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Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Review: Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Shadow Hunter
(Shadow Hunter- Execution Underground prequel)
By Kait Ballenger

Vampire hunter Damon Brock's first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn't the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. 

Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family-and she works solo. But being alone is no longer so desirable when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. As they work to massacre the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they are forced to decide between their lifelong beliefs... and their new found hearts.

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Viviana's Review: 
Shadow Hunter is a novella that is part of the "After Dark Anthology" and can be read as a stand alone.

Damon is part of an elite team called Execution Underground. They keep us humans safe from the supernatural! Each team member specialized in a species or type of supernatural and Damon is a Vampire Hunters. When tragedy strikes, he is blinded by the rage of revenge and will stop on nothing until he gets it! Tiffany, hunts the vampire responsible for killing her brother. Will they be able to work together to reach their ultimate goal?
Action packed from the very beginning! Their attraction to each other is evident from the moment they meet and both have decided to not let that distract them from their ultimate goals. Kill the head vampire!

Let's talk characters! Both are individuals who have suffered losses in their lives and that is what motivates them in their current missions. Damon is guilt ridden and blames himself for the death of his partner, Mark. He is truly alone as the only other person in his life has left him because of Mark's death. The author did a great job of sharing his emotions of loss, grief, torment and anger but not once did it come across as whiny. No one likes a whiny guy! Especially if they are supposed to be the hero!

Tiffany is a strong, kick ass independent and smart heroine! (Thank you Kait!) She is utterly alone in this world and has put her life on hold to avenge her brother! I mentioned that she's smart and how she goes about getting close to the head vampire is great. While dangerous, she doesn't make those "stupid" mistakes that some heroines do in books that you just want to smack them across the back of their head!

There's a connection between Damon and Tiffany (trying to give you spoilers here!) and Kait (author) does a fantastic job of providing the readers with the back story without rushing it or providing so much information that you end up lost trying to figure out exactly what's going on. The back story is interesting! Definitely one of the reasons I'm looking forward to reading the next installment!

Steaminess! These two are HOT but without getting too into the graphic details, which in this case worked great! I really liked that the author didn't fall into the latest trend with regards to the heroine's innocents and having the hero insist he's not worthy and try to preserve it. Both characters were realistic and honest. Though there was an instant or two when some things that Tiffany said didnt' make her sound so "innocent" but everything else was written great so it doesn't really distract or make you pause too much.

I was pleasantly surprised with Shadow Hunter! And the ending! You're left with "What? NOOOOOO!!!!" and then fade to black! Damn! Needless to say, I'm looking forward to reading the series and seeing Damon's story evolved until we get to his book which is slated to be the sixth book in the series. No worries though, I have it on good authority (the author) that we will get to see Damon throughout the series and see his story evolve!

 Rating: 3.5 - I Really Liked It!

 NOTE: I received "Shadow Hunter" for a fair and honest review by the author, Kait Ballenger. To learn more about Kait and her books, please visit her website. Also, check back with us on August 7th as Kait will be visiting with us and discussing the first book in the Execution Underground Series "Twilight Hunter"!

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