I'm very excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H. Smith. Thank you to Giselle from XpressoReads.com for hosting the tour. Make sure to look at the giveaway at the bottom of this post. Now let's check out the book!
Release Date: November 8, 2012
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. - Goodreads.com
Author Victoria H. Smith has created an inventive and unique story that blends new adult romance, science fiction, and urban fantasy in a very compelling way. I have read only one other book of this type, and it's refreshing to find something new and different in a world of werewolves, vampires, witches, and angels. The college setting gives it a more adult feel and allows for more freedom for the story to take the reader in directions that wouldn't have been possible for a younger setting.
The characters were memorable, especially Ariel, who manages to bring something new to the young adult heroine. She's not your typical sweetsy girl, but also isn't the badass girl that are in a lot of YA books today. She's gentle and kind in such a way that made her very sympathetic to the reader. She's been through loss but still has such a big heart. It was so sad to see some of the things that happen to her, but she does have a layer of strength to her as well that makes you root for her. There are a couple of times in the story that she makes some bad choices and you just wanted to yell at her say, "you were warned not to do that! What are you thinking?" But this made her even more real, so it worked.
Luca was dark, mysterious, but not in a smoldering bad boy way. He was more of a gentle soul who can be bad at times and whom we know next to nothing about until later in the story when secrets begin to emerge. I loved the choices that he makes, and how devoted he is to Ariel. I definitely became a fan of this guy, despite the fact that I knew he couldn't be entirely trusted and was keeping secrets.
The romance was sweet, but also steamy with sexual tension. There were a couple really amazing scenes between these two which really locks the reader into the romance and has you rooting for them to be together.
When the secrets began to emerge and the mystery was slowly revealed, I was amazed and pleasantly surprised, because it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I enjoyed that aspect... the fact that the author knew just when and when not to reveal more layers. There was a gradually build up to the dark moment that was very compelling and made the pacing perfect. I really enjoyed the book, the writing, the characters, and the romance. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series and to see what happens to these amazing characters.
Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her MacBook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.
In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her, she goes. Her new adult science fiction romance, The Crimson Hunt, published in November 2012. Check out Victoria's websites to see some great information about her and her books!
You can buy The Crimson Hunt at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at Smashwords.
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