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Series: The Hunters Trilogy #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on November 19th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Vampires, YA Romance
You’re a Vampire Hunter. Killing Vamps is what you do. No exceptions. Ever... right? Antoinette Drake never chose her role in life to be that of a Vampire Hunter, yet now her main mission is to quell the misdemeanors of the NYC vampiric underworld. But when a new nightclub is opened by the handsome and notorious vampire Henri Sinclair, she finds herself taking on more than she bargained for.Amazon •
The last thing Antoinette wants to do is get wrapped up in Henri’s cryptic games, but if she wants to unveil his plans and save her sister’s life at the same time, she might just have to get closer to a vampire than she ever has before...
Mature-Content Rating: Language, Blood & Gore, Some Sexual Content
Where to begin on this one? There’s so much information that’s jumbled up it’s hard to understand the world the author tried to create. In the beginning the main character, Antoinette “Toni” Drake keeps mentioning the Order and the Agency, and you don’t discover that those are separate entities until later in the book. Even then it’s not exactly clear why the Order exists. They didn’t create a looming presence over the characters or stir up trouble; leaders in name only, is my best guess.
The rules given to Hunters didn’t make a lick of sense, either. Apparently they’re not allowed to kill a vampire even when one attacks them. Or takes their weapons away. (Or that might just be Toni.) Vampires can kill or turn humans as long as they are old enough to consent?
Toni is described as a ‘teen’, but she also describes her sister as a ‘teen’, and the friend Ethan as a ‘teen’. Somehow I get a feeling that Toni and Ethan are closer to 18 or 19 while the sister, Liz, might be around 16? It’s hard to tell, but she was still in high school.
Toni’s character was infuriating. It seemed that no matter how badly she lied about something the Agency just nodded their heads and agreed with her, or a subject was completely dropped for convenience of the storyline. The dumbest people in the world must be working in that organization to not see even a bit of what was going on.
I liked Henri’s character; if he were portrayed as a villain. Constantly tossing someone around a room, choking her, gripping her wrist and dragging her around is NOT my idea of a nice romance. Don’t get me wrong! I really did like Henri’s character. It was one of the few things I did like about the story. But he was NOT the character to be a love interest, unless the author is going for a Wuthering Heights Heathcliff/Catherine kind of relationship.
There were also a lot of little inconsistencies in the book. For instance, Toni was knocked out for what Henri said was two and a half days, and later on Toni said the event had just happened that morning. Or she was hanging by her arms and Henri kneeled down to face her.
Overall, some of these characters have potential in another book, but there’s really just too much gibberish to wade through in this story. If you want to just skim the surface and overlook the bad world building and plot holes it might work, but I think this book just needs to take another run-through with an editor.