4 out of 4 stars
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Hunted, by Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk, is a fantasy romance story centered around a vampire and a vampire hunter. Even after fighting for vampire rights through the Vampire Human Alliance, vampires are still regarded as second-class citizens or worse, as monsters. Thanks to the Red Cross Blood Assistance program, it’s easy for vampires to obtain blood legally and live more peaceful lives.
On the day of her 100th anniversary as a vampire, Edith Dorset is in charge of running a recruitment table to recruit humans to a 3-day live action role play (LARP) event where the vampires of the Heartsong clan show them what it’s like to be a vampire. During the sign-up event, Edith is shocked when one of the recruits has the exact name as her dead fiance. When a vampire hunter named Darren Paxton infiltrates the LARP event to look out for his younger brother Daniel, things go awry. A murder of a vampire lands Daniel in hot water when he is accused of the murder. With the clock ticking, Edith and Darren race against time to clear Daniel’s name. However, as tension and emotions steam up between Edith and Darren, Darren is forced to reevaluate his thoughts and opinions about vampires.
For the most part, I enjoyed reading this book. It read like a murder mystery novel mixed with romance. I thought that the plot was simple, but there was enough suspense to keep me engaged. The writing was clear and simple, and the book was well-written. I would say that this book is more character-driven than plot-driven. The ending concluded in a cliffhanger which left me wanting more and wondering about what is going to happen next.
What I liked the most about this book were the characters because they were relatable. I think the character that showed the most growth was Darren. Darren is very protective of his younger brother. He is also strong and stubborn, but he has a good heart. I wasn’t very fond of Edith’s character because she seems fragile and meek. Luckily, her character grows to become stronger towards the end.
While the target audience is for teens and young adults, I think older readers can also enjoy reading this book. There were a few grammatical errors, but they did not detract from the book. There were also a few sexually explicit scenes, so I would not recommend this book for younger readers.
Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The suspense and tension kept me engaged throughout the book. I recommend this book for anyone who likes murder mystery stories mixed with romance and vampires.
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