Title: The Hunted One
Author: Meg Collett
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, New Adult
Series: The End Of Days #1
Published On: January 17th 2014
Source: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and fair review.
My Rating: 4 Stars
"The fallen have trespassed into Heaven for the first time in eternity. Prepared for battle, Michaela and her Archangels open Heaven’s gates to confront the fallen. Only, Michaela’s Archangels—her brothers and sisters in Heaven—betray her. And when the fallen attack the sanctuary in the skies through the gates Michaela inadvertently left open, the holy angels accuse Michaela of planning the invasion. One simple mistake with a thousand consequences. Dragged to Earth by an Archangel turned fallen, Michaela will do anything to return to Heaven and save it. In her fervor, she kills the Archangel—something no angel has ever done before. Wingless, without any hope, Michaela welcomes death when an unlikely human ally, Clark, finds her. With the help of Clark and Gabriel, an innocent Archangel whose friendship deepens into something far more torrid and unexpected on Earth, Michaela must prove the holy angels have their own plan for Heaven, and it is one that may prove to be the End of the Days. It may be too late to save herself, but Michaela is the only one who knows the truth about the holy angels. If she fails, she may never be able to return to Heaven. But even that may be a hopeless dream."
Some adult content! May not be appropriate for younger readers.
This is the first book about angels that I’ve read in… who knows how long, so it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. The Hunted One has a unique perspective on angels and Heaven, and their connections with Earth, Hell, and the humans. The angels, instead of being perfectly pure and loyal, are turned into the ‘bad guys’ and Michaela, the general of Heaven, has been betrayed by them. Similarly, the people who are typically not the heroes, such as the Nephilim and humans such as Clark, are the only ones on her side. I loved how everything about The Hunted One is different than what you’d expect.
Plus, there’s tons of action, suspense, (a little) mystery, and even some romance in this book, though the communication between characters was a little infuriating, but more on that later.
I don’t really ever comment on literary devices, but with this book, I have to. The imagery was SO beautiful, especially in the opening scene. In most books, extensive description is very annoying, because it can make you feel like the story is slow going and, personally, I’d get bored, but Meg paints pictures at the perfect time, creating a vivid scene in your mind, that actually doesn’t make cry of boredom. I think it’s because the descriptions are less description-y and more… flowing? Like someone’s speaking rather than listing off how something looks? I’m not sure if I’m explaining that well, but, point is, I adored the writing in this book!
Michaela wasn’t an easy character like at first, but I think that’s a good thing, because it further exaggerates the fact that she’s an angel with nonhuman qualities, but also because as she changes and develops, you grow to like her more. However, Clark is one of those characters you instantly like and become attached to. Though, at the beginning, I pictured him as older than he was, which I seem to do alot, so it’s probably has nothing to do with the book.
I sort of thought Clark and Michaela might become more than friends at times, which including Gabriel, would have turned into a love triangle, but thankfully that didn’t happen. It would have further complicated Michaela and Gabriel’s already tough relationship.
I did have ONE big problem with this book (which is why I gave it four stars instead of five) which was how their was so much miscommunication between all the characters. It seemed like the driving force behind all the conflict was miscommunication, which isn’t a huge problem, it works, but it annoyed me so much.
I’d recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy, angels, and paranormal. I found some parts annoying (the miscommunication) but for the most part I enjoyed this book, and the writing is BEAUTIFUL!
about the author
Meg Collett lives deep in the hills of Tennessee where there the cell phone service is a blessing and internet is a myth of epic proportions. She is the mother of one giant horse named Elle and one giant dog named Wylla. Her husband is a saint for putting up with her ragtag life. End of Days is her first series, and trust her when she tells you that she hopes you enjoy it, because it has been a big pain in her #%&. Just kidding. Sort of.
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