Welcome to my stop on the Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield blog tour! There are two more stops today. An interview and ebook giveaway at Easily Amused and a review at Readers Corner. If you want to see the full list of participants you can also go to the official blog tour page.
Today I will be reviewing the book.
Caitlyn is a telepath in a world where having any Paranormal power is illegal. Caitlyn is on the run from government troopers, who can enslave, torture, or even kill her, or make her hunt other Paranormals. When Caitlyn settles down in a city, she falls for Alex, a Normal (someone without Paranormal powers), which is dangerous because he can turn her in. And she discovers renegade Paranormals who want to destroy all Normals. Caitlyn must decide whether she's going to stay in hiding to protect herself, or take a stand to save the world.
Why I Read This:
Paranormals on the run, telepathy, a possibly doomed love story. What's not to love in that summary? Of course I had to read it.
Caitlyn is a Para (short for Paranormal) and she has been on the run most of her life from Para Slaves the government uses to track down other Paras. She lives in a world full of hate and most of all prejudice. Everyone Normal is terrified of Paras because they don't understand that they are just like normal people but with special abilities. So instead of trying to understand, they have used that fear and created a world similar to those of the Salem witch hunts. Anyone can be fingered at any time and when you are the governement owns you, can do anything with you, because you are not considered human.
I love this book! The writing is so fast paced and smooth and Cheryl Rainfield has a way of making you want to keep reading well past that time when your eyes become sore and you should probably go to bed. Her characters are marvelous. Caitlyn is a person that can see through all the hate in the world, all that's wrong with it, and stand up for what is right despite all it's wrong doings. No matter how many times she has been hurt by Normals she still sees them as equals. She also is someone that wants to change the world in a non-violent way and when she is approached to join the Paranormals in taking over the world by force she still wants to do what is right even though it may mean an easier life for herself. She shows strength in so many ways and that is not to say she doesn't struggle but that she always seems to keep true to herself.
The love story was interesting as falling in love with someone you think you shouldn't always is. However, it was Caitlyn's friendship with Rachel, her relationship with her mother, and the brother who has been missing for the past ten years that kept me reading. Most of all this is a book about prejudice, hurt, and survival. At the end of the novel, Cheryl Rainfield even takes a moment to share her own story and the reasons she wrote it. And that experience really shows throughout the story. It is a fantasy world but at the same time the things happening in it are also happening in our own world.
Cheryl Rainfield has done a stand-up job at creating a world that is both believable and make-believe at the same time, pulling in experiences we can all relate to. A highly entertaining book and one that will stick with me for quite a while!
I received an e-copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Want to learn more about Hunted? Here are some places you can go:
Cheryl Rainfield has lots of goodies on her website for the book. You can read the first 6 pages, watch the trailer, see her talk about her inspiration for the book, download a free Hunted short story, and more.
You can see more reviews on Goodreads and add it to your own list.
You can buy the book from Amazon in both hardcover and paperback.
About Cheryl Rainfield:
You can find her on Goodreads, her website, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.