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Hunting in Bruges

(Hunters' Guild #1)

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  60 reviews
The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vamps in Bruges.

Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural predators as likely suspects.

On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't
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Published April 3rd 2018 by Sacred Oaks Press (first published November 11th 2014)
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Eline || Lovely Audiobooks
I posted this review on my audiobook blog Lovely Audiobooks.
I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

This audiobook production was really outstanding! But sadly, the story disappointed me a bit.

This book is an award-finalist, so obviously I don’t really know what’s good. But let me list the problems I had with the story:

#1 The secret of the protagonist’s new companion, the “mysterious stranger”, is apparent pretty early on. Yet Jenna herself only figures it out in the
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Lorna
For those of you that read the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective books, this could be your next must read book. This was my first book by this author, and as soon as I finished, I bought the first book in the Ivy Granger series, Shadow Sight. Why? Because I could not put this book down. I flat out loved it!

When a book(uncorrected copy) starts with the sentence “I’ve been seeing ghosts for as long as I can remember”, I am so in for the read. Jenna Lehane is an American Hunter for the supernatural Hun
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Runningrabbit
Hunted

I generally like YA novels but I found this one too predictable. Together with an immature protagonist I didn't manage to finish this one.
Megan (ReadingRover)
I enjoyed this quick, light paranormal mystery. The characters had some depth to them and the world building in Bruges was well done. Parts of the plot were predictable but that didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the story. Jenna’s character wasn’t my favorite. She was kind of a know it all and wanted to do everything by the book until there came a time when breaking the rules would help her in which case that was ok because it suited her needs. Ash was a great character. He was easy ...more
Melissa Hayden
Jenna's quickly meeting people and making friends... and enemies. Grrrr. There is one man who is against all women in the guild along with supernaturals. He's a real jerk. I couldn't wait for Jenna to knock him down a peg or five. Ash, he's a joy. I love her time with him although I want to shack her as she should have picked up the signs and hints about Ash right away. However, there is something different about Ash when he's with Jenna. I'm hoping we get answers to this in the future. But I do ...more
C.L. Alden
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could’ve had my way, I would’ve read this book from start to finish in one sitting. I was hooked the moment I started reading. It’s a fast paced story told from the point of view of Jenna Lehane, the main character. Jenna is a member of the Hunters’ Guild. The Guild is secret organization whose mission is to keep the supernatural world in check and coexisting as peacefully as possible with the human world. Jenna, a Hunter, has been sent to the Belgian chapter in Bruges to help figure out wh ...more
Maria Suarez
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock. Just finished Hunting in Bruges by E.J Stevens and author I honestly never heard before but after this I have to say that I will definitely be reading more from him. The book got me after the first sentence by saying she has seen ghost all her life; just by that I wanted to know what what's going on right away. We have Jenna Lehane a hunter that gets a new assignment and has to travel from America to Bruges B ...more
Freda Mans-Labianca
This was a great start to a new series.
It took a moment to get going for me, but then the adventure, danger and excitement took over. It didn't stop for the whole book either. Which I loved. Even at the very end, there are things that are closed and yet open for th enext book as well.
I really loved how this series connects with the Ivy Granger series. The familiarity helped me relax easier into the story.
The characters in this one were neat. Ash, I like him. I had no idea Ash's story until it wa
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Melanie
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at RabidReads.ca.

3.5 stars

I’ve been a fan of the Ivy Granger series for a while. This spinoff series follows a character we meet in the Ivy Granger series. It takes place after book three in Ivy Granger, but can be read as a stand alone series. Jenna is a hunter. She works for the Hunter’s Guild and can see ghosts. She really likes to kill vampires and strings their fangs on a necklace as a trophy.

