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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  384 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Caitlyn is a telepath in a world where having any Paranormal power is illegal. Caitlyn is on the run from government troopers, who can enslave, torture, or even kill her, or make her hunt other Paranormals. When Caitlyn settles down in a city, she falls for Alex, a Normal (someone without Paranormal powers), which is dangerous because he can turn her in. And she discovers ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by WestSide Books
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Lois Duncan
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Here the author of SCARS presents young readers with a very different type of YA novel which will probably have more appeal to a wider readership than her first book did. It's well-written, fast-moving, and carries a strong message about the dangers of prejudice and oppression. I'm so happy to see that Cheryl Rainfield is not a "one trick pony"!
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I was thrilled to get a chance to read Hunted, having recently read Scars (also by Cheryl), and being blown away by that story. Cheryl does it again, and drew me into the world of Caitlyn, a teen with mental telepathy (she can read minds and make suggestions that results in a potentially manipulative effect).

The tension resulting from being on the run immediately drew me into the story. I loved the role reversal in the relationship of Caitlyn and her mom. Her mother's powers are mysteriously sup
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

I'm sitting here, having finished this novel a mere five minutes ago, and I am still stunned. The novel was intense and gripping; I could not put it down once I'd started it. And the story was just so incredibly powerful - I found myself truly agreeing with the message I sensed being propagated through it. I'm still trying to come up with more words to describe this book but all that comes to mind is awesome, amazing, inspired and just really brilli
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Katy by: JKS Communications
Please note: I read this book in October 2011 from a copy provided by JKS Communications, this author's publicist. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis: Caitlyn lives in a world quite a lot like ours – with one major difference. Paranormal talents, while not necessarily common, exist in large enough quantity that the existence of them is known. However, many folks without the paranormal ability don’t understand what makes Paranormals tick – and as anyone can tell you, what people don’t understand
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield is a unique reading experience. If you enjoy dystopian and the paranormal, then you will enjoy Hunted. Caitlyn lives in a society where she and others like her are persecuted for being different, for being paranormals. She lost her father in a riot when she was young, and her brother disappeared at the same time. She and her mother have been on the run, moving from place to place, to avoid being captured and Caitlyn being forced into a harsh and painful life of servitu ...more
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it

Looking for an exciting, action-packed novel for Christmas? This book just might be for you. The author introduces the reader into a world where there is heavy discrimination against Paras (Paranormals) and people are forced to hide their true identities and, for lack of a better phrase, live a lie. Caitlyn is the main character and a telepath. She must hide her talents are face persecution. Alex, the love interest, is a Normal. Alex also just happens to be handsome, charismatic, and seemingly k
Rebecca McNutt

Hunted was a lot more impressive than I expected. I was worried that it would just be a cliché paranormal romance, but it was actually a story about a dystopian society where people with abnormal talents (telepathy, telekinesis, mind-readers, the usual) can be arrested - or worse - because there's a prejudice towards the otherworldly. A telepathic young girl has to decide whether she wants to live her life afraid all the time, or if she wants to step up for her rights.
Sami Jo
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing second novel by Cheryl. Scars was good, but Hunted blew me away. I sometimes have a hard time getting into the beginning of a book, but Cheryl kicks it off straight from the start... you'll love this!
J.R. Wagner
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Review: Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield
Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield

I need to step outside my typical one-line review box for a right back.

I had absolutely no clue what to expect when I ordered Hunted. The synopsis sounded cool and Cheryl Rainfield comes across as incredibly likeable, down to Earth and easily reachable. It reviewed well, but I try not to let that influence my reading list....anyway, I sat down (actually, I was already sitting having just finished another book -it was Sunday
Five stars because a day after I finished, I'm still thinking, still wondering...Cheryl (yes, I DO know her -- not just name-dropping) has created something new here...a book about the world when we've discovered that Paranormals live among us, able to communicate, to predict, to see what Normals can't. Paras are persecuted, hunted. They're captured and turned into slaves of the state, forced to hunt other Paras.

In this world, Caitlyn and her mother are on the run. Caitlyn's father was murdered
Ashley Chen
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, the first page just sucked me in!!! I didn't want to stop. I started reading the book at 12am and I knew I had to go to bed but the story was not letting me. I was too excited that I didn't feel sleepy.

