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Hunted in the Valley

(Old Sequoia Valley #1)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  34 reviews
At age sixteen, Ravyn has been running all her life. First, from her home and family in Terran, then from General Wolfe, who wants, more than anything, to exploit her biggest secret. Escaping into the infamous Old Sequoia Valley, Ravyn cannot trust anyone. She mustn’t seek friendship. She can’t allow herself to grow close to anyone.

But then Ravyn meets Thorne, a young co
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published August 21st 2018
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic, thrilling story which will appeal to a wide fiction audience!! There's something for everyone in this book!! I read it in two days, and could not put it down!! Make sure to clear your schedule when you start it though, because you won't want to stop!!!

C.R. Pugh has woven a tale so rich in action and suspense, but not lacking in depth. I think too often you can come across dystopian/action stories, that are entertaining yet lack the character arcs. Not in this case. In "Hunted i
J.D. Park
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying this book is out of the box for me. I wanted to read more indie authors and picked Hunted in the Valley (Old Sequoia Valley # 1 ) to get the indie ball rolling. Having said that, I loved this book! The writing style has an old world feel to it without being pretentious. The character development is superb and visual description is fantastic. This story has so many aspects and details, but C.R Pugh does a fantastic job creating a plot that is easy to follow. I found myself ...more
MB Davis
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ravyn is a girl with a mysterious past. She must survive the dangerous creatures and people that roam in the valley.

This was an action packed book from a first time author that has excellent characters, pacing and world building. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for a YA with a strong female protagonist. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. There are more books planned in this series and I honestly can't wait.
Aaron D.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been trying really hard to read more Indie books and so far they have all been good. In this spirit I ordered Hunted in the Valley by C.R.Pugh. The author described herself as a Young Adult author so I was expecting this. I like Young Adult books. I think they keep me young and safe from the cynicism of some authors who I think go too far in the race to shock people. Nevertheless I was initially perturbed to find out that the main character, Ravyn, was only 9 at the beginning of the story ...more
Jacob Rundle
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the story very much. I like a story that isn't afraid to have more than one protagonist. Ravyn and Thorne were great characters; they were well developed. And their banter....loved it. The world that C.R. Pugh created was also very well written, and it kept my attention the entire time. I can't wait to read the next one. ...more
L.M.R. Clarke
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting dual narrative

This book is very good. I enjoyed the dual narrative between Ravyn and Thorne, and there were lots of elements of worldbuilding that were great. Definitely worth a read.
Melissa Smith
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An all-around great book filled with characters that you connect with, an interesting and unique story line and descriptive language that makes it easy to picture in your mind as you read. It is an easy read that is appropriate for tweens through adults. Can’t wait for book two!
Lori Robinson
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read! I loved the story and had trouble putting it down at night! I can't wait for Book Two to come out! ...more
Erin Dydek
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Well-Paced Story

Very engaging and hard to put down! This was a great start to the series and I’m excited to know that book two and three are available. The story does have an abrupt ending after a climatic build, but hopefully the remaining questions will be addressed in the next book. I loved the seamless transitions between Ravyn’s point of view and Thorne’s at the start of each chapter and the book was extremely well edited.

Content is free of swearing and graphic violence, but ther
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It did not take me long to get into this story and love it. The atmosphere is of a dystopian society, broken up into different clans living in the Sequoia Valley. Somehow this does not come off as dark as a lot of other dystopian books, and I really loved the more “nature” setting vs. crumbling, depressing city. The characters are well developed and unique. While Ravyn is a strong female character she is not above needing help from an equally strong male character, which I greatly appreciate in ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story!

It captivated me from the first page, and I had a hard time putting it down. Everything about this novel – the description of the dystopian world, the explanation of the laws and rules that drove different clans, and the main characters and their backstories – was thought through and well crafted.

There is so much in this story – non-stop action, beautiful romance and enough of mystery to keep you turning the pages. The first book was unique and thrilling, and now I can’t
Cassidy Reyne
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! The blurb for Hunted In The Valley had me interested from the get go, and I was not disappointed. I loved how both the main characters, Ravyn and Thorne, could be strong, fierce and daring but also able to show a vulnerability to make them stand out as real people. It is beautifully written with characters who have real strength and depth to them, even the supporting cast are well developed. The plot is complex yet easy to follow and the language flows naturally without being ...more
Sarah Dresser
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Full of suspense and story telling at its best. It took me effortlessly into the world of the main character Ravyn, the visual descriptions so clear and well written. The characterisation was wonderfully done and from the very beginning I needed to find out what was going to happen next. Ravyn herself was compelling. Young, independent and stubborn and yet loving and vulnerable at the same time. I can’t recommend this book highly enough, for readers of all ...more
Jennifer Soucy
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved Rayvn and Thorne, both fierce warriors! I may also go crazy waiting for book 2. I enjoy dystopic novels, as well as fantasy and adventure, and this story captures all that and more. The forest world is vivid, dangerous, and I sense big things coming for the heroes. I won't spoil, but there's a lot of mystery and action along with captivating characters.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. Every other chapter is in the point of view from the two main characters. That gave an awesome understanding of both people. The read is a quick one as you never put the book down! Only bad part I have to wait for the second book to come out!
Joe Kaiser
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular first book in a series I look forward to reading! This story exemplifies everything I enjoy reading in YA fantasy: Adventure, danger, elements of magic, and relatable characters. Please give this novel a read!
Havana Wilder
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ravyn is spunky, smart, sassy and a total bad a$$. She is my hero. I love that we get to see the bond form between her and Throne. And to try and figure out who the traitor is... Could not put this book down. It's a must read. ...more
Shanna Swenson
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great read!

