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Hunter, Hunted

(The Spire Chronicles #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  910 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Talented witch and monster hunter extraordinaire, Morgan Maxwell has spent most of her life killing deadly paranormal creatures - and searching for any information related to the mother who disappeared from her life when she was four. Following a deadly encounter, Morgan is stuck on bed rest in her hometown and has resigned herself to a few months of binging on TV shows.
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published March 9th 2016
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2.5 Well, this was boring.

The idea, as a whole, wasn't too bad, but God, the writing was so damn boring! And it's a 200 page book...
I skimmed a lot and didn't much care about the characters, who they were or why they did what they did.

Even if you end up liking the book, I doubt it'll be more than a 3.5 read, no matter what you do. It wasn't bad or anything, it was just an extremely meh book. Even more, I finished it yesterday and I had to read the blurb to remember what happened.

So if you do
This is a great new find on Kindle Unlimited, with a great leading, kick-arse heroine and completely lickable tall, dark, and handsomes. Two love interests a daemon fuck buddy and the more serious possibility of extending a possible witch/sorcerer lover. Absolutely NO love triangle, all happy campers.

No cliffhanger and tastefully set up for the next novel at the end of March 2016.

Apr 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Couldn't finish it. ...more
Morgan has been hanging out at home healing after a brutal showdown a few months ago forced her to take a much-needed break. She may be a little focused on finding out more about her mother but she didn't cause the attack that has sent the hunter to her door. As if she doesn't have enough going on with being seen committing murder, her adopted mother is also found murdered in the house just next door on Morgans watch.

Morgan needs to find out who killed Lady Maxwell, as well as framed her for th
Apr 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
So, when you're reading a book and hope the main character dies, you know you're reading the wrong book. For me, there was nothing redeeming about the heroine. She hooks up with a guy accusing her of a slaughter like 4 hours after meeting her. Then she sees her friends with benefits and introduces the two. While searching for a killer she keeps thinking about having sex with this guy and totally not keeping her head in the game. She is distracted the whole course of the investigation and book by ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good start. Interesting world building.

But if you don't like characters who are confident sexual women who have casual sex, you won't like the main character. This seems to be the cause for all the lower reviews. I like her practical open attitude. Its refreshing in an UF series for the MC to not fall over her feet in love.

My only problem is my confusion about her abilities. She was injured prior to the start and has been out of the hunting game 3 months, and she's lost a lot of her magical str
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
Not a bad story for me. I really enjoyed the magic and mystery. The sarcasm and interactions were fun to read. There were just a couple things that bugged me with the story mainly the main character, Morgan. She was focused a lot on sex and getting her kicks rather than find the killer and strengthening herself. So for her her character was disappointing. My favorite characters were actually Ipos and Rowan. They were entertaining and fun to read. I'm curious to see where the story goes so I'll p ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was not impressed by Morgan as a character as she was a sex obsessed idiot to put it bluntly. A man investigating a massacre that she is the main suspect for comes to talk to her and she spends the whole time thinking about bedding him in countless ways. They go over to her mentors house and find her dead, and literally two minutes later she is sexually flirting with a hot demon in the hallway before going to check the dead body. What the heck is wrong with this bitch. This is the woman who ra ...more
I feel like I have missed something, I don't really understand what is going on throughout this book.

A load of demons died, no idea why... Then the head of a big family was killed.

Gah, can't even explain it I just don't get this book. Not for me.
I really enjoyed this. Morgan was a great character. I really enjoyed her humour. And I loved Ipos. I found the romance lacking to start with and then I decided I liked it - but then I hated it again. If she keeps it casual with Ipos and Alex that's fine. But I don't want her with Alex. I found him boring and I found them together boring. She has way more chemistry with Ipos and I'd prefer her to pursue a relationship with him. So I don't know if I'll continue on with this series or not.

Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I am glad this book was so short because the flow was all over the place. It felt like it was a novella that turned into a novel. I think I might try the next book in the series, or maybe some of her other books, but I truly hope they have a better heroine and male characters that are more than mainly eye candy.
Fatima Chunara
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing. The characters were outlandishly hilarious and truly remerable. The only problem I had was that the plot was a bit difficult to follow but otherwise brilliant, light hearted and all round a fun read.
Lisa Norvell
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good one

It is always exciting to find a new series that catches my interest. It is an interesting world with a great heroine.
Deborah Hayes
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like this 1st book in the series & getting ready to read the 2nd. Good plot, good characters & looks like some evil fun on the way!
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
There was too much useless verbal sparing, and not enough depth to the story.
This review was first published on my blog " Lecture toute une Aventure", I received an ecopy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a new universe where Hell and Heaven have agents keeping "peace" on earth along with an hunters order...we even get some information about how it happened which is something i really like ( great background setting always make a story better in my opinion) so to resume you have humans, normal one, some magic users working with demons ( good ones)...we also learn
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wickedly good mystery

If you're a fan of the Dresden Files, this may be a new series for you. Witch Morgan Maxwell was raised by an "aunt" who was the head of one of the major families. Morgan's father left her with Lady Cassandra when at age four Morgan's mum vanished. She's had nothing to do with her uppity father since he abandoned her. Soon Lady Cass chose Morgan to be her heir due to her inherited talent. We pick up after Morgan has been a part of a major attack. She's at the end of healing
Lene Blackthorn
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I am a bit torn about this book.