Cheryl definitely can write! Her writing doesn't feel forced; it floods like the finest silk. The first chapter started out very intense. I don't think I was breathing for most parts because I was scared that if I made any movement I would've done something bad to the characters. The story m
Jan 22, 2012 marked it as mine-to-read
I want a copy, but I can't afford one right now. *sigh* Damn. I wish I had a review copy of Hunted. Give me one. If you read this (you being anybody) GIVE. ME. A. COPY. OF. THIS. BOOK.


So, there is this awesome person and she wrote the author and I just got a review copy. o.o

This is why I love Goodreads, and authors, and bookbloggers, and Twitter, and the Internet. Because you beg people to give you something and they actually do it.

THANK YOU AMY and thank you Miss Rainfield!! ♥
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Originally from by Blog: http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy....

The Good
I am always so nervous to read dystopian novels because they don't always end well and they can be depressing. But once I started reading Hunted, I forgot all my worries. From page one I was absorbed into the story and cared about the characters so much all I wanted to do was keep reading, and then read some more. Hunted was a thrill ride of action, emotion, and chill-inducing scenes.

Paras vs. Normals...
Caitlyn may love he
Kevin Craig
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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The following review is from my review blog: http://trythisbookonforsize.blogspot....

HUNTED comes alive on page one. It engaged me throughout with intrigue and a fast-pace that made the book unputdownable. Although a dystopian, this story was so deeply embedded in a contemporary setting that it became a believable allegory for the issues that teens (we all) face in today's society - racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, name it. Rainfield put these issues into HUNTED by making it a
Read this review at Smash Attack Reads!

Smashtastic Synopsis: Meet Caitlyn, a Para on the run with her mother. Caitlyn lives in a world where being different gets you a life straight out of a Stephen King novel. Therefore, Caitlyn and her mother keep moving so that the government ParaTroopers do not learn of Caitlyn’s incredible telepathic abilities. When Caitlyn settles in a small town and falls for Alex, a Normal, things get heated. Caitlyn discovers a d
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone

Summary…from the back of the book…sort of summarized again…
Hunted is a fantasy about a paranormal family on the run from the government. The government tracks, hunts down and tortures people with paranormal abilities. Caitlyn and her mom are all that is left of their family. Her father has been murdered and her brother kidnapped. Caitlyn’s mom has lost her paranormal abilities due to trauma but Caitlyn’s are stronger than ever. She and her mom are always on the run in order to avoid being captur
There are a lot of paranormal novels out there in the YA market. A lot of dystopia too. I want to read them all! I love both of those genres so much, so when I got the chance to read Hunted by Cheryl Rainfeld, a book that has both of these in spades, I jumped at the chance.

Not one to shy away from writing about difficult or controversial topics, Cheryl tackles several within her newest novel, Hunted. The protagonist, Caitlyn, has suffered the loss of a sibling and parent and is under the constan
Emily Elizabeth
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3.5 Stars!

I really enjoyed Hunted. The plot was incredibly and uniquely captivating. It kept my interest until the very end.

There were some parts where I felt the book was about to the end due to the phrasing, but there was actually like fifty percent more left in the book. That was a bit annoying, but didn't really distract me from wanting to finish the book.

There are a few shocks n this books that weren't really "shocking." And although the writing was great, the
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here!

I really loved this book. It begins normally – as normal as a Paranormal can be, anyway – but towards the middle I just got sucked into the story, which I really love. The conflict feels so real, and I can imagine all the events playing out in my mind, bringing out unique images as I try to visualize Caitlyn’s powers. I really feel bad that I can’t articulate everything I feel for this book. I didn’t expect much, to be honest – I hardly knew what to expect. I gathered that
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of paranormal YA books and Cheryl did a wonderful job encapsulating all of the basics of a great paranormal book!

Caitlyn is a para, which is basically a person who has any kind of 'extra' powers. The book starts off with Caitlyn and her Mom on the run from the Normals, those without power, and ends up close to the city...a place where paras can hide. Immediately Caitlyn is challenged at her new school because they are VERY prejudiced against anything that isn't Normal and they ha
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I really liked this book. There was definitely a theme to the story about standing up for what's right.

