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Posted July 3, 2013
This was good, although I definitely think I could have connected more with the characters. I didn't dislike Jade... but I didn't particularly like her either. While it was an enjoyable read, I guess I was sort of indifferent. But I did appreciated her drama free friendship with Linc. And I thought the way vampires (and demons in general) were originally created in this world was really interesting and different.
There were a few things that bothered me because they didn't really seem like a natural progression of the plot, but more just to add drama.
I've got book two already and I am curious to see where this goes. I'd like to see progression with her relationship with Linc and her friendship with Tasha (she really just had cameo's but if they want us to believe Jade is at home at CGE then I'd like to see the two of them form a friendship separate from Linc). I'd like Jade to find out more about what happened to her family. Aaaand, that's all I got! :) Onto book 2!
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Posted December 26, 2013
Jade, a troubled teen, is recruited for Demon Hunter training by the CGE (Consortium of Genetic Engineering). She learns some secrets about herself, her family and her past. I look forward to reading about more of Jade's adventures.
Jade's ally is funny and tough Linc. Jade held her own during the hand-to-hand demonstration with Linc. It spoke well of Linc that he didn't hold a grudge when Jade did well in their demonstration fight.
Skipping Orientation was great, so we could get to the good stuff. Very cool elements that were in the story: Jade's incredible memory, Director Greene recruiting Jade himself, DDB - Demon Database, Phase I Final Exam was great idea, but too dangerous to be believable, sword with special settings, and Linc's special place.
I didn't like Jade's quick temper, her impetuousness and her tendency to bend the rules. Seriously, Jade couldn't go one day without a fight? I didn't like the lying / half-truths.
some language (a--, sh--, crap), violence, death
Received a free review copy from the author.
Posted August 23, 2013
After her family's death Jade only wants one thing: To find the "thing" that killed them. But it's not that easy, since her family was killed by a demon, however demons doesn't exist, right?
When Jade's beliefs are proven wrong and she is offered to join a school for demon hunters, she naturally uses her opportunity and so she is thrown into a whole new world, where demons can lurk everywhere..
Jade is actually a pretty ordinary main protagonist, since she doesn't give off a special vibe. I totally don't feel like I haven't read about someone like her before, but I still kind of love her :)
The basic idea of the novel isn't anything new either. The supernatural school stuff is used in a lot of books lately, but I didn't read about a school for demon hunters until now. So that idea is probably quite original. I also have to say the CGE feels a little bit like the headquarters from Man in Black.
For the classes: I totally want to go to a school for demon hunters too! The classes seem so easy and comfortable! The main thing they are doing is practicing tracking and fighting, so yeah no more learning and memorizing sounds way too nice.
Also I have to say I probably never have read about an as evil person as Felicia. I mean she is supposed to be a normal pupil, but in fact she is completely mean and a total bully. But it doesn't stop there, since she tries to get Jade killed more than one time. So that's definitely evil and not normal for a person her age!
Overall this book was nice to read and I love this book's world. The fights with demons are always totally thrilling :)!
Posted July 31, 2013
Posted June 13, 2013
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!
**received the book free from the Lovers of Paranormal group for an honest review
I have wanted to read this book because my mom really liked it when she read it a month or two ago, so when the chance came up to read it I jumped :) because we generally like the same books :) And I loved it!! I was sucked straight into the story and Jade’s life. Jade has a heart breaking back story and tough life, but she is a tough and strong heroine you quickly bond with as trouble keeps stalking her. It is an exciting action packed story that I couldn’t put down. There was NO boring first bookness that sometimes occurs with a new series. You have high school issues with bullying, fights, demonology class, weapons, secrets, freedom, demons, new friends, did I say secrets and so much more.
I recommend to all YA paranormal lovers because it is fantastic. I bought my own copy of the kindle boxed set, and I am going to buy it in paperback for my classroom library to share with my students….the responsible ones who I think will bring it back anyway ; ) It is a must read!! Loved it, now I’m going to start book 2. YAY!!!
Posted May 7, 2013
I very much enjoyed this story, it's so refreshing! While it has vampires and demons, it isn't focused on them so much, and isn't trying to make you fall in love with them. This story, focuses on the secret group that hunts demons, and gets into the background and story of a few specific up-and-coming hunters. The mix of having a demon-hunting facility mixed with genetic research wasn't something I thought of having together, but it made for an interesting story, and actually made a lot of sense.
Having a lot of the story take place in a school-setting was a nice familiar touch. It reminded me of the Harry Potter series, in the way there were descriptions of tests and classrooms and the day-to-day happenings around the campus and between the students. With the addition of fighting some demons, of course.
This book certainly had a good mix of both action and intellect- while there were many descriptions of what Jade was learning in her studies, along with the challenges she faced on a personal level, there was a lot of action and fighting to keep it exciting. The descriptions of the fights, in both the training and realistic scenarios, are very well written, and easily imagined. The amount of action keeps the pace of the book quick, and adds depth and excitement.
Jade is a great female lead character- she's strong, determined, and confident, and someone I think a lot of people can identify with. Her thoughts and actions are honest and realistic, and I enjoyed watching her grow and overcome the challenges she faced.
Lincoln makes a great best friend- strong and sturdy, he's the perfect match for Jade, with humor and sarcasm to match hers. The fact that he's always there for her, and believes in her with not reason other than his own instincts, makes him a fantastic best-friend character. While there wasn't much romance between them in this book, I am hoping something will be there in the future books, because they are perfect together- he's the kind of guy every girl hopes to find.
