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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  17 reviews
DESPERATE EVIL descends on a quirky Maine town in Steve Hobbs’s gripping debut thriller, New Hope.

Seventeen year old Miri Jones has always wanted to be a detective. When she discovers mutilated human remains during her morning run, she’s found her case.

But the bizarre nature of the crime will shake everything she believes in and might just get her killed. The town of New H
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published May 7th 2014 by Steve Hobbs
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Leigh Podgorski
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The debut YA thriller/suspense novel NEW HOPE by Steve Hobbs should be a summer hit for teens and pre-teens. Packed with a wide range of characters from lead Miri Jones whose wit and pluck will remind the older set of our heroine, who else but Nancy Drew—but updated, to her summer charge Chris just as surprisingly stalwart and on through to the older generation of Chief Jones and Brian Marlowe – who hold their own surprises—and to the spine tingling chill of this remote fictional town’s supernat ...more
S.S. Lange
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The story itself is unique and I didn't see the main twist in it coming ahead of time at all. Hobbs created a very unique team of characters to carry the story and the dynamics between them were much different than you'd find in most novels. I enjoyed that it could be truly classified as a YA novel, although there's some violence it's not gratuitous or overly graphic. Also it's a new book, but it's set in the past (the 80s) which was interesting because I found myself ...more
Nicole Storey
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This book wasn't a bad read. I enjoyed the plot and setting of the story but found the character development a bit lacking, and their responses to certain information and actions unbelievable. It was hard for me to digest that people living in a small town, very set in their ways and thoughts, would so easily accept the revelation of 'monsters' (trying to avoid spoilers here) and an agency that hunts them down. I felt there should have been more emotion shown in certain scenes.
Still, the book wa
Jayme Swallow
May 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped
Guys! You think this book will be good but it won't! First of all: VAMPIRES. Actually, once I got to the vampires I stopped reading. I was already only hanging on by a thread and it was due at the library, so I just didn't finish it. But the characters are one dimensional and indistinguishable. The storyline is kind of all over the place. Maybe it gets better, but I wouldn't know. ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book is about a teenager, Miri Jones, who is out for a run when she finds something horrific in the woods. She ignores her instincts and gets close to investigate. It’s a dead body. Of course, as a mother, my first thought was, “What is she doing out running alone in the woods? You are in so much trouble, young lady!” Of course, relief that she is okay supersedes all. But what about the poor person in the woods that is so very NOT okay? What happened? Her dad, being a cop, is in just the po ...more
J.L. Clayton
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"Seventeen year old Miri Jones has always wanted to be a detective. When she discovers mutilated human remains during her morning run, she’s found her case.
But the bizarre nature of the crime will shake everything she believes in and might just get her killed. The town of New Hope is about to make its last stand in a war Miri never knew existed.
Only the brave will survive."

I don't know what took me so long to read New Hope. I mean m: Bam! This was a freaking awesome book. Quick, fun and grip
Grace Todd
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was really incredible! Like truly truly incredible! I have to be honest I don't normally enjoy vampire stories but this book is a wonderful exception! The characters were real and had wonderful values and showed honest bravery even when faced with immense fear. Even the vampires seemed real they didn't seem like fictional creatures they seemed real! And that is a incredibly hard thing to do! I had the honor of meeting the author of New Hope today actually and when I returned home with ...more
Heidi Angell
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
All the feels! This book takes me back to my childhood. Quite literally, as it's set in the 80s. With all the charming nostalgia of Stranger Things, the Nancy Drew heroine, and the campy group of kids fighting vampires that's reminiscent of Lost Boys, there really wasn't much not to love about this book.

If you are looking for a fun read with all those feels, then you will love New Hope. There weren't any deep questions, and I figured out a lot of things pretty quickly, but it still was a nice
Jennifer Smith
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book from cover to cover smiling at the 1980s references and the typical Maineisms. The story starts off with an intriguing murder mystery and the pace throughout the novel is good. I liked the unlikely group of teenagers that come together to save the town. The involvement of a special government agency brings in some more interesting characters. Both the characters and the plot are well developed, and the mystery is cleverly solved. I enjoyed reading this YA horror and supernatural ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Read!

I was invested in Miri and her love of investigation. Seeing her through the story was exciting. Great characters and I was surprised on several occasions which kept me reading. A fast paced read with a great ending.
Ceara Comeau
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful story! Really enjoyed the different points of view and I loved the origin stories of the monsters of the night!
Brian Campbell
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding read from an outstanding author. I enjoyed this book very much.
Gretchen Grossman
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't supposed to like this book because it had sinister creatures. Not a fan. But I wanted to challenge myself to try a new genre so I took it on. I started it, put it down, started it again, and I'm so glad that I did. At first the personalities (helpful that I thought to jot down names from the outset) seemed flat because of the type of reading I'd grown accustomed to. I couldn't relate to them. The writing puzzled me. Again I was confronting an unfamiliar writing style. Descriptions that ...more
Kevin Hatt
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book for anyone who even remotely likes sci-fi or mystical stories; in fact, this is a book for anyone who reads parse.

The two main characters - Miri and Chris - are just that: "characters", and excellent ones at that. I felt that there were shades of the X-Files, yet the author went far beyond with the use of great characters (other than the main two). With the NHDs and NHS, I saw a brilliant mind at work in creating something new out of the accepted norm.

New Hope is truly outstanding
Fee Roberts
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2016
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I really loved this story. The story was well written, and I connected with the characters. There were twists and turns that kept me guessing. I highly recommend this book.
Killarney Traynor
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much fun - smart dialog, good twists, a fantastic cast and, finally, vampires that just evil! I'm looking forward to the sequel! ...more
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Thomas Jr.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A page turner! Highly recommended.

I read this in three sittings, which is a rarity for me these days. Time just doesn't allow it. I had to find out what happened next. Steve Hobbs does an amazing job weaving the tale together and keeping the flow tight and fast. There were some surprising twist that I didn't see coming. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes a well done, interesting tale
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Steve Hobbs is a Maine native still residing in New England. He is a gradu­ate of Southern New Hampshire University and lives a quiet, normal life. Steve writes about seemingly normal people caught up in extraordinary situations. He never guarantees a happy ending but sometimes comes close.

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