Review: Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield

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Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield
Release Date: December 15, 2011
Publisher: WestSide Books
Page Count: 370 pages
Source: ebook provided by the publisher

Caitlyn, 15, a Paranormal, is on the run with her mom, trying to stay one step ahead of the ParaTroopers who would enslave her just like anyone who has powerful psychic abilities. Attempting to have somewhat of a normal life, Caitlyn and her mom hide in plain sight, living in a seedy hotel in a big city, where Caitlyn hopes to blend in by enrolling at the local high school. She secretly fights back against government oppression by blogging about equal rights for all Paras, protecting herself by signing them Teen Para. When she discovers her long ago kidnapped brother Daniel at school she s elated, but is saddened to find he s controlled by the government ParaTroopers as a Para-slave. As Para Cleansing Day nears, increasing numbers of Paras are turned in to the authorities and things grow tenser and more dangerous, especially at school. When a group robs a bank and threatens Normals, the shadow of guilt is cast on Teen Para. A killer, the Para Reaper, secretly goes hunting for Paras to drain the life out of them. Despite everything, Caitlyn befriends a Normal girl, Rachel, who is a Para sympathizer, and falls for a cute classmate, Alex, also a Normal, who always makes her feel so good whenever he s around. But it’s not safe for Paras to date Normals, and it would put Caitlyn in grave danger of being discovered. When ParaTroopers crack down at school after several Paras are discovered, Caitlyn finds herself under increasing scrutiny. Fearing for Caitlyn, her mom is anxious to pack up and bolt, but Caitlyn s growing attachments make her reluctant to leave. Will she evade capture, or will she be caught and turned into a Para Slave? And just who is trying to frame her? A tautly written, suspenseful thrill ride, Hunted will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Review:  Imagine being on the run for your life. Imagine being only 15 years old and unable to trust anyone and knowing that there are people all around you that want you to suffer horribly. Imagine the only thing that you have done “wrong” is being born with a psychic ability. This is exactly what Caitlyn must endure as her and her mother run from the Government and ParaTroopers whose only goal is to capture and enslave all Paranormals.

Caitlyn had lost her father years ago during a riot, at the same time her brother disappears. Life on the run and never being allowed to stay in one place for very long is taking a toll on both Caitlyn and her mother. On top of everything else, Caitlyn’s mom’s psychic ability abandoned her the day of the riots, leaving Caitlyn to feel even more isolated.

Hope that Normals and Paras can ever coincide peacefully together is a thinning thread. However when Caitlyn meets Alex she feels an instant connection, even though he is a Normal and relationships between the two is nearly impossible. It is with his help as well as the help of another new friend, Rachel, which Caitlyn learns exactly what she is capable of and the level of strength and courage she possesses.

Filled with twists, turns and endless surprises, Hunted is a story that takes readers on an adventure of suspense and eye-opening awareness of discrimination and isolation. Toss in disloyalty, betrayal, loyalty and a bit of romance and readers have a story that they will quickly and easily loose themselves within.

Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield is an excellent story that I greatly enjoyed. Ms. Rainfield presented a tale that was unique from many of the other YA novels out there on the market today. For lovers of paranormal, YA and/or just a great story, Hunted is the perfect story to settle in with. The character of Caitlyn truly made the story and I loved her strength and courage. Ms. Rainfield did an excellent job of bringing her, as well as Alex and the entire cast of characters vividly to life upon the pages on Hunted. I highly recommend Hunted and can’t wait to read more from Cheryl Rainfield.

Quote: He’s standing, head thrown back, full lips curved in a wide-open smile. His skin contrasts with his crisp white shirt. Narrow copper bracelets glint along one of his arms. He’s so gorgeous, he must already be taken. But it’s his laughter that’s the best. It feels clean and pure, with no hidden malice or cruelty – just joy. I haven’t heard laughter like that in such a long time. It makes me want to laugh with him, to find the world beautiful.

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