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The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
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The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (#1)
Pages: 304
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
Date Read: 2012, May 13th-17th
Received: ARC via NetGalley
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Recommended to: 15+

Don't sweat, his father said. Don't let them smell you. Don't let them see the hair on your chin. Don't laugh. Don't cry. Don't widen your eyes.
Gene has followed these rules for years. Long after his father died. Long after he was forced to live alone. He has lived among the vampires, one of them, in the dark, his life in danger at every moment. If they realize what he is - a heper, a human they will devour him that very second. When Gene is chosen to participate in the Heper Hunt, the first in 10 years, concealing his true identity may be harder than anything he's every done. Especially when he may be so much closer to his own kind than he thinks.

The Hunt. Oh goodness - where to begin? I really enjoyed it, in a cringing, "Oh my GOSH that's disgusting!" kind of way. Is that even possible?! It just tripped me out. I don't do vampires, and the only other vampire-related book I ever read was about vampire bats and I hated nearly every second of that book. So I was surprised I liked this as much as I did. But still. Gross. :/

Gene pretty much made The Hunt for me. That and the writing, which was stellar. Gene is the kind of guy you wan to be buddies with. Maybe you even want to be his girlfriend. Underneath all this "hide from the vampires" stuff, he's such a cool guy. His discovery of romance and love just made him all the more appealing.

Now, Ashley June. Ashley June. She is one tripped out character. And I loved her. I won't (can't) say too much about her, but I seriously loved her strength and poise. And that's about all I can say. (If you must know, I guessed everything about her the moment she was introduced at school...just sayin'.)

Now, there are some NASTY vampires here. Ashley June may be tame, but that's not normal. Ha! The others are just...EW. That's all I can think to say, because really, they all team up to suck the blood from humans. And it's described. And I have not gotten over that scene. I need a barf bag Every. Single. Time.

The first 100 pages or so were good, but they lacked intensity for me. It had some scary, disturbing things, but...not enough to wow me - just enough to keep me going. Then, BAM! Wowza! The rest of the story jumped at me. So much happens, so much mystery is involved, and the climax! GASP! It was like, 75 freaking pages of OHMYFREAKINGGOSH WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! Ahem. Composure obtained...

Now, this story is gross, because vampires are not glorified and the Director is scary as hell and Gene could be devoured at any second. There are scenes, quite a few of them, that involved eating raw meet with blood running and - yuck. Still squeamish. Hence, the lower rating.

But I will be continuing this series. Andrew Fukuda is highly trained in the art of torture by a few small words. And by small words I mean Lauren Oliver style - like the last words of the book. Where everything blows up in your face and you can't breathe.

SO. Obviously, I have to know.

And while I can't say much about either of these things, I loved:
1. The romance. It was flipping amazing!
2. Gene's work with the Hepers. Wow! Such a neat dynamic!

So bravo to Andrew Fukuda, even though I'm still recovering. I say well done! (That's how I like my meat, ya'll. Not fresh. But, you know, no hatin'.)

Scary and yucky but totally flipping cool! If you're not totally disgusted, you'll most likely enjoy it! (Oh, but what was with the armpit sex? That was bordering on Twilight-glittery-vampire-funny!)

For the Parents -
You heard me. Armpit sex. Spin the bottle, Ashley June and Gene are forced into a closet, they have to, erm, do that. It's just so weird. But it's not explicit, not really. Just that it's a source of pleasure for vampires. Besides this and the nasty violence, nothing. Ages 15+

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Reading Progress

05/13/2012 page 3
1.0% "Yup, already scared and disconcerted. ACH! So icky!!"
05/16/2012 page 75
26.0% "Not as fast paced as I like for a book like this but it is interesting and very....iiiickky!"
05/17/2012 page 172
59.0% "OK. I like this, a lot. It's fast pace and I love Gene. But the vampires are gross and they're grossing me out to the point where I don't like the story as much anymore. I'm feeling...conflicted."
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