Monday, September 27, 2010
Publisher: Red Fox
Source: Review Copy
" Something is hunting. Something that will kill to get what it wants. And it isn't human. Eve knows that her supernatural powers are called for, but she'd rather focus on dating than demons and gorgeous Luke is, frankly, pretty distracting. He's already a friend - but could he be something more? Do Luke and Eve really have a future? And with demons on the hunt, will either of them live long enough to find out? "
(Description from Amazon.co.uk)
This is the second book in a series aimed at the pre-Twilight age group. The author, Amy Meredith, lives in California, but she has also lived and worked in New York and the Hamptons where the main characters in the Dark Touch - series are from. She has always been fascinated by the supernatural. I rated the first book in this series "4 books" and labeled it "gothic glamour".
Something evil and dangerous is preying on the people in Deepdene, something that can kill. The first victim is a football player. He has been drained of blood and torn to pieces. Soon, there are other victims. The town is in shock and Eve must again use her supernatural powers in order to protect her friends and the town.
Eve Evergold has grown a lot since the first book in this series. She is still a happy, and at some times a carefree girl, but the events in the first books has really affected her. Her character has gotten more depth and there is a seriousness about her that was not there in the first book. She is still likeable and a great main character, and I love her humour.
Dark Touch; The Hunt is an entertaining and a scary read, I had a hard time putting the book down. Eve is trying to figure out how to control her powers - with good help from her friends Jess and Luke. Eve soon discovers that Luke means more to her than just being a friend. A reporter comes to town to write about the death of the football player, but Eve and her friends thinks that he is hiding something.
Even though I could see it coming, I liked the fact that the author has picked Luke as Eve's new love interest. And I also liked the fact that it isn't quite obvious what Luke actually is feeling. The author has done well with the balance between the love story and the horror story. The mystery about who or what are responsible for the killings, is always at the centre of the story. The love story just adds a little spice to the mix.
We get to know Luke a lot better in this book, and he is an interesting character. The more I read about him, the more I want to know.
This books is much more scarier than the first one, and the author uses a lot of the teqniques you could find in the movies. The beginning could be the opening scene in a horror movie. And the thrill does not end there. Everytime you are about to finish a chapter, something new happens that keeps you reading on and on, and the plot is not so obvious as in the first book. The author has really stepped it up a notch.
The ending was a big surprise for me, and I read as fast as I possibly could to find out what was going to happen next.
Dark Touch: The Hunt has everything I like in a book: it is about the supernatural, is thrilling, hard to put down, engaging and with interesting characters. I loved it. Now I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next installment in this series, Fever, which comes out in January.
Read this book if you would like a taste of the TV show "Supernatural" mixed with a hint of Gossip Girl.
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