Friday 30 May 2014

Book Review - The Hunt

The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt #1
Genres: Dystopian, Vampires | Young Adult
Release Date: May 8th 2012
Publishers: St. Martin's Griffin
No. Pages: 293
Source: Borrowed
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?

I was going to write this really long detailed review and nothing came to mind, all I wanted to do was try explain why the book was both thrilling and annoying. This book started of so good, I thought the idea behind it was such a unique one and I was hooked, I couldn't put it down. But even though it had been hook line and sinker from the start, I also started noticing little things wrong with the book.

The first, and maybe the most significant out of them all, is that even though Anfrew Fukuda goes through great effort to not only make this a unique vampire story and to build a world up around you, he left out one main fact. How the world actually came to being over ridden with vampires in the first place. Now I'm not talking like The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, over ridden. I'm talking about there not being hardly any humans at all, to the stage that even the vampires are having to substitute they meals. Not once was it explained and it really let what was a good book down because I was left thinking 'well, why?'

Secondly, and as important but not as much I guess, Gene went through all the trouble up masking his body odour and trying to looking like the vampires, stripping his face of emotion, but no matter how good a poker face you have your body does still react to things. Your heart beats faster for one and aren't vampire's suppose to have super hearing? so despite how well he covered up they would hear his heart beat, even if it wasn't beating fast. This has to be one of my other biggest issues with the book, my only theory is that because its been so long since they had 'a proper meal' some of their senses are some what less enhanced. Because its the only thing that would make sense. The vampires themselves were different though ,they scratch their wrists instead of laughing, have drool constantly dripping from their mouths when thinking about blood and flesh and maybe the weirdest of all armpit/elbow sex. So maybe the lack of super hearing was just added to the list. They also seem to be more in touch with their natural instincts than some vampires you read about these days, which is a bonus. Not every vampire can sparkle.

As far as the characters and everything else goes, I think it was rather good, a little on the predictable side, but it really did have me at the edge of my seat in anticipation. Gene wasn't always a likeable character though and he made such silly choices, some which I've read don't set them self right in the next book so I'm not looking forward to that.

I'm disappointed because this book could have been so much better. If it just explained things a little bit more and Gene was a tougher character. I wouldn't tell anyone not to read it, because like I said it still had it's good moments and despite everything it's worth a read. Maybe everything I disliked about the book will straighten itself out in the next two books, but I highly doubt that. Reading the summary for the The Prey doesn't fill me with the excitement I normally get from reading what's coming next, I was just left disappointed all over again.


  1. Maybe the why aspect will be explained in the next book? That would totally bug the hell out of me too though, I'd really want to know. Your review has actually intrigued me and made me want to read the book, I've had my eye on it for a while. But I will definitely be lowering my expectations quite a bit.

    1. I hope so, really I do because it was one of the only things stopping me from rating it higher. However looking at the summary for the next book I'm not sure if it will. Might just have to jump straight into reading it now to find out haha

      you should, it was really good. It had everything from action to suspense and a little love thrown in, everything that makes a good book. As far as lowering your expectations, I think that's a good idea, because like I said not having enough explanation does put you off, its just a good thing that everything else carried the book.

  2. I'm sorry you were somewhat disappointed in The Hunt. I've heard very mixed things about and think I will get it out of the library rather than buy my own copy in case I find it is not my cup of tea. Great review Stacie.

    1. I didn't hate the book, in fact despite the flaws I really liked it.
      I personally think getting it out the library first is a very good idea, just in case you don't like it. If you do then you can buy it with the other 2 :)

      Thanks for stopping by.


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