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The Crimson Hunt

(Eldaen Light Chronicles #1)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  51 reviews
College junior Ariel Richmond is working on year three of Project Normalcy.

Her house reeks of keggers past and her bestie is just a slight bit vulgar. But the thing is—they both aid in making life refreshingly uneventful.

So much for hard-earned mediocrity when Luca Grinaldi appears on the scene.

Luca’s sudden presence on campus is hard to ignore. Those bright eyes act like
Paperback, 340 pages
Published November 8th 2012 by Createspace (first published November 7th 2012)
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Victoria Smith
Jul 11, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I did write this, so I think I may be a bit bias. Tehe. I hope you all love the book as much as I enjoyed writing it :)

**Updated cover design uploaded 2/18/13. Cover for the sequel soon!**
P. Kirby
This book made me consider giving Pamela Dean's Tam Lin another try. Tam Lin was a DNF because the novel's protagonist and her literary pretensions made me want to kick puppies. But...the writing was good and the college setting felt authentic.

On the other hand, this was yet another story featuring a supposed "new adult" whose maturity was several years shy of most YA protagonists. Ariel is college junior, but she sulks and snits and whines like a moody adolescent. Her idea of a crisis is when a
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great read!
Loved the fantasy behind it! And Luca is now one of my new book boyfriends (cause I have only a handful, ha!).
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
When we first meet our heroine, Ariel, she’s the lone survivor of a tragic accident that left her an orphan at a very young age and we get an idea that she’s no ordinary girl. Flash forward and we meet Ariel for real this time, as a college junior, moving into a campus house with her best friend, Piper. She comes across as a normal girl – she has a best friend that she loves and at times would cheerfully strangle, the usual problems with her classes and some fellow students along with a serious ...more
Neyra ♦
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've noticed lately that I rarely give too many low ratings. I believe the lowest I ever give is always three stars, unless I really can't stand the characters or no matter how much I tried I couldn't get lost in the story. I was intrigued by the title, cover and the synopsis for this book, I have no idea what possessed me to believe this was a vampire book, but I wanted to give it a shot. Well, it's not a vampish book at all. And to honest I am disappointed, I wanted to tango with the fanged cr ...more
Anna Banana
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I first heard about this book, I was instantly intrigued. I love New Adult but I haven't really read any with Science Fiction mixed into it. I thought I knew how the book would unfold but to my surprise and delight, this book wasn't at all how I first thought it would be.

At first, I had a bit of hard time liking Ariel. She was just so ditsy and was all over the place. I get that she was trying to make her relate able and all but after the fifth time she fell or knock something over I just f
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review can be seen on my blog

The Crimson Hunt was such an emotional experience! It's been a week of trying to get my thoughts together and form a coherent sentence. There were times when I was thinking "NOO! Don't do it! AHHH! I can't take it!" -runs from room- Other times I was chanting, " Do it! Do it! Do it!"

As you can imagine The Crimson Hunt had many ups and downs as you learn more about the Luca and Ariel's role to play in these "mysterious" events. I have to say
Summer Lane
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ariel is your average college student: she's got homework woes, a best friend with a killer sense of humor and an aversion to jumping headfirst into romantic relationships. Until she meets Luca, however. Who just happens to be gorgeous, sexy and wonderfully equipped with an oh-so-swoonworthy Italian accent. He's also interested in Ariel. But things get tense when it becomes apparent that Luca might not be, ahem, "normal" in the sense that he's just another hot human boy. He might be much more, b ...more
Jade Hart
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the amazing chance to beta this story and wowza :) Very, very cool. The only bad thing is I have to wait for the sequel!!
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! A fresh story with a twist in the middle I, for one, was not expecting! Anxiously awaiting the next book in the series...
Heather Terry
4.5 Stars...but I round up :)

“The Crimson Hunt was an exciting new adult science fiction romance book with just the right amount of twists, unexpected events, adventure and romance to keep you coming back for more!”

-Down the Rabbit Hole

I recently made the decision to spice up my reading a bit and read something completely outside of my element. I came across sign-ups for The Eladaen Light Chronicles blog tour and after reading the book summary, was immediately intrigued (See blog tour post here)
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can honestly tell you, when I started reading this book, for the longest time I didn't know what was going to happen. I seriously did not have a clue on what was going on plot wise in the book and which direction it was heading.

The book starts easy enough it introduces Ariel and her best friend Piper, on the surface the book portrays the girls' life as normal. The girls go to their classes, they have boy-drama, typical college life with college problems. *cue for Luca to enter*

The moment Luca
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog-review
This was such a neat twist on the paranormal/sci fi storyline! Victoria Smith packs in captivating characters, action-packed thrills, suspense, and a genuinely unique plot into an otherworldly love story that I really enjoyed reading!

Most of the first half of this book lulls the reader into a sense of false normalcy, with Ariel carrying out her days as a college student with her best friend Piper. They deal with the usual college drama-boys, challenging classes, worries about their future career
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
My Review
Favorite Quote(s):
"'When you saw me in the woods hat day I was walking away. I was walking away, Ariel. I physically could not make myself harm you. Because in that moment, I became completely and utterly aware of the fact that the plans stopped the day I met you.'"
Favorite Character: Luca. He's so swoony and adorable and sweet. And superpowers...those are always a plus.
First Line:
"Lights flashed in the night while smoke and the calls of the public service men and women filled the air."
Shannon Rogers
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc
Author Victoria H. Smith has created an inventive and unique story that blends new adult romance, science fiction, and urban fantasy in a very compelling way. I have read only one other book of this type, and it's refreshing to find something new and different in a world of werewolves, vampires, witches, and angels. The college setting gives it a more adult feel and allows for more freedom for the story to take the reader in directions that wouldn't have been possible for a younger setting.

