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(Hunter #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,376 ratings  ·  320 reviews
Joy wants nothing more than to live and Hunt in Apex City without a target on her back. But a dangerous new mission assigned by her uncle, the city's Prefect, may make that impossible.

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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Disney Hyperion
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It didn’t bother me quite as much in Hunter, but this series is certainly skewing on the younger side of young adult (if even that - maybe older middle grade readers). If I was the demographic, I’d probably have been a lot less bored. That being said..I still trekked my way through!

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...
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, fantasy, ya, library
This was another good entry in the series - and I must be really enjoying it because I'm planning on going straight to the next book.

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
The Captain
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! So I have been a fan of Mercedes Lackey ever since I picked up her Valdemar books as a kid. This book is the second of the Hunter trilogy. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read hunter then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

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
Dani C
Mar 07, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle, review-books
Can this hurry up and be out already please?

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 :)
Sara Saif
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

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
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
~ from the Library

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
Brenda A
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-con-2016
This series is growing on me.

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
Kathy Davie
Second in the Hunter apocalyptic sci-fi fantasy series for Young Adults and revolving around Hunter Elite Joy Charmand.

My Take
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
J L's Bibliomania
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 2019-reads
More derivative YA, that was exactly the exactly the sort of brain-candy that I was in the mood for.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalleys
I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley.

The second in the series of a dystopia setting where the "bad guys" are monsters and characters from folklore & myth. Fun and sweet.
Missy Ansell
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Learn the wisdom of the Hound. Always rest, eat, and play when you can, because the universe conspires to keep you from doing any of these things nearly as often as you would like.
3.5 stars
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
Alyssa Nelson
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man, this series is one of the best YA series I've read in a really long time. Just like the first book, Lackey does a wonderful job in blending science fiction and fantasy elements to create a unique, very believable world. This book was well-paced and all of the plot points unfolded effortlessly. I love when authors create a very specific set of rules for their worlds, because it helps us stay "in" and immerse ourselves into the world. At no point did I think: "well, that was convenient" or "o ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I eagerly waited for this book after reading Hunter. I was not disappointed.

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
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to AliceAnn by: Pamela
I received an uncorrected advance proof copy of this book from BEA, thanks to Pamelibrarian. ::high five::

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.

Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, favorites, fantasy
Sometimes the middle book in a trilogy is a mere bridge you must cross to get from the compelling first book to the final resolution in the final book. This is not the case here. This book was just as good as the first one. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am eager to complete the trilogy, which is why I'm off to drop some money in the Kindle store. Oh my poor checkbook!
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book as well or better than the first book in the series. I love the story but was really sad that I will have to wait for another book in order to find out what will happen. I love the characters. I love the world building. Lackey has done a successful job of the YA transition.
Anam Ali
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Spoilers, beware. This could've been an easy 4 star but Lackey's writing style leaves something to be desired, some of the plot points felt like a checklist being ticked off, and I could've done without the boring as cardboard romance. I skim-read every single portion where Josh appeared and believe you me I didn't miss a single thing.

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
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Most definitely more invested in this book than I was in the first one and I’m understanding the mythology more and more, which makes the story more enjoyable, rather than the info dump of the first book.
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
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
It was ok. Lots of fighting and action but nothing is resolved. We are still plagued with Joy is oh so much better than everyone and the mountain is the best. Joy does try to be happy and grateful of others but it comes off feeling flat. I will prob read the next book because I want to know how the folk mage plays into this series. Both the 1st & 2nd book...not so much.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book even more than the first in the series, and I really liked the first. This book felt a little less Hunger Games like as the character's role in the world changed, and that Marvel Avengers/X-men feeling became more the focus; as well as that Attack on Titan vibe.
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...
Brooke McCoy
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dear Elite, thank you for getting me through jury selection. Will always think of you fondly because of that. Even if it took me forever to read you because I had two kids read you when I was half way through . Good news approved by 3 in my house. Fun light reading
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
“Elite,” the second book in the “Hunter” series, is about a teenage girl named Joyeaux who moved from her humble home in the mountains (where she’d learned to fight Otherworlders from a young age) to the city hub to become a Hunter. A Hunter’s job is to keep the land surrounding the city clear of invading Otherworlders. They are also filmed each step of the way for the civilians’ entertainment. “Elite” is an action-centric series that takes a few chapters to get going at the very beginning, but ...more
Ann Brookens
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful continuation of Joyeaux's story

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
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pure fun and now I can't wait for the next one.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was so fun to get back into this world! I enjoyed the adventures, as well as the character development in this installment! I'm excited for the next book already!
Blood Rose Books
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mercedes Lackey: Elite You will want to read the first book in this series Hunter, not only does it set up the world building and character but is an excellent read. Mercedes Lackey is back with Joy and the city of Apex Central and Joy is about to discover the conspiracy of a Lifetime: Joy has made it to the status of Elite hunter, but with this new status comes new responsibilities and additional targets on her back. She has been given a covert mission, to patrol the sewers of Apex Central to d ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Hunter series and it definitely is a great follow-up from the start of the story. Makes me want to read the next book in the series very soon.

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
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2017
This is how to write a Mary Sue (if you define Mary Sue as a character that is powerful/better than the rest).

Recap: Young Adult dystopian novel, with magic. There are three plotlines:

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Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am still enjoying this fantasy series and will get book three soon to complete the adventure. Overall Rating 4.25.

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.
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more

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