Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger – DNF

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Book .5 in the Execution Underground Series

I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review

Book Synopsis:

See where it all began in this exciting prequel to The Execution Underground, Kait Ballenger’s sexy paranormal series about the men who hunt evil and the women who love them.

Vampire hunter Damon Brock’s first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York. But he isn’t the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family—and she works solo. But when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf, the line between good and evil blurs as they must decide between their lifelong beliefs…and their newfound desires.

My Review:

This book is not for me.  I read to page 46 and had had enough and decided to DNF and give no star rating.  I’m disappointed that it didn’t work out, but glad I didn’t invest in the next book which was already on my to-read list.  This is going to be a series I will skip.

So what didn’t work for me.  Well my biggest pet peeve was present and not in a tolerable way, as in another recent read of late.  The main character didn’t like himself.  I had to slog through to much self-criticism and self-loathing, it didn’t allow me to bond with Damon.  I also didn’t care for Tiffany, while she had a more empowering self image and attitude, she was still too dark and negative.  The entire world was too dark and negative really, and while that may work for some, it just wasn’t what I wanted to read.

I also tend to prefer my paranormal characters to be the good guys or at least not viscous people-killing monsters.  All the supernaturals were being set up to be the bad guys in this world that needed to be eliminated.  It also got a little too graphic,  I like action but don’t need graphic details of the blood, guts and gore.

So like I said this one just wasn’t for me.  I stuck it out to, almost, to my 50 page limit and had to set this one aside.  I hope it does well for the author an I’m sure it will find a market, it looks like my review is going to be one of the few that go against the norm, but I just didn’t like it.



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