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And So the Hunted Becomes the Hunter

Meghan reviews Hunted by Adam Slater, the first in The Shadowing series, which features a boy who sees dead people.

And So the Hunted Becomes the Hunter

BOOK REPORT for Hunted (The Shadowing Book 1) by Adam Slater

Cover Story: Witness Protection Program
BFF Charm: Nah
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: Goosebumps
Bonus Factor: Dark Esther
Relationship Status: Favor For a Friend

Cover Story: Witness Protection Program

I'm over paranormal, I swear, but this artwork totally blows my cover. Scary woods? Ghostly figures? The only thing going for it (besides getting it as an ebook) is it's not this alternate cover. Yeesh.

The Deal:

Callum Scott can see dead people. None of them can see him, until he's walking home through the woods one night and runs into a gigantic monster dog (think Hound of the Baskervilles) and its creepy boy owner. He starts seeing more ghosts than ever, his no-nonsense gran is acting dodgy and it's obvious something nasty's after him -- and it's not the dog. The Shadowing's approaching, the centennial time when the borders between the underworld and our world thin and beasties cross over, and Callum is the only one who can stop it.

BFF Charm: Nah

I'm sure Callum's a nice guy, even though he's a rugby player and I can count on one hand the number of male ruggers I've met who are actually nice guys I'd want to hang around with. Maybe we could talk sport or grab a pint, but he's so closed off from other people because he's had to hide his paranormal abilities that not much personality comes through other than a generic "head down, stay invisible, don't get noticed" attitude.

Swoonworthy Scale: 1

As Callum's powers get stronger, he ends up making friends with Melissa, the Wiccan/goth girl loner. There's very little swoon between them, thanks to Callum's deliberate social invisibility, but there are hints to come in later books. I actually would rather see some sort of hot ghosty romance between Melissa and Jacob, their phantom boy ally, and so I give the book a 1 on the swoonworthy scale because of my wishful 'shipping.

Talky Talk: Goosebumps

I'm talking R.L. Stine here, not scary tingles and chills. Maybe it's paranormal overload and maybe it's the generic spooky tricks in the book, but it reminded me of campfire ghost stories (and they opened the door and there was a hook hanging from the handle!). There's a little bit of ghostly folklore to keep things mildly interesting, but there's nothing special here.

Bonus Factor: Dark Esther

I SO wish Melissa was the protag of the book instead of Callum. She's just like my favorite comic character who's not a dinosaur, Dark Esther of Scary-Go-Round! All crystals, magicks and tarot cards, Melissa is like the non-emo, henna-ed goth version of Luna Lovegood.

Casting Call:

Antonia Campbell-Hughes as Melissa

Antonia's about 10 years too old, but she's PERFECT. Dye her hair black, string some crystals around her neck, get her to smile a little bit and she's got just the right look.

Haley Joel Osment as Callum

What?? He sees dead people! I'm sure there are loads of hot rugger-type boys I could cast, but I just couldn't help myself.

Relationship Status: Favor For a Friend

My friend called me up on Friday morning, all freaked out because her boyfriend's cousin was coming into town to visit and she had no idea what they were going to do with him. She totally knew he wasn't my type, but she begged me to go out with them so the cousin wasn't a third wheel. I didn't have any other plans, so I agreed. The date was fine -- my BFF was there, and we went to this awesome restaurant, and it was fun to go out instead of staying home watching terrible TV on Netflix Instant -- but I let them drop me off at my place alone afterwards, and so didn't slip him my number.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received my review copy from the Egmont via NetGalley. I received neither money nor cocktails for writing this review (dammit!). The Shadowing: Hunted will be available September 13.

Meghan Miller's photo About the Author: Meghan is an erstwhile librarian in exile from Texas and writer for Forever Young Adult. She loves books, cooking and homey things like knitting and vintage cocktails. Although she’s around books all the time, she doesn’t get to read as much as she’d like.