Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: Hunters and Creators by Jacinta Maree

Title: Hunters & Creators (My Demonic Ghost #3)
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: 17th November 2014
Publishers: Staccato

Rating: 5 stars

Available from: Amazon AU Amazon

Source: Own purchase

It’s been five years since the phenomenon that shook the world’s belief in the supernatural. It has become a worldwide obsession as crowds flock together in hopes of catching a glimpse of the spirits. That is most… except Rachael Hastings. 

Rachael, now at University, lives with a giant blank page in her memory from when she was fifteen years old. Plagued by nightmares of a green-eyed monster, Rachael tries to stay as far away from the paranormal as humanly possible. Despite her efforts, he stalks her through the shadows and appears in her dreams for reasons she can’t understand. 

Along with friends from school, Rachael returns to Whitehaven. During her stay she is caught up in the ongoing war between heaven and hell she had unknowingly escaped from years ago. 

Forced into the care of Gargoyle the Hunter, Rachael attempts to piece together her shattered memory. As emotions grow between them, a familiar green-eyed demon returns to her side, claiming that Rachael is his one true love. With the world falling apart around them, can Rachael remember who she loves and which side is right before it’s too late?

Hunters & Creators is the third and final book in Jacinta Maree's My Demonic Ghost series. Set five years after Banished Spirits, we are again introduced to Rachael, now a young woman studying at university. She has no recollection of what transpired five years ago, but she is plagued by nigthmares of a green eyed demon. Unfortunately she is once again drawn the world of banished spirits, reapers and hunters & creators. I loved being immersed in the brilliant world Maree has created. It is rich and full of life; her characters are so well rounded they leap off the pages. It is one of those books that feel like home. 

Rachael tries to stay away from everything paranormal, but the more she tries to stay out of it, the more she is pulled into their struggle. Rachael is far from a damsel in distress, and even though she is thrown into some incredible and intense situations she always manages to keep her head. I loved learning more about the Hunters and how they interact with the banished spirits and reapers. They're not as unaffected and aloof as they portray themselves to be. Rachael and the Hunter Gargoyle are thrown together and she tries to gather the pieces of memory. Rachael begins to realise she wants to help Gargoyle, and the more time she spends with him she can feel something grow between them. 

With the reappearance of Lock (Evan), things really start to get complicated for Rachael. She has to figure out who he is and what happened between them so long ago. Gargoyle and Lock aren't exactly best of friends and they each have their own agenda with Rachael. She is caught up between two sides and doesn't know who to trust. Lock has to be one of my most favourite characters ever, and to read about him again made my heart sing. As Rachael pieces her memory back together she begins to find out more and more about Lock's tragic story and how it intertwines with her own. As the conclusion draws near, everything starts to spin out of control and they're all thrown together in a battle for their survival. 

Maree has created a compelling, thrilling and captivating story. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book and was so upset when it finished. It was such a fantasic ending to the series and I was so happy that Rachael and Evan got their happy ever after. If you're looking for a young adult series that is different from anything you've read, then give Jacinta Maree's My Demonic Ghost series a try.

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