Wednesday, July 18, 2012
My Heart Be Damned by Chanelle Gray (Review)
If you're a Hunter, there are only three things you must know about the Damned. The Damned can't lie, can't live without a body, and can't leave you alone.
Amerie Carter has the blood of a Hunter, unfortunately. She is one of a rare line of women who, upon her sixteenth birthday, will come into extraordinary powers used to hunt the Damned; escaped souls from Hell who take up residence in human bodies. It's supposed to be her sweet sixteen, but Amerie has never dreaded a day more, and her worst fears are confirmed as the celebration turns tragic when her mother is killed.
Grief-stricken, Amerie vows to never hunt a day in her life. She's determined to hide behind normalcy, attending school, hanging out with her friends and working an after-school job at The Hut. All Amerie wants is to be left alone. But try telling the Damned that. The harder Amerie tries to ignore her powers, the more the Damned come looking for her.
When an attack leaves one of Amerie's friends in the hospital, and endangers the lives of her fellow students, she knows she has no choice: Hunt or Be Hunted. Thankfully, the gorgeous, secretive, and so-off-limits Marshall offers to train Amerie to take out her supernatural enemies. But training with Marshall means lying to her friends, her family, and confronting the mysterious circumstances surrounding her mother's death.
Amerie soon discovers she's not the only one with something to hide, Marshall's secrets might kill her before the Damned get the chance.
The last thing Amerie wants to do is be a Hunter. She doesn't want to end up like her mom—dead. But she finds herself in the graveyard looking for Damned anyway. And when she meets the mysterious Marshall, he proves that even if she doesn't want to fight, she has to or she'll die. Amerie is being hunted—ironic, right? A powerful Damned named Seal has discovered a ritual that will give him immortality and he needs Amerie's blood to complete it.
While Amerie is busy training with hot-then-cold Marshall, she winds up falling for him. Only he pushes her away just as much as he reels her in. She's on an emotional roller coaster. And her life as a Hunter isn't the only thing tearing her apart. Her father, who became a drunken shell of a person after Amerie's mother died, has finally moved on. He moves Amerie and her brother in with his new girlfriend, and Amerie isn't happy about it at all. She can't get past her mother's death, especially since she's afraid of ending up just like her Hunter mom.
My favorite part was the ending, which had lots of great plot twists. This was a really quick read with lots of emotional highs and lows. There are also a ton of great action scenes to keep the pages turning.
Just for fun:
Amerie struggles to keep her life as a Hunter from hurting her family and friends. If you knew your destiny could kill everyone around you, would you distance yourself from everyone?
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