The Hunters: Book 1 in The Hunters Saga Kindle Edition
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The teens that make up the small band of hunters are varied in their skill sets and characters. There's the football players, the nerds, and a mix of other kids that make the characters very realistic. Havoc and Fury are otherworldly characters, "supervampire hunters", who teach the kids how to fight back and there are some very good fighting scenes in the book.
The story flips among various POVs which is a little confusing, but the reader can adjust. I'd say this was a good book for YA and teens except for one scene with Fury/Havoc with Chris acting as voyeur which seemed out-of-place, but there weren't enough sex scenes to make this book like those of Kresley Cole or Gena Showalter, so I find it hard to decide where to class this.
Still, it's a good story. I especially liked how the teens had to face staking people they knew well or family members once they became vampires. That conflict of trying to save people who are actually dead and killers made for an interesting dynamic. This is a good book for readers who like vampire stories where they're the bad guys.
The Hunters took me right back to The Lost Boys days. Don't get me wrong, it was nothing like Lost Boys, but it had the same panache to grab my attention and keep it. From page one! :D There are no in love, huggy, kissy, angsty whiny vamps here!
Awesome read! Great job Heidi! Looking forward to more of your work! Thank you Ms. Angell!
Angell's cast of characters is bright and original, and I loved how they complimented the action packed plot. The relationship between Chris and Lucas is heartwarming, and I loved how comical they could be. They brought a strong familial element to the story, and their relationship was similar to the television series, Supernatural.
However, I couldn't help but feel that Angell did pull too many of her ideas from Supernatural and The Mortal Instruments. While her story is unique in many ways, it is too similar to Supernatural for me. The concept of two brothers fighting monsters and having their ups and downs throughout their adventures is essentially the basis of Supernatural. I also found that the over-descriptions of some of the characters and events were distracting, and too many adverbs were used.
But with that all being said, I commend Angell for taking back the mythical vampire monster and putting it back into current literature. I loved being able to revisit my favorite monster in an action packed, horrific way. Angell has a strong imagination, and she does well with presenting a horror themed - plot to a general audience. If you are looking for a new take on this classic monster, I am sure that you will enjoy The Hunters!
The group of young people deal with their probable imminent deaths realistically. I liked it that they weren't all 'of course it's going to be ok' attitudes, and most had doubts about whether they were doing the right thing by staying instead of running for it.
I've read the other reviews, and disagree with the ones concerned with swearing. What are people meant to say when waiting for a vampire attack? 'Golly gee I'm a bit fidgety tonight?' There was a sex scene, but it wasn't the least bit graphic.
But yep, having the two strangers being called 'Havoc and Fury' was a bit eye-rolling. It would have been much more fun if they'd had really unheroic names such 'Fred and Muriel'.
It lost a star because the ending was a little rushed, and did no one else in the world realise the town was being decimated by vampires? The scene when they stop at a gas station and get snacks really spoilt 'the end is nigh' vibe.
I'd certainly read a sequel, as this one left quite a few loose ends and I enjoyed the author's style.
I liked how the vampires were the enemy sort of like how the zombies are the enemy in the Walking Dead. There's no humanizing of the vampires or changing what they are—they're simply bloodthirsty monsters trying to kill.
I gave it a four-star rating because I had a hard time reading it. I can't say I found the story flawed, but I wasn't compelled to keep turning the pages. A solid book, well worth the read!
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