Blood Hunt

Alianne Donnelly
Blood Hunt
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Release Date
November 2015
Book 4 of Blood and Shadows
Paranormal Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

War is coming. Protests against chem-treatments are turning into bloody riots, and soldiers patrol the streets in every major city. It's only a matter of time before the resistants, those unaffected by the treatments, band together and turn on everyone else. Senator Griffith has been preparing for it. He has created an army so powerful and dedicated that rumors of it are used to scare little children into behaving.

They call themselves the Shadows. As a Hawk, their most capable hunter, John Wayland has a new assignment to complete: Capture a telepath. Emma Calen is easy prey. A young girl on the run from the law, cut off from her own people, she falls right into his clutches. It isn't long, however, before he discovers that catching her was the easy part. Watching her fall to pieces before his eyes is what will test him the most. But surely this can't last much longer… can it?

When a soldier sweeps down on Emma and chases her out of hiding, she's sure it's to make her pay for her crime. But this is no ordinary soldier, and the people he's working for are not after her record, they want her mind. Locked in a hell specially designed for telepaths, Emma has a front row seat to the disintegration of her own sanity. They want to break her. They will fail. Emma will die before she lets the Shadows use her against her family and friends. But maybe there is still hope for her. A delicate, fragile sliver of hope in the most unlikely place of all. The Shadow Hawk guarding the door.

Book Review by Steffi (reviewer)
Dec 08, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
124 people found the following review helpful
After a slow start, BLOOD HUNT takes off with an action-filled and thrilling plot and draws in the reader with twists of intrigue, mind games and the fight for freedom and peace.

As a Shadow, John Wyland follows orders. Trapped in a net of subterfuge and manipulation, he doesn't realize that he just might be fighting for the wrong side – until Emma steps into his life. Emma Calen is a powerful telepath on the run and capturing her is John's mission. With a shield that makes John resistant to any telepathic attacks, Emma is easy prey. In the clutches of the Shadows, Emma endures horrible pain, her mind on the verge of breaking. But Emma is stronger than anyone could have predicted. While her mind doesn't succumb, her body starts shutting down and the Shadow who captured her becomes her only way of escape.

Alianne Donnelly created an incredibly detailed and well-rounded world with the Blood and Shadows series. BLOOD HUNT continues in this world on the verge of complete destruction with riots and violence being a daily occurrence. Fans of the series will be happy that Jeremy and Hailey from Blood Trails also make an appearance. Even though the world building is fantastic, I had trouble finding my way into the story. Scenes that are written from Emma's point of view were especially hard to decipher since her thoughts are so convoluted and distorted because of her time in the Shadows' clutches. At times, it was hard to distinguish between reality and imagination. The plot moves so quickly and some issues are never properly addressed, which sometimes made it difficult to follow the story or get to know the characters.

Still, Alianne Donnelly created an intriguing and fantastical world with BLOOD HUNT and introduces many interesting secondary characters I would love to see in future books. BLOOD HUNT is intense and demanding, it requires your full attention but it is worth it in the end.
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