Hunted: Cycle Thirteen Book 1 by Jill KaelinPublished: August 17, 2013Publisher: Inkspell PublishingPages: 218Received: for honest review & blog tourBuy Now: Inkspell
That’s how old I was when I found out I was special. I was given my rose quartz gem and taught about my past.
That’s how many times I’ve lived in this world. This is my thirteenth life cycle as a human.
That’s how many seconds it took to fall in love with Mike. It’s also the amount of time I had to say goodbye just before he was killed by Reggie, the hunter that’s been after me.
Will Reggie succeed in killing me too, and eradicating the planet of the unicorn race forever?
I haven't really read many unicorn themed books, so I thought it was worth a shot. I enjoyed the mythology building for the unicorn race and loved learning their history. I loved the idea that a select group of humans are descended from the mythical unicorns. It was all very mystical and fascinating.
The premise of this book was very interesting and I felt like it is a great stepping stone for a series. I'm excited to see what will happen with the unicorn race now that they have an enemy looking to take them all out.
The only thing I had a hard time with was the love at first site with Skye and Mike. I have a hard time with this type of love story. I enjoy the ones where people fall in love over time. This did not take away from the book, because as you read along their instalove makes more sense and you understand their need to be together.
I will say my favourite scene is a fight scene, which is unusual for me. I think I enjoyed it because you get to see the majesty of the unicorn race in all it's glory. And the entire scene is like something out of a bad dream - creepy, heart thumping and intense.
I also really enjoyed the scenes with Skye and her best friend, Jules. Her BFF brings some comic relief to the story and is the epitome of what a best friend should be.
I am looking forward to reading more about Skye and her life: past and present. I think this series has potential for being a new world builder for unicorns.
About the Author:
Since elementary school, I remember being in love with words. Spelling them, writing them, reading them…I even hang them up around my house. I think I owe my love of language to my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Templeton. I can recall sitting around in a circle in that old, red-brick school, listening to her read aloud Greek mythology. The oxymoron there was that she was the most prim and proper teacher I ever knew, right down to the white buttoned up blouse held together at the collar with a cameo pin. The way she read made words come alive.
I had written a few things here and there throughout my life. I used to think I’d be good at children’s books, and it wasn’t a far stretch since I worked with children every day and knew what they liked. But then I read the series by Stephenie Meyer, maybe you’ve heard of it…Twilight. This was the type of story I knew I had to write. Teenagers were my audience. It helped I had one at home to learn from.
My idea didn’t come in a dream. No, I wasn’t that fortunate. It happened through research. And lots of it. The only criteria I had was that I wanted my story to be different from everything else out there. I wanted my story to stand out. No vampires or werewolves. No witches or wizards. Unicorns were my choice. And I think the story that unfolded is definitely unique.