Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: Hunting the Shadows by Alexia Reed

Hunting the Shadows
Author: Alexia Reed
Release Date: May 7, 2012
Publisher: Carina
Shadow Ops Project Book #1
ISBN13: 9781426893735
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Author

Amy has spent her life in isolation. Locked away in the Centre, a secret government facility where children with extraordinary abilities are raised as highly skilled fighters, she longs for a normal life. A life where being around people doesn't overload her sensitive telepathic mind. A life where she can't see through the eyes of a murderer as he hunts down his next victim...

J.C. Nikolaiev was a top researcher, but when his conscience got the better of him, he tried to destroy his work and free his subjects—and was imprisoned as a traitor. To save himself and prevent more people from dying, J.C. must catch the serial killer stalking the halls of the facility. But his only leads come from a woman whose thoughts have invaded his mind...

Finally out of the psych ward, Amy joins forces with J.C. to find the killer before he closes in on them. Can their growing attraction withstand the truths they uncover?

Both J.C and Amy grew up in a research program. J.C was groomed to fight and has become a top researcher but Amy was hidden away due to her mental abilities and continues to be hidden away and tested on. That all changes when J.C gets sick of the way the test subjects are treated and hatches a plan to free them that does not go as expected. J.C. and Amy are brought together and help each other find the saboteur and killer before its to late. 

The story starts with action and ends with action. I enjoyed both of the main characters but Amy was my favorite out of the two. She has been through a lot in her life hidden away in the mental hospital area of the compound she grew up in not able to be around others without her brain going haywire from the voices. She was alone and scared and latched onto J.Cs mind at the right moment to help him out. She went from a weak girl to a fierce woman with J.C.s help and J.C. was better having Amy in his life as well. J.C was the type of man that fights for his beliefs and the people he cares about. The world that he lives in is a hard way to grow up but he has never known anything else and still doesn't want his subjects to go through what they are going through. I didn't always agree with or like what he did in the book but he was a good man and you cant help but like him. There was an instant connection between the characters upon meeting each other. Their relationship was not easy but it flowed well and was believable. The world that the characters live in was interesting and kept me thinking. The mystery of who the killer was, was pretty good. I didn't feel like I had a grip on who it was throughout the story and I didn't guess who the real killer was until he was revealed. Overall I enjoyed HUNTING THE SHADOWS.

I'm not sure what book 2 will be about but I would assume this is one of those series that follows a different love story in each book but continues the plot throughout. I'm intrigued enough to keep reading more.

I gave it 3.5/5 stars