samedi 21 septembre 2013

Hunted (Hunter’s Moon 1) by Ellie Ferguson

Hello to all,

                  For those who doesn't know it yet, goodreads  has changed his rules regarding reviews but also shelves while in itself i don't think it's a bad thing ( a little control and some rules are not bad in itself) i regret how it has been done because you could have some of your work deleted without prior notice. And what worries me even more is that we don't know who takes the decision you can't defend yourself and it simply going too far. If you want to learn more you can check it here

I'm not for bashing or bullying anyone, i want to be respectful when i write my revews because for me it's important but i also want to be honest and yes that include sometimes speaking about the author. It's not an attack against said author as a person but some behaviours could make me want to avoid reading his or her books so i think it's normal to share it with readers and now it's forbidden....i don't think it's fair to any parties. Even more being honest means sharing the positive and the negative so what if i've been impressed by how kind and polite an author was? I can't share it because it's not only about the book? i disagree while it doesn't impact how the book was written it could help some to choose beteween two authors and yes if one was kind i would love to see that rewarded.

 I was hesitant to speak about this at first but when i saw which book i wanted to review today and how i came to review it i thought it was important. So yes there are good authors and i don't mind telling it ( as i would said if one was rude or worse)

      Hunted started for me with the meeting of a kind and attentive author, when I saw this book featured on a friend’s blog I was more than interested…I fired questions to Ellie Ferguson, the author, and I enjoyed it even from what I learned but the book was only available in epub or mobi format…so inaccessible for me…when she saw that Ellie promised to look at a possibility to offer pdf format too and when we were all so happy she offered us a copy yes simply like that she offered to all of us that were commenting at the time a copy of her book instead of only one copy to a winner who had to be drawn like it was scheduled at first…and she sends me “hunted” too

It really means a lot to me and I ‘m grateful for this generosity so I wanted to review the book too not only to read it even if it meant being honest in case I got disappointed but it’s far from it as you will see^^ so Thank you a lot Ellie to remind us that they are great authors around who listen to us humble readers.

Happy Reading!

Publisher: Naked Reader Press
Publication: 2013
Genre: paranormal romance
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: received from the author nothing expected in return

Short description from goodreads :

 When Meg Finley’s parents died, the authorities classified it as a double suicide. Alone, hurting and suddenly the object of the clan’s alpha's desire, her life was a nightmare. He didn’t care that she was grieving any more than he cared that she was only fifteen. So she’d run and she’d been running ever since. But now, years later, her luck’s run out. The alpha’s trackers have found her and they’re under orders to bring her back, no matter what.

Without warning, Meg finds herself in a game of cat and mouse with the trackers in a downtown Dallas parking garage. She’s learned a lot over the years but, without help, it might not be enough to escape a fate she knows will be worse than death. What she didn’t expect was that help would come from the local clan leader. But would he turn out to be her savior or something else, something much more dangerous?

My opinion:
          Not only Ellie Ferguson is a really generous author attentive to her readers but this book is really promising as the beginning of a series. When I saw the summary of “Hunted” I wanted to read it so when Ellie went all the way to make this possible, getting me the format I needed I was over the moon.  It was kind and generous and without strings attached….but I couldn’t keep my thoughts to me since I loved this book! I had to share.

I was really surprised how fast I was drawn into the book…. It’s not a long one but the story felt complete after the last page and if it was written on the cover that’s the first book of a series you could have skipped that because you do get a real closure ( but if the next story is about Sharon and Danny then I can’t wait^^). Also it’s not an exceptional one but there are original elements in it and I found the writing style neat, the romance is there yes but this book has a lot of suspense and twists to keep you immersed in the story trying to guess what will happen, often being wrong, and be surprised at the “how” it happens even if you have guessed the “what.”

It’s a more than enjoyable paranormal story full of shifters for those who love them like I do. Some of the original elements: first they are the tattoos... each shifter must have one that identify his pride (family or pack) and his clan  but the individual can add the element he want for example to show his lineage or his personality. If you move from a pride then you must change or alter the tattoo to show it.  I found that surprising at first since for me shifters had other ways to tell which clan they belong to, I thought like scents but in fact it makes perfect sense in the universe Ellie Ferguson created. For her, shifters are born not made and it’s not because your parents are shifters that the children are automatically shifters too… some can; some other are simply human and some with only one parent able to shift have the same ability… kind of a lottery in a sense….that being said the tattoo does make sense, it’s a way to include even those who can’t shift but are still part of the pride or clan (children, mates etc).

The other interesting detail is that, the shifter has in fact at minimum 3 appearances…: fully human with eventually the “beast” instinct/intuition, half way meaning he/she has the better reflexes, senses and is stronger but look human for no shifters and fully animal form but still with an human mind….. now yes you have see I did add “minimum”…why because the stronger shifters, the stronger between the alpha ones can eventually shift in different animals not only one like typical shifter…and I enjoy this concept.

