** While this is an anthology, this review is only for the story Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger. **
When I was approached by Kait for a review of Shadow Hunter I juped for it. I love finding new authors. While this story was a little disappointing, I can’t wait to jump into the series and find more out about this world she is building, Execution Underground.
Execution Underground is a group of enhanced fighters who eliminate problems in the paranormal world. Damon is a vampire hunter trying to kill Caius, a powerful vampire who killed his partner and best friend, Mark. Damon feels a deep responsibility for Mark’s death and lost more than just a friend but also his pen pal, Mark’s little sister, Tiffany, who only knows Damon by D.
Tiffany not only lost her brother Mark to vampires, but also her parents years ago. Now on a mission, Tiffany intends to kill Caius, the vampire who killed her brother. But Tiffany also holds D responsible for leaving her brother injured to chase a vampire.
When the two meet, sparks fly. Damon knows who Tiffany is, but it takes some time for Tiffany to figure out who Damon is, but only after they have made love…he having taken her virginity consensually. The sparks fly, but I never really felt any draw between these characters.
There are some glaring problems with this story and I kind of think they are there because this was never intended to be a story. Twilight Hunter is the first book in the series, and while I haven’t read it, I have to think that a novella being written after the first book is written, causes some problems to ensue.
Damon spends a good part of the book bemoaning his friends death and falling for his friends sister, but ultimately not being able to stay away. I wanted to hand him some big girl panties at times.
Tiffany blames Damon and Caius for her brother’s death. These are hunters and they know the danger involved with they career choices. So when Damon sees Mark fall, he thinks he is ok and heads off after another vampire, only to have Mark die. I had a hard time accepting Damon feeling as much guilt as he did and Tiffany blaming him as much as she did. This is a dangerous job and while I expected grief. Then there is Tiffany blaming Damon over and over for Mark’s death.
Tiffany being an virgin was a little distracting. I think I would have rather have skipped all of that. Also, this is a really quick story. They are falling into bed hours after they meet. And suddenly in love very quickly too. Just moved way to fast for me.
Then finally the ending really ticked me off. It just ends at a very bad point in a cliffhanger. I wasn’t expecting it and felt hit out of left field. I sat there turning the pages on my ereader, really thinking I was missing part of the book.
I am continuing on to Twilight Hunter and hoping because it really was meant to be the intro book, that some of the issues I have with this one will not be in it. Also, I hope to read a finish to this story or a continuation of this as I am totally unhappy with not knowing what happens.
So while I really wanted to enjoy this book, it was just ok. It intrigued me to a new world of Execution Underground, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. The sex was hot, but with some of the issues above, it lacked some of what I wanted to feel with these characters. So I recommend, but maybe not as an intro into Execution Underground.