Exiled by M.R. Merrick (Kindle Edition) – Read January 15, 2012

Cost: $3.99 (As of This Post)

Official Description: Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase’s birthday, the bloodline stopped.
Exiled without the Circle’s protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened, and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle’s agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can’t do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna – a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret. In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle’s plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other’s life depending on it.

My Take: I have been seeing this book around a lot, circulating on the web and Goodreads recommended it, so I broke down and added this to my massive ‘to read’ list. We start the book with a young Chase who’s going through some right of passage and is eagerly expecting to get his elemental power, than wham nothing happens and his Dad disowned him and casts out Chase and his mom from ‘The Circle’. So Chase and his mom have to slum it, barely making enough to get by, while Chase is constantly being attacked by demons who fear his father. Then things start to change…

So, I actually enjoyed this book, it was a fairly quick read, and really well written. I would give it another star, but it is a little predictable and I just rarely give out 5 star ratings. Anyway the characters are really well-developed, and you’ll eventually learn more about the Circle and the characters as time goes on, but there were still some unanswered questions about some of the characters. Of course some of that’s on purpose, this is the first in the series after all. I liked that the main character was a guy, so many paranormal/fantasy young adult books have heroines these days. I think this story has a very unique perspective and that makes it all the more enjoyable, yes there are some vamps and demons, but not everything is so clear-cut. I like Rayna and chase as a team, they are so much a like yet so different, they both have a lot to learn from each other and hopefully we’ll see more of that dynamic in book 2!

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