Hope has always been a bit of a freak. But when her mother crawls from her grave and her undead corpse goes MIA, Hope's last thread of normal snaps with a vengeance.
Enrolling in a militia-style school for monster hunters seems her best bet for tracking down Mommy-dearest and putting what's left of her mother to rest. But the stakes are raised when she's partnered with three unique male recruits - each with their own personal demons to slay if they want to survive basic training.
But does Hope have a true killer's instinct? If she finds her mother, will she have the guts to do what must be done to save her soul? In a place like Le Manoir, all bets are off.
"What could be creepier than hunting down your own zombie mommy?....A single page in, I was hooked."
~Jacqueline Mitchard, author of What We Lost in the Dark and The Deep End of the Ocean
"Killer's Instinct is going to knock other YA monster-battling books off the shelves."
~Gary Braver, bestselling and award-winning author of Tunnel Vision
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Harry Potter step aside, there’s a new girl in town and her name is Hope. OMG, I was right about Killer’s Instinct. I love it. It started out okay, but by the end I was bummed that I had no more to read. It is a young adult, paranormal novel that even us older folks can love. I love the title, but the cover is creepy good. I saw the synopsis and it made me think of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. I was so looking forward to a fun adventure and I found it. A teenage girl is determined to hunt down her zombie mom. I can read a bunch of psychological crap into that. LOL As she walks the streets, searching, she finds her training is not enough to battle the monsters she runs across. So it’s off to school…… Most Wanted Monsters Organization, like Hotel California, you can never leave. Hope is special. She sees dead people. She can see behind the monsters mask. She was older than her years. She never had time to watch movies and read anything other than books her Dad thought she needed to be a hunter. Her defense had been avoidance, don’t let them know she could see them. Hope – a hunter. She is strong, impulsive and alone. Caddoc – privileged, arrogant and cowardly. His dad had been a hunter until he turned into an overweight drunk and drove his mother away. Hyde – a fighter, a loner and full of rage. His parents gave him an ultimatum. It was either the psych ward or Le Manoir. Kain – a machine, not social, as emotionless as a bioroid. He is a nerd, smart, strong, and dependable. His mother had died and his dad had dumped him at an orphange. The jock, the geek, the rebel and the freak. Why were such an unlikely group teamed together? They were all fighting their inner demons and I saw early on they would come together. As I read on, I began to wonder if there was more going on than meets the eye. Maybe the food wasn’t the only thing that was fake at La Manoir. I am really enjoying Killer’s Instinct now, at 57%. It is written with a young adult Harry Potter feel, but the story is changing and coming together in a way I never saw. I am excited for the group. I can see all their potential……..maybe even their future. Would Hope’s childish, impulsive need to prove herself turn out to be what saves them all? Reality was so much different from stories – the werewolves were bigger, the vampires meaner and their teeth sharper. Imagine a vamp mesmerizing you, his gaze holding yours and you are unable to look away. His teeth gently brush against your neck as the hairs rise on your nape. A werewolf hovers over you, his saliva dripping off his teeth onto your face. Zombies attacking vamps, heads falling, biting, chomping, blood and gore flying, slipping and sliding in body parts, the smell of blood and burnt flesh making it hard to draw a breath. Sometimes the POV change confused me, but I quickly adjusted and read on. I sit here, finished, trying to think of how to tell you how amazed I am at the writing and creative storyline. I never saw the story reaching such momentum that I hated for it to be over. I thought it would be a fun, young adult read for a summer day, but boy did it go down a different road. Harry Potter on steroids. The action is gruesome, but it is written in such a way that it does not make me cringe. I almost border on laughter at times. Written as if it could be included in a Supernatural, Sam and Dean, episode. ALMOST humorous. “You have developed a Killer’s Instinct, Hope, but you must be prepared to face the consequences.”
Hope sees dead people. It's her greatest weapon and her ultimate curse. After the death of her father and her Mother rising from the grave as a mindless corpse, Hope joins an elite fighting team at Le Manoir, a group of teens trained to deal with all manner of paranormal spooks and baddies. She wants to find what's left of her mother and put her to rest, but first, she needs to learn how--and she might even need some help along the way. Hope is a wonderful heroine, smart, savvy, and good with a gun: my favorite kind of ass-kicker! The other members of her team kept me on my toes, never quite sure who I could trust and what their true motivations were. A beautifully woven story about courage and trust and what it really means to be a 'monster'. I pined for Adam immediately and his past, when revealed, was both surprising and skillfully imagined. I can't wait for the next installment so I can see where he and Hope go from here. I also really enjoyed how the 'monsters' were so unique in their mythologies. No sparkly vampires here, buddy. These creatures were well depicted and nothing like what we might traditionally expect them to be. It was really refreshing and unique. Killer's Instinct is a breath of fresh air in the YA paranormal genre. Graves and Dalton hold nothing back and drag you into a dangerous, dark world where the things that go bump in the night are very real. Once I started reading it, there was no putting it down. I highly recommend it to fans of the Strange Angels series or anyone who likes blunt edged paranormal action in their YA books.