From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them. Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team. But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California. Together they're ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that's what witch hunters do. Welcome to Hollywood.
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Actual rating 4.5. Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda definitely took me for a few surprises. I originally wasn’t interested in this book when I heard ‘Hollywood’ in the title, thinking it’d show that pretentious side of Hollywood. I could not be more wrong! The world-building is fascinating, the protagonist incredible, and the satire comedy plus action combination a huge hit. I can describe Tejeda’s debut best as Buffy versus the Wicked Witch of the West, if a fight like that went down. I love this quote and just had to share it below: “While some things change, one truth will endure: never trust a witch … especially in Hollywood.” (Tejeda) This is likely my favourite part because Hollywood ended up being a perfect setting, so that shows here. Now, if this quote doesn’t make you immediately pick up HWH, keep reading my review. Tejeda has created an intriguing and diverse cast of characters. Iris Maria Bently comes from a long line of witch hunters and happens to be the first girl born with the witch hunting gene. When others tell Iris what she can and cannot do, she’s determined to prove them wrong. I love this aspect of her character, someone strong-willed and driven to prove her family and the Witch Hunting Organization (W.H.O.) wrong. Tejeda also illustrates big issues like sexism and discrimination through her character and I could really feel the raw emotion there. I myself became emotional at how unfair things were for Iris. Another character I love is Arlo, who recently found out he’s a Hunter and currently under Iris’ wing, learning about the business. I love that he’s a super sweet and shy person, and holds a deep respect for Iris as a peer and fellow Hunter. The two have this slow burning romance with each other, something I find really enjoyable. Then there’s Belinda, leader of the Hollywood witch coven and an overall hilarious character. Here’s where that satire comedy comes in: Hollywood cliches and general stereotypes are made blatantly obvious. Several decades ago, Belinda cast a curse on all female witches, forcing them to sacrifice young, beautiful women in order to maintain their youth. The more ‘Hollywood’ someone is, the better the sacrifice they make. HWH is very funny in that aspect, but also gets serious when needed. My favourite part is the world-building, and just how detailed and intricate it is. There are different types of witches, like Protas who can cast telepathic and telekinetic spells, and Matas who summon animals and insects. The Witch Hunting Organization (W.H.O.) is advanced, with Hunter Aviators that allow Hunters to cast Idas spells (forget me spell) and detect witches with thermal imaging. There’s also recovery shots, a concentrated Curas spell in liquid form, helping Hunters recover from big injuries. My ultimate favourite is Bruma, a witch fog seen only by Hunters, letting them know about recent witch activity. I found the first chapter really interesting, but I’m not sure what to make of it. It was mainly narrated, giving that back story of Iris discovering she’s a Hunter and proving to her father she should be on the team. I found myself enjoying it, but because of its format I felt like I shouldn’t. It did stand out among other books with how it introduced the protagonist and plot, and the back story was important to know. Hollywood Witch Hunter is a fantastic debut! Gifted ebook by author for honest review. Review condensed to fit within 3500 characters.
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!! ***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review The cover is pretty cool and what attracted me to the book initially, and it matches what Iris would look like :) This is a YA book, and it is the first book by new author, Valerie Tejeda. I think she did a great job creating a new and unique world that was definitely entertaining to explore. While it doesn’t say this is a series, the ending suggests that there will be more to come (which I hope does happen because I want to know more!!!) Iris, Knox, Dex, and Arlo are of course my favorite hunters. Of course, Iris is spunky and full of life, but she gets her share of garbage from the other hunters because she is the first and only female hunter. All sorts of action that keeps you fully engaged into the story, twists and turns, mysteries, and so much more. When it starts you think lines of good and evil are firmly drawn, but are they? You will have to read to see because I wouldn’t want to ruin your adventure in reading this book. I can’t wait to see what Valerie magics up next ;) I recommend this series to YA witch/hunter fans because you will be entertained.