Thank you to Love Book Tours for my copy of Hunted ahead of me taking part in the book tour for the sequel Allied. This in no way affects my opinion.
Authors: Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk
Publisher: Cayelle Publishing/Spectral
Genre: Paranormal Romance
On the hundredth anniversary of being turned into a vampire, Edith joins her adopted daughters and their friends at the Heartsong Clan’s annual “vampires vs humans” LARP recruitment event where she meets an eager Dan Paxton. Dan’s older brother and vampire hunter, Darren, thinks he is merely chaperoning a trip to a nerd convention, but when Darren discovers Dan missing, he follows the only lead he has to the Heartsong Clan’s residence on Tombstone Row. He’s determined to keep his Hunter instincts in check, rescue his brother, and make a clean escape. When an impromptu late-night encounter leads Darren and Edith to be honest with each other about who and what each of them are, Edith longs to keep Darren and his brother close, even though it goes against Clan rules. The two start to grow closer as they seek out the truth from Edith’s Sire, Mr. Heartsong, and soon Darren is finding it harder than he thought to snuff out Edith and her family.
I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into Hunted, and while I enjoyed it, I felt that there was quite a bit missing for me to love it. I feel as if I wanted it to be that little bit longer, so the relationships were a bit more fleshed out and made a bit more sense.
The characters were probably my favourite part of Hunted as they were where Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk put in most of the effort. As the book was centred around Edith and Darren, we learnt a lot about them and their motivations, which I found pretty interesting. I would have loved to have seen some more of the interactions with the other characters, as I think that would have added to the background of the story. One thing that I was not a fan of was the relationship between Edith and Darren. It moved so quickly that there wasn’t time for it to develop and feel natural; it all felt a bit forced. I hope that we see a few more of the smaller moments that make a relationship seem a bit more natural in the sequel.
I wasn’t as invested as I wanted to be in the plot as it seemed as if it was going round in circles to me. I guessed pretty early on what was going to happen and how the story would play out, which took away some of the atmosphere for me. But I can see how Hunted is setting up a much bigger storyline which I am intrigued by. I think the atmosphere would have been a bit stronger if I felt that the stakes were higher, but I just didn’t feel as if anyone was in real danger at any moment.
I am curious about the direction that the sequel is going to take as I hope that Hunted was just the starting point for a much wider story that I will enjoy a little bit more.