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Good morning everyone. I don’t know about where you are, but here the season has really started to turn. This morning’s weather is starting to feel bitter, it is time to wrap up warm, sit on the sofa with a blanket and immerse yourself in a good book.

On that note of course, it is time for me to give you yet another book review. This time the book in question is written by Kristy Berridge, and is titled The Hunted.

I will be completely honest, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am not a big fan of books written in the first person, mainly because although this narrative is meant to make me feel more connected to a story, I find it rarely does. However this book was one of the exceptions, so much so that I will be purchasing the second instalment in this series.

This book was recommended to me by a Twitter friend @EdB2630 based on a few of the books I have already reviewed and enjoyed, and I will certainly be taking to heart his future recommendations.

The book follows the story of Elena, a teenager with a very complex future ahead of her due to the events surrounding her birth. Elena is a born vampire, thus she is unable to attend regular high school so studies in the Institute of Magical Intervention who hunt down the Vânătors. When she reaches 18 she will turn, yet there are secrets hidden within her blood that mean she is not the only person on the hunt, she in turn is hunted.

The characters each have their own distinctive and believable personalities, from Elena, the somewhat mouthy, independent teenager, to her magic wielding brother, Lucas, who despite his occasional ability to disappoint her, is generally loyal to a fault. Each character has their own unique traits and individualities, not to mention flaws and humour. There are characters you root for, characters you despise, and those who intrigue you. The collection works well, and the growth they experience through the story is evident.

The book itself is a young adult, paranormal romance, to me it has the familiar feel of a more adult style L.J. Smith, if you have ever read Vampire Diaries, or Night World, think of how well the characters interact and the flow of the story, as well as the romance between characters she often includes. The concept of the story is well portrayed and once you get about a third of the way through there is no putting it down.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of the genre, even those who are not so keen on the whole vampire scene, because although it plays a part in the story, it is not all consuming, I didn’t feel as though I was reading a vampire based story, it was a fantastic balance of paranormal, magic, and everyday life. The author really found a perfect balance to the story.

As always, here are the Amazon Kindle links.

UK – The Hunted

US – The Hunted

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