In addition to her new duties as one of the Elite, Joy is covertly running patrols in the abandoned tunnels and storm sewers under Apex Central. With her large pack of magical hounds, she can ...more
This one doesn’t have have too much recapping of what went on in the first book. I actually struggled to remember a lot until certain plot lines were brought back up however many pages in..then I had several “wait... ...more
One of the things I like with this series so far is that Joy works as a team. She coordinates with team members, and doesn't stupidly go off on her own trying to "protect" them, and she is clever with figuring out new ways to use magic and her hounds. This installment is a bit of a mystery, as she has been finding dead bodies in the sewers, and needs to figure out ...more
As a reminder, the world is a post-apocalyptic US where after said disaster, a seam to the Otherworld opened allowing magic and monsters through. Several centuries later, the world has slowly rebuilt behind walls and ...more
April 2016 update: Okay ... Elite is on NetGalley. Doing my best not to freak out while I wait to see if I've been accepted or not!
May 2016 update: I GOT ACCEPTED ON NETGALLEY. Best day ever. I can't wait to get stuck into this when I've recapped book one :)
Despite being really fun and all kinds of cool, it was essentially a repeat of the first book. Plot-wise it was exactly like Hunter and while there were one or two new things, they took such a long time that the impact or significance was all but lost.
These recent developments were not all that mind-numbing to begin with. I was extremely disappointed by the fact that the story doesn’t explain more about the Diseray or the Otherside. I was hoping for more detail about both of these things like wh ...more
I like this series from Mercedes Lackey. It's imaginative and fun and a series I would suggest to young scifi/fantasy fans.
**HUNTER (volume 1) is at the 6th Grade reading level. [Accelerated Reader: 6.4 with 18 points]. ELITE (#2) has no reading info currently available but I would expect it to be at about the same level.
This is a book with magic so you can see that the science and fantasy is a mix-mash. There is a ton of adventure without any graphic violence and so far every ...more
Elite starts us off with Joy already as an Elite hunter. She has eleven magical hounds, the most anyone has ever seen, and is gradually taking on more and more responsibility. She's definitely capable; thankfully Joy isn't one of those characters who is supposed to be ultra self-reliant then manages to single-handedly ruin everything in the span of one novel. Joy IS actually self-reliant, responsible, and fast-acting. She doesn't stop in the middle of a battle to re ...more
There's plenty of action, a touch of romance, and tropes galore. I think Lackey pulled up a list of clichés and tropes and slipped 'em all in. Hence the low rating.
The most annoying trope was Joy moaning on and on about how she keeps screwing up. Ohhh, the guilt of it all… So stop, already! Naturally, Joy is the only one who gets the innovative ideas that help the Hunters ...more
Continues Joy's life in Apex as an Elite Hunter. The attacks on the othersiders are getting worse. Joy is also patrolling the sewers because she was requested by her uncle to do so. Psimons keep showing up dead in the tunnels and Joy doesn't know why.
Joy still irks me a bit, and I don't find her that interesti ...more
Joy made Elite in Hunter and now is out of the rat race of ratings for the Hunters. With an increase in "rank," there is an increase in the dangers faced. More Othersiders are getting closer to Apex, the capital city. Joy's uncle, in charge of the Apex police, has suspicions something is going on. Ace, who tried to kill Joy in Hunter, is being used by the Army to fight with their Mages, albeit on tight supervision. And ...more
I had a really fun time reading this book. I like Joy as a character; she's smart, tough, and honest. I especially love the Hounds, who seem to come in all shapes and sizes. There are plenty of mythological creatures to battle, and this time there is a mystery to solve, involving the Psimons. There was a lot more action, and a lot less description of clothing in this story, which was great.
The hunting bits were my favorite, especially the ones with Hammer and Steel, and god was I happy Steel survived. A hint of misogyny comes through sometimes when J ...more
Joy is a badass and then some, but I’m still not quite as invested in her life as I should be. Like I didn’t care that Josh dumped her. 🤷🏼♀ just so long she can still kick othersider ass, I’m good.
But those hounds... I would die for them ...more
It's an interesting world that the author created, and interesting characters.
There's a direction that if I was writing the story, I would have explored, but I'm not sure if it will happen in the end. We shall see...
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I don’t know if I’ve been meta-analyzing books for too long, but I found myself willfully resisting the urge to do so with this book. What I mean is that when I started reading it (more or less directly after finishing the first book in the series, Hunter), I found myself spending a lot of time trying to decide if I liked the way Lackey was trying to give enough ...more
Elite continues where Hunter left off, following Joy's integration into the ranks of the Elite. Ace is still gunning for her, there are political minefields to traverse, personal relationships to juggle, and an escalation in Other attacks, on top of it all. Joy learns some new applications for some of her magic and helps White Knight figure out how to use his magic better, as well as stumbles upon a trick that may help them win against the Others. Lackey ...more
Joy is a Hunter. In fact, now she is an Elite. Elite are the best Hunters and they have to go through a series of trials before they become one. Joy took this path to avoid having being in the running as the most popular Hunter--a silly scheme that the people in charge of Apex designed to make the citizens of the city feel sa ...more
Recap: Young Adult dystopian novel, with magic. There are three plotlines:
(view spoiler)[1. Joy's development: It's clear that Joy is being groomed for something larger/leadership position - and it's nice to see that she's growing to meet the challenges.
2. Politics of Apex City: we get more of a glimpse at the political situation hinted at in the first novel, and a face to an antagonist ...more
At the end of book 1 Joy tested for the Elite group of Hunters hoping it would put her away from some of the rating attentions and jealousies. Still, even as an Elite, while Joy continues to target monsters to keep the Cits in Apex safe, someone is targeting her. Her Uncle assigns her to a special mission during which she and her wonderful pack of hounds start finding dead bodies. ...more