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April 10, 2014

Loved It: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Series: Execution Underground 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: HQN Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he's a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he's ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart Allsún O'Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation--and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they're swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún's life is worth sacrificing his own--and the future of humanity itself.




Since reading Twilight Hunter, I've been looking forward to Execution Underground 2 by Kait Ballenger. An exorcist in love with the last fae? Fantastic premise if you ask me. Plus as David Aronowitz and Allsún O'Hare used to be engaged, you can expect a lot of complications and layers upon layers of intrigue to happen between the two. 

The gist of the plot is demons are after Allsún because they need her to host the spirit of a very powerful demoness, lead these hell spawn to the fae dimension and annihilate Allsún's kind. As David is a powerful exorcist, he's a key player in stopping this disastrous event from happening with the help of Execution Underground agents. The pace is riveting, IMMORTAL HUNTER is plot and character driven at the same time, the story gripped me from beginning to end. Another strength of this novel is the world building, it's unique and captivating with demons possessing mortals so they can go after David and Allsún, killing off babies and families for sacrifice. The blood trail was gory but as I don't shy away from this, the cringe factor added to the excitement of the chase. As for KBallenger's fae myth, it has a trace of whimsy but I like that she incorporated some Angel-Demon legend to it to make it more relevant to the theme.

The romance is a second-chances kinda thing which I liked because then we don't have to deal with insta-love which is common in PNR. I had an inkling that water runs deep between David and Allsún but I didn't expect it to be tragic. I felt my heart crack and crunch when Allsún revealed her reasons for breaking her engagement to David and the events that happened right after she left their apartment. It got even more personal when KBallenger shared something very intimate at the end of the story explaining where that scene came from. My heart goes out to you, Kait, and thanks for sharing such a profound experience with your readers. 

IMMORTAL HUNTER felt very much like the show, Supernatural, and David is like an amalgam of Dean and Sam Winchester. Which is no surprise because KBallenger is a big fan of the show and has a crush on Jensen Ackles fan so I saw feels of that in David and this novel. I'm still not crazy about the group, Execution Underground, I still feel tension between the men and it doesn't have that feeling of great camaraderie one expects a team like this to have. I do like the next couple to be featured (I think) in Midnight Hunter, Execution Underground 3, Shane and Vera, theirs is a professor-student relationship but don't worry, it's all age appropriate and nobody is preying on anybody.

IMMORTAL HUNTER is a solid follow up to the series. In fact I liked this more than Twilight Hunter. Aside from the fantastic plot, conflict and resolution, David and Allsún are great main characters. Their relationship has depth and very grown up, devoid of juvenile antics we sometimes see in other PNR novels. I'm happy that there's no insta-love and that the romantic relationships mirrors the different stages of love real-life couples go through. The trend KBallenger has set up for her series is great and at the rate Execution Underground is going, I have no doubt it'll only get better and better.




"Kait Ballenger is a treasure you don't want to miss!" --New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Gena Showalter



Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, bellydancer, graduate student, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published, award-winning author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series. With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is currently earning an M.F.A in Writing. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she hopes to be a bestseller and to see her novels on the big screen. Look for the next two books in her page-turning Execution Underground series: Twilight Hunter, book one (August 2013) and Immortal Hunter, book two (January 2014).



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44 comments:

  1. Exorcist and a fae? Can't say I've read many of either types, sounds good.

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  2. This does sound very different and I like how you mention the romantic aspect is secondary. I love it when the plot stands alone without romance. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. Yup, it's refreshing to read a plot-driven PNR. Not that I don't like romance, it's just nice to read something different now and then

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  3. This week I've seen this book around a lot. I think I need to add it to my TBR. Great review.

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    1. It's a great series, fresh but familiar at the same time

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  4. I got the Anthollogy already, I can't wait to start this one. I know I have to go in order, but I really want to get to this one fast...LOL

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    1. FYI- the you don't need to start with the anthology or 0.5 because it's not really a prequel, it ends with a cliffhanger and the heroes story won't be till the end of the series.

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    2. Yup, just get to Twilight Hunter and as I'm not a fan of Damon, I suggest you read that after jace & david's books LOL

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  5. You know, you're right about insta-love in PNR, and I think it's cool that this goes the second chance route instead. That has me interested, for sure!

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    1. We're all tired of insta-love by now, there's only a few stories that can pull it off but overall the disillusionment is gone

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  6. An exorcist and a fae that is something you don't get everyday. I like that it has a bit of Supernatural flavor as well. Sounds like a great read!

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  7. I really liked the first in this series, I'll have to get this one! Great review!

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    1. Girl, this is better than Twilight Hunter!

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  8. I wasn't planning on reading this series, but after reading your review and your Supernatural comparison, I kinda have to now. LOL And, the fact that there's no insta-love is a definite bonus, especially considering this is PNR. Great review!

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    1. The first book is about werewolves so I think you'll have a blast with that one too!

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  9. Yay for second chances in love stories, I don't read a whole lot about them in YA

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    1. YA I'd understand, it's always about first loves.

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  10. I love this series from Kait Ballenger!
    It's a plus for me when there's no insta-love in the story. I like stories that have second chances of love and/or best friends that turn into more later on. Kait did an amazing job on Immortal Hunter. I did cry at the particular scene that Allsún revealed.
    Can't wait to read Shane's story next. He has a huge dilemma on his hands. =)

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    1. I got so sad over that too! I guess being a mom softened my heart when it comes to babies and kids

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  11. Need to read this one read the first book and loved it !
    Joelle @http://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com

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    1. This is better than that, I promise!

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  12. Love Kait and I love this series. Glad you loved it too. :-)

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  13. I haven't tried Kait Balenger yet. The worldbuilding sounds intriguing. Glad to know that the books improve as they go.

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    1. You seriously have to try her books, missy. Everything about this series works for me

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  14. Ahh I so want to *flail* every time I see one of yall talking about this one. I cannot wait to give this series a try.

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  15. What?!? Fae, Exorcist? Underground group,second chance love..oh hells yes. This sounds so good.

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    1. It's great, it's a quick read and the events just flow.

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  16. Oh I'm glad you had a good time with this one. I really enjoyed it too. I was surprised by the end and I think we have many good twists and turns.

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  17. This is an amazing premise. I love unique books like this.

    Wait, wait. Did you mention Supernatural? Similarities? Done. I want this book now.

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    1. Yup, from the demon hunting to the exorcism, very Winchester brothers!

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  18. I like that it sounds different, I just put book #1 on my wish-list, thanks ;)

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  19. humm feels like supernatural? why am I not reading this >.<

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    1. I know, why aren't you reading this?!

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  20. This sounds sort of fantastic, Braine. I wanna say I might have the first in this series...why haven't I started it?!?

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    1. Because we're bloggers and we're swamped with a bazillion books!

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