This book reminds me of other books I've read about the way Jews were treated leading up to and during WWII, how the Japanese were treated in the USA during the same time, as well as many other times where we have stood up for basic human rights.

In Cheryl's world, some people have special powers; telekinesis, mind reading, etc...(think like the people on the Heroes TV show from a few years bac
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
View original review in my blog: The Midnight Book Thief

The Bad
The romance. This was my only issue in this story. The romance between Caitlyn and Alex felt a bit like insta-love to me. Well, I don't really think it was as extreme as other books I've read, but still felt a bit like it. Their attraction was a tad bit unbelievable at first, but later on, it grew on me, and I began to like their romance together.

The Good
The plot. Aside from the above, I loved everything else. I really liked the boo
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I recently read, and enjoyed Cheryl Rainfield’s Scars. When I was offered Hunted for review, I thought it sounded interesting. I already knew I liked Cheryl’s writing, so I figured why not. I am so glad I did.

Hunted is amazing. I think it shows the author’s talent as a writer better than Scars did. Don’t get me wrong. Scars is very good and very well-written, but I think this is even more so. This had my attention from the get-go, and didn’t let go. (If it wasn’t for Christmas-related things, I
Stina Madison
Full review + giveaway (Ends April 14, 2012) here:

In a world full of fear and hate, Caitlyn and other Paranormals are persecuted for their abilities. On the run since the Riots that took her father and brother from her, Caitlyn only has her mother. When they finally settle in a city, it's one of the most dangerous towns they could have chosen. What Caitlyn doesn't expect is the support she gains in Alex and Rachel. And when someone from her past resurface
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I got my copy of Hunted from Cheryl herself via twitter when she was looking for reviewers for the book. After reading a small sample on her web page I jumped at the chance to get a copy for review.
I will be the first to admit that I haven't heard of Cheryl before or even read on of her books so it was a nice surprise to discover that I really enjoyed reading Hunted.

Caitlyn is on the run with her Mum, finding safe places to stay for as long as it's safe to, while trying to avoid the Para Trooper
Lorca Damon
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface by saying this...I don't really relate to paranormal fiction. I'm not a fantasy or sci-fi fan. I'm not against the genre, it's just not my thing. Okay, I did roll my eyes at this one book when the vampire started to sparkle. It's just not my kind of book.

So why am I reviewing Hunted? Because I heard such great things about it and it did not disappoint. Somehow, Rainfield makes you completely believe that there's a world where genetically different paranormal people are being perse
Nov 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook

Hunted is a story quite different from many out there. I did start to fall deeply for this one and loved Cheryl's writing, but over time, noticed that the storyline was becoming predictable. With that being said, it is a great novel with a fantastic ending and it does have it's surprises. I just struggled with the predictability of it.

Caitlyn and her mother have never had a normal life living on the run. From who you might ask? First let me start by saying that Caitlyn and her mom are Paras. Pa
Brittany Rehage
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to read Hunted through JKSCommunications. I'm so happy I was able to read this book.

I was a little worried when I started this book. The first couple of chapters felt a little too much like a typical teen/high school story. The new girl shows up, almost everybody dislikes her right away, she crushes on the hot guy everyone wants and is befriended by the other outcasts. However, once the story really started to pick up, it was fantastic.

Caitlyn is a wond
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
From the first page, Hunted is almost non-stop suspense and tension. It takes place in a world that is very familiar. It borders so close to our own and draws such powerful parallels to the prejudices that are alive in the real world. The difference is that instead of being judged by their race, sex, size, age, or class; the conflict is between Normals and Paranormals, or Paras.

Normals are in the seat of power and have spent there resources hunting Paras. They then turn around and force them to
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you liked The Hunger Games, you'll love Hunted.

Hunted is an intense read from start to finish, packing the trifecta of awesome you want in a paranormal dystopian novel: action, suspense, romance. There are no slow parts to Caitlyn’s story–the ride is taut with suspense and action, and the even pacing will keep you reading. Cheryl Rainfield scores big for originality, lending believability to the paranormal world she so seamlessly creates in Hunted. She also gets high points for characterizati
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