Title: The Hunters
Author: Heidi Angell
For those who believe Vampires should be killed, not kissed.
What would you do if you found your town had been infested with vampires? For Chris and his brother Lucas, the answer was simple enough: you fight back. Gathering a small band of other people in their town who have been affected by the vampires, they begin a resistance. But after a year of fighting, they have only managed to kill a handful, while the vampire leader has turned five times that many.
Then two enigmatic strangers appear, changing their lives even further.
Fury and Havoc. They call themselves hunters, and want no part in this little band of heroes. Ordering them to lay low, the duo vow to rid their town of vampires. When Fury is injured, Chris aides these strangers, entwining his future with theirs.
Now that the vampires know the hunters are here, and that Chris and his friends have helped them, the group is in more danger than ever before. Lucas is torn between protecting his new family from the vampires, and protecting them from these seemingly inhuman beings who say they are there to help.
After all, what beings could be so powerful as to scare a vampire?
The Hunters is clearly Heidi Angell’s response to Twilight and similar vampire romances. The vampires in her novel are vicious and intriguing, and I enjoyed reading a novel that went back to the classic vampire mythology by making vampires monsters once again. The vampire is my favorite mythological creature, and I thought that Angell’s take on them was outstanding. The Hunters is reminiscent of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and fans of that series would enjoy Angell’s The Hunters Saga.
Angell’s cast of characters is bright and original, and I loved how they complimented the action packed plot. The relationship between Chris and Lucas is heartwarming, and I loved how comical they could be. They brought a strong familial element to the story, and their relationship was similar to the television series, Supernatural.
However, I couldn’t help but feel that Angell did pull too many of her ideas from Supernatural and The Mortal Instruments. While her story is unique in many ways, it is too similar to Supernatural for me. The concept of two brothers fighting monsters and having their ups and downs throughout their adventures is essentially the basis of Supernatural. I also found that the over-descriptions of some of the characters and events were distracting, and too many adverbs were used.
But with that all being said, I commend Angell for taking back the mythical vampire monster and putting it back into current literature. I loved being able to revisit my favorite monster in an action packed, horrific way. Angell has a strong imagination, and she does well with presenting a horror themed – plot to a general audience. If you are looking for a new take on this classic monster, I am sure that you will enjoy The Hunters!
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