Lottie Eve
3.5 Stars!

Warning: this review is kind of rambly

Victoria H. Smith’s The Crimson Hunt is a good solid start to a series that has great potential. This book does have its flaws but Smith has written some very, very good things in this story. Let us get more into detail.

I will say that The Crimson Hunt has a slow beginning. Not a boring beginning but it is slow. It had the feel of a contemporary novel. But after getting through the slow beginning, things start to take off, and the reader is treated
Dane Smoth
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I first picked up The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H. Smith, I really didn't know what to expect, and as a fan of the unpredictable, this intrigued me so I decided to dive right in. Here's my review.

The Cast.
One of the first things I noticed is that I really liked being inside the main character's head, Ariel Richmond. She's sassy, strong, and doesn't let inhibition get in the way of what she has to say. It's refreshing. I enjoyed the hero of the story also, Luca Grinaldi, he's mysterious, whi
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
First off, let me just thank the author, Victoria H. Smith, for letting me have a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Second, I really liked this book. It had a totally interesting and original premise, and a great heroine. Ariel is definitely one of my favorite parts of this book. She starts off as a very believable, normal college student, and you can really relate to her. Then, things start to happen, and this girl you could be great friends with in real life is going through
Anatea Oroz
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

I am always intrigued by reading books that feature aliens, and so far, I haven't read a book I did not like. There is so much to aliens and every author has their own vision of "the little green ones" that makes those books so interesting. The Crimson Hunt itself has a very unique storyline with a lot of twists that will keep you wanting more.

In the beginning of this book we meet Ariel and her best friend Piper. They live a normal life,
Unabridged Bookshelf
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Crimson Hunt is really unlike anything I have read, and the storyline took me completely by surprise. It is not every day that you come across a book that has a plot unlike anything I have currently read out on the market. The differences in The Crimson Hunt make it a refreshing read, something that as an avid reader I do not come across often anymore. I believe the story will really take all readers by surprise, and that is what I enjoy the most about The Crimson Hunt.

The main character, Ar
Theresa Jones
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
So, I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I started reading this book. I mean, you never know just what you will get when you pick up a debut of a self-published author, but I was really pleasantly surprised.

The story is about a college girl, who meets this rude guy, and then basically her life turns to shit. She has a best friend, who has some issues, and a few other friends, but no one else. She has no family because her parents were killed in a fire when she was really young. She has issu
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Victoria!!! Wow Girlie!! I'm in love with this series already! It is at the top of my Favorite Books now! I automatically was hooked from the beginning. You have such a great talent for bringing the characters to life.
I'm no critic just a lover of books and I have no idea why anyone wouldn't love this book!!
I do believe I owe my hubby an apology since I basically ignored him through this entire book! Ha!!
I can't wait to have more Arial and Luca and this ride they are going on. And yes, Luca w
Zed Whisper
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Meet Arial: average college student with the stress of homework, accompanied by her wicked best friend and an incredibly talent for using humour in the right places. Ariel swore off boys after being in a few difficult relationships.

Meet Luca: gorgeous, sexy, brooding, mysterious and a swoon worthy Italian accent.

Attraction: check. Sparks fly: check.

Only problem: Luca isn’t from this world and Ariel might have some surprises of her own up in her sleeve as well. In a world where people die a mys
Adriane Marshall
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Victoria Smith wrote a cute, quirky book about something totally different!!!! Yea for something fun!

How cool is is to read something totally different? Anyway, this book had a totally crazy, fun story line, and was a pretty easy read, even thought it was a little on the longer side.

This one pulls you in right from the very beginning. This is defiantly one for the Sci-fi lover!
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I liked the main characters and really liked the storyline. It is a very different story from what I've been reading but it was highly enjoyable an can't wait to continue reading.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved the sassy and witty writing, and a well thought out plot that was perfectly paced, although the editing was a little bit pants!I like the characters, the storyline really made them shine. It was a really intricate story, but easy and entertaining to read. I can't wait to read the next one! x
GENRE: New Adult Science Fiction
THEME: Romance, Supernatural, Worlds

The Crimson Hunt follows Ariel Richmond a third year college student who is trying to get through college and pass her Zoology class. But college is never so simple and when she bumps into the mysterious Luca, she can’t seem to get him out of her head. When more strange deaths happen on campus and Ariel discovers that Lucas is not what he seems, she is sucked into a
The Crimson Hunt starts off in a shroud of mystery with the prologue. We know that there might be something otherworldly involved, but what. We experience Ariel’s somewhat normal life in the first part of the book. She is a college student trying to make it into the big Art show but thwarted by her mean girl arch nemesis. Then enters Luca the mystery boy crush who is a jerk one minute and then charming the next. The next thing you know the book takes a turn for the dark and sinister as people st ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult, aliens
The Crimson Hunt has all the potential to be a great science fiction romantic thriller. It has aliens, action, beauty and the beginnings of a very interesting world filled with some awesome super powers. I am such a fan of science fiction when it incorporates a sweet love story or a heroine coming into her own powers. The Crimson Hunt has both. But it is not without flaws.

Ariel lost both her parents, and nearly her own life, at the age of five in a fire. She has spent most of her life alone. Now
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Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, reading, watching Sca

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“I couldn’t help but notice how hot he looked tonight with his strong build lining his t-shirt. He should never cover his beauty with clothes and such things. - Ariel” 3 likes
“When he flashed that rockin’ smile of his again, I couldn’t help but think that me being cute was what might be crossing his mind. Then again, maybe he thought I was a dumbass. Either way, he smiled, which was good enough for me. - Ariel” 3 likes
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