Here we go with Morgan Maxwell, the chosen successor and heir to one of four Order families. When a member of another family, Alex Campbell, comes to the town to investigate an incident where Morgan is the main suspect to be a murderer, things start to escalate. Head of Maxwell family, Lady Cassandra, is murdered, her niece Lily kidnapped and an evil sorcerer tries to cast a deadly spell. Tie this with erotic tension and supernatural powers and you have the resul
Feb 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
I only got to chapter 3 and then I DNFed this book. The heroine was absolutely horrible and a sex-crazed brat. I felt like the beginning started in the middle of a story and I had no idea what was going on. Boring, boring, boring.
Jack Murphy
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I was intrigued with the story line for Hunter,Hunted and I certainly enjoyed the world that Ashley Meira created with talking cats, a witch hunter recovering from her demon caused injuries, intricate potions, and a world that feels little different from our own.

Call me old fashioned but I wasn't as keen on the heroine jumping in bed with someone she barely knew right from the start, but later in the story, I realized Morgan's actions resulted from he belief that she couldn't form a permanent bo
This book was so fucking boring for me. I couldn't even finish it. Seriously we have a idiot female lead that is all about the sex and her mother to just about care anything else. Her mentor/aunt and in my mind her real caring mother is murdered. The idiot hooks up with a guy accusing her of a slaughter like 4 hours after meeting her. Then she sees her friends with benefits and introduces the two. While searching for a killer she keeps thinking about having sex with this guy and totally not keep ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hunter, Hunted is a solid mystery wrapped up in an enticing urban-fantasy package. I enjoyed the magical world from the beginning --- talking cat, hunter protagonist, intricate potions, and world that feels a little different from our own despite being set here in the USA.

I wasn't as keen on the heroine jumping in bed with someone she barely knew right from the start, but later realized her actions were a way of showcasing a personality flaw that she'll likely be growing out of for the rest of t
Diana Page
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 1st book I've read by Ashley Meira and it won't be the last !! I'm definitely going to be reading book 2 of this series. Morgan is a witch extraordinare, whose called home to convalesce after she had been ambushed while looking for clues on her long lost mother. Morgan is set to lead the family in 20 -30 years when the current ruler passes away, instead the Lady is found murdered and Morgan must figure out not only who did it but why. She has an excellent cast of characters to help h ...more
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Given to me for an honest review. There are two more books in this series. A talking cat, a hunter who is a medium, a large demon with tattoos--what do they have in common? A Hunter comes to town to find out who murdered a group of innocent demons. Alex has been told Morgan, a witch and hunter, was in the area. Rowan is Morgan's partner and advisor. She is also a talking cat and tells Alex that Morgan wasn't there. Lily, a cousin, wants Morgan to go with her when she tells Auntie Cass that she b ...more
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A rather enjoyable read.

I liked the story concept very much. It was engaging with plenty of adventure to keep you interested. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Spire Chronicles. Ashley Meira's characters are interesting and keep you wanting to know more about them. Morgan is sassy and smart with plenty of guts and willingness to wade straight into the fray. What did she do to get so badly injured by the ambush that was set up? Who is her father and mother really? I get the feeling tha
Pam Louis
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG What a great story.
Morgan Maxwell is a witch who works as a hunter, killing deadly paranormal creatures. There is tons of mystery in this along with action and spice.
Morgan's mom disappeared when she was 4 then her father sent her to live with lady Cassandra who raised her and made her the heir of her home.
Story start out with Morgan being questioned for killing a lot of people. Then her adopted mom was killed then the real action started! Well written, fun, exciting and spicy. It's my fir
Saruuh Kelsey
What I liked:

Talking cat who is actually a reincarnated hunter
The world of demons and hunters
There was an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reference I really appreciated
Some moments were really, REALLY good, and I wanted more of them

What I'm not sure about:

The romance between Alex and Morgan. I like my romance to be sexy-sweet with a nice build up and didn't get that at all.
It was very fast, which is good because it's a quick read, but didn't give me much time to settle into anything
I had no feelings
Beth C.
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very entertaining book about a "hunter" of paranormal baddies, separated from her parents at a very young age and groomed to take over as head of one of the four power families.
After being injured in an ambush, she was supposed to be taking a break to rest. But even "resting" she can't avoid the dangers of her job after her mother-figure mentor was murdered. Now she has to find the killer...
The characters are starting to be developed pretty well in this first book. I'm sure there wil
Oct 11, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sleight of hand

There is no mystery to this story. The author spends the entirety of the book having the main characters avoid speaking by diverting attention down rabbit hole tangents that have nothing to do with the plot. I suppose that is the benefit of having making snark the definition characteristic of the fmc. She reacts to everything with sarcasm and stalks away or gets knocked out or falls asleep before finding out anything useful and is intellectually incapable of fingering out clues. I
Stephen Walton
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by Rebecca Hamilton in exchange for a fair and honest review .
A smashing little novella that was enjoyable reading. Well written it was fast action lead by our "Hunter" Morgan who has all the paranormal skills of a witch and a Vampire . She is joined in her fight by her two lovers , oh yes this girl has a good sex appetite so there is a bit of steaminess in there as well. I don't do spoilers so I'll stop there and just say this was an enjoyable read with plenty of acti
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