So, Jenna is shipped off to Bruges, Belgium to help them find out why so m
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Lidia
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible:

"Hunting in Bruges" introduces us to the "Hunters' Guild" series, with Jenna Lehane as the main protagonist and a bunch of other memorable characters as her sidekicks:)

It starts rather innocently - Jenna is sent to Bruges to solve the mystery of an overflow of dead bodies found in the town's canals. The task seems easy enough but very soon she discovers she has to deal with much more than just one or two rogue vampires... Unfortunately,
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Darrell Grizzle
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hunting in Bruges is the first novel in the Hunters' Guild series, set in the world of E.J. Stevens' psychic detective, Ivy Granger. This novel follows Ivy's fellow Guild member Jenna Lehane as she travels to Bruges to battle vampires and other supernatural threats. She also faces threats from within the Guild itself. Along the way she meets Ash, a companion who turns out to be more than he seems and who is just as likable a character as Jenna herself. The character interaction is what sets this ...more
Sapphyria
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Please note: I have read every book in the Ivy Granger series and my reviews can be found on Goodreads and Amazon.

Jenna Lehane became a hunter at the age of 13 after the Hunters' Guild recruited her from her foster home. She is able so see, hear, and communicate with ghosts of the departed. Originally part of the Guild in Harborsmouth and lending the occasional aid to Ivy Granger, Jenna finds herself transferred to Europe.

Ivy and Jenna's friend Jinx was abused by a Hunter in one of the previous
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Maghon Thomas
So, if you read the Ivy Granger series, which I fanatically love, you'll know who Jenna is, at least a little bit. And you'll know that in the last book, Jenna was missing from the action. Well, now we know where the hell she's been! I love that we have this spin off, because I love the world EJ created with Ivy's series, and now, we are just adding to the cool factors! So, Jenna is part of the Hunter's Guild. She hunts down the evil baddies of the world to keep the humans safe. She is also a se ...more
cRistina
Hunting in Bruges is the story of a girl trying to prove herself in the midst of warding off the supernatural evils that plague the world. A supernatural mystery with unconventionally charming characters. The story is compelling, attracting readers in instantaneously, however world building and time spent bringing the city of Bruges to life creates cracks in the plot that stall the ease of the narrative making it difficult to stay focused at times.

Jenna Lehane is a part of the Hunger’s Guild, an
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Gaele
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jeep-diva, reviewed
I’ve been a fan of this author’s Ivy Granger series, and finding a new urban fantasy with a new city was hard to pass up. From the wonderful world-building of Harborsmouth, Stevens takes time and care to introduce readers to the sights, sounds and feel of the ancient city of Bruges in Belgium. Old buildings, twisty streets and the overwhelming sense of years and memories that reside within, Hunting in Bruges presents the city in a near-visceral way that will feed your imagination as it has you c ...more
BookLoversLife
Despite owning all of E.Js books, I've never managed to read them. Well if Hunting in Bruges is anything to go by then I'm going to have to get reading the rest. I absolutely loved this book!!

Jenna is an awesome character. She kicks ass and takes no names. She has been in the Guild since she was 13 and loves her work but when she is sent on an assignment to Bruges, she thinks its as a punishment. She doesn't like leaving Harborsmouth because bad things seem to be happening there but she has no
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Mandy
I received Hunting in Bruges in return for an honest review from the author. Hunting in Bruges is a spin off series from Ivy Granger. Jenna has been sent from Harborsmouth to Bruges because of the influx of bodies found floating in the canals. Upon arriving in Bruges Jenna makes an unlikely friend in Ash but he’s hiding a secret that could change everything. When she arrives at the guild she learns that its short staffed with only a few who aren’t in peak hunting form like herself. The guild wit ...more
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
Witty and action-packed, Hunting In Bruges follows twenty-year-old Jenna Lehane as she hunts for whatever’s been killing tourists in the historic Belgian city of Bruges. Part of the Hunters’ Guild, it is Jenna’s sworn duty to protect humans from supernatural monsters – a duty she takes very seriously. Jenna is joined by a mysterious and flirty stranger with a garish sense of style and some rather unconventional guild mates – an addict witch, a blind archivist, and a one-armed demolition expert w ...more
Just another reader
I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What do you get when a professional supernatural hunter, representing the Hunter's Guild, is thrown into a dainty old town that has tourists' corpses strewn across its canals? You get a pacy and gripping thriller, and that's exactly what Stevens has churned out with this one. Jenna is a hunter who is assigned the task of delving into the mystery of why tourists are being brutally murdered in Bruges. She finds an unl
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Tnt Reviews
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Jenna is a member of the Hunters’ Guild. She hunts the evil supes. She’s on a personal mission to take out vampires because they killed her parents. Jenna is a confidant hunter that is sure of herself. I love that she’s a confidant woman and can take care of herself. I also love that she’s not willing to take anyone’s crap but is also compassionate to those around her. She tries to help others.

