Title: Huntress (Life After, #1)
Author: Julie Hall
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
Release Date: May 16th (today!)
Page length: 272 pages
Death was only the beginning…
No one’s afterlife is as dispiriting as Audrey’s-at least that’s what she believes after waking up dead without her memories and being promptly assigned to hunt demons for the rest of eternity.
She’s convinced God’s made a cosmic mistake; after all, she’d rather discuss the color of her nails than break them on angelic weapons. It doesn’t help that her trainer, Logan, is as infuriating as he is attractive. And just when Audrey and Logan appear close to developing an amicable relationship, a decision made under duress will push their hearts in a direction neither of them saw coming.
Despite her sub-par fighting abilities, an ancient weapon of unparalleled power chooses Audrey as its wielder, attracting the cautious gazes of her fellow hunters and the attention of Satan himself. With Satan’s eyes now fixed on Audrey, a battle for the safety of the living looms in the shadows.
4.5 out of 5 asskicking stars!
Wow, oh wow. Guys, I had the pleasure of reading this amazing book this past week. And boy was it a wild ride. Plus, just look at that cover! It’s beyond gorgeous. And if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here’s your chance. Watch it and fall in love. Then get a copy and fall even more head-over-heels.
First of all, I just want to make a note of this. I typically detest the thought of death because I am just that terrified of it. So reading whenever the characters mentioned the “afterlife” I kind of got tight-chested. Heck, thinking about it now it making my chest tight. Oops. Back to what you’re more forward to looking at: the story.
Julie Hall does an amazing job of throwing us into the afterlife, and it isn’t exactly the death you found in Beetlejuice. Essentially this is a beautiful Heaven as most may have been taught to believe. There are indeed angels. God has his own golden fortress in the forest by the mountains. And every person there has a job for the rest of their life. Now, can you imagine that? Being able to only have one job for the rest of your life? Some people would honestly go insane. Seeing as how I don’t currently have a job, I cannot imagine it. But I know some people who would rather be locked up in an asylum or trapped on a remote island somewhere than be confined to one job for the rest of eternity. But here’s the difference. The job has been chosen for you, as Celeste says “Everyone gets the right one.” I mean, God’s never wrong, right?
Except our main character Audrey feels as though this had all been a mistake. How was she dead? Let alone now stuck having to do a job she hadn’t chosen for all eternity. I didn’t blame her confusion and skepticism, not one bit! Audrey is thrown into a whole new world without an inkling of her past life. She barely even remembered her name in the beginning. She remembers other things like peanut butter and fruit roll-ups, but not a single memory.
What’s more unusual than that? She’s skipped orientation and is sent straight to processing. Crazy, right? Also, all the whiteness of the rooms was blinding to think about. I’d never be able to keep an all-white room, even if it was temporary. And in a tree, which made me think of Peter Pan. Okay, a little off topic. I’m trying to keep as many spoilers out of here as possible.
Any who, meet the newest Hunter, erm, Huntress, Miss Audrey. A title that no one seems sure why she had been given. Seriously, guys. If this doesn’t sound awesome already–honestly, give me a demon butt-kicking any day; I’m all for that–then you’re completely missing out. Not only that but we have a lovely gent named Logan who is her trainer. I had a massive recollection of Divergent with the overly attractive (okay, maybe it’s just me picturing him that way) trainer along with a pretty girl who is having a hell of a time trying to learn to fight. If I was Audrey, I’d be scared shitless knowing that the fate of mortals was resting on my shoulders as a Hunter. Oi.
Guys, this book was SO ADDICTING. I cannot express how excited I had been to read this. My friend Britta had been hyping me up to high-hell (irony here since we’re chatting about God, angels, and demon hunters here. ah ha ha. *crickets chirping in the distance*) In other words, go get your copy now!
I was given a copy of this stunning book in exchange for an honest review. The fact that I was given a copy is not a sway in my writing this review.
Julie Hall was a late blooming reader, but once captivated, writing became her dream.
Going the practical route in college she earned a business degree from the University of Michigan. After school, she worked in marketing and publicity for both television and film, until she’d had enough of selling other people’s creative expressions.
She miraculously convinced her dashingly handsome husband that having ten years of experience mentoring youth, the idea of quitting her job to write a young-adult novel was the sensible thing to do.
Since then she’s become a puppy mama to a goldendoodle named Bear, and an actual mother to her adopted daughter.
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