Monday, September 7, 2015

Mini-Review: Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda

Title: Hollywood Witch Hunter
Author: Valerie Tejeda
Length: 250 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Classification: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: July 20, 2015
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)
From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them.
Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.
But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.
Together they're ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that's what witch hunters do.
Welcome to Hollywood.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

I really wanted to like Hollywood Witch Hunter. The premise of the story sounded really interesting and I was intrigued by the synopsis. Unfortunately, I didn't fall in love with the story. It just didn't work for me.

A witch has cast a curse which makes other witches age rapidly unless they sacrifice human lives to stay young. Enter the witch hunters. They are tasked with stopping the witches and keeping the humans safe. They try to track down the witches to stop them from hurting the innocent people that don't even realize they exist. Being a witch hunter is something you are born into, and there has never been a female witch hunter until Iris. She has to prove that she was born to do this, and will do anything to do that and protect the human race. 

I had a hard time getting into the story and it didn't grab me enough to make it hard for me to put down. Some of the dialogue frustrated me. I didn't really feel connected with the characters and I feel like for the most part I was left unsure about how the characters felt about things. 

I also didn't like the romance. There is a bit of a love triangle added with the fact I didn't really like the characters that much, just left me unhappy and unsatisfied with the romance part of the story.

I liked the magic and some of the action. There were a couple fun moments that made me smile. 

My Recommendation:

Unfortunately, Hollywood Witch Hunter wasn't a book for me. I was really interested in the synopsis and was looking forward to reading the story. But I had a hard time getting into the story and connecting with the characters. I have no interest in continuing the series. I would say skip this one, unless it is one you had a real desire to read. 

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