Alistair Ashford, Ash, is a man Jenna m
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Laurie
A creepy, oppressive atmosphere prevails throughout the entire book. This gothic malevolence was the perfect backdrop for Jenna’s exploits; traversing the city of Bruges attempting to find out who or what is carrying out an escalating killing spree. To make matters worse, the local Hunters’ Guild takes extraordinary measures to let Jenna know her presence is intrusive and unwelcome. With only the help of a single, oddly attired fellow who seems to make sudden appearances and disappearances, Jenn ...more
Deena
DNF at 34%

I don't usually give a rating for DNF, but in this case it will serve as something of a warning label, I hope.

I'm also not usually intentionally harsh in reviews - but in this case I'm pretty sure there's no nice or tactful way to say any of it.
Writing: sloppy and juvenile
Characters: one dimensional, epically stupid, and immature
Premise: worthwhile but insufficient to carry the story
World-building: none (unless you count repeated and repetitive references to the protagonist's foster-
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Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
Overall, I liked Hunting in Bruges. It's well written and the historical detail and accuracy were a bonus in an urban fantasy. The description of Bruges was also excellent. The action scenes were laid out well, making me edgy waiting on what would happen, and cringe when it did. I just think I would have enjoyed it more had it not been predictable - I figured out the mysteries right off the bat - and had Jenna not been a Mary Sue. However, I liked her despite that and I liked the supporting cast ...more
vvb
I found this to be primarily about paranormal fighting action in an awesome location, Bruges. The different historical bits and descriptions of sights in town are what caught my interest the most.

Jenna is definitely one to add to my list of kick-ass fiction heroines.

If you like the Ivy Granger series, then you will like this one too as it takes you into another aspect and perspective of that paranormal world.
Jaime
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upset that she has been transferred to Bruges, once she gets there, Jenna changes her mind. Fast. Trying to find the mystery of why the vampires are leaving bodies all over the city and keep herself safe.

This was a fun and interesting read. It's not long at all, under 200 pages. Jenna is a kickass heroine and Ash, her friend /possible boyfriend helps her find balance in this new place she finds herself in when she takes her transfer as a punishment. A great start to a new series!
Shannon (Twilight Sleep)
I love E.J. Stevens so much. Review to come!
James Moore
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun, gritty, dark, romp through Bruges with monsters. E.J. Stevens just keeps getting better. Highly recommended.
Susan
Note: This is a spin off from the Ivy Granger series and works perfectly fine as a stand a lone.

Hunting in Bruges is a worthy addition to the urban fantasy genre. I really enjoyed this book. So much fun and intensity! Jenna is an excellent character. She’s got her past and a core set of values, both of which serve her well as she’s tossed into a difficult situation. Bruges is not her first choice of where to serve the Guild. She finds thing in quite the state when she gets there. The resident wi
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Diana in SC
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
5 stars overall, 5 stars writing, 5 stars narration
As cool as whole season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”!

Now I am hooked on this series! This is a high quality, action-packed urban fantasy with a likeable heroine and loveable sidekick. It is the first book of “The Hunters' Guild” series, which is a spin-off of “The Ivy Granger” series. It is not necessary to read the Ivy series before you read this one. I have never read an E.J. Stevens book before, and I was impressed with the writing quality.
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E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the IVY GRANGER, PSYCHIC DETECTIVE urban fantasy series, the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, and the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian Gothic horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her nove ...more

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