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The Hunt

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuor

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Urban Fantasy/PNR
Format Reviewed: EGalley
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Series: Currently Untitled #1
Source: Netgalley

Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

Why I read this book?: I recently saw that this book was in a lot of IMM’s and I really thought that the premise of the book was very interesting. I found that it was available on Netgalley and put in a request to read the egalley.

What I liked?: I really enjoyed that the premise of this story was completely different than anything I have read recently. Usually we read about us humans being the hunters and the paranormal beings being the hunted, the roles are completely reversed in The Hunt. I think that I was able to connect with the characters of this book because it was so different. In the beginning of the book we don’t now what our main character’s name is, he’s known by a number really, it isn’t until later in the book that we learn that his name is Gene and he’s spent the vast majority of his life trying NOT to act like a human just so he can continue living. The announcement of the last heper (human) hunt, humans are virtually extinct now, set’s the ball rolling for an action packed fast paced YA debut. I think my favorite part of the whole book was the author took some shots at the Twilight franchise, I don’t know if it was intentional but I really liked it.

What I disliked?: In the beginning of the book was I was worried that The Hunt was going to be another version of The Hunger Games. There were a fair amount of similarities between both books but then there was a scene that changed my mind entirely. I’m glad that scene was there, if not it would have affected my review and rating. Have I mentioned that I have a growing dislike for cliffhangers?!

Overall Impression: My overall impression of this book is that I will for sure be buying a finished copy of The Hunt once it is made available to the general public. I LOVED this book and I think it is a wonderful beginning to this series.

Rating:  4.75/5
Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson, #2)

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/PNR/Fantasy
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: January 30, 2007
Series: Mercy Thompson #2
Source: paperbackswap.com

Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen… Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.
But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

Why I read this book?: I just recently read the first book in this series, Moon Called, and enjoyed it so much I immediately picked up the second book. Which is pretty amazing considering usually I have to read something different in between books in a series.

What I liked?: As always, Mercy Thompson is my heroine! What I really loved about her in this book is that she took her “devil may care” attitude and used it to kick even MORE ass in this book than she did in the first book. She’s so ”real” even though she is a shapeshifter. I feel I could be friends with her, if she existed in real life. In the first book the bad guys were bad but in this book the bad guy(s) were even badder than that! The action is fast-paced and the mystery is great too. Usually, I’m lukewarm on love triangles but I think in the case of this series it works really well. Though I’m growing increasingly lukewarm on Samuel. But at the same time I’m growing more in “book boyfriend lust” with Adam. I really like the road that Stefan is traveling down, storyline wise…I can hardly wait to see how it/if it plays out. A lot of the secondary characters are starting to grow on me, even Ben…maybe he isn’t so bad after all.

What I disliked?: I’m really starting to dislike the whole vampire seethe, with the exception of Stefan of course. Other than that I really don’t have much in the way of negatives for this book.

Overall Impression: I might just have to come up with a whole new rating for series/books like this! LOVE this series so much I’m going to go grab book three off of my shelf as soon as I post this review.

 
Rating:  4.75/5
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Release Date: August 7, 2012
ISBN 10: 1599906953
ISBN 13: 9781599906959

Rating: 4.75/5

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.



Review:

I was pretty much sucked into Throne of Glass from the first page.  Our heroine Celaena, is a well known, well trained assassin who has is currently imprisoned at a salt mine.  But Prince Dorian offers Celaena a chance at freedom, compete against 23 other criminals to determine who will be the King’s assassin.  What really drew me into the story was that I was going to be inside our skilled assassin’s head.  I was really looking forward to seeing what Celaena was thinking and feeling.

But I did find a fault in this seemingly “perfect” novel.  I felt at points the story was dragging on, to the point that I felt the story was not progressing.  Honestly, for me anyway, the first 100 or so pages felt a little “info dumpy” to me.  So I set the book down for a day and went about life.  When I picked Throne of Glass back up, I was able to tear through the rest of the book no problem.

One of the things that I really liked about Throne of Glass was that all the key “players” in the book were all very complex.  Just when you think you have them figured out the author throws you a curve ball and your back to square 1.  I really thought Celaena was a really well written “bad ass” heroine.  Even though we (the readers) don’t get to really see the assassin side of her, the subjects of the kingdom and the Royal family are all aware of her “dark side.”  I wonder if we will get to see more of the “dark side” in later books?  Prince Dorian is probably my favorite prince so far this year.  He’s the anti-royalty royal. Then there is his loyal friend and Captain of the Guard, Choal.  I think these two guys complement each other very nicely. I really enjoyed seeing how each of the guys interacted with Celaena.  There is a hint at a potential love triangle, but honestly, there was minimal romance in this first book.

The place where this book takes place at one time had magical elements to it.  I was hoping to read about some pretty serious fantasy elements, but then we learn that the King came through and did away with anything or anyone who maybe magical.  Needless to say, my high hopes for “pretty serious fantasy elements” were kind of dashed a little bit.  I’m not going to say that there isn’t any magic in the book, but what there is is VERY hush hush.

Overall, I was really happy with Throne of Glass.  The ending was completely crazy, in a good way, which I enjoyed immensely.  If I were going to recommend this book to someone I would recommend it to a person who enjoys their heroines with a set of “stones.”  Likes their hero’s slightly unorthodox and likes a little “dark magic.”