Title: The Crimson Hunt (Eldaen Light Chronicles #1)
Author: Victoria H. Smith
Source: Received though blog tour in exchange for an honest review
College junior Ariel Richmond is working on year three of Project Normalcy.
Her house reeks of keggers past and her bestie is just a slight bit vulgar. But the thing is—they both aid in making life refreshingly uneventful.
So much for hard-earned mediocrity when Luca Grinaldi appears on the scene.
Luca’s sudden presence on campus is hard to ignore. Those bright eyes act like a beacon to unsuspecting females, and with features like his, he’s got to be moonlighting for GQ. Luca hopelessly captivates Ariel with his confidence and charisma, but the mysteries surrounding him make him nearly untouchable. And just when Ariel grows close enough to unlock his secrets, a tragic event sends her life in a downward spiral.
That steady life is no longer an option and allies quickly become scarce. The mysterious Luca seems to be the only one willing to help her—but with that trust comes the burden of his secrets. He has a dark mission of otherworldly proportions, and is willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes to see it completed.
Gone are the days of simply maintaining normalcy, and if Ariel isn’t cautious with her trust, so soon may be her future.
The Crimson Hunt is the first book in the Eldaen Light Chronicles by Victoria H. Smith. It's a New Adult Paranormal Romance that revolves around a college girl named Ariel. She is just an ordinary young woman leading a boring, empty life until she meets Luca Grinaldi. Luca is the opposite of Ariel in almost every way. He is captivating and has this otherworldly aura about him.
Luca behaves oddly in the beginning. During the first couple of run-ins with Ariel, he acts like a jerk. Despite that, Ariel can't stop thinking about him. He is handsome and mysterious, and all the girls seem to swoon over him. He suddenly changes though, and shows an interest in Ariel.
There is a lot of mystery involved, and deaths start happening around the school. After a particularly tragic incident, Ariel's world falls apart. Luca is the only person there to help her, but she's not sure she can trust him. After this point is where the story starts lacking for me. Luca puts Ariel in hiding, and it is kind of boring and uneventful. The story picks up toward the end with some action and suspense.
I felt the romance lacked a little as well. Luca denied his feelings for much of the book. Just when you think something was going to happen...it didn't. Again and again. Ariel kept feeling rejected by Luca, which was sad considering how crappy her life had become and she had absolutely nobody. When Luca finally gave in to his feelings and they would start kissing, the scene would just fade out. It leads the reader to believe that more happened than just kissing, but yet makes you feel like you don't know the depth of their relationship. So, I don't feel like there was a whole lot of romance.
The plot was interesting and the writing was good. I just felt a little disconnected from the story. There are some sci-fi elements added in, and some of the revelations at the end took me by surprise. If you're a fan of young adult/new adult books with paranormal/sci-fi aspects, you might really enjoy this story.
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