Good morning! Today, I am stoked to feature Jill Kaelin for the launch of her debut novel Hunted. Before you read my review, take a moment and learn a little about this new release from Inkspell Publishing.
That’s how old I was when I found out I was special. I was given my rose quartz gem and taught about my past.
That’s how many times I’ve lived in this world. This is my thirteenth life cycle as a human.
That’s how many seconds it took to fall in love with Mike. It’s also the amount of time I had to say goodbye just before he was killed by Reggie, the hunter that’s been after me.
Will Reggie succeed in killing me too, and eradicating the planet of the unicorn race forever?
As you got from the blurb, Hunted is about Skye, who’s living her thirteenth cycle on this Earth as a human. She’s been living with a secret: she and her parents are members of the Unicorn race. Each of them has been given a hand-picked stone that delivers a unique power to the wearer. Skye has the power of persuasion, as she constantly has unwanted guys flocking to her. Unfortunately, they don’t really want Skye, they’re just drawn to her because of her gift. Which means, she has to negate her own power and send them packing. When Skye meets, Mike Evans, however, she doesn’t want to send him away. In fact, she’s as drawn to him as all of those other guys have been to her.
When she does a tell-all with her best friend, Jules and reveals her secret, Skye begins to find out more about her family and their race. Including the fact that there are other sentient creatures out there. Skye’s parents claim they can all live in peace, but what if one of them’s really after Skye?
There’s nothing I like more than picking up a new book with an original storyline. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I dig vampires and werewolves, but there have been times when I wished for a main character that was just a little bit different. Kaelin delivers different in spades in her debut release, Hunted. The quirky characters as well as the original storyline, kept my interest from start to finish.
One thing that I would have liked to see more of, however, is a slower pace. In many cases, things were moving so quickly, that I felt as though I didn’t get to spend enough time with the characters or see their reactions as fully as I would have hoped. However, Hunted was a solid debut and I’d be interested to read more of Jill Kaelin’s work in the future.
Bottom Line: Buy, read it, and get on board because yes, ladies and gentlemen, Unicorns do exist. And they’re pretty darn cool.
About the Author
Since elementary school, I remember being in love with words. Spelling them, writing them, reading them…I even hang them up around my house. I think I owe my love of language to my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Templeton. I can recall sitting around in a circle in that old, red-brick school, listening to her read aloud Greek mythology. The oxymoron there was that she was the most prim and proper teacher I ever knew, right down to the white buttoned up blouse held together at the collar with a cameo pin. The way she read made words come alive.
I had written a few things here and there throughout my life. I used to think I’d be good at children’s books, and it wasn’t a far stretch since I worked with children every day and knew what they liked. But then I read the series by Stephenie Meyer, maybe you’ve heard of it…Twilight. This was the type of story I knew I had to write. Teenagers were my audience. It helped I had one at home to learn from.
My idea didn’t come in a dream. No, I wasn’t that fortunate. It happened through research. And lots of it. The only criteria I had was that I wanted my story to be different from everything else out there. I wanted my story to stand out. No vampires or werewolves. No witches or wizards. Unicorns were my choice. And I think the story that unfolded is definitely unique.