Hunting in Bruges
Summary : Gothic Setting. Gutsy & Spunky Characters. Great set up to Series!
Hunting in Bruges is the story of a girl trying to prove herself in the midst of warding off the supernatural evils that plague the world. A supernatural mystery with unconventionally charming characters. The story is compelling, attracting readers in instantaneously, however world building and time spent bringing the city of Bruges to life creates cracks in the plot that stall the ease of the narrative making it difficult to stay focused at times.
Jenna Lehane is a part of the Hunger’s Guild, an organization created not only to protect humans but to also keep the heinous crimes of the sups buried. Recruited out of a foster home at the age of 13, Jenna has grown into a skilled and mouthy Hunter with an overwhelming desire to protect, and sometimes avenge, the innocent. Jenna’s upbringing and the weight of her parent’s deaths leave her with an excessive grudge against Vampires, so when she discovers that they may play a role in the brutal slaying of humans along the river in Bruges, she becomes more determined than ever to stop them. With emotions running rampant and the stakes escalating, Jenna must rely on the aide of a flaky witch, an eccentric ex-Hunter, and the Hunters of Bruges in order to keep the innocents of the city safe.
This urban fantasy paints a beautiful landscape of the city and the history that lead to the present battles the Guild is facing… and while that portion of the novel was perfect, this added to the feel that world building was too slow and predominated more of the narrative than necessary. It gives the feel that most of the action occurs in the later part of the novel, in quick succession, before ending abruptly with so many things left up in the air.
Overall, the basis is similar to many urban fantasy novels with a focus on a female hunter who is bold, guarded, and flawed with an eclectic mix of supernatural friends and of course, there is that one hot guy who challenges the heroine. With that said, there are exciting variations that drive the novel forward with interest in tote.
Characters are lively, quirky, and completely imperfect. I love them. Sure I roll my eyes at Jenna more often than not, but she is who she is and I love her for it. I just don’t understand how she could be so badass and capable when her background and the events leading up to her assignment do not support such a role. I don’t buy her awesomeness in the field. It feels like sheer luck and definitely feel like she still has a lot of growing to do.
Ash and his fedora make me giggle like a schoolgirl. My suspicious about him proved to be correct and I am wildly impatient to see how this will impact the series moving forward. I also hope to learn more about the ditzy, yet knowledgeable witch.
Hunting in Bruges is a terrific start to the series, and truly reads as such. It plays the part of set-up, captures interest, and provides countless wonderful promises of what is to come.
*** This ARC was provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review. ***