Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hunted Blog Tour Stop: Review of Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield

Goodreads rating: 4.29
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by WestSide Books
 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.
 I'd been wanting to read this one for quite some time now, so when I signed up to be on the blog tour, I knew it'd be the perfect opportunity to do so. And I liked it more than I thought I would. If you've read my interview with the author, you'll know that she had an abusive past. And as much as she tells us that she tried to bring a lot of light to the book as well as the dark (which she definitely did), I couldn't help feeling that the happy and helping people stuff was forced. I actually didn't read the entire interview until after I'd read the book because I didn't want to get a different idea in my head. You could definitely feel the darkness of this novel, but worse things have happened in the YA genre.

Cait was almost sickeningly sweet, but she was also strong, especially after all the pain she'd endured from losing her father, giving up on a lost brother, and having a paranoid mother who was a paranormal as well as Caitlyn, but chose not to use her powers. This becomes a problem when someone from her past--someone she'd trusted--comes back into her new life, and Caitlyn is in way over her head. That's where the Normals come in, as in non-Para's, as in humans without supernatural powers. Caitlyn befriends Rachel, who's a lesbian. I always like seeing books where they address sexual orientation, especially in teenagers. It was a little awkward because Caitlyn could hear her thoughts about how Rachel was feeling about her. Not pleasant.

And then there was Alex. Rainfield touched pretty much every area of persecution out there with Hunted; Alex is black. I didn't really feel their relationship. Why are they so attracted to each other? I'm hoping it'll be addressed in the next one, like maybe he's partially Para or something. Still, I couldn't really invest myself in their relationship. I didn't understand why he liked her so much, or vice-versa, though I am looking forward to seeing more of them in the next book. One of the most developed characters was the mother. At first she just seems paranoid and mean and, as every teenager assumes, out to ruin Caitlyn's life. But she really cares about Caitlyn and is still just grieving. She has a few surprises.

This is definitely worth the read. It's another dystopian and I'm really glad  got the opportunity to read and review it for the blog tour. Can't wait to see what happens next! :)

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