When Matt rescued Meg, alias Finn, he acted because she was a female in danger on his territory…he didn’t think to do it to gain something…even less a mate but his animal, beast does react strongly to Meg. When he learns the truth about the trespassers and about her he swears to protect her even before she offer to become his mate.  He is loyal, protective and a good alpha.
Meg/Finn has run all her life since her parents’ death…she is tired of it but still terrified by the reason of her escape: Michael…when Matt saves her in extremist…she is confronted to other shifters which she had nearly forgotten…but her jaguar didn’t and Matt is definitively the male she wants . Afraid, wanting protection but understanding that she can’t ask and give nothing in return, Finn ask to be part of Matt’s clan and offer herself as his mate.

Now let me get things straight… it’s not “insta” love… it’s “insta” attraction and that’s so different… they are attracted to each other, they lust for each other but they agree they must also learn about each other and they want to become partner not just lovers…that’s a thing I appreciate a lot. Finn has some trust issues she must overcome and Matt is really patient with her…both have a good idea of what they want their union to be and they know they will need time to build it…oki that part is a little rushed…we don’t see the all construction, simply the base but we know it will be there. The action and the process to uncover the past events take the majority of the story.

What made me smile…and a lot it’s the connection I did with another paranormal romance thriller I’ve read and introduced to you “ Storm Force”…it seems to me that if you are a shifter name Michael then you are probably a complete shizo, obsessive, ready to do anything to get what you want ( especially underaged woman) and that you held a grudge far, far longer than normal^^ . Here Michael when he took the place of Alpha after the death of Meg’s parents, tried to mate her going even against the law…and then she tried to catch her for 15years! And still claim she is his mate…..-insane and obsessive, no?- In Storm Force: Michael, shifter alpha, wants Mori ..not love her wants her and he did what he had to get her when she was only a baby ( oki he did accept to wait) when she refuse he become crazy and put the cops on her trail to make come back “home”…if you read both story it will really make you hate shifter withat name when you see the similitude in their personality^^ it was strange and funny because they are different and at the same time so alike^^

I really spend a good time with this book and even if it was only because of Ellie ‘s personality you should give this book a try! I really hope to read book 2 as soon as it’s released but first ^^ let gives Ellie time to write it. If you love shifter, suspense, investigation, action and romance try this book!

Score:  4/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


9 commentaires:

  1. Awesome review Miki. I really liked Ellie too.

    1. I hadn't heard about the Goodreads thing and it is sad that the wrong people will profit from these new rules and the nice people will probably suffer. You should be able to speak your mind as long as you are not swearing or being obnoxious. Since when is speaking the truth a bad thing?

    2. That's part of the problem, if you aren't part of the feedback group ( or if you haven't been given the link) you don't know about it. Goodreads decided that published it friday afternoon and some reviews and shelves were already deleted.
      we are afraid soon they won't even accept bad review ( 1/2stars)because as soon as an author flag your review ( for the review itself or even a comment posted under it) all is deleted

  2. I hadn't heard about this Goodreads thing. It's Amazon. People have been waiting to see what happens since they took over. It may not ever affect me since I never do a rude review, but that's not the point. It may be time to start another site.

    1. It sad that a lot haven't heard about that ( by the way they told us the authors rules were also changed so you could need to check it too) and a lot suspect amazon being behind this because it could make it loose sells.
      i haven't done and don't plan to do rude review either but it goes above that... if you speak about the author ( and it's not a bigraphy)then you are considered as faulty and most probably deleted ( oki so far when it's something posityive then let it but that's not fair)

      worse even if you didn't write any review but organized your shelf it could be deleted they said it's only offending shelf ex "bad authors" but in fact they went far beyiond that since they even deleted "due to author" shelf which could have been positive. so if you created a shelf to remember authors or books you don't want to read ( because the topic hurt your feeling, because you have been attacked or simply because you don't like)it could be deleted without notice . some changed the name to realy somehing different but still some complained their books was on that shelf and thus deleted.

      they have been speaking about alternative but sadly most are also owned at least partialy by amazon. They is also one that ask who would support a new kind of website for readers like goodreads was at first. it's on the tread i posted around the page 20^^;; ( sorry i don't remember exactly

  3. oh c'est sympa, j'espere alors que la suite sera tout aussi bien! Je pense que je garderais un oeil dessus pour voir si ça vaut bien le coup !

  4. I will check on the author rules at some stage, but I recall that there has always been a rule that you're not allowed to respond to rude reviews of your books, no matter how awful, that you can be thrown off Goodreads even for friending people who have given you a wonderful review! I have lost a lot of respect for Goodreads, to be honest, but it's the only game in town right now.

  5. LOL Yep totally get what you ment when you said that I had to read Storm Force before I could read this. :)