I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Hunted One by Meg Collett
Series: End of Days #1
Published by Self Published on January 17th 2014
Source: the Publisher
The fallen have trespassed into Heaven for the first time in eternity. Prepared for battle, Michaela and her Archangels open Heaven’s gates to confront the fallen. Only, Michaela’s Archangels—her brothers and sisters in Heaven—betray her. And when the fallen attack the sanctuary in the skies through the gates Michaela inadvertently left open, the holy angels accuse Michaela of planning the invasion.
One simple mistake with a thousand consequences.
Dragged to Earth by an Archangel turned fallen, Michaela will do anything to return to Heaven and save it. In her fervor, she kills the Archangel—something no angel has ever done before. Wingless, without any hope, Michaela welcomes death when an unlikely human ally, Clark, finds her. With the help of Clark and Gabriel, an innocent Archangel whose friendship deepens into something far more torrid and unexpected on Earth, Michaela must prove the holy angels have their own plan for Heaven, and it is one that may prove to be the End of the Days.
It may be too late to save herself, but Michaela is the only one who knows the truth about the holy angels. If she fails, she may never be able to return to Heaven. But even that may be a hopeless dream.
When I heard about The Hunted One I immediately offered my services as a reviewer to Meg. At the time the ARC’s weren’t ready yet, but she kindly promised to let me know when they where and send me one when they where ready. The Teaser happened, which got my attention. Then the Cover reveal happened… more excitement, because this cover is simply gorgeous! Some more time passed, and I started to doubt whether the book would really be something for me after all. I mean, I was definitely interested, but The Hunted One is a bit outside the box for me, different from the books I normally read and review.
Then the email with the ARC came… I was a bit busy at the time, had a huge list of books up for review so The Hunted One got placed on the notorious To be Reviewed list I keep for myself. About a week ago I started reading… and had it finished in no time!
I was hooked from the first paragraph. Meg’s writing just pulls you in, her writing style demands your attention and makes sure it keeps it hold on you’ve finished the very last page of the book. The writing is just so vivid and descriptive, which makes it so easy and fun to read. The pages just came alive in my imagination and I could see everything happening.
Michaela’s character was very strong. She was determined and caring, everything I love to see in a good protagonist. It wasn’t just Michaela though, all characters where dynamic and real. They had flaws, knew they did and didn’t pretend to be anything else (that annoys me so much in some books…).
For a book in the ‘Fallen Angel’ genre I thought this books was original. Somehow most of the time books in this genre just seem clichéd and overdone. The romance was slight but good and Meg made sure to keep the action flowing. There are lots of books in this genre and being original can become quite tricky. I just very much liked how this book surprised me after the doubts I’d begun to have about it beforehand.
To sum things up, The Hunted One is a well-written and interesting read with great characters in a plot that worked like a charm.
Now for a little personal message to the Author:
In an email you told me that you were very nervous about your book, and that you where losing confidence about sending it to Review Blogs. Being nervous sounds pretty normal to me, it’s a big and exciting thing you’re doing so being nervous is completely normal. I just wanted to say that you shouldn’t be losing confidence about sending it to Review Blogs. Be proud of what you accomplished and be proud of finishing your first book in a series!
There’s going to be negative reviews, but those are bloggers that are giving their honest opinion and their findings can only -eventually- help you in becoming a better writer. Whether a blogger likes a book -or not- is very personal and if they don’t like your book they’re not purposefully trying to be mean (The good bloggers aren’t!). It won’t be fun to hear, but the best I can say is to take their criticism and use it to excel!
Again, like I said in the tweet I sent you, I can’t wait to get myself a physical copy of this book so it can belong in its rightful place on my bookshelves! (also, I can’t wait for the second book in this series!).