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Genres: YA Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 24, 2018
If you have been (im)patiently awaiting the next installment of the Weird Sisters series like I have, you will understand the extreme thrill that ran up my spine to discover this prequel that takes us back to Aric and Celia… as teenagers in heretofore never known first encounter. I think I didn’t stop grinning for the longest time to have this precious early story.
Gone Hunting is a prequel and book #.3 in the Weird Girls series. It is written in a way that can be read by long time fans behind the others, by those who are mid-series in their reading, or by newcomers who want to get things chronologically.
The story opens with fifteen year old Aric Connor enjoying a family moment with his parents over the breakfast table. He watches his parents who have a deep and amazing love as true mates, he tries to wheedle his way on to his dad’s next mission to take out an evil witch in Africa, and he grumbles at their concerned interference when he let winds, that might carry evil intent, blow into his room. Breakfast ends with Aric and his bestfriends, Koda, Liam, and Gemini going hunting for elk in their werewolf form. Only, it isn’t elk Aric flushes, but a confused, shy, and very wary she-tigress called Celia Wird. Celia’s mysterious arrival brings bad omens and evil stirrings around the region. She needs to go home to her sisters and Aric knows it, but he can’t let her go. However, bad magic conjures up danger that they must all fight together to survive it.
I loved how the author cleverly placed this story into the already existing history of the Weird Girls series. I kept wondering how the author would get around certain established events in the first book, but she did it well and tugged hard on my emotions in the process. I loved a teenage gang of Aric and his friends and Celia. Getting all their early history. Those scenes with both his parents was beyond touching knowing what was to come after. But yes, an early meeting of Aric and Celia was the top of the cake.
The action was as gritty and exciting as ever and the humor had me giggling as usual. Oh Liam… you slay me, guy. I now have the strongest desire to go back and start this series from the beginning.
Gone Hunting is a delicious piece of dessert for fans and a wonderful way to introduce new readers. Those who love Urban Fantasy with a great group of characters, gritty action, intense emotion including humor, and most of all an endearing (and enduring) romance, look no further.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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