The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H. Smith
Series: Eldaen Light Chronicles #1
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 8th 2012
Synopsis: College junior Ariel Richmond is working on year three of Project Normalcy.
Her house reeks of keggers past and her bestie is just a slight bit vulgar. But the thing is—they both aid in making life refreshingly uneventful.
So much for hard-earned mediocrity when Luca Grinaldi appears on the scene.
Luca’s sudden presence on campus is hard to ignore. Those bright eyes act like a beacon to unsuspecting females, and with features like his, he’s got to be moonlighting for GQ. Luca hopelessly captivates Ariel with his confidence and charisma, but the mysteries surrounding him make him nearly untouchable. And just when Ariel grows close enough to unlock his secrets, a tragic event sends her life in a downward spiral.
That steady life is no longer an option and allies quickly become scarce. The mysterious Luca seems to be the only one willing to help her—but with that trust comes the burden of his secrets. He has a dark mission of otherworldly proportions, and is willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes to see it completed.
Gone are the days of simply maintaining normalcy, and if Ariel isn’t cautious with her trust, so soon may be her future.
Warning: this review is kind of rambly
Victoria H. Smith’s The Crimson Hunt is a good solid start to a series that has great potential. This book does have its flaws but Smith has written some very, very good things in this story. Let us get more into detail.
I will say that The Crimson Hunt has a slow beginning. Not a boring beginning but it is slow. It had the feel of a contemporary novel. But after getting through the slow beginning, things start to take off, and the reader is treated with a delicious read. The story becomes more dark and sinister and exciting and mysterious. It becomes something that I couldn’t stop reading.
When I said Smith’s story has great potential I meant it. She has a great idea and I can’t wait to see how she develops it. I can’t tell you what that great idea is since it would be a big, fat spoilery spoiler but I will say that it seemed like a interesting take on the science fiction genre to me. Though I am not the most avid reader is the genre so that is up to you.
It is when we start talking about the characters when I start pointing out the flaws of this book. There are some characters I really loved like the main character Ariel and her best friend Piper. Ariel was a subdued protagonist and she fitted well into the story. She is kind and tries her best. She can also be very brave when she wanted. Piper was loud and wild, and I loved her for that. She can talk a bit vulgar at times but I found her to be quite admirable.
But then there are some characters that aren’t remarkable at all. I felt that Luca is a bit bland and not very easy to feel for. The side characters were likeable but only that. There was one side character that truly stood out to me and that was Bailey, the girl with the red hair. I felt an unexpected kinship with her.
I also thought that the beginning stages of Ariel and Luca’s relationship to be a bit silly. This is mostly because of Ariel’s constant rambles about how hot Luca was and how he made her legs turn to jelly. Ariel does get better in the middle of the book so keep that in mind 🙂
Overall, The Crimson Hunt is worth reading and is a good start to a series. I can not wait to see what Smith will do next. I believe this series to be promising and that it can only get better!
*This post is part of The Crimson Hunt Blog Tour. An advanced copy was provided in exchange for a honest review.