one, I know. I just hope that it won’t fell short to as it did to me.











Isabelle Ronin is a Filipino Canadian writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her Wattpad story, Chasing Red, has garnered over 130 million reads and was one of the most-read stories of 2016. As a result of the story’s immense popularity online, several major publishers around the world have acquired the rights to Chasing Red.

When she’s not writing, Isabelle can be found hanging out in bookstores, cafes, and whenever possible, the beach.


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What about you bessies? Do you have moments like this? Where the first book is better than the second one? Let’s talk in the comments!


Thanks for reading up to here, bessies! Love you all!



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