I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: Hunter #1
Published: September 1, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.
Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.
With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.
I LOVE Mercedes Lackey and her fantasy world and her books! I was so excited to have been approved for this book….but then I started it and was sorely disappointed in it.
We first meet Joy on her way to Apex city where everyone now lives after the world collapsed minus a few isolated places like her mountain village. There she learns that she is a Hunter and finds out she has 7 “dogs” that hunt with her. She is called to the city to help out her uncle who is high up in politics and Apex always needs new Hunters. These Hunters basically hunt the bad things that like to eat humans-fairy tale sorta things. Joy not only learns that her uncle is trying to protect her but can’t really and that the Hunter organization is hiding things from the Cits. But of course Joy is special and can defeat almost anything. The ending is a really good cliffhanger but I don’t think I will continue reading this series.
The first couple of chapters is an information DUMP! Not only the first chapters but the first two pages and even throughout the book!! It was crazy!! It was wayyy too much at once! Some of the stuff we didn’t really need to know right away and yet there it was. I really liked Joy though…she was strong and didn’t take crap from anyone! The supporting characters were all great too but the information dump that happened every so often took away the moment to really get to know the characters.
I wish this might have been edited better or something…sad to say that my first review back was such a disappointment.