Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway of The Crimson Hunt

Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on The Crimson Hunt Blog Tour! I have a review of The Crimson Hunt, and there is a tourwide giveaway!


Title: The Crimson Hunt
Author: Victoria H. Smith
Series: Eldaen Light Chronicles
Publication Date: November 8, 2012
Length: 340 Pages

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.
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, will be published November 2012.
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The Crimson Hunt is really unlike anything I have read, and the storyline took me completely by surprise. It is not every day that you come across a book that has a plot unlike anything I have currently read out on the market. The differences in The Crimson Hunt make it a refreshing read, something that as an avid reader I do not come across often anymore. I believe the story will really take all readers by surprise, and that is what I enjoy the most about The Crimson Hunt.

The main character, Ariel, is different from most typical leading female characters. She has her flaws such as being uncomfortable about her weight. She is also unselfish and concerned about her friends, instead of focusing on herself. Ariel is not outspoken, but she has a loud and sometimes abrasive roommate, Piper. Piper tends to rope Ariel up into crazy schemes, and she is not afraid to voice her opinion.

Luca is the love interest for Ariel, who remains very mysterious for most of the book. I tried to figure out what Luca’s intentions were in the beginning, and most of the story, I was taken by surprise and defiantly did not see some of the curve balls coming from The Crimson Hunt. I really like Luca for Ariel, and I am curious to see where the story of Ariel and Luca continues from here.

I really like the story of The Crimson Hunt, and the buildup that is leading the next book in the series. I know that I will be reading the next book, because I want to know where Ariel’s journey is going to take her. The book starts with some pretty in your face events, and ends the same way, taking the story full circle, while still managing to lead into book number 2. Victoria Smith has a created a unique world and I cannot wait to explore more of it in the next installment.

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review**

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