Hunter ★☆☆☆☆

24397041Lackey gives us just another anti-social “no I don’t want to” heroine. Doesn’t anyone ever actually want to save the day?

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.


Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.

To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.

Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in—to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them…


Why do male characters get to be driven to act while females are desperate to be left out of everything?

And, as is becoming a tradition in my reviews of books I did not enjoy, here’s a quote to rove my point:

“We’re kind of busy,” I pointed out dryly. “We have to hunt and grow our food for ourselves. And make our own clothing from wool, hemp, linen, and ramie. And cut the wood to heat our houses. And–“

And Joy’s busy. We get it. Kind of sounds like she’s bragging about it though doesn’t it?

Well, this two-faced heroine actually makes a lot of judgmental comments to the reader about the other characters in Hunter. And isn’t that what we want? A judgmental, reluctant heroine?

But let’s talk about world building…. there was world building right? Certainly didn’t feel like just another dystopian novel, right? I mean Joy didn’t leave a small quiet little town for the big main city did she? Oh wait…

Well that’s okay–there’s not a love triangle going on. Oh wait…

I can’t even begin to explain my other issues with Hunter because–well–DNF. There’s a shock. There was just too much information vomit about things I didn’t give a hoot about, like the origin of breakfast.

Sad to say, since I hate giving terrible reviews, but don’t bother with this one.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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