Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Review: Immortal Hunter (Execution Underground #2) by Kait Ballenger


Immortal Hunter
(Execution Underground #2)
by Kait Ballenger

Blurb:
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic
assassins. Now he’s a member of the Execution Underground
and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon
slips into the seductive body of the only woman he’s ever loved,
David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart AllsĂșn O’Hare gave to David so long ago
left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human.
And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her
greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they’re swept together into a wicked game with the
demon who controls her, David must decide if saving AllsĂșn’s life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.



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Viviana's Review:
I had read the "Shadow Hunter (Execution Underground novella)" which is a part of the "After Dark: The Darkest Angel/Shadow Hunter (Lords of the Underworld #4.5)" book that includes Gena Showalter and I LOVED IT! Kait's Execution Underground team is BADASSED!! Each of them with a unique skill set that they use to protect humans from the likes of things that go bump in the night. 

"Immortal Hunter" is the second book in the series and I must fess up here and now... I still haven't had the chance to read the first book "Twilight Hunter". I know... I know... I'm hanging my head.... just WAY TOO Many books and NOT enough time!!  I was a tiny bit concern that I would be missing out on something by not reading book 1 when I'm having to review book 2. I can honestly say that this could be read as a stand alone. There is enough information scattered throughout the book to keep you in the loop. Would it be better to read book 1 first, absolutely. Kait is a great story teller. She does a fantastic job of setting things up and allowing you to enjoy the story and keep you alert as to what's going on.

The blurb does a really good job of telling you what the story is about. One thing I do really like about Kait's writing is that the heroines are strong and independent. They can hold their own! Woohoo for no whiny, meek, "Oh I'm nothing without you" blah blah heroines.  I will say, there is a familiar trope used in this story... ready... there's a secret he doesn't know about. The secret is what causes them to break up in the first place and of course, as the reader, we shake our heads and think "all could have been avoided if you just TOLD him the truth from the very beginning! But no... instead, you don't say anything and run away!" However, the secret isn't the only thing that caused a wedge between them and this part isn't dragged out throughout most of the book. This is where Kait excels for me in that she made it part of the story and not 'the' story. I've read other books where the fact that there is a secret starts on page one and doesn't finish til almost the very end. 

Ahh David. He's very much an Alpha male! Loved him from the start! He's sexy, smart, and sarcastic, yet he shows a caring, sensitive and even romantic side. There were a few times I smiled or laughed out loud and not because of a joke that was told, but because it was like seeing friends hanging out and bantering with each other. The guys are well, guys and while they all have a very tough job, they still find the time to jab at each other, make smart-ass comments and be themselves.

Overall a great read and I will say that, as the blurb hints, there's a battle and it's over rather quickly at first I thought "Uhm... that's it? Wow, that was quick!" but then upon further thinking about it... while yes, it wasn't an 'epic battle' sometimes they don't have to be. He's extremely knowledgeable and strong member of the Executive underground. For goodness sake, demons fear HIM. So, yeah... doesn't have to take long or be this huge thing. I'm definitely going to find the time to read the first book in the series before the third one comes out. I'm a huge fan of the series and looking forward to the next installment that is scheduled for release in Late 2014. Woohoo!!

Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It


Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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