When Gattaca meets Hunger Games and has Tea with Dracula

The Hunt Trilogy (I do not get commissions for links) is an exciting YA series filled with tension, suspense, and romance.

Have you ever read that one book that, upon finishing, made you throw it across the room? I never have. Until I read The Hunt.

The Hunt Trilogy

I have never read a book that had me cringing and panicking every time the main character fell asleep! Snoozing in this world could mean instant death. Actually, any sign of emotion, movement, or scent means extermination.

The Characters

Meet Gene. A human surviving in a city filled with vampire like creatures. His whole life, he has lived among them. Fighting to keep himself hidden from their sharp senses. If any beings from the night sense who and what he is, he’ll be on the menu.

This trilogy honestly surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. There were a whole host of events that I didn’t predict and I loved it! I really liked how each of the characters have adapted to this frightening world and struggled to understand their humanness or embraced what they are with their whole beings. (Depending on which characters 😉).

And trust me, you don’t want to get too attached to any of them. Andrew Fukuda did not hold back on character deaths. (Which, for me, I felt like some of the characters I didn’t have enough time to get to know before they got killed off. I wish he would have spent a little more time building a relationship with some of them so their deaths would have had more impact, but that was a minor issue.)

My Book Review

I give these books 4.5/5 stars. Like I said, the series genuinely surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. And the books only get more interesting after the first. I read them a month ago and it has literally been on my mind ever since. You might first believe it’s Dystopian, but, oh boy, wait until you get to the end lol! It just really made me stop and smile.

Book Blurb

The Hunt

Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

About the Author

Andrew Fukuda

Andrew Fukuda worked as a criminal prosecutor in New York and studied history at Cornell. His first novel, Crossing, was selected by Booklist in 2010 as a Top Ten First Novel and Editor’s Choice for Best Adult Book for Young Adults. He now writes full-time on Long Island…” (Back cover of The Hunt).

Book Specs

The Hunt

Author : Andrew Fukuda
Published By : St. Martin’s Griffin
Year Published : 2012
Genre / Tags : Teen & Young Adult, Dystopian, Thriller, Suspense, Vampires
Formats : Kindle, Audiobook, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio cd
# of Pages : 304 pages (Hardcover)


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The Last Apprentice – Revenge of the Witch: Book Review

Haunted Forest

The Last Apprentice – Revenge of the Witch reminded me of my childhood. A time when I’d pick up a Goosebumps or Animorphs book and get lost in the chilling adventures of aliens, ghosts, monsters, and ghouls.

The Last Apprentice Cover

While prancing through the stacks at the library, (because who really just walks through a library? I mean, honestly) my eyes fell on this gem of a book. Not only did the cover art draw me in, but the caution on the back made it impossible for me to head home without it. “WARNING: NOT TO BE READ AFTER DARK–ESPECIALLY PAGE 148.”

First thought? That’s gutsy. Second thought: I need to find out what’s on page 148. (Clever, very clever.)

I see what you did there

So, I grabbed the first and second book in the series. And I was not disappointed 😀

The Last Apprentice opens to the Spook, Mr. Gregory, investigating his new potential apprentice, Tom Ward. As the seventh son of a seventh son, Tom has a lot of potential to be the next great Spook, but he is everything except excited for his new adventures. The prospect of being the #1 most hated individual in all the land certainly doesn’t sound appealing, nor does the idea of being completely friendless.

Not only that, but the Spook seems determined to kill Tom. Taking him to Hangman’s Hill, having him sleep over in a haunted house, and dealing with real life witches? This new apprenticeship sure seems dangerous.

And when Tom makes a deal with a girl who wears pointy shoes, his new life takes a spin for the worst.

My Rating

I give this book a solid 4/5 stars. The eerie scratch board art made me anticipate every chapter and Joseph Delaney has a great way of creating a sense of dread as you dig deeper into the story.

As a middle grade/young adult book, it had quite a few creepy moments. Not nightmare inducing:

Scared

But enough to catch my breath and feel my heart rate skyrocket. All in all, I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading the second book 🙂

If you’re interested in a fun adventure with a twist of the macabre thrown in, I highly recommend it!

Book Blurb

Capturing Witches

Binding Boggarts

Driving Away Ghosts

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now, his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried – some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.

Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope; the last apprentice.

Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook’s warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county…?

About the Author

Joseph Delaney

Joseph Delaney formerly taught media and film studies at a high school in Blackpool, England. He lives with his family in Lancashire, in the middle of boggart territory. Much of what he wrote in The Spook’s Series is influenced by Lancashire folk tales and places of local interest.

And fun fact, apparently the haunted house where the Spook takes Tom Ward is where Joseph Delaney lived until he was 11 years old.

About The Artists:

I’d also like to give a special shout out to the artist Patrick Arrasmith for the amazing artwork that he did for this book. When I picked up The Last Apprentice, the cover design blew me away and made me realize I had to take it home. You should definitely check out his website, he’s got a lot of stunning and unique pieces on there.

Also, for the U.K. editions, David Wyatt definitely deserves a mention for his stunning cover art on the originals! I tried finding a picture of him, but could only locate his artwork. So here’s a picture of the original cover art.

The Spook's Apprentice

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Resource:

Delaney, Joseph. The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch. Great Britain, The Bodley Head, 2004.