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Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks. Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes. With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.
Publisher: [United States] : Disney Book Group : Made available through hoopla, 2015
ISBN: 9781484719374
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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Jan 31, 2018

Really love the story. The writing is a little wordy. Actually a lot wordy. I found myself skipping big sections of description. But no matter what this is a must read story. So glad to find out there are two sequels already! Elite and Apex. If you're a YA fantasy person who likes mystical, demons, faeries, that sort of thing, you'll love this. Very strong female lead. Very strong secondary characters. All around well thought, which isn't surprising considering the author.

May 22, 2017

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!! It's action packed, methodically written, and sure to quench your action/fantasy wants. It's not like most books where immediately things start to fall apart and turn nasty, instead it takes it's time developing. But don't confuse that with boring as it's far from that, every chapter contains either action or revelations I swear. I especially love how the story doesn't revolve around a boy she likes or crap like that. Of course there is some romance but that's not the focus. Also the main character isn't annoying, she's smart, brave, and knows right from wrong.

Jan 22, 2017

Honestly I am not THAT disappointed.It feels very much like the Divergent Series. It is a Dystopian (the only other one that I’ve read)

It is a Dystopian which is cool but probably a quarter of the book is Joy talking about regular things but like she is from Mars and has never heard of them nor can she pronounce them.

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claralex800 Jul 14, 2016

I think my brother sums this up best: This book is 300 pages of exposition and 70 pages of plot. Also, the main character is a Mary Sue.
I do like the world that was created though, mostly because it's like something I would create, but also because of the mix of fantasy and dystopia, which are two of the genres I enjoy.

CMLibrary_akeller Dec 23, 2015

This is one book my brother and I agree about because we both loved it. I've read other books by Mercedes Lackey and enjoyed them which is why I checked this one out. The hounds are my favorite part. It is somewhat predictable and most things seems to come easy to this girl, but it was a fun read and such a cool story. My brother and I both wanted to read the next book in the series but we have to wait till next year (my brother was not happy about that lol).

Dec 15, 2015

A wonderful read, I loved the mix of fantasy and futuristic dystopia which blended together seamlessly. My one big issue with the book was the very repetitive Christian bashing. Other than that it was great.

Sep 07, 2015

Imagine that Fairy folk are not the pretty little pixies and gnomes that we see frolic among the meadows, all smiles bringing about peace and niceness. Imagine they, along with all their big bad friends want to eat you for the magic you produce. Imagine now that the only thing standing between you and them is a Hunter with large black hounds, much like what you would think of when you hear the term hell hound. This hunter is young, about fifteen and the seven hounds she commands look like rainbow dogs that breathe fire and kick... well you get it. That is the story that comes to life in Hunter by Mercedes Lackey.

Being a veteran to Lackey's stories, I was well pleased that she had not lost her tough. Joy, the Hunter who I was describing in the first paragraph is strong, generous, and full of confidence... at least as far as hunting concerned. She is not however ready for onslaught of media she receives when her and her hounds become this week's news. Her friends also play a wonderful role to support as well as expand the way you see Joy and other around her.

Many have complained about her wordiness, and to them, I have to say... You haven't read much of Mercedes' books. Her worlds deem a good beginning and in this world, it needed a thorough description. I actually liked the bit of teenager drama, much like most teens trying to make it through a world they are not quite sure of. I felt Lackey gave us a real girl in Joy, not one that is larger than life.

To my favorite part now... the hounds. Oh my... I loved the diversity of the guardian type creatures... from ones that fly to ones that teleport. They were so well described that I had no trouble picturing them in my head and I enjoyed the differences that each Hunter brought to their own hounds.

Overall, Hunter hit its mark for me. I cannot wait for her to write the second and am honored to have had a chance to review this book for Disney Hyperion. If you are a Lackey fan or new to her stuff, you should really pick it up. Fans of great fantasy and superb action will find this book quite satisfying.


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