Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Blog Tour: The Hunt by Chloe Neill Review and Giveaway

You might have noticed we're huge Chloe Neill fans. So we're excited to be part of the tour for The Hunt, the latest in her Devil's Isle series, which released Tuesday. We've got a review and a couple of great giveaways for you. Check it out!

The Hunt
(Devil's Isle #3)
Chloe Neill
Release: September 26, 2017
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ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels—the hunter becomes the hunted in a New Orleans devastated by a Paranormal war....
When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil’s Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.

Now the weight of Liam’s own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she’ll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out....

First of all, can we just say how much we love the world Chloe Neill has created in the Devil's Isle series? The Hunt in particular includes lots of NOLA history and culture, which reminds us that even though this is a dystopia, it's a new one. The characters still remember our world. The characters have some "this is why we stay" moments which bring to mind stories from the Katrina aftermath. This time out Neill also explores the Louisiana bayou and history there, and we see that the world outside the city is not as changed. We also learn more about Claire's father and her family history.

We kind of hated Liam for much of the book, even though his magic is intriguing and we want to see more of it. He is broody, distant, frustrating and all alpha-protective even though he’s the one who left Claire behind. We loved how mature Claire is in the way she handles him though, walking away when he's not ready. But it almost seems like they got back together too easily, especially after that heart-ripped-out feeling we had when Liam left.

But we love the supporting cast! The Hunt opens about five weeks after the end of the previous book and Claire has been hanging out with the paranormal tech geek Moses, who is delightful and impish. We also love Liam's brother, Gavin! His banter and snark was great, though we're still trying to figure out how he scavenged both a Range Rover and a Hummer in less than a three day span. And we loved how all the other characters called Liam out on his bad decisions, even Malachi, which we did not expect. Speaking of Malachi, we are intrigued by the apparent chemistry between him and a certain new character and want to know more.

We had some issues with the plot though. The villain seems to come out of nowhere even though they've been spotted before in an earlier book. And the motive is something like OCD - they just can't stop a project once it's started. And that character's lack of empathy plays in to a certain stereotype that we could do without. The government conspiracy elements in the story also seem to wrap up too neatly and their connection to the main villain is not entirely clear.

The Hunt was not our favorite of the series - we just didn't love it like we did The Sight. We both thought it felt like a transition book that wouldn't stand on its own. But we still love these characters and couldn't put it down. (So sleep deprived right now!)

4 / 5 Stars

Our reviews of other books in this series:

We've got a prize pack to give away! (Thanks Chloe Neill!)
Prize includes:
U.K. edition of The Veil and signed Devil's Isle bookplate
Devil’s Isle tote bag - this bag is huge guys!
Devil’s Isle sticker sheet and coaster
Devil's Isle pen and “Brainstorms” notebook
(U.S. only)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter THE HUNT Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs September 18 through September 29 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
Fleur de Lis Intaglio Heart Pendant & Chain from New Orleans’ own Mignon Faget!
Amazon Kindle and $50 Amazon gift card
Signed Chloe Neill books
Tote bag containing Devil’s Isle and Chicagoland Vampires swag
And check out the rest of The Hunt Blog Tour - each stop has their own giveaway.
Monday, September 18 – Novel Knight Book Reviews
Tuesday, September 19 – Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
Wednesday, September 20 – Wicked Cool Flight
Thursday, September 21 – Booklovers For Life | The Book Nympho
Friday, September 22 – Consummate Reader
Monday, September 25 – Paranormally Yours
Tuesday, September 26 – Saucy Wenches | Fang-Tastic Books
Wednesday, September 27 – Goldilox and the Three Weres
Thursday, September 28 – Parajunkee | Desert Divas Book Addiction
Friday, September 29 – YA Reads

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