Release Day Review: Hunted by Liz Long

Posted March 20th, 2015 in book review / 18 comments

Release Day Review: Hunted by Liz LongHunted by Liz Long
Publisher: Self-Published on March 20, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
Pages: Novel Length
Format: eARC
Source: Review Request
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Lucy Sullivan finally belongs with the gifted Donovan Circus. Members are finding their rhythm, even the new folks from the Grayson Circus who joined after the last attack. Lucy feels like a trusted leader who can win the gifted battles and prevent humans from discovering their existence.

When tragedy strikes camp, a distraught Sheffield sends Lucy and her gifted team to hunt down the enemy – Alex, a Chameleon with a wicked ability for war. He’s out for blood and won’t stop until Lucy and her friends are dead.

This time, it won’t be Lucy’s gift that is tested – it will be her morality. To save her circus, the price will be greater than she ever expected. This time, she will lose someone she loves. And it will change everything.

At A Glance

I am very frustrated with this book.

The Good

I really liked this series when it first started. The concept was different and the characters felt relatable. And though Hunted didn’t do it for me, there were some aspects I really enjoyed.

The members that remain in the Donovan Circus have really banded together into one big family. Sure, there is still some mistrust and fighting, but what family doesn’t experience the same thing? I really loved the connection these people shared.

Lucy is becoming an amazing leader. I could see her running the show if she had to. She knows who she is and always strives to make good decisions with her gift. Her powers still grow, as does her loyal followers. I am happy to see her finally belong.

The Bad

Hunted was good to average for the most part, then at the 75% mark I was just done. Sometimes characters make such bad decisions that I can’t get over it. It ruins the whole book for me. Lucy made such a decision(s). It was so stupid, so illogical, so deadly that I will never look at her the same. A very important character dies because of this decision, and I honestly blame Lucy. I know the person doing the killing is the bad one, but my feelings don’t want to be logical. There is no reason Lucy should have handled the situation the way she did, she knows better. And if she doesn’t by book 3, then I don’t want to continue this series. Honestly, I didn’t even want to finish this book.

I also felt like this series is getting repetitive. Each book is starting to feel the same with similar plots and results, I am kind of over it now.

The Snuggly

The romance was very secondary, which made sense for the story. Lucy and Keegan start out in a good place, then grow closer, but by the end their future is uncertain. All sex is alluded to but we never “see” it happen so this is appropriate for a YA audience.

Final Thoughts

I hate to say it but I think this is it for me with this series. I just can’t get over Lucy’s bad decisions at the end. The reason for not liking this book is more personal, so others could easily love it. But for me, I wouldn’t recommend it.

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18 Responses to “Release Day Review: Hunted by Liz Long”

  1. Christy

    lol – Tell us how you really feel. That’s too bad. I’m curious about this series and hope to eventually read it. Hopefully I won’t want to stomp someone when I do. 😀

    • Jennifer Bielman

      My feelings for this one felt more personal so I can see you liking this series.

  2. Lekeisha

    Never even come across this series, so I’m not sure about starting it. I hate it when an important character dies. Great review!

  3. Red Iza

    I’m sorry you were so disappointed… It happened to me with another series, a book that was so frustrating and different than the rest that I wondered if it was really written by the same author and if my love story with the series was over. And the next book was released and I was relieved, my heroes and heroins were back on track ! Maybe it will be the same here ?…

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Well, it still felt like the same author but I think I changed as a reader since reading this series. Some things bother me now that didn’t before.

  4. kindlemom1

    I have really liked this series from the beginning as well, I am so sorry you didn’t like this latest installment. It was a harder read to take with all that happened and I didn’t love the ending but it did leave me curious about how Liz will end it all.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      So happy you still love the series. I just feel like not enough progress has happened. Same problem, different bad guy.

  5. Naomi

    I’ve never heard of this series before but books were characters make stupid and ridiculous decisions annoy me. I know characters make mistakes but if it is just at a point where it is pointless I’m out. Brilliant review!! 🙂
    Naomi @The Perks Of Being A Bookworm

  6. Benish

    The premise does sound interesting but I think I might skip this one, it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. Great review 🙂

  7. Ethan @ OneGuysGuideToGoodReads

    I’m definitely sorry to hear you feel this way. I though this was an incredible installment to this series. Liz Long has INCREDIBLE talent and I think she handled the death of a main character rather well. To be completely honest, I never saw said character as a ‘MC’ until now anyway. Regardless of that situation, I think the backstory that we finally get to see from our other characters and the incredible direction the plot has taken more than make up for for death of a MC. LOTS of popular series kill off main characters, at least this one was done with purpose, in my opinion.

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