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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield

Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield
Publisher: Westside Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: Full Length (370 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Caitlyn, 15, a Paranormal, is on the run with her mom, trying to stay one step ahead of the ParaTroopers who would enslave her just like anyone who has powerful psychic abilities. Attempting to have somewhat of a normal life, Caitlyn and her mom hide in plain sight, living in a seedy hotel in a big city, where Caitlyn hopes to blend in by enrolling at the local high school. She secretly fights back against government oppression by blogging about equal rights for all Paras, protecting herself by signing them Teen Para.

When she discovers her long ago kidnapped brother Daniel at school she s elated, but is saddened to find he s controlled by the government ParaTroopers as a Para-slave.

As Para Cleansing Day nears, increasing numbers of Paras are turned in to the authorities and things grow tenser and more dangerous, especially at school. When a group robs a bank and threatens Normals, the shadow of guilt is cast on Teen Para. A killer, the Para Reaper, secretly goes hunting for Paras to drain the life out of them. Despite everything, Caitlyn befriends a Normal girl, Rachel, who is a Para sympathizer, and falls for a cute classmate, Alex, also a Normal, who always makes her feel so good whenever he is around. But it's not safe for Paras to date Normals, and it would put Caitlyn in grave danger of being discovered.

When ParaTroopers crack down at school after several Paras are discovered, Caitlyn finds herself under increasing scrutiny. Fearing for Caitlyn, her mom is anxious to pack up and bolt, but Caitlyn's growing attachments make her reluctant to leave. Will she evade capture, or will she be caught and turned into a Para Slave? And just who is trying to frame her? A tautly written, suspenseful thrill ride, Hunted will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Welcome to a world where you have to hide what you are; if they find out you have paranormal powers, they will make you a slave!

One of my worst nightmares is about hiding from someone trying to get me. I have them over and over again with different circumstances each time. That was why I had to request this book for review. And it certainly didn’t disappoint me.

Caitlyn and her mother have been in hiding for a long time. Her father was killed by Para Troopers and her little brother was taken away during the melee. She and her Mom are afraid he’s dead. He’s not, and that’s where their troubles begin…

This is an exciting, very busy story. Her new school has two normals in it she would like to befriend, but she instinctively knows (or at least believes) they would betray her. All normals fear her kind and it’s best if she just stays to herself. The author does not avoid issues that some might find offensive. Caitlyn’s love interest is black (she’s white) and her normal girlfriend is a lesbian. These issues don’t stand out and none of the main characters let this bother them, but you’re forewarned in case it’s an issue with you.

The conflict between Caitlyn and her brother Daniel is heartrending. It’s also deadly. She loves him, but he has become her enemy. And he’s not hesitant about hurting those she loves to get her power.

The author writes a strong story with an interesting theme. Why is it we always hate those who are different from us? And how could a world like the one portrayed in this story exist? Yet, it’s not beyond belief.

If you like fast moving stories with characters that face a lot of challenges, this is an excellent read for you. It’s geared for young adults, but I enjoyed the read. Why don’t you get a copy and see what you think?