This Blog Hop post was so much fun to do and I am so excited that I had the opportunity to do it with one of my favorite bloggers and friends Fallon from Seeing Double In Neverland. We will be doing a pros and cons hop, that was suggested by Disney as I had some reservations and mixed feelings but the other blog felt differently. We will be sharing out differing opinions and please let us know what you think and how you feel about this hop.
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Source: ARC from BEA
They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.
Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.
To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.
Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in—to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.
When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them…
1. Narration – I had a hard time with how the story was narrated. It felt like, especially for the first third of the book that the narrator was speaking to the reader. This seemed a little strange and off putting to me. I also wished that there had been more conversations with people and less narration in the beginning of the book. This all gave me an instant disconnect. It did get better but not enough to make up for my beginning reservations.
2. World Building – I really love an enriched world, especially when I can see and envision everything. The problem here for me is that I felt there was so much repetition, when I have read it once or twice I got it. I also felt again in the beginning there was so much information coming at me, that it was just info dumping and not building a layered story.
3. Character Development – I have to care about the characters I am reading or be invested in them somehow. I am not always just drawn to the main characters, secondary characters can hold my interest sometimes more. I however ended this book and felt little investment in any of the characters. Knight was the only character I remotely felt intrigued by. There just was not enough background and secondary character development for me.
Now Hop over to Seeing Double In Neverland to get Fallon’s take on Hunter.
Continue the story with Elite
Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70’s she worked as an artist’s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.
“I’m a storyteller; that’s what I see as ‘my job’. My stories come out of my characters; how those characters would react to the given situation. Maybe that’s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty-odd. One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of ‘story pill’ — they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time. I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene; I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say. Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing: that is, fantasy, set in an other-world semi-medieval atmosphere. Music is very important to medieval peoples; bards are the chief newsbringers. When I write the ‘folk music’ of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not.
“I began writing out of boredom; I continue out of addiction. I can’t ‘not’ write, and as a result I have no social life! I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a ‘high-tech’ science fiction writer. I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL [‘There ain’t no such thing as free lunch’, credited to Robert Heinlein) to magic, for instance; in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one. I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible; people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love-lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians. And I try to make all of my characters, even the ‘evil magicians,’ something more than flat stereotypes. Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes.
“I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water:
“There’s no such thing as ‘one, true way’; the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself; leave the world better than you found it. Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good — they’re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren’t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race.”
Also writes as Misty Lackey