This is a well-written dystopian YA novel that draws the reader in from the first page.

It follows a young girl, Ravyn, in her quest to seek refuge from an evil man, General Wolfe, and his army of soldiers who are aimed at bringing her back to the compound she’s escaped from. There’s action from the very beginning and it spins into a heart-pounding ride as Ravyn is hunted in the Old Sequoia Valley by more than just these brain-washed barbarians. She crosses paths with a Warrior,
Caroline Noe
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
When nine year old Ravyn is forced to flee her home, she is rescued from the dangers of the forest only to find that her strange gifting makes her the primary test subject of an unscrupulous, savage military society.

Escaping back into that same forest, now seventeen, with trackers hot on her heels, she meets the young, scarred commander of a Peton troop and, much to the surprise of both, finds her soul mate. But peril is never far behind and trusting in love just might be the death of her.

Anya Pavelle
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love dystopian lit, and the world created by the author has an antiquated feel to it. There are clans, brainwashed soldiers, and exiles populating this world. Because of the reference to sequoia trees, I wonder if this is set in what was once California. The lady MC, Ravyn, leaves her settlement because her parents plan on surrendering her to the Elders, who do not have in mind good things. She's taken in by an insane general who brainwashes people so they'll make perfect soldiers. Ravyn has a ...more
M.J. Vaughn
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

This book is a thrilling ride with engaging characters and vivid scenery. Ravyn and Thorne pull you into their world by leading you on a tantalizing quest for knowledge. The more questions answered, the more secrets are discovered. Why is Ravyn running? Can Thorne trust her? Who or what must they escape? Will they find the truth before it is too late? You be the judge.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pugh has written an interesting story filled with interesting ideas and imagination. I liked the strength of her female protagonist and the wisdom of her male protagonist. The action was exciting and the premise unique. I would have liked more development of the romance since it seemed rushed and lacked the tension. I also would like more depth in character development, but their individual development was believable. Overall, it was a solid first act and I’m looking forward to the next book.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad for a first novel.

My major problem with this novel is that is a quasi cliffhanger. The promised plot isn’t concluded (or an *attempt* made at concluding it).

My second problem is that the two main characters have insta-love each other.

And my third problem is that the romance almost completely takes over the story, but I don’t think it’s meant to.

Well edited.

Lots of running around in circles.
Johanna Randle
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hunted in the Valley kept me interested from start to finish. I really enjoyed the twists throughout. It was a very unique story, and for some reason reminded me of the show Lost. Not that the stories are even remotely similar but the General and his compound reminded me of the Dharma Initiative. The characters were interesting but my favorite was Thorne. He was a strong warrior but had a big heart. The ending was a huge cliff hanger so I can’t wait to read the next book.
Joshua Grant
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C.R. Pugh spices up the supernatural romance genre with a bit of action in Hunted in the Valley! Ravyn flees her home to keep her secret from being exploited, but after meeting Thorne, a commander from a different clan, she finds her secret may be the only thing that can save them all. Pugh’s writing is vivid, capturing all the great feelings that make this genre fun to read! The plot had great twists too, making Hunted in the Valley perfect for any supernatural lovers out there!
Amanda Rouse
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

I loved the plot line. It wasn't too complicated and easy enough to follow. But I love that I am still guessing at where this will go. I love a good romance but this book is proof you dont need a sex scene to feel the love!
Mrs.Heather Lassley
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful debut book! The characters were were well written. I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2!
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well written! Now the hard part.....waiting for Book 2.
Cindy Allen
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Way to go, Cassie!

Fantastic adventure!! Can’t wait for the sequel. Please tell me it will come out soon. So proud of you, friend.
HL Matthews
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A well-written story... Great characters; well developed... interesting world. It was a great read!
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C.R. Pugh lives with her husband and daughter just outside of Dallas, Texas. She enjoys reading young adult of a variety of genres. Growing up, Pugh never imagined she would become a writer at all. In fact she disliked most of her literature classes throughout high school and college. Science and math were her jam! It was only later during her teaching career that she decided to try her hand at wr ...more

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