The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H. Smith
Eldaen Light Chronicles #1
November 8, 2012 - Indie Publishing
340 pages- New Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Disclaimer: A copy of this galley was given to me free, in exchange for my honest review.
From Goodreads: College junior Ariel Richmond is working on year three of Project Normalcy.Her house reeks of keggers past and her bestie is just a slight bit vulgar. But the thing is—they both aid in making life refreshingly uneventful.
So much for hard-earned mediocrity when Luca Grinaldi appears on the scene.
Luca’s sudden presence on campus is hard to ignore. Those bright eyes act like a beacon to unsuspecting females, and with features like his, he’s got to be moonlighting for GQ. Luca hopelessly captivates Ariel with his confidence and charisma, but the mysteries surrounding him make him nearly untouchable. And just when Ariel grows close enough to unlock his secrets, a tragic event sends her life in a downward spiral.
That steady life is no longer an option and allies quickly become scarce. The mysterious Luca seems to be the only one willing to help her—but with that trust comes the burden of his secrets. He has a dark mission of otherworldly proportions, and is willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes to see it completed.
Gone are the days of simply maintaining normalcy, and if Ariel isn’t cautious with her trust, so soon may be her future.
My thoughts: Hmmm... I have to admit that my feelings for this story is not consistent. To be clear, I would say that I'm sitting on the fence. I do think it's worth checking out though. There wasn't a character that I consistently liked. The only character I consistently didn't like was Lila, and I think that was the purpose of her character. If I had to pick a character that was my favorite it would be Piper, but not the Piper we actually met. I liked the Piper Ariel remembered. The story was interesting, and though there were moments that took me out of it (Ariel's constant lusting over Luca got to be a lot ridiculous) and moments that made me angry (it took way too long to explain what Luca was, and at first it was unsatisfying).
It was overall a story that kept you pulled and wanting to know more. I really like how art was pulled into it, and though there were moments where I was impatient or angry or taken out, I couldn't put the book. I still had to know what was going to happen.
3 Stars ***
I will more than likely follow this series.