Saturday, July 9, 2011
Review of Hunting Human, by Amanda Alvarez
For two years, Beth Williams has run from the past, and the beast that dwells inside her. She is haunted by memories of
being kidnapped and the savage attack that killed her best friend. Now Beth finally thinks she's ready to move on...with
Braden Edwards, a charming, irresistibly sexy man who tempts Beth to embrace the present.
But the past lurks closer than Beth realizes. Markko Bolvek, one of the werewolves who kidnapped her, has tracked her
to Portland, Oregon, his pursuit fueled by a hunger for vengeance. Only Braden, a werewolf himself, senses the danger
shadowing her steps. The Edwards and Bolveks have been enemies for centuries—and despite the instant connection
he feels with Beth, Braden isn't sure which side of the war she's on.
With suspicion at odds with their attraction, Beth and Braden must learn to trust one another to stop Markko for good.
Can Beth accept the wolf within—and love a man who embodies everything she fears? (From GoodReads)
Well, I think I have officially burned myself out on werewolf novels. Don’t get me wrong, I love werewolves. I just haven’t seen anything new lately. Having said that, I did like Hunting Human. It was well written, with a fast pace and good characters.
Hunting Human gets of to a suspenseful, terrifying start with the recounting of the events that killed Beth’s best friend and changed her life. She is changed in ways we, the reader, do not even know through the first half of the book. Beth, understandably is traumatized, withdrawn from the life around her. When she meets Braden, she just might find the will to move on with her life. This couple has amazing chemistry, very well written chemistry supplied by the author. That happened to be my favorite part of the book. The love scenes were sexy, really sexy, without going over the top, porno style.
Some of the secondary characters were lots of fun to read, such as Angie and Marianne, Beth’s boss and coworker. Lucy, Braden’s sister, was also a nice addition. A few characters, such as Braden’s brothers, Chase and Caleb, were just okay for me. I tended to speed through many of the parts that focused on them. I literally hated Markko, which speaks well for Alvarez, since he was the book’s villain. And Yikes! He was ferocious. The scenes told from his point-of-view were definitely hard to read. As were the scenes focusing on the attack of Beth and Rachel.
Like I said at the beginning of this review, Hunting Human was a fast, smooth, nicely written book. Hopefully, you’re not “werewolf-ed out” like I am, because it is definitely a deserving book.
* I received Hunting Human via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. *