I enjoyed all the side characters- the girl you love to hate, the director who becomes a surrogate father (even if Jade doesn't realize it), and the girl you actually like having around. Along with some hilarious doctors and teachers, all the characters in the book catch you in some way, and don't let go.
I enjoyed the writing for the most part- it flowed easily, and the mix of dialogue with description was done quite well. I did, however, take off a star because of the numerous spelling and grammatical errors (especially toward the end chapters), as well as missing/added words. It made reading somewhat difficult, having to stop and fix a sentence to understand what was going on. It isn't a huge distraction, but it does pull you out of the book in a few places, which takes away from the story. Once it's properly edited and these mistakes fixed, it will certainly be a 5 star book.
Overall, I would recommend this book, and probably the whole series. It's a unique story, and the characters pull you in and make you want to root for them and their fight.
Posted May 8, 2013
I really liked this story! It was written very well and the entire time I read it I always knew what was going, never feeling confused or lost as I have with some books. This book read very smoothly and was really interesting. I loved the story of Jade and it seemed like she just kind of came to life for me. She was always accused of stirring up trouble but I liked how the author made sure that the readers knew better and that, in all fairness to the main character, trouble DID always seem to find her. I also have to say that I LOVE the relationship between Jade and Linc! I was expecting it to turn into some cheesy love fest after they shared their one kiss but it didn't, they remain the best of friends who constantly chide each other. They have, what I feel, is an honest friendship where they each care about each other. The writer kept all of the nonsense out and threw in this whole new idea of demons inhabiting our world. I kind of get the feeling that this is set more in the future too although it is not time specific. While reading, I was always aware of Jade's feelings and thoughts and even though she is a teenager I felt a kinship toward her for wanting to help others and to find the demon who killed her family. I would definitely recommend this story!
Posted February 3, 2013
I just really, really liked this book. The main character, Jade, is 16 and sassy and sarcastic and strong. She's endearing in the
nobody-loves-me kind of way, and oh my gosh, funny as hell. I rarely chuckle out loud when reading, but found myself doing that here
and there. Sometimes I'd go back and re-read something just for the thrill of re-reading it again, it was that good. The author's writing
style had that sumthin-sumthin that just appealed to me right from the start. I gobbled every word, sentence, paragraph, page.
You have the mysterious adult who could be good, could be bad, could be both. You like him...yet you don't quite trust him. As you're
reading you're kinda waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. It does and it doesn't. Don't judge our Mr. Greene too soon.
And our strong, almost-bad-boy-but-not-quite-cuz-he's-got-a-killer-gaze-and-even-more-lethal-smile? Linc? That guy? Delish. Perfect.
He's strong but not so silent. Got a sense of humor. And is not quite comfy sharing feelings. The romance here is perfect. Not too
sappy...I hate sap...it, like, gets all over your fingers when you're turning the pages and you can't get it off. Most sappy love scenes
sound just as corny in my head as they look on the page. Thankfully, you won't find none of that here. If that's your scene and you
dig the sappy stuff, that's ok, but you're forewarned you won't find it in the pages of this book.
So, why didn't I give it 5 stars? Almost did. But a couple of things held me back. First, I didn't quite understand why Jade's nemesis,
who is a grade above Jade, was at the newbie orientation and why Jade and her nemesis were paired up for Jade's finals. Seems
to me the older student would be having finals more in line with her grade level, not Jade's. Second, the wrap-up in the end seemed
to take just a tad too long, and kind of went over the same information over and again. I was getting kinda bored there for a minute.
But, super book, super writing, and a super fun read. Highly recommended.
Posted February 2, 2013
At the age of sixteen, Jade Hall is offered an education along with a job as a demon slayer by a mysterious organization called the CGE (Consortium of Genetic Engineering). She's had a rough life being shipped from foster home to foster home after losing her family to tragedy, and so without any real stability in her life it's difficult for her to trust anyone. It was refreshing to see a character in a YA novel who has been in the foster care system--young adults reading this book who live in foster homes or group homes can relate to Jade's background.
I found myself drawn to Jade right away--there are so many positive qualities about her such as her sense of humor, courage, and strength. Jade is determined to hunt down and kill the demon who killed her family, but she isn't reckless about it either. She knows it's important to learn how to hunt and kill before she starts her search for revenge. I'm all about demons--they scare the hell out of me, and there were plenty of tense, scary moments!
I loved the relationship between Jade and Linc and the way it developed over time. The dynamic between them was different and unique. Their banter was so clever, made me laugh, and just fit situations so perfectly! I found myself chuckling loudly more than once. They're easygoing together, and best of all, they're equals; Jade isn't a girl who needs a guy to save her--she's tough all on her own.
Felecia is the kind of character I love to hate. Felecia acts like she's tough and is a bully, but when it really comes down to it, she's a coward. Like a lot of other girls Jade has encountered in the various foster homes she lived in, Felecia does her best to provoke and bully Jade out of jealousy. There really was no other reason for Felecia to have such a vendetta against her, and this actually is a realistic situation among teenage girls unfortunately.
The young adults chosen by the CGE all have a rare genetic anomaly that the CGE wants to study, but can the organization be trusted? Are their intentions pure, or is there something more sinister going on? I went back and forth with this--I couldn't decide if they want to help Jade and the others, or if they just want to use them to further their own agenda, whatever that may be. I tend to distrust large organizations that make a high profit, and it just seemed to me something insidious going on. Isn't there usually some sort of underlying evil in every organization in fiction? This could turn out to be the exception or maybe not.
I absolutely loved this book! It was so awesome in every way! There isn't anything about this book that I didn't like. I was captivated, enthralled, and I want more of this story and the characters. *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or review.*