Publication Date: April 30, 2011
Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers
Series: The Hunted #1
Elena Manory is by no means an ordinary teenage girl. Being born with the ability to heal herself from any injury, and with the knowledge that on her eighteenth birthday she will become a Vampire, Elena is aware that she is more than a little different from other girls her age.
It isn’t until she meets William Granville, an alluring and impossibly handsome vampire, that she begins to question her destiny and what secrets the Institute of Magical Intervention and her adopted family have withheld—secrets that could change the fates of not only her own life, but of the lives of all the immortals.
As events spiral out of control, William may be the only person Elena can place her trust in. He, and Elena’s magical family, must fight to save her, joining forces to defeat a common, deadly foe. For William, it is his chance to save the girl that he has searched eternity to find.
*Kindle copy provided by the author for the blog tour*
To start off this review I am going to have to say that the cover is gorgeous! There’s just some attracting force that I adore about it, the glance given by the girl, the blurriness of the male, the intensity and the mystery. Next thing that I’m going to say, and I’ve said it for the past few vampire books that I’ve read, is that the vampire genre has been bustling over the past few years and there just all over the shelves. The height of the paranormal monsters just sickened me and I always turned my nose to the newest popular trend that spiked within YA literature. It just became so cliched all the time. But I’m glad that I had the chance to participate in this blog tour because The Hunted was anything but cliched within the vampire genre. It was exciting, I kept craving, and the emotions swelled. The pace was set nicely, the characters were executed wonderfully, and the writing was captivating.
One thing that I always happen to enjoy is wonderfully written dialogue. Realistic, witty banter between characters that make me giggle or just throw my head back and cackle to myself while reading. Another thing that I happen to enjoy is nonwatered down fighting scenes. The one thing that interrupts the flow of emotions in battle is watered down, flaccid fighting that could only be taken towards the pansies. No, Ms. Berridge does not fail to vividly bring the battles to life, even better the characters to life, and the connections that could be made with the characters were strong throughout as they grew within the novel. The strength and hardships that are thrown to Elena throughout the novel and watching her grow into a strong, wonderfully built character definitely made the reading more than a journey through pages but a tale that stuck like a bee to honey.
I definitely recommend to those who wish to challenge their upturned nose to the vampire genre because The Hunted definitely made me happy to find another reason to like vampires again. And to all paranormal readers out there, pick the book up because it’s worth the read.
First Line: Despite the fresh sea air, William could smell the scent of sweaty bodies, overpowering aftershave and cheap perfume, all mingled with the enticing scent of fresh blood.