This or That with RED by Alison Cherry – Plus Giveaway

I’ve never conducted a ‘This or That List’ with an author before. My first victim? Alison Cherry, author of the utterly unique upcoming debut, RED. RED is a standalone, eligible for the Standalone Reading Challenge – so pick this one up! And let me know if you like it. Read on for to see if Alison is a fan of this or that and enter to win her debut!


Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.

Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note:

I know your secret.

Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say “strawberry blond.” Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school.

Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?

In real life:

IceyBooks: Coke or Pepsi?
Alison Cherry: Ginger ale. Brown soda freaks me out for some reason. I wasn’t allowed to have it as a child, so maybe something deep inside me believes it’s dangerous and awful?

IceyBooks: House or Apartment?
Alison Cherry: Apartment. We don’t really have these things you call “houses” in New York City.

IceyBooks: Hot or Cold?
Alison Cherry: Cold. Redheads were not built to tolerate heat. I wilt in the sun. (And then I quickly turn the color of a raw steak.)

IceyBooks:Banana or Potato chips?
Alison Cherry: Banana, but usually with peanut butter on it, so that’s sort of cheating.

IceyBooks: Pen or Pencil?
Alison Cherry: Laptop. But if I MUST write longhand, pen. Why write in gray when you could write in colors?

IceyBooks: Twitter or Facebook?
Alison Cherry: Twitter is the love of my heart.

In books/writing:

IceyBooks: Dark-haired or Blonde?
Alison Cherry: Um, REDHEAD. OBVIOUSLY. ;)

IceyBooks: Soft-spoken or snarky?
Alison Cherry: I always root for the snarky protagonists.

IceyBooks: Mythology or Fantasy?
Alison Cherry: Fantasy, if only because of GRACELING.

IceyBooks: Historical or Modern?
Alison Cherry: Modern. I’m a contemporary girl at through and through.

IceyBooks: Hardcover/Paperback, or eBook?
Alison Cherry: REAL BOOKS. ALWAYS REAL BOOKS. Maybe I’ll change my mind if someone manages to imbue e-books with that delicious paper smell?

IceyBooks: Outlining or pantsing?
Alison Cherry: Outlining, but not to excess. I have to know the general arc of my story and where it’s going to land, but I don’t necessarily need to know every scene along the way in advance.

The one true question:

IceyBooks: Writing or Reading?
Alison Cherry: If I could only do one forever? Reading. I sincerely love writing, but telling me I couldn’t read would be like ripping out a large chunk of my heart and stomping on it.

Alison Cherry

Alison grew up in Evanston, IL. She is a professional photographer and spent many years working as a lighting designer for theater, opera, and dance. Now she lives in Brooklyn and writes young adult novels full time. Her debut, RED, is coming from Delacorte in October of 2013. She is represented by the lovely and amazing Holly Root of Waxman Leavell.

Find Alison on her Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Add RED to Goodreads | Buy RED on Amazon

And now for the giveaway! Alison has generously donated a copy of RED to one lucky US/Canada winner. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 17 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a huge fangirl of Assassin's Creed, Marvel, and Six of Crows.

October 12, 2013



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    Mary H

    October 11, 2013

    I fell in love with Red when I discovered it on Edelweiss. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to snag a DRC so that just ramped up my anticipation. I think Red’s premise is incredibly unique. I really just can’t wait to read it. Redheads are so vastly underrepresented in literatures that even though I’m not one, I compiled a list of ginger-loving ya novels for my blog feature Listmania Monday. Red, of course, is on it. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog

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    October 11, 2013

    Can’t wait to read this! Been on my TBR for a long time.

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    Terra Heck

    October 11, 2013

    RED sounds like a really good book. I’d love to read it, then pass it on to my teenage daughter. Thanks.

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    October 11, 2013

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this one. :)

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    October 11, 2013

    READING! I do love writing, too, but I couldn’t live without reading. Great interview!

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    October 11, 2013

    this looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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    sarah c.

    October 11, 2013

    this book sounds like it would be good and interesting!!! cant wait to read it- thanks for the giveaway!!!

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    susan beamon

    October 11, 2013

    the only color i have ever dyed my hair was strawberry blond, that light shade of red that almost isn’t. it was lovely. my skin tones carried the color so well, it looked natural and people treated me like i was a real redhead.

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    Maria medeiros

    October 11, 2013

    Omg I would love to win!!

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    Paola Benavides

    October 11, 2013

    I am so excited to read this!! I love the cover.:)

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    Samantha D

    October 11, 2013

    Awesome! :D I cant wait to read RED! :D

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    October 11, 2013

    So excited to read this one!!!

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    Meghan Stith

    October 11, 2013

    Yes, because I have red hair!

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    Hillary R.

    October 11, 2013

    I’m really excited for Red! It sounds like a such a fun book! And the cover is gorgeous! ^_^

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    October 11, 2013

    I’m a red-head so of course :) I must read this book.

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    October 11, 2013

    I think this sounds like such a fun and cute premise! I definitely can’t wait to read it. I’m going to have start dyeing my hair red again.

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    R Pratt

    October 11, 2013

    Looks like a great book.
    Good luck to everyone!

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    Randi M

    October 12, 2013

    I can’t wait to read Red! And that cover is gorgeous. :) I love Alison’s answer for pen or pencil – I had never thought of it that way, but I definitely gravitate toward color pens. Some might say it’s a bit of an obsession… Thank you for sharing this or that & for the chance to win a copy of Red!

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    October 12, 2013

    Sounds interesting

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    Rachel Patrick

    October 15, 2013

    Fun interview! And RED looks like a fun, different book with a very interesting topic. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Sassy @ My Never Ending Pile

    October 16, 2013

    As someone with a redheaded daughter, this sounds soo intriguing!

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    October 17, 2013

    I have really wanted to read this for a while!!!! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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    Lisa Vazquezanzua

    October 18, 2013

    This book sounds SO GOOD!! I’m definitely adding this to my TBR list. Looking forward to reading it!!

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    October 18, 2013

    Yes i am! Sounds awesome!:)
    Thanks for the giveaway

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    Jennifer Crawford

    October 19, 2013

    I have had some BAD experiences with redheads! But I AM looking forward to reading all about a town centered on the fiery devils! :-)