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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

The Selection (The Selection, #1)The Selection by Kiera Cass

Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/ YA
Format Reviewed: Finished Hardcover, 327 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
ISBN 10: 0062059939
ISBN 13: 9780062059932
Source: Personal Purchase

Rating: 5+/5

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

The Selection how do I LOVE you?! Well, you know those cupcakes with the delicious frosting piled on top? You know the one’s that you know you SHOULDN’T have more than one of but by the time you’re done you’ve had 3 or 4 and you still want more? That is how much I LOVED The Selection. Not only was it delicious, I was left wanting MORE! Now I have to wait for what seems like an ETERNITY for book 2! :(

What I really liked about this book was that it’s classified as a Dystopian novel but it didn’t really have a Dystopian feel to it at all. It had “shades” of dystopia but not hardcore like say Legend or The Hunger Games. Yeah for A-Typical dystopian’s!

In the beginning I was sure how I felt about America. I kind of felt that at the beginning of the book America was maybe a little bit naive about some things…Mainly men and relationships. Then I thought that there were some things that America was right on the ball about…Life outside the palace walls, especially for lower caste citizens. Though as the book progressed I saw a lot of growth in America. Which made me really happy. :)

Can we talk about Aspen for a minute? I’m NOT a fan. I felt that in the beginning of the book Aspen was using America because she was a caste above him. She had a little more food readily available and she was more than willing to share, so felt he took advantage of the situation. Then things happen later in the book and as a result I’m EVEN LESS of a fan.

Maxon!? I’m definitely Team Maxon, all the way! When the ladies of The Selection move into the palace Maxon is WAY out of his element. To the point of being adorably awkward. Then America catches his eye and I want to be America. He showers her with a lot of attention and experiences several firsts with her. Even though Maxon is clearly attracted to America he does end up doing right by the other girls in The Selection as well.

Overall, I was BEYOND impressed with this book! It exceeded my expectations and I can hardly wait for the next book to come out. It has it all! Drama, romance, evil characters you just want to reach into the book and slap, and action to name a few things. If you haven’t picked up The Selection and read it yet DO SO RIGHT NOW!