Thursday, 31 January 2013
Review: Code Red by Amy Noelle
Walking out of your dorm room to find your boyfriend leaving another girls room has got to surprise anyone, but for Nicole it was something she never saw coming. After confronting him and breaking up she gathers a few close friends and after a few drinks Code Red is created. When one of them doesn't want to fall for a guy they call a Code Red, and everyone will run to her rescue and get her away from the man. Four years after Code Red was started, Nicole is single but not in a hurry to find Mr Right, until Josh comes onto the scene.
I have had my eye on Code Red since I first saw it on goodreads and was super excited to find it on netgalley. I went into reading this book with high expectations, and while I did enjoy parts of the book, overall it wasn't what I thought it would be.
I enjoyed the build up between Nicole and Josh. The sexual tension that took forever to get anywhere that was explosive when it finally did, and the slow build up of their friendship that felt real and not rushed. The great friendship she has with the girls is something I wish I had with some of my friends growing up, while part of me thinks some of them could have been more supportive over Nicole's Code Red, if I was constantly getting Code Red emails, or hearing about how much a friend fancied a guy but did nothing about it, I would probably have the same attitude.
Code Red was a quick read that I liked, and while I did like the story itself, it took me a while to actually feel anything towards the characters. Amy Noelle has written twilight fan fiction that I have loved, and although I knew that Code Red was an original novel, when I began reading I pictured the characters as other people, trying to make them fit a mould that wasn't actually meant for them. I think this threw me and once I had it in my head that Code Red and the characters inside where their own words and people it made it easier for the book to actually work without me trying to make characters into others.
Code Red has some great five star reviews on goodreads, unfortunately for me it wasn't a five star read.