by Cheryl Rainfield
Caitlyn is a telepath in a world where having any Paranormal power is illegal. Caitlyn is on the run from government troopers, who can enslave, torture, or even kill her, or make her hunt other Paranormals. When Caitlyn settles down in a city, she falls for Alex, a Normal (someone without Paranormal powers), which is dangerous because he can turn her in. And she discovers renegade Paranormals who want to destroy all Normals. Caitlyn must decide whether she's going to stay in hiding to protect herself, or take a stand to save the world.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: December 15th 2011
Publisher: Westside Books
Format: e-book, 368 pages
Source: the author
"Sometimes humans are so inhumane."
Caitlyn is a telepath, or, as they are now called, a Para. Paras are in danger in this new fantastical world, meaning Cait and her mother have to constantly move to run away from the Paratroopers that are searching for them in order to enslave them.
Caitlyn is tired of running, but she knows she can never trust or get too comfortable with the Normals in her new school because the majority of them are Para-Haters and could betray her in the blink of an eye. That only reinforces her decision to not become close to any of them... but this time things are different. There is a cute guy who really seems to like her, and a very nice girl who would make an excellent friend... but they are Normals, and Cait knows better than to trust Normals... doesn't she?
Or maybe this time the real danger lies in the person she trusts the most.
Hunted starts off with instant action, very fast-paced and intense. Things slow down a bit after that, but they pick up in the end. I liked how the author managed to show all the characters' problems, their feelings, explaining to us why they all made the decisions they did. It was very enlightening and made me feel somewhat closer to them.
I specially liked that Cait had a blog, Teen Para, and that she tried so hard to open people's eyes. Her water thing was very interesting as well, and Alex sure sounds hot in his bathing clothes. LOL. Which brings us to the romance part. In my opinion, it seemed to build up a bit too fast, but it was cute nonetheless.
However, I had some trouble accepting that the Normals would treat the Paras like that, with no apparent reason plain fear, even if it IS a very strong feeling. Also, I would like to have seen more of how the Paras were discovered, where their powers came from and all that.
Oh, and this had nothing to do with the plot, but it made an impression on me and made me laugh internally every time: the use of the verb 'to finger'. I know it was meant in the sense of 'to point at', but I have a dirty mind and... well, you can probably guess what came to my mind everytime I read the phrase "he fingered us, she planned on fingering us" and so on... XD
Hunted was a pretty good book, but it was very different form what I'm used to seeing from Miss Reinfield. Maybe that's why I could't enjoy it as much as did 'Scars' and 'Parallel Visions', I just couldn't help but compare them.
If you like your paranormal fantasy with a lot of drama, then give Hunted a try. ;)